It was exciting and dramatic, even though it is often 'over the top'
Yes, for a light and fun read with fast moving storylines.
The excellent narration makes the characters and action more vivid
His narration seemed too casual and disintrested
No, the story moved too slowly. Also, I found myself not caring "whodunnit" - not caring about what happens to any of the characters either.
The protagonist and all other characters are paper thin and lack motivation. In the futuristic world the story takes place in, you get the feeling life is about nothing more than 'going through the motions'. I was really disappointed. The only thing positive about listening to the portion of this book that I was able to get through is that the view of a world where our bodies are only 'sleeves' is an interesting foundation for a good deal of philosophical thought or discussion.
If you saw the movie and loved it, you should give this a try to look deeper into the character and dive deeper into the fantasy. If you haven't seen the movie, read this first - enjoy them equally for different reasons.
There are some interesting concepts in here and the characters ALMOST get fully developed but the story wanders around a little aimlessly at times and the main characters are not well defined for the most part. He really should have spent more time with "the girl" (you'd know what I mean if you do read it), writing more from her point of view. I'm on the fence as to whether I'll listen to the next one in the series. If you really like the post-apocalyptic vampire genre, it is a fun read - maybe even better, though, in the abridged version.
My main complaint about this book is how it drug on in the first full third of the book with descriptions and back stories so random and self indulging that I skipped huge parts of the book - especially the first third of it - and that made it better. The main character was a bit strange and not as likable as he should have been. Overall, though, it is a fairly interesting story and the setting and background is quite unique.
At times he does but the author loses sight of the action of the story and the plot at times.
The narrator was quite excellent - one aspect of this book that didn't need improvement.
I managed to get through it but mostly regret it. The author rips off Harry Potter mixed with Narnia but in a way that says that even magical worlds are dreadfully mundane and unfair. The main character is so dreadful, wishing him and all of his friends horrible ugly deaths was the only reason I kept listening to the end. The author and the narrator embody such boredom and disenfranchisement attitude throughout the book, its almost a satire of itself. There is really no plot throught most of it and then when one appears, it is an exact replica of Narnia but seen through the eyes of some sadistic warped lense. Its truly horrid!
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