The Godfather is an excellent piece of storytelling. I love good character stories, and Puzo delivers. One of the best books I have listened to this year, I had a hard time putting down my headset while immersed in Puzo's world of love, lust, greed, betrayal and power. If you liked the movies, you'll love the book!
I have a hard time comparing the Godfather to any one book. The character work is reminiscent to Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn & Way of Kings) or Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time). The gritty feel and milieu in general are something straight out of a Robert Parker (author of the Spencer novels).
Joe Mantegna's performance of the book was one of the major factors that helped with my personal immersion. Through his voice, I could see the emotions of the characters. Also, his narration style was a good fit for the milieu established by Parker.
Michael Corleone. His character journey was particularly exquisite and by far the most sympathetic character in the book for me.
I picked up this book on a strong recommendation, even though it doesn't fit into what is "normal" for my tastes. I'm glad that I did! Excellent listen.
This is one of the only books I keep on my phone at all times for an emotional pick-me-up when times get rough and the choices feel overwhelming. It represents the culmination of a life that has inspired my own choices. The odd part is that, though culmination is the best word I can think of to describe the work, it does not feel like an end, as the word culmination implies. It is only the beginning. For you, for me, for the author. For all of us.
When I purchased Monster Hunter International (MHI), I was expecting an action packed book filled with violence, cool guns, interesting tactics and a good time. The literary equivalent of an action movie. And you know what? Like action movies, this book was awesome. Correia provides a book that is entertaining from beginning to end, the plot was engaging, the prose was littered with gallows humor and I enjoyed the narrative voice. I felt as if a war buddy was telling a story about the good old days. The characters (especially many of the females) are a bit flat, gun porn is rampant and few deep thoughts are inspired by the book. However, the book is very honest about what it is from the first chapter and if you can accept that, you'll have a great listen.
Impossible odds, impossible solutions. (I know, four words, but sue me)
The protagonist finds himself in an impossible situation. He sucks it up and wins. With style, with class, with honor. Campbell's done well.
My first listen to either of these narrators, but the narration was great. Rummel's the voice of Blackjack now.
Extreme outward reaction? Not this book, though some of the later in the series. I did not hesitate to get the next in the series though. One book and I was hooked.
I purchased the physical copies of the entire series to lend out. Yeah, they are that good.
Not likely. I was an avid fan of the Sword of Truth series, but this book was a disappointment. I might pick up another Goodkind given a good review from a friend, but I don't plan on searching anymore out. I have no strong feelings on Tsoutsouvas.
I'll go back and listen to his earlier works, definitely. I did and still do enjoy them..
I'm not sure that he brought anything special to the book.
This book was simply too predictable. When I found myself successfully predicting the next line (s), I was done. I was not engaged after the first third of the book, so I moved on.
Yes. The heroine made it worth it. I loved her spirit, wit and humor. I also enjoyed watching the male lead work to turn a dystopia into a home.
I've listened to most of Sanderson's library. This book was his first published work and my least favorite. His writing ability gets much better from here.
Yes. Garrett's narration added to the story yet remained unobtrusive.
No. It's fine as a stand alone and is self contained enough to do so. Also, I'd say that the author's skill has grown to such a degree that a follow up would seem out of place.
If you like Sanderson's other works, this is a good read. If you've never read anything from him, I'd recommend starting elsewhere. This book does not do his current skill level justice.
Without hesitation. The Alloy of Law was entertaining, engaging, thought provoking and well written. I alternatively wanted to buy the characters drinks and smack them upside the head.
The opening scene. It has stuck in my head incredibly vividly and serves to shape the protagonist for the rest of the book.
When the protagonist's lab is blown up by an agent of the antagonist. Surprising, but inevitable, the twist added a great deal to the story.
Laugh frequently. And curse. And hold my breath. Towards the end of the book a decision is made by a character. When I heard it, I blurted, "You moron!" The gentleman in line in front of me did not take that so well...
The Way of Kings has climbed to the top of my favorites list, a book I've listened to three times since purchasing. I've enjoyed it as much the latest time as the first as new layers become visible with each new read. The characters are complex, believable and interesting. The milieu is expansive and explored in a way that makes me want to know more, to visit again. The storylines are well paced and engaging.
I have to pick one thing? *ponders* Characters. I love good character stories, and this book is character driven. You can see the effect each character's decisions have on the world around them and the effects the actions in the rest of the world have on the characters.
I have listened to readings by both Kate Reading and Michael Kramer many times. They both deliver in this book the excellence I have come to expect of their performances.
No, the book was too massive for that. But I rarely noticed the hours passing as I listened.
Fantastic work! When asked for a recommendation, one of my first questions is usually, "Have you read The Way of Kings?"
Like many, I read this book in anticipation of the movie. I wasn't disappointed in either count. Collins tells an action driven story from the front to the back cover and the book is very entertaining. Katniss is a strong, sympathetic character and watching the world from her point of view adds depth and interest.
The Hunger Games stands out in its storytelling style, very reminiscent of television (which is where Collins' experience apparently lies). It's very different from anything else in the library.
How to say this without spoiling...? The final scene of the Hunger Game itself. How Katniss chooses to end the main conflict of the book.
No. Alas my life does not allow that amount of time. However, it was pretty close to being listened to in that way.
I enjoyed this book greatly and intend to relisten some time. The book can stand as a stand alone if you are not interested in listening to the other parts of the triology.
What I liked most and least about Mockingjay are related. Starting positive, I really enjoyed the believability of the characters, that their reactions and actions seemed inevitable given the world that Collins has established. However, I think that Collins takes this approach too far with the emotional damage she heaps on her protagonist, Katniss. As reasonable as her reactions are, the reactions in and of themselves had the tendancy to slow down the story as Katniss "checks out" for sections of the book. Not something I appreciated from the only viewpoint into this world.
As mentioned above, it was the pacing. The viewpoint character is so strongly effected by the situations she finds herself in that the pacing is very strongly effected.
To my knowledge, I haven't listened to anything else by Mrs McCormick. I have neither high praise for her performance, nor any real criticism. Her voice was a very good mechanism for the delivery of the book and faded into the background. Like good prose, a good narration does not distract the reader from the story.
Yes. I enjoyed the book. It was a good finale to the series. However, I will not be listening to it again. My girlfriend chose this book as the soundtrack to a road trip, but could not finish it (for many of the reasons I mentioned above). I however, pushed through and was glad I did.
If you liked the first two books of the series, listening to Mockingjay would give good closure.
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