I tried a couple of times, but did not like the book well enough to stay with it. I don't know if it was the book or the narrator, but I didn't care for it. The narrator is not a good match for the story; she often reads too fast and doesn't add inflection. I don't plan to try another audiobook from this author.
Without realizing it at first, I listened to the Witch & Wizard series in the wrong order, listening to books 3 and 4 before The Gift. I liked the other books all right, but did not like this one. I enjoy Elijah Wood as a reader, but I didn't care for the female reader at all. I also found parts of this book silly and unbelievable; didn't even like much of the dialog. The book may have gotten better later on, but part way through the third CD, I quit listening.
Even though I've followed Brandon's writing career, we attend many of the same writing functions, I haven't read any of his books. However, after listening to the first five chapters of Steelheart, I was so impressed with the characters and the plot that I ran out and bought the book.
First I was attracted to this book because of the cover and the title. Even though the author is a good writer, it took me awhile to get into the book because I just couldn't figure out where the author was going with keeping this girl in a cold cage. Eventually all becomes clear. The female character is very well developed; I felt like I knew her. Although the boy she meets isn't as well developed, he is acceptable by the end of the book. If you get bored by the same old plot being redone over and over, this book is for you. It is anything but boring.
This is unlike any book I've read. The main character was truly odd but she was tenacious and quick thinking, which I admired. The book contained some interesting twists and turns in both plot and characterization, with a surprise villain at the end. The narrator was great, easy to listen to. However, some of the characters, like Sarah's parents, were just not believable, or likable, and some characters were shallow. It didn't seem they added anything to the story. Overall the audiobook was okay, although I don't think I'll continue with the series.
After I read the first two books in the Felix Castor series, I was sold on both the author and the series. I often suggested these books to fellow readers and writers. The next two books were all right, but I just cannot get into this fifth book in the series. I've tried to listen to it several times, but I keep leaving it to listen to other books. I can't get into the plot or the characters in this one.
I still admire Mike Carey's writing style and will try one of his books in a different series.
I enjoyed Thriller. I generally enjoy story compilations, especially when the stories are exciting or unusual. Some of these stories were better than others, as one might expect, but all of them were narrated well, which is vitally important for an audiobook. I look forward to hearing the next Thriller books.
What an excellent book, great characters (including the dog), believable plot, nice action, awesome climax - I was reeling by the time I finished this book. I wanted to rush back and listen to it again, which I will, but I'll give it a few months before I do. The narrator did a marvelous job on all the characters, including the dog. I would recommend this book to anyone, whether or not they prefer dogs or cats. I'm a cat person myself, but loved this book anyway.
If John Sandford could write a Lucas Davenport book every month, I'd buy it and devour it with glee. Sandford is always good. His previous book, Buried Prey, was awesome, and yet Silken Prey is just as exciting and satisfying. Richard Ferrone is THE voice of Lucas Davenport - couldn't imagine these books being read by anyone else.
I have all of Parker's 'Spencer' audiobooks and especially treasure the ones read by Joe Mantegna. Ace Atkins did a pretty good job of writing Spencer dialog. I missed having Hawk in the book, like I do any time he is "unavailable" for the plot.
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