I recognize that this is a personal distaste, and maybe it's because I want things to "work out", but I can't stand the plot-line of missed connections! "If only...." and things like that. But, it is a crucial part of the plot so it can't really be changed.
I...actually stopped listening after a certain point in the story. I put it away and didn't pick it up again for a long time. Once I did though, I was absolutely fascinated by Chinese death rituals and beliefs surrounding the afterlife. I ostensibly picked this book because I read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and LOVED it so I was looking forward to another great book by Lisa See. I found myself unable to get invested in the story after a certain point, I was just so turned off. But then I found out I was going to go live in Hong Kong for a year, so I decided to give it another try. Learning about Chinese culture through this book was the best part about it for me--the story, eh. For me, not so much.
Yes! Worth a re-read because so much is going on.
Most of my favorite characters are BACK, and so is favored narrator Roy Dotrice. Another amazing audiobook and new installment to the Song of Ice and Fire series. Can't wait for more!
Yes, but only if I was re-reading the entire series. This is by far the slowest of the books, but important things happen so don't miss it!
nice try, friend. Many, many people were upset by the Narrator switch. Roy Dotrice had health issues and was unable to perform this audiobook. I, too, was a bit disappointed when I realized there had been a narrator switch but I have heard Lee reading other books so I gave him a chance. He pronounces a few things differently but overall it's still a good audiobook. We just get so attached to certain narrators so a switch is disjarring; however, Dotrice is back in the next book so have no fear!
Initially I was excited by this one, but it is a bit slow and the characters in this book are not my favorites. But they return in the next and the events are related, so it's still important to read! I didn't want to listen in one sitting but i did want to finish it so I could get to the next one!
I never read the print version, but I love this book. It was actually the first audiobook I ever listened to (checked out from the library) and I was hooked. Gaiman's narration is perfect and this is a great introductory audiobook for anyone who is just starting out.
Yes! I love them all. He is a wonderful narrator and really makes it his business create the best audiobook possible, the best listening experience possible. His dedication to this type of reading/listening experience is inspiring. This book is a fantastic first listen.
The world that George R.R. Martin sucks me into. My friend had been trying to get me to read the books for a while but I put him off, then I watched the first season of the HBO series (I know, I know) and then went through these books sooo fast! The complex characters, their development and the events in this book that set up for the sequence of events in the rest of the series are all hallmarks of great fantasy and great reading.
You could compare the intricate world with Tolkein's middle earth, that I think is the most common comparison.
It feels like I'm sitting by a fire listening to a wizened old man weave a tale of deception, corruption, love, revenge, and lust.
Tai Pan is fantastic but lengthy, but then again so are most of Clavell's books. It's not the greatest audiobook I've listened to but it's far from the worst.
Any of the other books in his Asian Saga. I have only read two, Tai-Pan and Shogun. They are based on real people and real events, but you learn so much about the cultures and histories. I moved to Hong Kong for a year so I was looking for some good books to read and remembered he had written one. I read Shogun a few years ago and loved it--but only managed one successful re-read. They are L O N G.
The voices! John Lee is great with the accents and reading in character. Sometimes I have a hard time really imagining what people are supposed to sound like, so John Lee brings them to life for me.
My only extreme reaction was OMG this book is so long... towards the end I get a bit fatigued and take more breaks. But I was sucked in so it wasn't a boring story, just felt like I had been reading for-ev-er.
YES. I love Gaiman's imagination and his storytelling. One of the best storytellers out there. Anytime I want to escape into some fantastic fiction, 9 times out of 10 I'm picking up a Neil Gaiman book.
Stardust, in that it also brings a seemingly normal guy into a previously unknown world lurking just beyond. There are adventures and wonderful characters that make you smile with their wit and all around fun.
I love all of the Market scenes, and when they are in the labyrinth towards the end.
Pure, elated joy.
If you are new to Gaiman I highly recommend this book or Stardust. Also, I LOVE his narration. I love his voice--it's... mellifluous! delicious!
This book really got me imagining what the Life of Christ might have been like. This is fiction, but there is a lot of contextual information that gives you a picture of the times. I enjoyed the humor of Christopher Moore and caught myself grinning several times throughout.
Biff is, of course, fantastic. I love Balthazar too, and Josh. I loved their humanity.
Fisher Stevens has kind of a cartoony voice... There were times when he would slow down at the end of a paragraph and I found that distracting.
I had started reading the print book a while back and then decided to switch to audio. I listened to this book on a road trip and found myself sitting in the car in driveways and parking lots. When it got to the point where Josh begins his ministry it kind of slowed down a bit for me and I wasn't as interested, but from the beginning to that point I was really into it.
Johanna Parker does excellent narration. She brings Sookie and the other characters to life (ha) wonderfully. I'm from the South and a lot of times when people try to imitate a Southern accent it just ends up sounding hokey, but she sounds "normal" to me.
Charlaine Harris blends mystery, intrigue, and romance together to draw you in and get you invested in the characters.
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