If you haven't read the Ender's Game saga and are starting your introduction to the writings of Orson Scott Card with The Lost Gate, this book should turn you into a bonafide fan. I couldn't stop listening and can't wait until the next book.
I haven't had this much fun in a long time. Michael Sullivan's writing style draws you in immediately and keeps you there. The narration by Tim Gerard Reynolds is solid -- even the female voices. This is my first Michael Sullivan book and it won't be my last.
I really, really, really tried to get into this series. It ended up being the ultimate sleeping pill. Both Hounded and Hexed impressed me as being written for adolescent males. Due to the high ratings, lots of people out there really, really, really did get into it tho'. I guess I like a little more spiciness in a story line, like the Dresden Files.
The ratings on Cinder intrigued me. Another Cinderella story (really?).... I was not expecting to like it so much. Even tho' I could predict the plot, I still was "glammed". Can't wait to get the next book and follow Cinder as she discovers just who she is.
I cannot understand how the ratings for this trilogy were 4.0 and above. I, too, gave in to the hype and struggled thru the entire trilogy in an effort to understand. Fortunately, I was able to secure the first two books from the library, so I was only out money for this 3rd book. The writing is mediocre at best, and Becca Battoe's narration is NOT engaging. "Oh my", please save me from this "kinky f-kery". I did not find the books worth my time. That said, if you must try this series, I would skip the first two books and just read this one -- it's the best of the lot.
As a Sherlock Holmes fan, I found this book to be disappointing on all levels -- the narrator and the story. I respect Derek Jacobi as an actor, but I think him a poor choice as narrator for Sherlock. The voice he chose for Holmes did not suit the charactor and I found it hard to listen to. Female voices were nonexistent -- everything sounded the same. On the story level, I didn't feel that I was listening to a Sherlock Holmes mystery. Sherlock did not behave as I would have expected. Where were the disguises? Where was the infiltration into the criminal network? I am 3/4 into the book and ready to return it -- I can't get past Sherlock Holmes' voice.
I can't imagine Atlas Shrugged 5 hours longer by another narrator. It was way too long anyway, but at least Christopher Hurt kept the pace going. 40 hours in the story seemed finished and predictable. I perservered. The end of the story WAS predictable. This book could stand a good edit.
Just when I thought the story was predictable, the revelations started coming and didn't stop until the very end.
A book like this reminds me of how fortunate we in the U.S.A. are to have freedom of thought and expression. I suffered thru the first hour trying to understand the author/reader, but then Ayaan Hirsi Ali's autobiography took off -- and I am glad that she did not hire a professional reader. Her accent served to draw me in deeper as she described her family, her religion which turned radical, her country, her clan -- well, her life. An inspiring book from a woman who I hope will live a very long life with a dash of happiness thrown in.
John Scalzi has joined my elite list of top science fiction authors as he has apparently done with so many others. I started with Agent to the Stars and, after listening to Fuzzy Nation, am ready to indulge in his multi-book series. Reviews count, credits cost. Scalzi has had over 1,000 people submit reviews per book, and his ratings are higher than 4.5 out of 5 -- that should tell you something. It was Wil Wheaton's fabulous narration abilities that brought me to Scalzi. It is Scalzi's writing that has made me a fan. If you love science fiction and are looking for a good book, you need look no further. As a bonus, you will actually receive two books.
Fuzzy Nation downloads in two parts. Part I, narrated by Wil Wheaton, was Mr. Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation -- his rewritten update of the classic, Little Fuzzy, written by H. Beam Pipper. Part II is the original Little Fuzzy, narrated by Peter Ganim. I don't need to tell you the story, just get the book. There is humour, suspense, twists and turns, courtroom drama, an adorable "sentient" alien species, and just downright good story telling. I enjoyed being able to compare the two versions. Did I have a favorite? They were both good, but I'm giving the edge to the dog.
Download this book!!!! Download this awesome book and don't hesitate. If over 2,000 people have and the ratings are almost a 5, that should tell you something. It is a rare book that has me hooked within two pages. It is rarer still when I can't stop listening or even go to sleep. If my MP3 player hadn't just lost power, I would still be plugged in. The reader, Wil Wheaton, is absolutely perfect. The story is outstanding, or maybe it is just pushing my nostalgia buttons and showing you how old I am. Whatever the reason, the story is believable, sweet, part fun, part evil, written to perfection, and had me hooked within two pages. After listening to 100's of audiobooks, it is a rare find.
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