This book took me a few hours to get into, but once I did I was hooked! The narrator is fantastic, and the character development is top notch. There's even a bit of history and environmental threads woven in, so I felt I learned a few things by the end of it! Very highly recommended.
Maybe....it was a fun story at first, but about half way through I got very bored. It's definitely a teen lit-type book. If I had that expectation going into it I may have enjoyed it more, but maybe not. It got a bit annoying at times.
No. There were sections of this book that moved along, but the story as a whole was very slow moving. I thought the author tried overly hard to develop the characters without really accomplishing the task. There was a bit of interesting history to it, but not enough to really save the story. I'd pass on this one.
This was a great listen, it kept my attention throughout the whole book. I loved hearing the story from the dogs perspective, and really fell in love with this dog's personality. The narrator, as always, was wonderful as well. Definitely recommended!
I didn't know anything about this series when I started listening to this book, and I ended up downloading all three books and listened to them in about 2 weeks! Really fun :)
I had heard a lot about this series, so decided to give it a try. I'll caveat this by saying that I enjoy good literature, but also enjoy serial authors as well who are pumping out books quickly to suit the masses. I think there are good and bad "serial authors" (not sure if there's a more correct name for them!), but this was one of the worst. I'm writing this review comparing this book to others in similar categoy. I was very disappointed at the flatness of the characters. The character development was poor to say the least. The writing is very simple, and did little to describe the setting where the story took place. My 5 year old nephew would understand the book... I guess I look for a bit more than "story time" in my reading. I'll give it 3 starts because the plot was sort of entertaining, but I do expect a bit more from authors who are as experienced as Butcher. I'm shocked at how many people gave it 5 stars. There are 5 star books that are worthy on many levels (e.g., The Help), and then there are enjoyable stories, which while entertaining, aren't 5 star worthy.
After reading the reviews I was a bit skeptic, but figured some people are just overly sensitive to bad language/writing styles, so I'd give it a shot. But, the bad reviews were pretty much spot on. This book was 6.5 hours of b*tching/moaning/whining/etc. I'm 25 and pretty open, and the language even was starting to irk me after a while. It just seemed unnecessary. The girl in this book reminds me of that friend who will call you and whine about this or that, and eventually you hit ignore and don't answer the phone because you're not in the mood to hear to it again. I kept listening because I thought she'd reach some sort of closure in the end, but nothing really changed as a result of all the cooking. She was still the same miserable person at the end of the book as when she started. I would skip this listen and opt for another title.
This was the first SK book that I've "read", and I really enjoyed it. He really brings the many characters to life and you start feeling emotions towards each of them depending on their role in the story. I did not find the narrator annoying as some others did, in fact, I thought he did a great job, especially considering the many characters that had large parts in this story. There were times where he could have picked up the pace, and I wish the ending was explained a bit more, but overall a worthy listen!
This was an interesting story, but I found it rather slow. The build up took about 3/4 of the book, then it finally picked up for the last 4 hours of listening. I found the music a bit commical, it was added in 5-6 places throughout the story, but didn't really make sense or go along with the action of the story... "Someone is twiddling their thumbs" --insert dark war music-- The narrator was great, however I found it to be a difficult story to get into.
I thought this was a wonderful story. The author is also the narrator, and thus he is really able to portray the emotions of what he wrote. The journey to Mongolia adds many different facets to the story; you learn things about the culture and history of Mongolia as the story progresses. It's truely touching and I would highly recommend the book to anyone.
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