I like books with vivid characters that I can identify with. The main character seemed very bland, and the others are thin as well. So when the desperate young woman finds the little hideout with geothermal heat and everything she could want it felt rather contrived. Then she surprisingly finds out she has the ability to make psychic contact with birds - and the bird turns out to be a really nice bird who understands her vocabulary and everything. This bird even goes out and kills another bird to bring home for dinner. I guess that other bird wasn't as cool.
I'm giving up on this book - it seems like it is going to mostly about eco-this and eco-that and gender equality. I'm all for these things but I don't want to continue listening because it seems silly and I'm bored. I gave the story three stars because the writing is not terrible, and some may enjoy it, just not me.
I enjoyed this book very much. It was refreshing to read a fantasy title that doesn't try to
be the darkest, grittiest book yet. The main character is a good guy trying to do what he thinks is best, and I like that. His challenges are formidable. This book shows that being a prince who is heir to the throne is not necessarily desirable. Many of the characters had personalities that shone through - like the King's adviser or the squire. The climax was well done, and I really wasn't sure of the outcome. There is political intrigue, some magic, and some battle, and even a sweet love story. On the negative side, I thought there was too much explanation at the beginning - better to just jump into the story. In conclusion, I am very happy with the purchase. It provided many hours of listening pleasure I am definitely going to be looking for other books by this author!
There is definitely a place for hard SF. In my opinion this book is not in it. I'm not exactly sure what this book is, but it certainly does not seem like a fiction novel. It is more like chemical engineer who knows alot about current spacefaring technology did many calculations to see how long you could survive if abandoned on the surface with some basic equipment. Then he published it, with a teeny little bit of background story sprinkled in from here to there.
The author chose to write the book like a log book, with days events described in past tense. Thus, there not much emotion, or any anchors for us to start feeling anything. To get that suspension of disbelief, the author should be drawing you into the story until you feel like you are there. Instead, all I pictured was somebody but fiddling about with table of scientific junk trying to think up clever ways to make stuff.
I'm really not kidding. The author will go on for entire paragraphs describing calculations with ACTUAL NUMERICAL values. Really. I don't know how old the main character is, why he wanted to go to Mars. I don't know if he is married or cares about any other person on the planet. I don't know if he likes mars.
After two hours all I've heard are these ridiculous calculations and how clever he is about repurposing equipment to do chemistry to make whatever molecule he has decided he needs.
Yes, things do happen. His chemical reactions sometimes don't work according to his theory which he had just explained to you. So then we hear the new theory of why it didn't work, and what his plans are to remedy it. And more calculations.
There are some books you kind of like a little bit, but aren't that great. You may or may not keep reading them. This is not one of those. I didn't like this book even a little bit, to the point where I wondered how anybody could actually like this enough to finish it.
I frequently listen to books while I am working on construction projects or other tasks, so I was looking for a book that didn't have a thousand characters or an intricate plot. The Goose Girl was a good choice. It had kind of a slow start, but within a few chapters it grabs hold of you.
I liked the main character, which is so important for a book to be enjoyable. The other characters added to the tale.
The target audience category for this book is 11 - 13 year olds, so take the following criticism with a grain of salt. My reason for giving it four stars instead of five was that some of the events near the ending seemed a little far-fetched, so much so that it tended to jar me out of the story.
In summary, I enjoyed the book very much and recommend it to others.
This book was not enjoyable for me because the main character seemed to be sometimes an intelligent young woman, but when it came to dealing with Mr Grey she behaved like a mentally challenged person. In the first 1/3 of the book she had already learned about what Mr Grey was like, but seemed completely surprised by his behavior again and again and again. It was ridiculous.
Making Mr. Grey the greatest guy in the world - a billionaire trying to feed the poor - rescuing her from the drunken guy, and the best looking male on the planet was kind of far-fetched to me, like a novel for pre-teens.
Maybe the sex scenes weren't written for guys, but I found them to be dull, and often my mind wandered until they finished and got back to the plot. Was there a plot? I don't remember much happening. I finished this book, but just barely. I don't recommend this book for anybody.
The book doesn't get interesting right away, as it jumps right into a large conflict with many characters you are unfamiliar with. However, R. A. Salvatore has constructed an interesting society in the underdark.
I didn't really get into the story too much until the author starts following Drizzt.
Drizzt's life is certainly an interesting one. My enjoyment of the book was reduced because I just couldn't see how Drizzt continued to have the expectations of moral behavior despite growing up in an environment with no examples of anything but treachery and cruelty.
The only relationship of any note that Drizzt forms is with the weapons master, and this relationship is important but only occupies a small portion of the story. Mostly, Drizzt is off doing unpleasant things he doesn't want to do while surrounded by unpleasant shallow characters.
So to sum up, I would say it is a good story and it held my interest, but doesn't get as high a rating as other books because it didn't make any sense to me that Drizzt felt the way he did, and I felt the book concentrated mostly on negative interactions which made it less pleasant to experience. Conflict and dark times are ok, but it is the good feelings and hope for improvement that make me want to put my headphones on and listen to the the next chapter. I felt that this book was worth listening to, but not half as good as some of my favorites.
I highly recommend Orphan Train to anybody who likes emotional stories about women. The main characters are easy to like, and the story was engaging and believable. The performance was well done and well suited to the book. If you only like stories with car chases, murders, and explosions, then maybe you should look elsewhere. But if you enjoy any engaging and well performed story no matter the subject, then this one is a terrific choice.
I listen to Audible books in the car on my commute. This is one of the books I couldn't stop listening too. The story starts out a little vague and confusing but comes into focus over the first few hours.
Seraphina's character came to life so vividly that I felt the strong emotions as if they were the result of something happening in my own life. The story is excellent, and the narrator is one of the best I've listened too.
I will definitely be looking for more Rachel Hartman books.
Not from this author
It was ok but the story could have been told in about one quarter the size of this book without leaving anything out. I fell asleep while listening a few times but didn't bother to rewind because hard anything happens. I didn't miss anything. It is almost like the author is purposely going on an on about irrelevant details just to make the novel bigger. For example, at one point he lists all the contents of the woman's refrigerator.
In addition, there is alot of pointless sexual scenes which weren't interesting or necessary. A couple of the characters engage in intercourse with prepubescent minors. I imagine there are quite a lot of people who would find this too disturbing to read.
I liked when he talked about Checkov and the Cat Town story. I liked the parts where they follow Bobblehead.
The narrators did a great job. There were parts to this book that were good, but there are much more enjoyable books you could listen to.
I like to listen to books while exercising to keep my mind off the toil, so it is important to me that a story stays consistently interesting. This book is quite long, an so it is good value for the credits, but more importantly, I connected with it. The reader is one of the best I've ever listened to.
This is not a perfect book. There were a few moments where the writing slipped a little. There may be a few moments where you fall out of the story to wonder if they could have used a better editor. The setup of the world takes some time, and the story really doesn't draw you until about 1/3 of the way through.
But overall, this book is better than most in that regard. But the plot and characters are both excellent. I enjoyed this more than the Game of Thrones because it is less tragic and upsetting, and is easier to follow because it has fewer characters.
The characters are quite good, and their personalities really come through. The battle descriptions are quite well done, though it can get a little gory at times.
I would put this book in the top ten I have listened to. I cared about the characters, it held my interest, and the reader was so good that it was more like listening to a performance rather than just someone reading a book. I heartily recommend this book because it is not only consistently enjoyable, but also a good value.
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