Saint Augustine, FL, United States | Member Since 2006
Listened to this one with my 4th-grade daughter and both of us found it to be enjoyable. The animal "familiars" were creative characters and the fictional premise of the story was well developed. A recommended listen.
At times this book was humorous and probably quite salacious for the time it was written. The characters were interesting and well developed but the story was jumbled and rambling. The ending was abrupt and didn't provide closure. Not sure if the author wasn't as crazy as his main character, Eliot. Snippets of good writing but overall a disappointment. Others may disagree and it may be worth a five and one-half hour gamble if you want to experiment with an unusual listen.
Too many minor characters, too many psychics, a preposterous plot and a little gratuitous romance make this book totally forgettable. Yet, I didn't hate it and was never tempted to quit listening. I wanted to learn who Annie was. I wanted to learn if Hollis was going to be able to regain her sight. I wanted to learn if John would be able to avenge the death of his sister. About the only thing I didn't learn was if Luke was able to get elected to the governor's mansion. Maybe in the next installment, which I will not be listening to. Truly not a bad story if you're into psychics and such.
Listened to this book with my 11-year-old daughter (at 1.5 speed) as she read along with the printed copy. Of all the books I've listened to with her, this one kept her interest piqued more the most.The narrative mixes fiction and non-fiction together quite nicely and is sprinkled with humor that will appeal to listeners of all ages. And Rush's narration is top-notch, even at 1.5 speed. I hope Rush follows through with plans to continue the series. I'd advise Rush-Haters to hold their collective noses and have a listen to this book. You'll be glad you did.
The first two hours of this book were tedious at best, but as the story continued I was reeled in. I think it was the development of the novel's main character, Elizabeth, whose spunk and spirit had me rooting for her to achieve the happiness (at the risk of revealing a spoiler) she was ultimately to gain. The dichotomy between the inherent goodness of several of the characters, including Elizabeth, and the pride and prejudice of some of the others made this an interesting tale and a truly enjoyable listen. It's a classic for a reason.
This was a great little book, which I thoroughly enjoyed listening to with my 10-year-old daughter. Entertaining with life lessons. Worth the listen.
Listened to this book with my 11-year-old daughter. Interesting to contrast and compare the original Baum version with the 1939 motion picture. I liked them both. Anne Hathaway did a good job with the narration but she screeched maybe one time too many. Thanks, Audible, for providing this excellent book as a gift.
It's probably unfair that I compare Nathan McBride to Jack Reacher. But it was hard not to with Dick Hill doing the narration. Even when Nathan becomes "The Other," he doesn't exhibit the machismo that we have learned to love with Reacher. This story was far fetched but that's OK when you're listening to fiction. Montez was really evil and that was a good thing too. But the total package didn't live up to the superlatives that some of the reviewers heaped upon it. I may or may not listen to another book in this series. Average book.
Another excellent book on the Sunshine State list that I enjoyed listening to with my 11-year-old daughter and she read along with the print version. It was challenging for her because, at 450 pages, it was the longest book she had ever read. But the story was a pure delight as it was told from the perspectives of the four main young characters. This provided some repetition, which was helpful in terms of comprehension. The author's imagination as she described the candy factory infrastructure made the reader/listener want to jump into the book and join in the fun. A fun book that teaches a lesson.
As someone who usually listens to mystery/thriller books, it was interesting to enter into the non-fiction world of the genre. I was alive at the time of the Manson murders but had forgotten much of the details. Bugliosi does an excellent job of recreating the events that took place on the horrible night 44 years ago. If I had one complaint it would be he did too thorough a job of telling the story. I didn't keep count but the cast of characters had to exceed 100 in the 26.5-hour narration. The main characters were easy enough to keep track of, but some of the minor ones got gobbled up in the incredibly detailed recounting. I would recommend this book to both those who were alive at the time of the murders and to those for whom the story is truly history to them.
Not sure that John Sandford spend a lot of time writing this novel. He introduced several characters that were not germane to the story and when they reappeared several pages later it had me trying to recall where they fit in. The agent with the double secret phone was one such character. That aside, this was a typical Flowers yarn, even though it didn't deal with the typical Flowers elements. Can't remember Virgil dealing with too many ancient biblical artifacts in his previous adventures. Lots of running in circles in this story but enough action, comedy and intrigue to keep Flowers fans interested. The twist at the end fit the story perfectly. The length was about right too. Those who like the Flowers series will be satisfied but not overly impressed.
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