Minnetonka, MN | Member Since 2011
I listened to this book on a cross country road trip with my sister-in-law, and I loved chatting about different cultural aspects the book covered. The age at which a child becomes an adult in this time period is much younger than now, and we found that royal/noble children were forced to grow up even more quickly. The book does a nice job of highlighting this coming of age.
Juba! His character is much more complex than I originally thought.
No, I think I needed time to process each section of the book - the material was fairly dense and we sometimes had to jog our memories to recall who a specific character was. I think if we had listened to it in one sitting, the characters would have jumbled together.
This novel covers quite a few deep themes: slavery, class, conquest over an enemy, love, teenage pregnancy, and more - it does rush through some of them, but overall does a nice job tackling these big topics.
This book was a pleasant surprise for me - one of the top books out of the 30+ I listened to over the past year.
Not surprisingly, it was Mark. He's the central (and for much of the narration, only) character, and I enjoyed his humor and creativity.
Mark was great, but I also really enjoyed Venk - good accent by R.C. Bray.
There were a few points where Mark just wasn't catching breaks at all, so it was great when he finally got some things to go his way.
The fluke accident about 2/3 through the book seemed so unfair - definitely a wrenching part of the book.
Don't be turned off by the science element of the book - I didn't find it intimidating, even when there were parts that were above my head. It's just a great story that happens to take place on Mars.
It took me quite some time to get into this book. I think the premise was really interesting, but it was hard to get past the Psy vs Changeling mindset.
I've never read any other book by Nalini Singh
Soothing but slow. I sped up the listening to 1.25x.
I didn't really love the main characters; I wish I cared more about them.
Not sure I will read any more in the series.
I really enjoyed the first book of the series, and was moderately interested in the second book. This last book has been a slog! I've listened to all three of these books on audio...for this installment, on more than one occasion I found myself rolling my eyes or saying out loud in my car, "are you serious?!" I felt like the tension was forced (except with Benjamin, what a creepy guy). The weird devotion Diana feels to so many people was insane - do your kids each need 12 godparents and four names?! Excessive.
After more 70 hours of listening over the past 3 years, I kind of wish I hadn't picked up the first book. I could have saved almost 50 hours of "it must get better, right?"
Overall, two stars because it's an inventive plot and the narrator was decent. I do recommend listening at 1.25x speed as the narrator is pretty darn slow.
Not really. I didn't think the characters were particularly interesting or fully fleshed out. I never really cared about what happened with Faith's mother. I was pretty bored at many points in the book, and was happy the book was fairly short.
Yes, though some of the male voices (like Mick's) were actually distracting.
No, I don't think there are any open story lines - I'm not sure that there's anything to follow up on.
Try a different Maya Banks book - this one wasn't one of her best.
This was a fun, light read. I've listened to quite a few books - while this doesn't crack my top favorites list, I still found it enjoyable, and occasionally found myself staying in the car longer than necessary to hear a bit more.
Imaging Harper and Hollis at the gospel choir while Tolliver likely pouted at the motel was pretty funny.
I haven't heard her other books, but I can say I think she did well with a slow southern drawl.
I laughed out loud at a few points. I did get pretty annoyed by some of Harper's tics.
Charmaine Harris usually writes enjoyable books, and this one didn't disappoint. It was worth a credit to me.
I didn't guess most of the "aha" moments - I like that in thriller novels.
Possibly John Grisham books...this isn't a legal thriller, but some of the plot and characters are Grisham-esque.
This was my first one, I certainly enjoyed it.
When the hero thought or spoke about his former life. I found these scenes to be pretty powerful.
While I really liked this book, I don't think I'd listen to it again - a big part of my enjoyment was wondering what would happen next. That said, the narration was simply excellent, so it wouldn't be bad to have an encore listen.
I liked how the author really made me love then hate different characters at different points throughout the book.
Fantastic narration and pitch perfect emotions. The narrators made a good book great.
There were many points where I could really relate to the characters - I really liked that. Then there were points that were so crazy, I couldn't believe it. Fun ride!
Guilty pleasure listen
For me, the story is pure escapism - liked seeing how "the other half" lives (on several levels)
Spoken faster - the only way I could get through this book (particularly the boring beginning) was to listen to the narration at 1.5x speed! At that speed, it seems more like normal speaking - I can't even imagine listening to it at regular speed.
No, I listen to it while working out, and it feels like it has good breaking points - while I want to hear more, it's not enough to keep me on the treadmill! :)
I've been a fan of the Outlander series for years, and periodically go back to read them. I've also listened to several of the books on audiobook, and Davina Porter simply brings the story to life. The characters become old friends, and I find myself hearing Davina's narration when I am reading the e-books.
There are lots of great moments in the book, but a particularly amusing one was when Jamie tells Claire about the men who were chasing him in Paris, and he grabbed a large sausage as a weapon. His storytelling (and Porter's excellent narration) made the moment truly funny. It also introduces a great character, Fergus.
This is a tough one, because there are so many wonderful scenes. The entire section around Wentworth Prison was gripping and the bond Jamie and Claire have is so clear. I am certainly not saying the scenes between Randall and Jamie were my favorite, but the connection Claire rebuilds with Jamie afterward was hard-fought and moving.
Maybe Jenny - she doesn't go out on many "adventures", but is clearly the rock of Lallybroch. I would love to talk with her about that.
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