The story went on and on in many places about nothing. Frankly, the author got too successful for his own good. An editor should've cut out a half of this book - at least, but since it's the eragon series, the editor probably was allowed to do little more than say whatever you think Chris. It's sad. There are elements that are entertaining, but only about one of every five minutes actually advanced the story.
He kept all the characters straight and remained true to their voices through out. The problem with this book is not the narrator.
It was the last book in the series... So if you've invested the time to red the first three, you pretty much have no choice but to finish the series. I wish I had better news about the quality of the experience though.
this book series is absolutely fabulous. I love the characters and the interaction between them. The addition of cress to the team takes this book to a new level. If you're already enjoying the series, don't miss this installment.
The stories in this series are wonderful. I liken them to a rip off of Harry Potter books - but I really do mean that in a nice way – REALLY! (If you're going to rip off any book series - best to choose one of the best series in book history.)
These books are very well written and creative. I love the characters and their charming, even touching, interactions. Like Harry Potter books, I wish I could travel into the elf world right along with the characters.
All of that said - Read the book instead of doing the audiobook. This narrator is second-rate at best. She has about 3 distinct character voices and uses them for about 20 different characters. She rarely uses inflection, timing or emotion within her narration.
I only suffered through her narration because as I was so into the books that I wanted to use ever spare second to continue advancing the story and, quite frank, the police frown on you actually reading while driving.
So, if you can, read the book. If you're like me, however, and simply must use every spare second to read - do both. I learned from this that Audible and Kindle sync to each other! Really - I have no idea how they do it, but, seriously, how cool is that?!
When you get tired of your own life and just want to escape into someone else's shoes for a bit, may I recommend this book?
"Whatever You Do, Don't Run" is a series of many different little anecdotes and personal experiences from an African safari guide who I wish would be my friend. I could imaging many entertaining dinner parties with great conversation and lots of laughs.
Yes, it's not very long, but the vignettes are easily split into bit sized chunks - perfect for making those afternoons spent running errands more enjoyable.
I really enjoy Brandon Mull's stories. I think they're creative and fun -- everything you'd expect from a popular children's book author. But, quite frankly, despite the great story, the narrator almost made me give up.
I'm not sure if she had a cold when narrating this book, but so many times I just wanted to scream at her to blow her nose or something. She was so very, very nasal in her delivery. Worse, she specifically chose to voice one of the main characters, Pigeon, as a nasally boy.
It was awful. After a few hours of this, it was like fingers on a chalkboard to me.
Please, please -- Mr. Mull, if create another audiobook for this series, choose a different narrator or make sure that this one is clear of her cold.
Other reviewers have compared this book & narrator to the Princess Bride. I think it's a brilliant and very apt comparison. But, I think one more needs to be added — the narrator has a definite Monty Python feel.
Between the laugh-a-minute story, the humorously flawed yet oh-so-lovable characters, and the narrator's expert delivery of all the various characters (love the Arnold Schwarzenegger-esque delivery the most), I felt like crying when this book was done and I realized there was not yet a sequel available.
PLEASE CHRISTOPHER & BRONSON - Get to work! We need another and fast!
Who would imagine a life such as this could actually be real? I had to keep reminding myself that this was ot fiction. This was Frank's life. In addition to being a fascinating glimpse into life in the mid-1900's, it's just a joyful listen. You can't help but cheering for a criminal just to keep the story going. And, if you've seen the movie, do the book. There's so much more to frank's story than could be put into the movie. His experience in the French prison alone is worth adding the audio book to your movie experience. I wish I could listen for the first time again.
I love learning about popular culture that is no more. Who writes checks anymore? Getting on airplanes without security checks that leave you half naked? Love it.
After finishing the a hunger games series I was left tight that familiar feeling of now what? Luckily, I came across this title. If you enjoyed the characters of the hunger games and could handle the brutality of that world, try Divergent. It starts a bit slow, but don't worry. It'll pick up soon enough. Then, just like me, you'll be waiting, if not very patiently, for the next installment.
The Villian. Frankly, you cannot achieve a great series without a great Villian. This series starts off on a great note because the Villian and crew have all the perfect mix of frightening motivation and will do do what needs to be done to make their visions a reality.
The performance gives greater depth to the voice of the main character than I think just the written work would.
I tried... really I did. I tried to like this book, but after about 10 hours, I gave up. The plot moves so slowly. The characters just aren't all that likeable. I like Jonathan Segundus, but he shows up in the first few chapters and no where else. It really reads like a long history textbook that you had to read in 10th grade. No thank you. Find enjoyment elsewhere.
If you liked the First "Traveling Pants", try the second volume. It's basically more of the same... same characters with the same youthful faults and the same predictable happy ending. With that said- this was a very entertaining listen. It was not heavy, which is perfect for the summer or vacation listen.
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