It certainly doesn't leave you feeling good. The characters are hard to relate to and hard to embrace. The story is often disturbing. The writing isn't terrible but isn't exceptional. I'm sorry that this author is being compared to Sedaris, Eggars, and Keillor -- he pales in comparison to those guys.
this is so well written and so well read. what an absolute blast. it gives you great insight into stephen king's life behind the scenes and what it takes to be a good writer.
I liked this. It was slow at first, and I zoned out a little, but it turned out to be better than I expected. It will be worth hearing again. Try it.
A fitting three-star book, this is decently written and well read but has characters who are hard to like and a plot that moves slowly. This story doesn't entice the listener to care about who's in it or what's going on. Without good character development or any suspense, this story lacks the page-turning quality that makes a book fun. I only just finished listening to it, and it's already fading from my mind, proving itself to be completely forgettable.
The book might be a best-seller, but the audio presentation is mind-numbing. I tuned it out after 30 minutes. Unless you're on a lot of Ritalin, this will bore you to tears. Buy the book and skim it -- at least that way you won't be forced to hear all the boring anecdotes that support eaching sub-heading. On the other hand, if you're an insomniac, I think you've just found your cure to quick and deep sleep!
I can't really think of anything to say one way or another. It was totally bland. I'm surprised everybody liked it so much. It didn't suck but it certainly didn't rock.
This might be an okay story if it weren't so drastically abridged. The characters speed through development so quickly that it is hard to grasp what stages of life, love, and maturity everyone has reached. The narrator is very good: she has a nice voice and a fluid presentation. But the story is choppy.
As far as the writing goes, I am left unimpressed. I was bothered by grammatical errors (misusing pronouns and ending sentences with prepositions). For a novel that tries so hard to mimic Jane Austin, grammatical errors are hard to overlook. If you're interested in good writing, go for the real thing, listen to Pride and Prejudice instead.
Really awful. Written at a sixth grade level. Horribly narrated. I am amazed that other reviews are so complimentary; I wish I hadn't relied on them. I was terribly disappointed.
I was so excited to hear this book, especially after reading all the other reviews, but I was sorely disappointed. As a matter of fact, I kept wanting to turn it off and I had to force myself to finish.
I thought the story was too childish. There is a mystery the kids need to solve and you've figured it out immediately but you have to listen to them struggle through it for an hour and a half. Torturous! Also, there are sound effects added in the background that I found terribly annoying (like a baby crying for a full seven minutes!).
If you are playing this for kids, it might be very entertaining for them, but if you're expecting an audio masterpiece like the Harry Potter series, you'll be disappointed.
The story is as good as it gets--it deserves a 5. But the narrator reads it as if we were five years old--she deserves a 1. There is another audio version of this story read by Jeremy Irons; I recommend hearing that, if you can, or just reading the story on your own.
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