Ms Zackman is great. She brings the characters to life!
I love the Sophie Katz series, they're fun adventures that stand up to repeat listening, and the cast of zany characters is fantastic! Somehow, I don't find this installment quite as enjoyable as her previous ones. It may be due to the plot stretching the edge of disbelief; or that it lacks some of the lighthearted interludes of the previous tales; or that Sophie seems to have lost a little of her edge and feistiness. That being said, it's still an enjoyable listen with some laugh out loud moments and I'm eagerly looking forward to Sophie's next "situation"!
This is the audio equivalent of a "page turner". A fictional account of the brutal life of Russia post WWII, with a protagonist you end up caring about. When listening by myself in the car I found myself going "Uh oh" and "Really?" Not for the overly squeamish, as the author doesn't spare the gruesome details. Still, I just wanted to keep listening. The narrator did a good job with the accents (at least for me, not being a Russian speaker. )
MacGyver In Space!
Not a book but a movie, Apollo 13
The personalities of the characters really come to life
No food. No radio. No atmosphere! Alone on Mars
Great story! Good thing I wasn't in this guy's shoes, I'd never be able to figure out all the solutions this clever botanist/engineer would. Some true edge-of-your seat moments punctuated with wise-ass humor kept things moving through all the math and physics (I'm more a bio geek but did my best to follow). As Watney would say, this book reaches a level of coolness known as "botanist cool". Will be worth a repeat listen!
I especially enjoy the way the author tells the story from varying points of view of the different characters. This really brings the story to life. Also having the same narrator continues the consistency between volumes. Not to mention the authors way of making me repeatedly go, "I did NOT see THAT coming!"
Without giving too much away, let's say the Starks' luck is not getting any better.
When Arya was trying to get to her family at the Frey's and the Hound has to take drastic measures to stop her.
There is such an enormous cast of characters in this book that it's often difficult to keep them all straight and who is allied with whom. I've purchased several of the paperbacks in part for the maps and list of houses and their allies.
Picks up where the first book left off and is equally intriguing. Martin has created an entire new universe with exquisite detail and complexity, which sets it apart from other books I've read. The characters are consistent to themselves and the world they inhabit and the story continues with plot twists and unexpected developments.
Hard to say, it's pretty different than my usual reading material.
It sounds like an old friend telling a story. His voice did take a little getting used to, and as a rule he does male voices better than young female ones, but overall he is well suited to this story.
Some of Tyrion's snarkier remarks have made me laugh out loud over the course of these two books. I wouldn't say anything made me cry (not much does) but I was pretty shocked with some of the events and sort of went "Oh nooooo.."
Quite a good way to pass the time especially during this dreary, eternal winter weather we've been having ("Winter is coming"? Winter is never gonna leave!!)
One of the best. I didn't think I was going to like it at first but I like long stories because I listen while doing long distance runs as well as house chores, and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. After the first chapter I was pretty well hooked.
Hard to say without spoilers. A non-spoiler, when Jon finds his wolf pup.
Arya and her wolf Nymeria in the woods, because that's where I'd love to be, running thru the woods.
Impossible, it is way too long, but you just want to keep listening.
Once you start these, it's hard to stop, even though you might hate what happens to some of the characters. It's not one of those happy-ever-after stories, but intricate and compelling.
Spencer Quinn's other Chet and Bernie mysteries
Jim Frangione does the perfect voice for Chet! Definitely brings the doggie high-jinks to life ("A lot of barking started up in the room. Oh, was that me?"
Yes, it was a fun listen
This is a great series! If you are looking for a mystery story to make your day go by faster, from a unique perspective (especially if you're a dog person) this book won't disappoint.
Haven't read the print edition
To fans of historical fiction, yes, but with the caveat that I really didn't like how Mr. Clavell ended the book.
Chung Mei Mei
Yes but it was way too long for one sitting. I do like long books though! You get loads of housework done listening for several days.
This is my second historical epic by James Clavell. Not quite as good as "Shogun" (which is one of my favorite books ever) but a good read nonetheless. (Except a bit bummed by the ending, but it could have been worse...would have given it 4 stars across the board if not for that)
Intriguing Plot Twist
With the father as protagonist, he wants more than anything for his son to be innocent... But do the facts support that hope?
I really like his reading. He's done the Andy Carpenter books and its like an old friend telling you a story.
My Son Is Innocent... Isn't He?
A good who-done-it story to make house chores or a drive fly by. Brings home the effect of having a suspect as one of your family and how torn it can make the loved ones feel, and how it can drag up things you really didn't want to know.
Yes, absolutely, it is a fascinating and dramatic true story.
If anything maybe "Into Thin Air" because it is a true story of humans going to extremes in pursuit of an obsession.
When they first get into the U-Boat and realize the magnitude of their discovery. But really the whole story is interesting.
Is it worth their lives to find the secret of a WWII U-Boat?
Well written and holds your interest from start to finish. Should bear repeated listening! Worth a credit.
Again, did not read the print version v
The conclusion of the story that began in "Blackout". Reviewers said it "dragged on" but I feel differently. What may have dragged for some people, to me reflected the mixture of anxiety and tedium that must have been felt by Britons sheltering from the bombs in the subway stations. I enjoyed the stories about British citizens, military and civilian alike, who stepped up and put their lives on the line in circumstances that they certainly never asked for nor had control over-- the fire-watchers, ambulance drivers, and Enigma decoders among them-- and how close the outcome of WWII really was. It makes me appreciate all the more what ordinary citizens did, and how one small change here or there could have turned the whole outcome.
Ms. Willis sounded so enthusiastic about her story both here and in "Blackout" it made me enthused about it too. Ms. Kellgren is an excellent narrator, especially the feisty kids Apf and Binnie who make a welcome reappearance.
It made me appreciate the efforts on the "home front" in wartime Britain, everyone from shop girls to Agatha Christie did their part. I hope I could serve as bravely if it came to that. And their "stiff upper lip" attitude in the face of rationing and destruction made me realize how lucky we have it now.
The time travel aspect of it was fun and gave an interesting perspective, but I found it secondary to the story of the everyday heroes of WWII. Although the post travelers trying to get home did provide a key part of the plot.
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