I loved the story but either there were file problems on the audio or there was a serious glitch in the writing. I kept getting switched between time lines as though some files were misnumbered andthe timeline was out of order. One minute she's being held captive by the scavengers and the next she's with Raven, then back with the scavengers. This happened repeatedly and it didn't in the first novel of the series. If it's a flashback, there's nothing to indicate that there is a change in time. As much as I enjoyed the audio version, it was very confusing and disjointed.
I rather expected it, frankly.
Sarah did a great job with the performance.
No. The closest I came to an extreme reaction was the frustration with the timeline.
This volume is a continuation of the war between the Lux and the people of earth. They discover that the enemy of their enemy is their friend and join forces with the Aram. This book is followed by a full credit cost of a 0.5 book. I have a policy that I don't buy any book under ten hours of narration and I don't buy novellas. If it was offered for five bucks, I might have bit. See you when your next real book comes out.
Oh, and give Justine Eyre and Rob Shapiro some slack. They did a good job on the narration and for some reason they are getting beaten up by a few people. Makes no sense to me. Anyway, enjoy the book. It's a good story albeit another cliff hanger.. sigh...
Good story. My only issue is a common one for my reviews, every book ends in a cliff hanger and I feel that each book should stand on it on merits and not expect you to rush out to get the next version. I respect writers who write complete books and I buy everything they write if they do a good job of it. Check out Outlander, for instance.
Oh, and one more thing. What's all the issues with the reader? The reader is fine. I liked her fine and at least she doesn't mispronounce half the names or words. Cut her some slack. So she's not Davina Porter but who the heck is Davina Porter except Davina Porter. Okay, try Outlander. You'll understand. But Justine Eyre was fine. Believe me, I've heard bad narration. Try the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter. Anyone is from Louisiana would throw up on the names. I'm NOT from there and I gritted my teeth through the entire series.
Cut Justine some slack. She sounds like a teen age girl and her voice suits it.
Okay, now instead of ARK-in-new for the name Arceneaux,, she's pronouncing it Are-CHIN-new. Hmmmm.... instead of being from Louisiana, he's now from China or Japan? It's Are-sin-oh. Thank goodness the next in the series takes place in North Carolina.
This was actually a good story and if I were reading it on the page of a book, I would have an easier time overlooking the spelling errors but when peoples names are butchered so badly by the reader, it's like hearing someone scratch a blackboard. Was it too much for the author and the reader to go to Louisiana and actually do research there? Her cajun accent was sad and denigrating. How about calling a library in Louisiana and asking to speak to the Librarian about spelling of the french names and maybe even the pronunciation. You can get a lot of it on Google, for heavens sake. Next time, hire Davina Porter. SHE can do any accent.
Here's a clue: It isn't Fonteneau, it's Fontenot and it's pronounced Font-know,
It isn't Arceneau, it's Arceneaux and it's pronounced Ar-sin-oh, not Arc-ken-new.
Zydeco is not pronounced zy-DECK-oh. The accent is on the first syllable. ZY-deck-oh. It doesn't rhyme with gecko.
This is nothing short of disrespect for the people of Louisiana on the part of the author and the reader. Do your homework, people! I'm not even from Louisiana and I was offended. Geeez.
Yes, I'm going to read them all but I don't appreciate the lack of attention to this particular detail.
Satisfying, slowly consumed, and delicious. Diana's writing is more that of a sixty year old woman with twenty best sellers behind her name. She loves her characters and endows them with intelligence and a conscience. Realizing that there were no cell phones, even before Claire's first exit to the past, we know that we will have to wait for the journeys. The beauty of this is that Diana Gabaldon knows that it's the journey not the destination that builds character and memories. Davina Porter is an artist who paints words and characters with her voice. Her voice should hang, like a masterpiece, in the Louvre.
I love these long stories that are told over the centuries because the characters draw you in and make you care about what may be waiting around every corner. I especially enjoy the medical applications and how Claire translates 20th century medicine to the 1700's. Learning how penicillin is made and what it takes to create ether is fascinating to me. You learn in little pieces of stories that illustrate the challenges of living in a time where convenience didn't exist.
I close the book and a feeling of poignance comes over me. I know that like the journeys, there will be a stretch of time before I can once again experience the lives of characters that I've come to love. I will miss the histories that are nearly first hand, thanks to the authors kindest care with her research. But I know I will see these old friends again in future editions. For now I think I shall re-experience the beginning once again. Like a rich soup, it is often even better the day after it's made.
