SunShine State | Member Since 2012
Okay...I'll admit it...I have enjoyed this story for years...on the big screen...you know... Gwenyth Paltrow as match making Emma...very entertaining. Having said that... I JUST got around to reading this book via Audible and have found this a singular occasion of me enjoying the film more than I did the book.
I know, I know...it's a classic...but to tell you the truth, for me, Emma's character in Jane Austen's novel was SO prejudice and self-righteous I found her annoying to the point it was difficult for me to finish the book. However...I did...and am glad it's behind me. I was surprised at my reaction to this book having enjoyed reading Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice immensely years ago.
The performace of the narrator was excellent, however.
Going in, I am not exactly sure what I expected of this book, but I can tell you it turned out to be much more than just a ZOMBIE book. Yes, yes the main character...heck, many of the characters, are zombies, but they think, they feel, they ARE dead but they ARE human. It was easy to recognize the real connection Stony has with his family and his friends. His outlook and quick wit had me laughing on more than one occasion. Heck I was even rooting for the Zombies. It is definitely a book I would recommend to adult friends. My only complaint is the use of the word "f**k" SO much in this book. I am grown and I can ignore it but by the time I reached the end it was becoming annoying. I don't feel as if gratuitous cursing adds to a novel...but hey, if I lived in a society were there was a plague of zombies, perhaps my vocabulary would more frequently be sprinkled with vulgarities...hopefully we will never know.
The Orphan train was not what I expected but it was very enjoyable. I don't know if I didn't read the synopsis thoroughly or what but that fact that part of it took place in present day and the other part in late 1920's and 1930's was a surprise to me. I can't say that I learned to love the teenage character (Molly) but the child in the book (Vivian) I found fascinating and her life was quite heartbreaking at times. The end did seem a bit rushed, but all in all it was a short and sweet book that I did enjoy.
Speechless....I loved, loved, loved this book. For me, Warbound was highly anticipated and it did NOT disappoint. Bronson Pinchot was delicious as always...and any qualms I had with his previous change in character voices were corrected this go round. I was very pleased. The plot was exceptional and entertaining from the word GO. The end of the novel actually wrapped things up a bit, so it seems this may be the last in the series. The thought of this was actually pretty sad to me because I have grown to love the characters so much.
Vendetta, the second in the Monster Hunter series is very good, action packed...easily keeping my interest. The narrator was exceptional. The plot and character development was done well. I liked that you got to know and understand Myers and Franks a little better in this installment. As I have others by Larry Correia, I would highly recommend this book. The only complaint I have is that there was QUITE a bit more heavy hitting cursing in this novel than his previous ones. I am an adult, so normally I can over look it, but for me, it seemed a bit too gratuitous.
I can not say that this was one of my favorite books, but I didn't have the impulse to turn it off once either. The plot was a little predictable in places but did have its surprises as well. All in all, it was worth the time and the credit.
I read the reviews...the good, the bad...and decided to give Storm Front a chance. As have many others, I too have seen the TV series and was interested to see how it translated into book form. I was very pleased with this book. The plot was a little predicable, this is true... but for me, it did not detract from the enjoyability of the book. I am the type of Audible listener who rather enjoys the narrator who does "all the voices"... James Marsters (at least in this book) is not one of those. I was admittedly disappointed as the "pages turned" to reveal this, but I must say, he won me over. Some of the reviews stated the reader's breathy voice was annoying...I simply envisioned Dresden sitting right there in front of me weaving his witty tale and counted it in as part of the ambiance. I highly recommend Storm Front and I honestly can't wait to read the next book.
This book is in the Horror genre but is also a Christian novel? I don't feel like it was effective in either. I am the type who ALWAYS finishes an audio book...however, this one tried my patience. I became annoyed with the author after the first couple hours, debated abandoning my efforts after six and by the time I only had ninety minutes left I was listening just so I could get it over with.
The writing was atrocious at times...perhaps it's just me but I found myself annoyed by the author's over use of "this guy" and several other phrases. I felt cheated the story didn't flow better and irritated the main character made some just plan stupid choices. The ending was lack luster for me. Throughout the story I wondered was the main character being stalked or is he going crazy. I will not give away the ending but even after it was somewhat spelled out I still didn't feel satisfied nor was I convinced.
The narrator...well....he sounded as if he should have been reading a Mickey Spillane novel. He wasn't bad, mind you, just a little over dramatic in the suspenseful voice department for my liking.
All in all... that's 9hrs 23mins of my life I'll never get back.
I had an acquaintance recommend this book to me and I was honestly a little skeptical because I didn't think I would like a book told from a animal's view point. I have got to say that I was enthralled from the opening passage. I fell I'm love with the characters and sincerely dreaded knowing the end of the book was near.
You will not regret the credit nor the time invested.
Regarding the book: I figured it would be the usual formula for a romance novel...going in with that expectation..it was still lacking for me. The heroine was a little too whiney for my tastes.
Regarding the Audible Narration: I have listened to many audible books...this was definitely not the worst but certainly not one of the better ones either. The narrator made the female love interest's voice "lispy" at times which was distracting and a bit confusing because it made her sound too much like her sister's voice. The male voices were mediocre at best and the Texas draw left much to be desired.
Very different than any movie of the subject I've ever seen...but as this is usually the case when it comes to book vs movie I was not surprised. The book was quite enjoyable....I utilized immersion reading on my kindle....reading as well as listening to this book through Audible....the narrator was excellent! I can recommend both.
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