Poteau, OK, United States | Member Since 2008
I love time travel novels. As an avid reader of the genre, this book was just under the mediocre ones. Here is why. The novel starts out with a hook that immediately gets you interested, a secret government experiment that you will not qualify for, but are encouraged to try. So, early on, curiosity gets your thoughts racing and you want to turn the page...but I found myself being distracted and the book losing my attention because the character development was on the weak side compared to some of today's top sellers. A. The protagonist was a generic person with nothing that really defined him. B. I didn't care what happened to him or feel any of his personal struggles. To me, this can make or break a novel. I want to read (listen) to a book where I want complete silence around me so I don't miss a second of what happens! Also, the story line had a decent foundation, but was hard to follow because of the lack of time spent explaining the other characters. They didn't need as much detail, but I found myself reading the Wikipedia entry just to find out what was going on! Not good. Overall, I wouldn't use a credit for this book, instead check out my favorite time travel books: Replay - Ken Grimwood, Schumann Frequency & The First Boxer by Chris Ride and Lightning - Dean Koontz. Those are worth every penny!
I want to enjoy this book because of the historical account, but I just can't get into it. Because of the need to tie into actual historical events, it is too weighted with raw historical data and that imposes on the character development. Those inserts read like they are being read from Wikipedia. It just didn't work for me. Also, the narration was okay, but the recording wasn't. You often hear mouth noises and exhalations. Listen to the audio sample. I was able to follow on 1.5X speed. I hope this helps someone. If it helped you, click the YES button below. Later.
I have not seen the classic movie yet, but am looking forward to it. I love the clear representation of the 20's & 30's. You can tell it is actually written during those times and not a modern story about those times. Because of the era, I was kind of surprised at the foul language, even though it is a crime novel. It is not excessive as many contemporary books contain. There is not a lot of blood and gore as you might guess, and not a lot of depth to the mystery. There simply was nothing at risk to the reader. The suspense is not on par with the movies and books of today either. The characters didn't have time to be developed and the descriptions were limited and you really didn't care too much about any of them. All that being said, I loved how the protagonist had his way with all those around him. He said what he wanted and had the guts to go into the fire to solve his case. Not sure it is worth a credit. I got it on the Deal of the Day sale. The narration was great and made it an enjoyable listen. I was able to keep up fine on 2X speed so you can listen in half the time. I hope this helps someone. If any of my review helped you, please click YES below. Later.
I am not opposed to anyone writing their points of view on just about anything, but I didn't find this appealing. I wanted to be able to say I had read some Emerson and this came up on the deal of the day, so I grabbed it. It's probably my lack of study in the literary arts and spoken word that help me to my conclusion, but there it is. I simply disagree with him on most of his points in this text. I find it healthy to read material I might disagree with and enjoy it most of the time, but I would pass on this and not spend a credit on it. I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed and the narration was fine.
Although an avid reader, I am not a student of literary art and perhaps that is why I feel I didn't find most of these stories very interesting? I understood what was happening, but it just didn't command my attention as a lot of stories do. I feel like any of these short stories could have been written by a high school prose student. To me, there wasn't anything exceptional about the stories themselves. After reading about the author and her personal struggles, I can see where one might find some interest in her work. It is considered a classic and I have now read it, so I will move on. She felt somewhat feministic and the theme of second marriage is repetitive. The narration was good and I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. I would not spend a credit on this, but I picked up on the deal of the day. I hope this helps. Later.
Not knowing anything about this book, I got it on the deal of the day. I assumed it was a classic and I do remember a movie from the 80's making me think it was a classic. I was wrong. It was published in 1982. After about half way through the book, I got the suspicion that it wasn't really about a struggle with racism in the south, but a treatise on why women should despise men. From Sofia to Celie to Shug, the female characters have so much animosity toward men that even God, as a father, gets questioned. Also, it is apparent that some of the women despise their children and act as though they are a burden in life, this felt feminist to me. And to top it off, a huge lesbian relationship is the central relationship of the entire book... again, because the men in the book do not satisfy. There is vulgar language and explicit sexual immorality. I can say I have read this, but would not recommend it or use a credit on it. One thing that was really good was the narration, which was done by the author. It was excellent. I listened comfortably at 2X speed. I hope this helps someone. Later.
I really enjoyed this book. The plot takes place in the early 50's and you can tell by the mannerisms and details of the scenes. I liked the speed of the book and could imagine the time period to make it believable. It is fun to think how this murder mystery could not have even happened in today's time with all the social media and the internet. The characters were so close, yet they didn't know each other... not gonna happen today. Anyway, I think you should try the book and it is worth a credit even though I paid 1.95 on the daily deal. There is some explicit language (minor compared to today's stuff) and some fornication, but no sexual immorality detailed out. The narration was excellent and I listened comfortably at 2X speed. I hope this helps someone. Later.
This was easy to read. It adapted fairly well to modern times for as old as it is. One thing that makes it obviously not of modern thought is the ease of which the alien slugs can be overcame on an individual basis. Most alien creatures today are nearly impossible to defeat, yet these slugs can't take a knock on the noggin before they release the host. However, with the limited resources of alien information in 1950-51 it is a good read and for the times it is thought through okay. I would not use a credit on this unless you like out of date alien invasions. The narration was not bad and I listened comfortably on 2X speed. Hope this helps someone. Later
***Some spoilers*** Man... I am so glad that the author allowed some screen writing liberties because if the movie would've followed the book very closely, the ending would have stunk. This book starts off very engaging, but quickly moves into a lengthy section regarding an adulteress affair of the protagonists wife. She is regretful of not having a life of notoriety and finds her marriage to the police chief unfulfilling, resulting in the adultery. During this section the shark is fairly inactive... resulting in a desire to skip ahead. In my opinion, this part does nothing to move the main idea of the story forward. The book does contain vulgar language and some sexual immorality. I really feel let down with the last chapter of this book because there are SO many unanswered questions: 1) Why did Jaws live? 2) What does this mean for Amity? 3) Does Brodie confront his wife? 4) What happened to Mr. Vaughn? I needed and expected closure via a dead shark!... like in the movie! It was ended so abruptly that I'm actually kinda angry. Anyway, the narration was awesome and I could listen comfortably at 1.5X speed. I hope this helps someone. Later.
First of all, I did expect this to contain material by Lewis that was incomplete, yet even knowing that didn't remove the disappointment I felt when the stories just stopped. I can appreciate the notes, background info and the look into the author while young, but I was left with an unexpected incompleteness. Lewis fans who want to get a taste of some projects that never hit the big time should enjoy this, but be prepared for abrupt story endings with no explanations and no attempt to examine the endings. Hope this helps. Later.
This was not what I expected for the most part. I'm old enough to be weary of YA novels. This contains the needed components to be a YA novel, i.e. young adults, love interest, world not as it seems, friendships, constant action, etc. The story takes off quickly and doesn't really let up until the end... that's the way I like it. There were some characters you cared about and lots of action. What I liked most about the way the story was written was that it starts off with the main question and it does not answer that main question until the end. This keeps me guessing and turning the pages for another clue to answer the question. One thing that was absent was foul language, which I did not miss. The culture the characters found themselves in had its own choice words but it wasn't the same a ruining a book with too much cussing. NOTE: This is Book 1 of a series that is not completed. Narration was not spectacular, but didn't ruin it. I listened comfortably at 2X speed. Hope this helps someone. Later.
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