Well written with excellent narration, Cutting for Stone is well worth the 2 credits. This is one of my absolute favorite Audibles. I finished it about 8 weeks ago and still find myself thinking about the characters and the story. I highly recommend it!
I have not been able to get past the first section. I've tried several times after reading the reviews that say it gets better beginning in the second part. The language in section one is so archaic that if you get distracted at all while listening, you get totally lost. It simply is not enjoyable to work that hard at listening to a book. My plan is to go see the movie and then try again. Maybe then I can even skip part one and see if the book becomes more entertaining in the second section. At this point, it is a waste of a credit and very disappointing.
Killing Lincoln is an awesome book, for as far as we went in listening to it. Why Bill O'Reilly narrated his own book, I will never understand. His unique diction and reporter's manner of ending his sentences might be okay for his TV show, but it DOES NOT work for book narration. In fact, it is so terrible that we had to turn the book off. My husband, who is a big Bill O'Reilly fan and was really looking forward to listening to him read the book, was the one who finally said, "turn it off, I can't stand it anymore." So our recommendation is buy the book and read it for yourself. If Audible or O'Reilly ever gets a qualified and credible narrator to read his work, we will try listening to it again. At this point, it was a waste of a credit.
I haven't read Stephen King in years because I felt even though he is a fantastic writer, his style was just too gory and frightening. I took a chance when I read the summary and I was not disappointed. WOW! What a wonderful premise that is well written, exciting, gripping and unpredictable. The violence that was in the book was within acceptable limits for someone like me who doesn't like books that make me overly uncomfortable. It was all part of the story and very tolerable. The narration was superb and I just couldn't stop listening. Well worth the credit! Great book!
The Ice Limit is well written, but tends to drag on. I was okay and I made it all the way through, but mostly because I didn't want to waste a credit. At times it was engaging. I would say it was "okay."
After waiting so many years for the last book in the series, I couldn't buy it fast enough when it came out. It is a great continuation of the story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well written and Sandra Burr did a very good job with the narration. I did not agree with some others who said she spoke too quickly. I thought the pacing was excellent, the accents pleasing and her performance added to the entire book. The only reason I didn't give the book five stars was because Auel did one thing that was a tad annoying. She would repeat different details several times during the book as if those details had never been given. For example, the physical description of Jondalar or some of Ayla's experiences with the Clan. It was a bit strange to do that, but not too concerning. Overall, a great read! So satisfying to finally get the last book. YES!
Picoult develops the main characters well and the story is a good one. She does a great job presenting both sides of a very emotional issue.
I suppose someone thought putting the singing in between sections was a good idea. I found it extremely annoying and was so relieved I have a fast forward feature on my Droid x. I don't want to be mean, but the singing was not very good and the songs were long and drawn out and a bit pointless.
I do think the book was worth the credit. I was drawn back to listening to find out what would happen. The ending was a bit predictable, but satisfying. The narrators do a good job. The epilogue was too brief and disappointing. I would have liked more detail in the summation of the book.... just to feel better closure with the story.
I am trying really hard to get interested and keep going. The narration is so annoying. I have never put the term "over-acting" to an audio book, but the female narrator makes it sound like a bad play. I am on Chapter 4 and felt the need to write this review before others waste a credit. So far, I have little identification with any of the characters and the story line is bizarre.
I enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. My only hesitation is that the accent given to Winston Churchill sounded more like a Boston accent than an English accent and it kept distracting me. That was only a brief part of the book, though, and the narrator was otherwise very good. Certainly worth the time and the credit.
The best thing about The Life of Pi is the very cool ending. The book is not one of my favorites, but was worth the "listen."
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