Phoenix, AZ, United States | Member Since 2008
I really enjoy Dana Stabenow's writing style, and Ms. Gavin is a great narrator who really brings Kate to life. A Fatal Thaw can be read as a stand alone story, and the reader will pick up quite a bit of background knowledge about Alaska. I probably am not an impartial reviewer, as I read anything by Dana Stabenow, but MHO is that she's a great writer and this book is well worth a listen.
Again, the combo of Dana Stabenow's well developed characters, general excellence in writing and Marguerite Gavin's talented voice bring the characters to life. I also applaud the way Ms. Stabenow gives us an inside look into Alaskan and Native culture.
Kate, of course!
I really recommend this dynamic duo - Stabenow and Gavin are great together!
I enjoyed the author's style of writing, character development, setting, and historical background. The historical background really helped give context to the characters.
The historical background of the story, of both Australia and London.
He has an understandable accent, and does a good job with different character voices, and emotions.
I was rather horrified at the treatment of children, and animals but that is part of history.
I'm starting Tommo and Hawk next.
maybe... It was an okay kind of story - nothing real original or surprising. Kids will probably like it.
Something by Diana Gabaldon, Patricia Briggs or Dana Stabenow...
The narrator was good - this was just an average kind of story.
It isn't the worst I've listened to, just not great, not something I would recommend or listen to again...
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. This is history in first person, and it is important for people to understand the contributions of the Navajo people to this country. It's also an opportunity to glimspe an old and honored culture. I admire Chester as an individual, and the culture that could produce men of such integrity.
I liked the opportunity to understand more about the Navajo point of view. I also love the prayer Chester's father taught him. We all need to achieve balance, and to walk in beauty.
Chester, of course.
No, because I didn't want it to end. I did listen to it twice.
The plot seemed so predictable - perhaps more character development would have helped...
With such a predictable plot the author should have tossed the reader a bone by having more character development, and/or more historical background. If this book were a painting the main characters would have been stick people...
The narrator didn't have a lot of range as far as making the voices of the different characters distinguishable, but I don't know if it's possible for the narrator to have changed that. Not every narrator has the talents of Davina Porter or Marguerite Gavin...
With the predictable plot, and weak character development each character was needed...
This was a passable book, especially if you like soft, text-type porn...
I have read other books by Anne Rice that were much better than this book.
Not this genre, but possibly this author.
I would recommend this book, and I would also encourage the listener to stay with it. It seemed like the author took a long time to begin to tie the story elements together, and I almost quit listening. By about a third of the way into the book I was hooked. I liked the character development, and the development of hope through relationship with people.
I liked both Leo and Raisa, but I have to admit I liked her more.
I thought he did accents well...
The moment before they came to the village when Raisa encouraged Leo to trust the villagers moved me. Even though this is a fictional series, I believe there are many times that people are heroic through standing up to fear, and this moment in the book reminds the read of humanity in its finer moments. Later, Leo shows he's taken this lesson to heart when he refuses to harm the truck driver.
I found I like the book so well I'm downloading the next book in the series, instead of my planned next book...
I was plainly disappointed in this book. I would have thought it was great if it were written by one of my fifth graders. The writing was so simplistic and juvenile that I couldn't sink into the story.
The Help is set in the American South, during the time of the Civil Rights Movement. The author's crafting of the characters, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minnie and how they change the smothering circumstances of a woman's place in society is brilliant.
The narration by Cassandra Campbell, Jenna Lamia, Octavia Spencer, Bahni Turpin was so excellent that I was totally immersed in the story - I could see Minnie rolling her eyes with her hands on her hips, Skeeter looking at her hair in the mirror, and hear Aibileen saying, "You a smart girl, a kind girl." to Mo Mably. I look forward to more books by Kathryn Stockett, and narrations by Cassandra Campbell, Jenna Lamia, Octavia Spencer, Bahni Turpin.
While the story is exceptional, the narration pushed it into the realm of such superiority that The Help is already a classic.
Why, oh why did audible mess with a winning combination? For those of us who absolutely love the Outlander series we do not want it abridged!And, not meaning any disrespect to Geraldine James, she cannot come close to Davina Porter's brilliance and artistry in narrating this series. I don't know how she does with other material, but Brianna sounds like a drag queen as narrated by Ms. James. The personality, humor, and joy of life that radiate from Davina Porter's narration of Claire and Jaime are just plainly missing from Ms. James' narration of "The Fiery Cross."
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