San Antonio, TX, United States | Member Since 2011
I recommend this book esp to families with preteens. It shows a young person starting road to development. His hesitation, then decisions are made logically with emotions and doubt coloring decisions.
He read the narrated the story excellently. It was easy to follow the story. He added the tension at the right spots.
I did not plan on listening at one sitting but....John Keatings voice kept me listening.
This is book 2 of series. I got it first then was motivated to get books 1 & 3 which led to me getting entire series.
The reader did an excellent job with this story. I listened to it 3 times this week! I wasn't sure what to expect from the story & I was pleasantly surprised.
I was disappointed with this book. It didn't hold up. The main characters & story line go along at a good clip. Then suddenly comes an old stand by with a mysterious family member showing up out of the blue to help save the day. There are no hints to this person showing up. The main character's ability to sense mental energy is touted from book 1. That this mysterious person shows up, is a 'family' member with a totally simplistic view of life and goals is annoying. I got the feeling as in book 3 of this series the author is trying to fill pages, not write a novel. The ending of this book would have fit book 3 better. Do away with Book 3's ending and the remainder of book 4 or make them a series of short stories.
I listen to a variety of things, sci fi, horror, mystery, urban fantasy and so on. There is no way to predict what I will listen too next.
He characterises the main character well from book 1. I enjoyed his reading. His reading helped bring out things about the main character that I wouldn't thought about with reading alone.
The book was good until the halfway point. There it started to struggle to stay together. The last 1/3 of the book was a big disappointment. Nick Podehl's reading of the book is what kept me listening till the ending.
I enjoyed this book very much. The plot was was good. My only complaint is that this reader's voice didn't show any type of voice change for the flashbacks. I had several listen overs. I came the the conclusion twice that the download from audible.com to computer or computer to iPod got messed up. Due to the number & variety of flashbacks used to explain character's background & such I would suggest a brief music score to differentiate them.
Yes, I am listening to it again now. There are all elements that make a story good plus the introduction of new characters to the mix, showing change tho the old and so on.
She continues to give a good preformance for the main characters. Her voice reflects action going on. The author has continued with her characters development & she does it smoothly. There are vague references to the other books her voice stimulates curiosity about them without interrupting the current story. She continues to reflect character interaction smoothly.
There were parts of the story that made me very sad. Parts that led me to thinking down the wrong path as was intended. There were many parts that had me laughing. My main reaction was trying to figure out the character changes going on & where they were leading. Trying to remember the vague hints of character changes to see if they would lead any where in THIS book.
Too many times this far down a book series the characters start to become weak or change oddly in relation to the story. The supporting characters from previous books didn't take over parts of the story to fill in space. The book also didn't start to change into a series of vaguely related short stories or a novella trying to pass off as a full novel. That DIDN'T happen in this case. This book can be read alone as very excellent reading. The references to the other books are vague. There isn't a lot of time wasted on these references. Just enough time and reference to alert you to the other books & motivate one to investigate if interested. I have discovered many series that way. I enjoyed this long book so much that I started it & didn't finish it until 18 hours later. I had to pause for errands that I couldn't put off or delay. It isn't common for a book to keep up that long at my age. I also wasn't tempted to skip ahead. This episode in our main characters ended. Now I want the next book to hurry up!
I wouldn't recommend this book to others. It detracts from first two books badly. The main character Mienthe, has degenerated into an obviously mental case! The review implies that she, her powers and friends save the day, but... In fact other characters take over the storyline. It seems like the book should be billed as how these others are trying to keep Mienthe from destroying the day. It was a big disappointment in character developement. . It was like reading a headline about any misguided teen who feels their way is not only the right way but the only way & reguards to others.
Looking back at book one, it is easy to see how Mienthe degenerates as she did. More of book two should have been spent in her development. I felt like I was reading about a spoiled teen, with few limits & great power
She did a fair job with all the characters. It was her narration quality that had me listen thru to the end.
This story is an enjoyable twist on Fairy Godmothers helping "living happily ever after" endings.
I revisited the Hans Christian Anderson & Brothers Grimm fairy tales. I paid more attention to the Fairy Godmothers. It was fun comparing them.
I can't think of just three words. Gabra Zackman seemed a little hesitant the first few chapters.
A great story!
I enjoyed the music lead at each chapter. The music reflected how I felt when I read this story so long ago. It also brought back to my mind scenes from the movie. The story is as appropriate today as it was when first published.
Peter S. Beagle's voice sounded a lot like I mentally visualized the wizard's voice to sound like. I enjoyed his reading very much! I was a little reluctant at first due to having been put off by other authors reading their work.
Listen and enjoy!
This audiobook is a little hard to rank. It starts out with several sub plots with several characters each. It is hard to figure out what is going on and with who. In the first several chapters I would rate this book less then two stars. Then all of a sudden the plot comes together. That caused me to rate this book higher @ four stars.
I have all Mr Larry Correla MONSTER HUNTER audiobooks. I enjoyed them very much. It was my previous purchase of those books which prompted me to get this book.
I enjoyed young Miss Faye (spelling?). i also enjoyed the 'bad man' in the form of J Sullivan's older brother.
The first few chapters didn't hold my attention very well. I was lucky that I was doing my walk while listening to it. I listened long enough to where all characters and sub plots came together. Then I didn't want to stop (and I didn't). I finished the book. I then re-listened to it with the purpose of hearing what I missed.
This audiobook starts slow and is a little confusing in the beginning. It makes the storyline appear weak. Then it gets into the action.
Fun & interesting.
Yes I would recommend this audiobook. The only problem is that this a series that follows each other kinda close. It should follow book 01 for better understanding.
His voice fitted the main character as I imagined.
I enjoyed this book,
The story line sounded good. That was why I purchased this audiobook and it's sequel. There were too many characters so development was poor. As a result of too many characters there was a lot of sub plots. This led to my being confused as to what was going on. I frequently had to repeat and back track in my attempt to get thru this story and understand it. Some of the sub plots were boring I wondered what the author was tryng to write. It was difficult to figure out what was going on. The way this book was written made the subplots very incomplete. I found myself assuming things not named.There was a lot of naming of a male and female sexual parts. The reader and wording made this sound like a group of junior high boys locker room talk.
No, I wouldn't recommend this book to any one. Boring story read by a boring voice.
I don't know. I would have to read the book to think about this. I definitely wouldn't recast this reader for this book.
I really can't see any redeeming qualities.
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