Brooklyn, NY United States | Member Since 2005
I listened for two hours and couldn't go on. The story was so slow getting off the ground and the repetitive descriptions of the characters, their problems and their feelings was exhausting. It reads like molasses and while I like in depth information and description this was just heavy and dragged you down, If you don't have my attention in an hour then you've lost me. I would not recommend it. Wish I had my money back on this one!
It's a Victorian era paranormal romance and mystery. The writing is clever and even had me laugh out loud at points. The romance scenes are decent and while sexy, mild.
Emily Gray is a wonderful narrator and perfect for the outspoken and often snooty character of Alexia Terrabotti.
At 26 Miss Terrabotti is a spinster and a blue stocking (basically a woman interested in knowledge as opposed to just fashion), she was also born without a soul. This is a power that neutralizes the abilities of the supernatural and defines her as a preternatural. While at a ball that promised comestibles but offered only punch, she is attacked by a vampire lacking all the knowledge and training of one. After dispatching him she has to deal with Lord Maccon who often finds her trying his patience. Thus we are introduced the the actors of our story, their sexual tension, and the mystery of an rogue and uneducated vampire.
This book is pure brain candy, but quite fun.
It's a wonderful story and very funny. The narrator is very good though the recording is bad. There are inconsistencies in sound quality and awkward breaks that don't seem to be intended. In between the chapters is indicated by a very annoying ringing or bell sound. Not something desired listening to the spoken word especially with so many damned chapters.
Pratchett is a great writer with clever turns of phrase and moments that make you laugh out loud.
Meet Thursday Next a woman who lives and works in an alternate reality type world. She is a detective for a society that takes literature very seriously. While this keeps her busy she becomes draw into yet another world where book characters are real and have their own lives, laws and society. This is her introduction fixing a problem with the classic book Jane Eyre.
These books are fantastic in both definitions of the word. It's delightfully British with a lot of whimsy.
Thursday solves mysteries, has adventures, fights evil and does the best she can. These are perfect books to escape from reality for a while.
I can't recommend this story enough.
The book starts a little slow, but it keeps you on the edge of your seat.
The story of Anthropologists who discover an artifact and a mysterious beast, and a killing spree in the Museum of Natural History in NYC. After a third individual has been killed in the Museum, we meet Pendergast a New Orleans FBI agent who recognizes the killers M.O. and has come to New York to investigate. Thus begins a roller coaster ride to solve the mystery as bodies counts soar.
The ending was satisfying and the characters human enough and interesting enough for 'brain candy' type reading. The introduction of Pendergast however, is like a tease as he is enigmatic, polite, intelligent and thinks outside the usual parameters. The glimpse we see of the man makes you want more and has even caused me to get the next book as to satisfy my curiosity.
I didn't realize that this book was based on Fundamentalist Christianity when I downloaded it from Audible.com. The story started out just like any science fiction fantasy book and then introduced a Christian component which I was perfectly fine with though I originally thought it was merely a basic good vs. evil type story. Being a C.S. Lewis fan (also of his Christian essays and books) I didn't have any problem with the book until it started to demonized and vilify "Eastern Mysticism". Now many religions and philosophies fall under that umbrella and while it was never specifically stated it insinuated that, among other religions that strive to do good, Buddhism is anti-Christian and even Satanic in nature which just isn't true. Part of the reason I believe that it was Buddhism that was being rebuked is: the importance of meditation, the reference to dragons (described as dragons but written as demons) (which mean a different thing in Buddhism than it does in Christianity) and several other practices I saw misinterpreted and maligned. The book portrayed these aspects in a very ugly light and was often out and out incorrect in what the Buddhist practice is about. Granted, Buddhism is non-theist religion, but it isn't anti-theist. There is a big difference. Western Buddhism often has no problem having God or Christ incorporated into its practices. The 2,500 year old view is to be compassionate to every living thing. Plus meditation is to quiet your mind and the voices so you can be peaceful and keep out negative thoughts/voices. Many Christians use meditation for prayer and to quiet themselves enough to here the voice of God. Meditation can be a form of prayer depending on how it was used. There's also the Three Pure Precepts in Zen and Buddhism: to not create evil, to practice good, and to actualize good for others. Not very demonic in my view. Saving the environment and animals that God created hardly seems to me a heretical or blasphemous act.
The message about God and Christ would have been quite enlightening and influential if it weren't for the Eastern beliefs bashing which really turned me off from the book. If it weren't for that I would have given the book 4 stars **** As it was well written for fantasy writing, and had a decent adventurous story line.
It would have been very easy for them to be a quiet satanic cult under the guise of Christianity which they did cover, but it satanism that uses, always, Eastern 'Mysticism' or religion as its right arm. Again, I would have liked it had it not equated Eastern Religions with Satanism. One's failure to believe in God does not equate being evil. There are many who are moral and ethical who believe different things or incorporate different aspects into their beliefs. Hate is not what Jesus proposed but loving those who may not be awake in the manner in which you think they should.
The HUGE problem I had with this 'novella' is that it felt like the first chapter in a book and not a complete piece. Too much information was introduced and way too many questions were posed to give the reader any satisfaction at the end. There's a lot of filler information that is unimportant and not enough information given on how and why the characters are the way they are and do the things they do. It would have been a fair or passable story if this were part of a longer story, but by itself it is very unsatisfying.
This 'book' is read much like the script for an informercial. While there are a few nuggets of information in here, there's an awful lot of repetition and the narrator repeats "Guide to Brain Enhancement and other long drawn out tittles with such repetition that you get extremely annoyed after a while. It could be easily cut down in length without any loss of info. The redundancy of tittles, names and phrases takes so much away from this recording that you wonder if it was written by a computer or a very autistic individual and it makes for reading that lacks flow. There are a few chunks of knowledge to be had here, but it's a painful way to get at them.
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