quirky, hilarious, screwball
"Alcatraz and the Evil Librarians" by Brandon Sanderson. Both are easy to read yet have a strong undercurrent of dry, deeply intelligent humor that made me laugh out loud.
A rich British intonation (always a bonus!) and a knowledge that the author is giving you his interpretation of his own story.
I love Douglas Adams' books but this is my personal favorite. Makes me laugh every time!
I really enjoyed the first few books in this series and so was looking forward to this installment. Unfortunately, this book didn't live up to my expectations. I actually contemplated stopping listening a number of times but the story held my interest just enough for me to finish it.
I had three main problems with this book: 1) The narrator irritated me with some oddly placed emphases and unbecoming characterazations (especially of Finn). 2) The amount of time and energy spent inside Gin's head dealing with (and stressing out about) relational difficulties left me feeling annoyed rather than compassionate (too much "telling", not enough "showing"), 3) Gin's interactions with the villain were painful and distressing without being compelling.
Overall, I appreciate the way the characters were developed, the choices that Gin made regarding Owen, and the battles and struggles Gin faced, I just feel like the level of the writing wasn't as high as in the previous novels.
Powerful, gripping, enjoyable,
Marissa Meyer did an excellent job of integrating the elements of a favorite fairy tale into a larger-scale story; translating the story into a futurisitc, sci-fi setting and adding larger scale plot elements (making me eager to hear the next installment).
Ms. Soler does a great job in voicing the characters and gives Cinder a great attitude and lots of spunk! I also love her interpretation of Aiko (Cinder's android companion) and the doctor.
This is an emotionally gripping story and I found myself tearing up a few times at critical moments. Ms. Meyer really pulls you in to Cinder's life, allowing you to feel her emptional ups and downs.
I'm an avid audiobook listener and this book is near the top of my favorites list. I have loved this series since I first started "Cry Wolf" and I have devoured everything in the series since. I love the emotional interplay between the characters and how much they are willing to fight to overcome their personal demons in order to support their partner.
It's hard to answer this without giving spoilers, so if you don't want to know, don't read. At one point Anna is taken by a group of killers who rape and torture their victims and Charles is helpless to locate her. This capture brings back, to Anna, memories of her life in her first pack and tortures Charles with his failings.
Spoiler! I think the most moving scene was when Charles was finally able to work through his guilt and overcome the spirits that were haunting him in order to re-connect with Anna and go to her rescue.
While I didn't specifically laugh or cry, this story is powerful and emotionally gripping.
Holter Graham's narration is excellent. He does a great job giving each character a specific voice that helps to define them.
Yes. It was an intriguing story that had strong and interesting characters and a complex plot that brilliantly wove together multiple themes, including love, politics, religion and the heights and depths of the human character.
The opening of the story stands out to me; Raoden, the prince (and heir) of Arelon is taken by the Shaod and turned into what most of the world considers a monster. He's thrown into the once grand, now despised, city of Elantris and must come to terms with his new life. At the same time, his fiancee, Princess Sarene of Teod, arrives early for the wedding - hoping to spend a few days getting to know her fiance a bit better, to see if Raoden will be the man who will be able to see past her focused, political exterior and actually love her or if this will be just another dry, arranged political marriage. Upon her arrival in Arelon, however, she is told her fiancee has died and, according to the marriage contract, she is now the new princess, a widow before she ever had a wedding, and forbidden (by that same contract) from ever straying from her dead prince and having another love.
It's hard to choose my favorite character as they were all interesting, well written, and well performed. Since I'm required to choose, however, I'll say the prince, Raoden beacuse he was strong, noble, and caring with a deep love for his people and a good sense of humor that helped him to overcome his circumstances.
There was a lot of emotional play in this story and I felt hope, joy, sadness, and revultion at various times.
I enjoyed this book and liked getting to know the characters, but it's obviously the beginning of a series. We are given lots of mysteries (like, how did Maya's best friend really die? What's the mystery the medical testing facility is hiding? Why are the high schoolers being investigated? etc.) There's also lots of intriguing information given about the characters and a good build-up of romantic tension between Maya, her best friend, and the new bad boy, but there's absolutely no resolution to any of the questions posed in this book - only further mysteries and questions. I'm with the other reviewer. It's probably best to wait until the other books are out so you can get some answers.
I liked the premise of the book (a woman who was struck by lightning and now can sense the presence of dead bodies and know how they died) and found the characters interesting but the "mystery" was too predictable. I enjoy mysteries and know I'm not really good at solving them, so it was a bit frustrating when I had the "whodunnit" figured out around the middle of the story while the main character (who is supposed to posses a considerable intelligence) is still befuddled until the end.
This was a great book: good characters, strong plot, lots of action. The only problem I had was the narrator. He wasn't bad enough to detract, necessarily, but his accent and attitude reminded me too much of a goodfella and distracted me. I think I would have preferred to read it in print.
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