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If you want an unconventional book that will make you think about life and death in a lighthearted way - Sum is one of the best books out there. Brilliantly narrated by an all star cast, this book is an excellent exercise in imagination and creativity.
Firstly, I have never read the Harry Potter books, so I did not read this book through teen mystery goggles. I am also not offended by crude language, which made so many reviewers appealed. In this book, the curses and swears are rightly overused - they represent the world of the underprivileged that we conveniently like to ignore. The themes of the book are involve that greasy stain in the fabric of today's society that we tend to ignore and Ms. Rowling is a brave billionaire to chose to tackle these themes, though I should hope that some of the proceeds of the book go to charity and programs for children of lesser means.
My problem with the book is the website hacking part of the story. It's forced and naive. I wish it was a little more clever and surprising.
There's a reason why this book has been on all bestseller lists for such a long time, although sadly it's in the company of dumb books like Fifty Shades for Stupid, I mean Grey. Skip that one altogether and read something that will excite and thrill you with its intelligent writing, masterful story development and its brilliant shapes twists and turns.
What a great book! The story is so addictive and original. The author is an incredibly intelligent person and clearly, she enjoyed exploring perhaps a personal alter ego with less scruples. I did not love the ending, but I get why the author did not want to compromise her artistic integrity for my sake.
Chelsea Handler can be very witty, but not in this book. Here she's just trying to shock you with how untamed she is. I'm not impressed or amused.
I saw the movie and I have the paper version of the book, but listening to the audiobook is by far the best experience. The voice work on this audiobook is superb!
I'm not an expert on Jackson, Mississippi accents, but listening to this brilliant cast deliver the book in it's true intonation made me feel like I met these characters in person. They told me a great story - we had some laughs, I nodded a lot, I tilted my head a lot in sympathy and I covered my mouth in shock of some of the preposterous incidents they experienced. The story was so good that they were answering my questions as I was thinking them.
At the end, we had to part ways and I was sad that I will not get to talk to them again.
This book is fun, quirky, dark, fantastic and original. Mr. Gaiman is one of the best writers alive. His writing is so vivid and he makes it seem so easy. More importantly, he gets to narrate his own work and is able to precisely deliver how he wanted the book to be read. Neil Gaiman is not just a writer, he is a multimedia experience and the best way to immerse oneself in Neverwhere is to experience the audiobook version.
The narrator starts out enthusiastically, delivering an excited Mrs. Bennet at the prospect of an aristocrat moving to her town and maybe some day marrying one of her daughters. But then all of the characters' lines are delivered with almost the same enthusiasm throughout the book. You'd think that Jane Austen ended every other sentence with an exclamation mark. I'm not a huge fan.
The best part about this book is that teenage daze, which the author delivers in his writing. I can imagine it being hard to write a book from the perspective of a teenager when the author is an adult, but Mr. Chbosky manages to transform himself into his teenage alter-ego and deliver a great first person narrative.
The narrator does a good job channeling young "Charlie".
Always listen to the Twilight books on Audible in 1.25 or 1.5x speed, otherwise you will fall asleep. I understand that the narrator needs to read slowly, but luckily you have the option to speed things up.
Eclipse has more action than New Moon, but some of the plots are a little forced. Stephenie Mayer herself has admitted that the two middle books were part of her book deal, rather than a necessity for the story. Either way, I am a big Twilight fan and I generally like all the books.
Sometimes the narrator's voice is too monotonous and melancholic, even when it doesn't need to be. She reads all the characters with the same intonation, which I prefer if the narrator is not that good with voices. There's nothing worse than a narrator that fails at voice disguise and I appreciate that Ms. Kadushin does not attempt unnecessary feats like that.
Again, this is a good book, lots of fun and suspense, but also one of the greatest love stories of the 21st Century.
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