If you aren't looking for a book that requires a great amount of thinking or any background knowledge in the genre of fantasy, this is a good book to get. It's nice an long, if that's what you're looking for and all unknown information is spoon-fed to you all the way through the book. It's got your typical Romeo and Juliet-esque love story, and you can't help but root for them. There is not a lot of ambiguity is characters' good/evil alignments, except for a couple of characters, because that's really the basis of the plot.
All in all, I eat up this type of story, but that doesn't keep me from getting frustrated. I thought the voice acting was great. The southern accent annoyed me, but that has more to do with the book's setting. The plot is great. It's a new spin on something a little overdone. But I did get frustrated with the two main characters, because at times they seemed so thick-headed. I would have something figured out long before either of them did, and I wanted to yell at them for being dense. I didn't feel like the male protagonist was *totally* realistic. As I was Ethan's age about 8 years ago, I don't recall being that emotionally intelligent as a 16-year-old, so that is was stood out to me the most, as far as flaws go. Like I said, overall I liked the book. The characters weren't under or overdeveloped for the span of time it took to listen to the book. But I felt like the end was a big middle finger, and a ploy to make me buy the next book (which I did).
The song 16 Moons throughout the book is what really made the audiobook for me. It was a great touch, and it made my hair stand on end.
I liked it, I just wish there had been more to it. It's funny and mildly interesting, but I didn't think it had a whole lot of substance to it.
I enjoyed the arguments put forth by this book. I thought most of it was insightful and on point. My only, vain, complaint is that the narrator said some of the names in a way to which I'm not accustomed.
If you're a die hard fan, you probably won't find this book as boring. As for me, I'm stuck reading it sheerly because I've made it this far.
I think I understand what Martin was trying to do with this installment. Many of the chapters are from the perspective of auxiliary characters. Unfortunately, that's exactly what I didn't like about the book. On the bright side, it made me wish for chapters with characters whom I previously thought were boring.
I have no problems with Roy Dotrice. He is a great narrator and I enjoy his performances.
I imagine every character is necessary in some way. Honestly, I'm very tired of Sansa.
Just trudge through. It's not as long as the third book or the fifth book.
I loved Pathfinder. It was a good mesh of fantasy and sci-fi. Ruins takes a sharp turn to sci-fi. I honestly just found the whole plot kind of bizarre, creative, but disconcertingly weird. The ending was especially a little too much for me.
A+ to Stefan Rudnicki. I'm weirdly in love with his voice.
I love all of Riordan's books, but this one was definitely not my favorite. I never quite pinpointed what quality of the book was so different from the rest in the series, but I often found myself bored. I think maybe it moved too slowly, compared to his typical fast-paced, action-driven plots. Some of it also felt very forced, like it was added as an afterthought. That's just the general feeling I got from the book.
I'm not saying you shouldn't read it. It's still a great book, it's just not his best.
I found this book at exactly the right time in my life. I'm stuck at a job with managers who chide me about my less than extroverted nature. I was starting to be really down on myself, though in many parts of my life, I've come to terms with who I am through trial and error. This book has really helped prevent me from going back into a deep episode of depression, and for that I cannot give it enough stars. If you are an introvert, know it, and find yourself in an environment or situation that really makes you doubt yourself because of it, this is the book for you.
I related to this book in such a deep way that I plan to distribute it amongst my friends and family who are willing to take the time out of their lives to read this book. I feel like it would really help them to understand where I'm coming from as it has also helped me view myself from an objective position. I want them to think of it, loosely, as a User's Manual or guide on the way my mind works and ways they can help me to better communicate with them and vice versa.
Kathe Mazur as the narrator could not have been a better choice. Her voice was calm and sometimes hypnotic. It was not hard to forget I was listening to a book, because it was like being told a comforting story by a trusted companion.
Everyone should read/listen to Quiet, but especially if you yourself are an introvert or you are an extrovert confused by an introverted loved one.
While I would not have been pleased with the series ending as it did in Beautiful Chaos, I found this book to be the worst in the series. I will not go as far as saying that it was a bad book, but the only word that I can think of to adequately describe this book is "severed." You may understand what I mean if you read it. If you have read the other three books, by all mean, complete the series, there's no reason not to.
It took me months to get through part one of this audiobook. I thought the story before Shiz was painfully slow and boring. The rest of the novel was bearable if I listened to it at x2 speed. I've thought about it independently and relative to the musical. I'll start with the independent book. I was expecting something far more interesting based on the subject of the novel. Maguire could have done so much with the life of the Wicked Witch of the West, but I thought it fell very very flat. It was really not to my taste. Parts of it were good, and I thought it had a lot of potential, maybe put into the hands of a good fantasy author, but I do not think that is Maguire (based on reading a couple of his other novels). The story was excruciatingly slow most of the time and the content was very dry. It had the feel of the older novels I had to read in high school when it was paining to read each chapter. I think there are very overt political statements throughout the novel, but I was looking for a fantasy novel, not a political allegory.
For those of you only reading this because you liked the musical: There are very few similarities between this book and the musical. All of the characters is the musical are in this book, but none of them remotely resemble the characters of the Broadway show. G(a)linda is a very insignificant character after the first half of the book. Madame Morrible is only an antagonist in Elphaba's youth (Elphie just holds grudges forever). I thought the musical took a much better route with Elphaba's past and the idea of "wickedness." Maguire spent the good part of a chapter toying with "what is evil?" but it's late in the book and seems thrown in haphazardly. Long story short: If you want the musical, go see the musical, you will find nothing of the sort in this book.
No matter how I look at it, independently or not from the musical, I did not like this book and I would not recommend it to others unless they are seeking a highly political drama set clumsily in a fairly fanciful world.
The narration was merely acceptable, but arguably the most appealing part of the book.
I liked the story, but it was not exceptional. I liked the narrator, but I did not find his performance particularly exceptional.
Overall, I'll remember that I read it and the general plot, but I found it to be a pretty unmemorable book.
Generally, I enjoy it when authors read their own books, but this is the exception. He just spoke too slowly. I had to put the speed to x2.5 to get it to a speed that I found tolerable. It could just be me.
The overall subject is very interesting. I especially liked the chapter on vision. If you find cognitive science interesting and do not have a strong background in it, you'll find this a very good read. If you already know quite a bit about cognitive science, I don't know how much of this will be new to you. I have a pretty rudimentary knowledge of it, and the majority of the information was new to me or explained in a way I had never thought about it.
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