It took me a while to get into the book, but eventually I came to love the characters and really fell in love with Gregor. He is such an endearing child who rose to the occasion to save the Underland! I have now downloaded the rest of the series and cannot wait to listen to them as well.
The detail JK Rowling puts into her books. She has a masterful ability to create a complete world and put the reader directly in the middle
The dinner party with Gavin, Kay, Samantha, Miles and Mary. Very real. It was difficult for me to listen to because it made me uncomfortable.
This is my first Tom Hollander performance. I thought he was brilliant.
I don't know what the tag line would be, but this book would easily be converted to a screenplay. I'm not sure I would want to be confronted with the difficult topics of the book visually, though.
This is not Harry Pottter and this is NOT a book for children. The author was very clear about this in her interviews prior to the book's release. This is also not a happy book. It discusses the haves and have-nots in society and all the ills associated with each. I don't normally read unhappy books because I have a job that confronts me with the ills of society daily. However, this book was excellent. I was amazed at the realism of the conversations and motivations of the characters, which made the book often difficult to listen to. Overall I am very glad I read it.
My only criticism is that I felt the end was a little drawn out and I didn't think all the events were necessary, but I may have been anxious to know what happened with the main characters.
Also, it is a very British book with British terminology. I watch a lot of BBC America so I knew some of the references, but I did have to look several terms up on the internet.
I am also unable to tolerate the mmms. I agree they are probably correct. But this, with an entire 15 minutes devoted to one character worrying about hurting the other's feelings over the type of tea they drink really put me over the edge. If I were reading the paper version I could skip ahead but as I was driving I had to withstand the minutia of that interaction. I found myself wondering if I added up all the time spent pronouncing the mmmm's if an entire hour of the the audiobook could be eliminated. I know a lot of people who love these books but I just don't think it is the series for me. I would like to hear Lisette Lecat narrate a different book.
This book came highly recommended. I personally had a hard time relating to a teenage boy. I listened to it, but it was just OK
Excellent story, twists and turns, edge of my seat! Loved it! The performance was great. I highly recommend it.
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