There are not many primary source documents written by those who were slaves at some point in their lives. And this title is one of the best. I am frustrated that the complete title is missing from the work here on Audible. It should read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. Those last three words are quite important, and were purposefully included by Douglass when he wrote this ground-breaking work. It is shocking that so few people know who this man was and is. Without him, it is likely that Lincoln would not have succeeded in his pursuit of the Emancipation Proclamation for what would become the United States of America.
Douglass was born a slave, of a slave mother and unknown white father. One of his mistresses, Mrs. Auld, started to teach him the alphabet when he was just a boy of about 8 years old. Her lessons were brought to an abrupt halt when her husband made it clear that it was not only illegal to teach a slave to read, but that to do so would be to make them unfit to be a slave.
Douglass heard this conversation and took from it the key to his future: that for white men to keep blacks as slaves, they had to keep them ignorant. Douglass, despite his young age, determined to learn to read and, eventually, write. And over the course of 7 years, he found ways to teach himself to read and bribe others to help him do so.
This text is a clear example of what white Americans had to be ashamed of in the 1800's: the idea that the color of a person's skin can make them less than human. Definitely worth reading.
I was shocked by this novel. I started out listening to it, but had to stop. I did not enjoy the narrator. But that wasn't the only problem. I simply didn't enjoy the story. I don't find Dashner's writing engaging or believable. It feels like his writing is over-simplified, and thereby almost belittling to teen intelligence. Honestly, I wanted to love the story. But, I just can't bring myself to. I am irritated by the main character's constant wondering about what is going on, and the writing is just too...bland.
I do read a lot of teen-lit, both fiction and non-fiction. It is rare for a novel to leave me so un-moved.
This science-fiction fairy tale gripped me from the outset. The narration is very good, and makes the listen that much better.
The story is a re-conception of Cinderella, where Cinder is a highly capable, independent and unconventional cyborg girl, who finds herself enmeshed in political intrigue, secret missions, and a swoon-worthy interaction with a wonderfully normal prince.
I don't want to give anything away. If you like entertainment, this book is a nice start to an intelligent series that redefines the roles of the heroine and hero, addresses many modern-day issues (conformity, risk-taking, self-acceptance), and has excellently developed characters. I will listen to the next in the series!
This story is so canned and predictable that it is painful. On top of that, the language Robards attributes to her leading woman and man is painfully boring and, at times, demeaning. The narrator did an okay job - not terrible, but certainly not star worthy. Everyone sounded the same.
As with Harrison's other work, this has a dose of predictability, but it manages to veer from the path significantly enough to make the novel entertaining and worthwhile. I was pleased by the uncertain nature of the relationship between Rune and Carling, and the completely different type of personality that Rune compared to Dragos, while still maintaining control and managing situations. It is good enough to make me excited for Oracle's Moon...
This novel works because it is part of a nice series, but would not stand well alone, in my opinion. I enjoy Harrison's writing and Eastlake's narration, but it this novel is just there - a way to get to the next novel, which I really enjoyed. The story here is predictable and "meh" compared to the other 4 stories thus far.
I have recently had poor experiences with very popular novels in the paranormal romance genre, but this one is very good. I like the narrator Sophie Eastlake - she gives her characters different tones of voice and is easy to listen to. She is not what I consider brilliant, but good. I would give her 3.5 stars if it were possible.
The story itself if quite entertaining. I had no idea about a few of the twists (Pia's second form) which was nice, since you can clearly anticipate some of the story line. Harrison does a nice job of making the characters completely inhuman and fantastical, and yet lets them have common failings, which I enjoy.
There is nothing extraordinary about this story, but it is entertaining. I will listen to the next one.
I wanted to love this book. I wanted to be one of the people who just adore Sylvia Day, but I don't. I like her writing, but it is only average in my opinion. I really like the premise of this story, and some of it is really good. But it is not great writing. I didn't like the time-frame jumps that Day used - I found them to be irritating, and it didn't create any emphasis in the story. I also didn't buy into the characters. Not enough development? I am unsure. But I never fell for anyone in this novel. Part of that is because I am not a fan of the men who "Babe" their leading ladies, so that was a drawback for me.
The narrator does a fine job with differentiating character voices, although her masculine tones were too quiet in comparison with her narrative and female voices. The thing that I found most unappealing is the narrator's LACK of emotion, especially around the sex scenes. It was soooo flat! I was never drawn in, and essentially did not care about the characters.
The ending was also terrible, in my opinion. No spoilers here, but the was Day ended the novel was enough of a drawback for me that I will not seek to listen to any more of her work.
I like this series spin-off of her Grave series, but wish Frost would find a new narrator. I think Gilbert does a good job on some things, and a lousy job on others. The story is predictable, so don't think you are getting any surprises here. Nice fluff listen for work around the house and such.
This is my second attempt at a Luke Daniels narration. The first one was "eh" - but I attributed that to the novel. His work was fine. But this time, I can not even get past the first 10 minutes of the story. I jumped ahead to see if I could take it later in the story, and if his overly macho tone would have settled down, but it just isn't working for me. I don't think he is a bad narrator. I just think his tone is wrong for me to listen to. I have to return this audiobook. I may try to read it instead, since I like the premise.
I picked this title because I had just listened to Higgins' Catch of the Day, and truly enjoyed it. I should have given the excerpt a careful listen, but I didn't. Xe Sands, who narrated Catch of the Day, would have been a much better choice. Eyre's voice would be appropriate for some work, but I felt like I was listening to a 75 year old with a warbley voice, and could not take it. Of course, it could just be me and some people might love Eyre's voice with this novel, but I felt like I was listening to a great grandmother instead of a 35 year old woman. I bought the ebook instead, and am much happier for having done so.
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