The characters in all of Handler's previous books finally become real and take the reins in this book.
Chelsea graciously replies to each story with her own rebuttal in the only way she knows how: delightfully insulting.
Chelsea is able to bring those around her into her schemes to make them more realistic. She convinces can take somebody's weakness and exploit it to the brink of destruction. She had an OCD colleague convinced that her employee was becoming her adoptive son, living with her, going on vacations with her, not paying rent... but it was never true. This wouldn't bother most people, but Chelsea knew an OCD wouldn't be able to take it. Brilliant.
Everything. I'd love to be Chelsea's friend.
It's over! I feel completely satisfied in this ending. What a heartwarming story. Lyra has formed into a wise young woman, and the armored bears are back. Yay!
The Golden Compass grabbed my attention and I could not stop there. The second book is a great story, and I have heard from many people that it is their favorite of the series, but I could not develop a good relationship with Will. I found him to be overbearing and annoying. That being said, I really enjoyed where this story took Lyra and how she has begun forming herself into a brave young woman. The lack of armored bears and whininess of Will give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
I had never read His Dark Materials growing up, and in getting my first taste as an adult, I thought the book was genius. I really enjoyed The Golden Compass more than the next two, but as a whole story together, I could not stop listening. I ended up finishing the series within a week. Even if the story were dull (which is not the case), the performance would have kept me interested. There are different voices for each character, which keeps thing livens up the story to the fullest extent. Bravo.
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