I really wanted to enjoy this performance, and my rating has nothing to do with the narrator's skill. I really believe that there are some books that are best read "the old fashioned way," and this is one of them.
In terms of narration, it's up there. The only narrator I like better is James Marsters for the Dresden Files.
The scene when Four and Zeke part ways.
They felt like they were in the character's heads.
After the second book, I didn't want to see this series ever come to an end, so no. At the same time, I couldn't wait to see how this would turn out.
I keep going back and forth when I try to decide how I feel about this book. On the one hand, I think it would have been too easy to give Tris and Tobias the happy ending they deserved. I applaud Roth for trying to be honest and raw. At the same time, I feel the reason that the end didn't work is because Roth hasn't experienced the loss she made Tobias suffer. There are ways to convey how unnecessary the loss was without also making Tobias's grief seem so cliche. I also felt that Roth needed to be brave and explore the faction system and the nature of the experiments in more depth. It felt like Roth took the easy way out by trying to tie everything back to racism and then throwing her hands up in the air. Rather than confronting the issue, the victims create their own nation, remaining isolated from the racist leaders. I wanted Roth to be brave. I was disappointed when the solution seemed more like a Peter response than one Tris would have chosen.
I was hesitant to purchase this audiobook series because, although there were rave reviews about the narrator, there seemed to be a lot of negative reviews about the story. I was hooked after the first book and really enjoyed both Eve and Once. Rise kept me entertained as well, but I grew concerned when I realized I only had one hour left and what seemed to me like a lot of story still to tell. I was right to be concerned. The last hour was a whirlwind that wrapped up a lot of loose pieces, but left me wanting more. I wish the author had taken her time with the final scenes. On the upside, however, she left me wishing for spinoff series focused on the lives of a few of the central characters. To me, that is the sign of a good series.
I would absolutely recommend the book (and have several times in the past); however, I would recommend that they read the book, rather than listening to this audiobook. The narrator killed a book that I have always enjoyed.
These are Feynman's stories and the narrator was not at all a convincing Feynman.
Grab my copy of the book off of the shelf and read it again.
I really like Diane Keaton as an actress, and I think that made my disappointment in this audiobook more difficult to swallow. I really wanted to enjoy it, but it just never pulled me in. I have a long commute; however, when I have a good book to listen to, I look forward to the drive. I never looked forward to my ride and finally gave up on the book.
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