Whenever I rate a book 3 stars or less I feel obligated to let you know why. Shibumi had a lot going for it, but I felt like I was asked to accept alot. The hero was put in high risk situations and often times had horrible mental and physical stresses. Somehow, he always managed to come through it all -- just like James Bond. So there were excellent action sequences, over the top situations, and no good sex scenes to keep me coming back. I would rather read Ian Fleming.
I agree with the other reviews. This series is a must read for Ender fans, but it stands on its own as darn good storytelling. I have read the second book in the series also, and each book ends with a cliffhanger. No fair -- I'm hooked anyway. Excellent narrators, fast paced, action packed. Can't wait 'til the next one.
Two individuals with two totally different perspectives. Can either learn from the other? They cannot "live in each other's shoes", only gain an understanding of each other's perspectives by really listening. So, I was taken on a road trip of the American culture vs. Eastern philosophy and listened. I am not sure that I gained a larger understanding of the two perspectives. I didn't stop listening tho', so I must have been interested enough to want to learn. And at the end of the book I feel just as unenlightened as I was in the beginning. Or maybe a seed was planted because I am still wondering why I kept listening.
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.
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