PHOENIX, AZ, United States
Interesting plot and a likable protagonist. This book is yet another good addition to the futuristic dystopian fiction trend. Even though this book has a lot of action, it balances it well with satisfying characters.
The idea that society is broken up into five different factions is fascinating, however, I would have liked the author to have taken this idea into more depth. Only three of the five factions really play a big role in the first novel. I am hoping that the sequel, which has just been released on Audible, further establishes the other two.
My husband also listened to this with me and he is eagerly awaiting the next installment. Overall, this was not my favorite story but I think it was well worth a credit.
This story strays quite a bit from what most people would expect from a Stephen King title. It is told in the third person and is reminiscent of a time when great storytellers were revered for weaving tales around a camp fire.
The plot focuses around the lives of two very different brothers, one of whom will inherit the throne. While the elder is noble and can seemingly do no wrong, the other bumbles through adolescence and vies for love and recognition from their aging father. Throw into the mix a scheming magician that wants to control the kingdom behind the scenes and you have the premise for a remarkable story.
While the writing itself is enough to make this a five star listen, Bronson Pinchot did an AMAZING job at narrating! He breathed life into every character and the voices were extraordinary. I am thinking about getting more books narrated by him just because he is such a pleasure to listen to. This is Stephen King at his finest!
I originally purchased this story for my twelve year-old daughter and I to listen to together. We didn't even make it through ten minutes before I realized that this was not going to be an appropriate choice for her. There are far too many references regarding drugs/drinking and sex (and not in a don't do them sort of way). Nevertheless, I decided to give this book a chance on my own, mainly because I didn't want to waste a credit, and was very happy that I did.
Despite the "older audience" themes, this story did offer some great life lessons. The main character is forced to re-live the same day over again, and in this process, discovers some great insights into how her and her friends actions impact those around them. It is also a story of self discovery. Lauren Oliver writes this in a way that is very human and believable and it feels like she may be drawing from some of her own past experiences. Not only does this story offer some great messages, it is also very entertaining. The narrator sounds very young and fits this role perfectly. She is also very expressive and a joy to listen to. I would recommend this story, but only for a 15+ audience!
I was hoping that this story would be a little more suspenseful. The tension eventually starts to build about a third of the way through the book, but towards the end, lets the reader down with a bizarre and implausible (even for fiction) plot twist.
Although I found the main premise to be somewhat flawed, the author makes up for it in part by building intriguing characters and beautifully delivered descriptions. The prose are rich with imagery and painted a great picture of a small, southern town. Mark Bramhall was an excellent choice for narration and really captures the main character. While I didn't fully love the story, I found it a pleasure to listen to due to the rich details and excellent story telling.
This story captivated me from the beginning and kept me going until the end! It has a very ominous tone throughout which was masterfully paired with Jim Dales narration. The concept of The Night Circus is very original and I don't think that it falls neatly into any one genre. The characters are intricate and the setting is imaginative and greatly detailed. If you are looking for something different than the" tried and true" story lines of many novels, give The Night Circus a try!
Being a huge Anne Rice fan, I was very excited to purchase her latest release but wound up being highly disappointed. The story was unbelievably slow and the characters lacked depth. I kept waiting for the moment when my interest would be sparked but had to call it quits when I found that I was two-thirds of they way through the book and still had no attachment to the characters or plot. Also, I know that Anne Rice is well known for her erotic horror, however, at times this story came off feeling more like a cheesy Harlequin romance.
On a positive note, the performance by the narrator was not unpleasing and if you are determined to have every Anne Rice novel, then this may be worth a credit to you. Otherwise, I would advise sticking to one of her greats such as The Witching Hour (only available as abridged version on Audible) or the Vampire Chronicles.
I purchased this book many years ago when I found it at a library sale for twenty-five cents. Since then, I have read and reread it, given it as gifts to friends, and listened to it on Audible. It truly is my favorite story of all time and I can't stress enough the merits of Neil Gaiman's brilliance which is captured at its best in this novel!
The story is so inventive and original and I found myself being drawn into a rich fantasy world where the unimaginable can and does happen. The hero of the story begins as beyond average, but through the trials and tribulations he faces throughout, he finds that he is much more. The antagonists are so vile that they are almost likable and, in the end, a surprising twist happens that ties everything together. The bonus of Neil Gaiman narrating this himself is also a huge plus! He does an amazing job at preforming the characters and lends the story a great feel. Also, I think that when an author preforms their own work, they are able to fully develop the tone the way that they originally intended.
Overall, this is an amazing "feel good" book that left me wanting more. My only disappointment was when it ended, but alas, all good things must come to an end.
I was surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. The pace seemed slow, however, I never found it to be dull. The story unfolded nicely and was easy for me to visualize because of the vivid descriptions. The characters were intricate and eventually a love triangle unfolded that is dealt with more heavily in the following book, "The Clockwork Prince". I really enjoyed the London setting and the British accent that the narrator adopted for several of the characters. I was greatly disappointed when I found that she did not perform the second book in the series, and found that this abrupt transition disrupted the overall feel of the story. I don't believe the third book is available through Audible yet but I hope that when it is, they utilize the talents of Jennifer Ehle.
Suzanne Collins has created a real gem! My daughter originally talked me into getting this book because she had read and enjoyed it. I must admit, I was reluctant at first because this series is aimed at a younger audience. After I started listening to this, my doubts quickly faded. The plot is well structured and, at times, somewhat disturbing. Although the book deals with the dark subject matter of kids being forced to fight to the death, the author tastefully navigates the story in a way that makes this appropriate for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
The characters are very human and are easy to relate to. The main character, Katniss, is especially likable because she is not the "super hero" that many books try to create. She has many fears and insecurities which bring great depth to this story. At first I didn't care for the narration by Carolyn McCormick, but after listening a while longer, her style seemed to enhance the Audible experience. She really illuminates the inner conflicts that Katniss wrestles with in a way that I doubt many narrators would be able to pull off.
This book is a great read! The story is well paced and kept me interested from start to finish. The characters are well developed, which is not always the case with supernatural thrillers. As an added bonus, Robin Miles brought this story to life with her superb narration. She gave each character a unique voice and made me believe that they were real. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes this genre!
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