Dear reader, I wish you a journey through this series to be remembered well enough to consume again and again. It is not for the instant coffee crowd, it's for those who appreciate grinding ones own beans and lovingly brewing a cup of smooth, rich coffee to be enjoyed in the most comfortable chair, feet up before a cozy fire, and with a Diana Gabaldon novel at hand.
With all due respect to Gigi, it is hard to walk into a much loved series and take over where another well accepted reader was unavailable, for whatever reason. I admit that there were times when I thought I would have to order the electronic version of this volume. I'm rather forgiving but this recorded version should have been put on hold until the original reader could resume.
It would also have made it better had she listened to the pronunciation of the names and accents previously used. At times she was practically shrill and at others she shredded the accents. Now, that said, Gigi is very capable and with the right book, she would be great but with this many accents and replacing a popular reader, poor Gigi was set up to fail and fail she did.
It was a good book. I suggest you buy a printed version and continue the series.
I have not always written reviews and those I've written were not always positive. This one is an exception to all the rules. I couldn't put it down. It reads like a novel from an older experienced writer with at least ten best sellers on the resume. In the series you learn so many things you never expected to learn and they fit so neatly into the story. For instance, how is penicillin made? Bread mold, right? Well, yes and no. It isn't made from the mold but I won't spoil it for you because I want you to be just as amazed as I was by the things you will learn. The series is loaded with little things such as this and what a surprise to find out that this is the authors first novel!
I would be completely remiss if I didn't mention Davina Porter. She is the best narrator I've ever heard read an audible book and I've read them for many years. When I was traveling and on the road for my company, it was a way of catching up on my reading and staying awake on the road. Davina's ability to do all the dialects and accents combined with her gender switches are nothing short of amazing. She does Jaime so well that even though I'm straight as an arrow, her rendition is a flat turn on.
I can't say enough for this book and this series except that it keeps getting better and better. I wish you the joy of opening this book like you're opening a special package that you just know contains something wondrous and joyful. No spoilers here, my friends. I wouldn't do that to you. Instead, discover and pay it forward for this is one of those that when you turn the final page, you do so with joy but also a touch of regret, knowing that you will likely read it again but it can never again be your first time.
You know, this book had a good story going for it and then things went south. Frankly, I found that it is an insult to the intelligence of any age reader but certainly to any teen who loves to read. I won't elaborate because I don 't care for spoilers and the plot devices used by the author to advance her story were pitifully stupid. No self respecting young adult with a thimble full of self esteem would buy into the ending without being totally offended. They deserve more respect and if they are lacking in self esteem, this book certainly would not reinforce good self esteem. I won't be buying the sequels. I will say that it was well narrated. That's my take on it! Wish I could have been more positive but I was ticked off royally by the time I finished it. I then waited a couple more weeks so that I could think it over before submitting a review. Colleen, please do a better job next time, okay?
Tahereh Mafi is a fine writer who delivers what she promises. Ignite me, like the previous two volumes were hard to put down and the narration by Kate Simses is masterful. I couldn't wait for this book to come out and when it did, I was not disappointed. I'm not going into the story or characters because I dislike spoilers whether intentional or not. It was a smart story and would be appreciated by all ages. Good reading!
I really enjoyed this read. The book was engaging, interesting, extremely well narrated, but it left me wondering where the second and third volumes were languishing. The second in the series is Dreamless. It was published and out in May of 2012. I'm really anxious to read the sequels because this writer doesn't short change the reader with a couple of dozen dime novels to tell a story when she can tell a full and compete story in a trilogy. I love the characters she painted with her words and I'm so surprised that I'm the first to write a review on this volume because it should have scads of them long since.
I wonder if those who read it failed to post a review until they had continued the story in the sequels. If so, that's a pity because anyone who read the reviews would be downloading this book right now. As it is, I may have to go to Barnes&RobYou to download it to my Nook when I'd really enjoy it while on a long drive or even while cleaning house. I get so interested and into it that I fail to notice that I'm working or even working out, God forbid. Oh well... At least read Starcrossed because you will like it. I had had it in my library but was a tiny bit put off by the synopsis. That may need to be revisited in case anyone else had the same reaction. I thought, wow.... why didn't I read this sooner?
Do yourself a favor and don't put it off. It's worth it.
Oh, I nearly forgot. In my research, I put the authors name in my search engine and she has a website. So, I trucked on over there even though I should be in bed, and wouldn't you know? The third book in the trilogy is titled "Goddess." It can be pre-ordered in print but I think it can be downloaded now to my Nook. PLEASE, Audible... get these two recorded into audible books so we can buy them?
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