I have no idea.
so-so, uninspiring, average (I would listen to other stories narrated by her, however. I just don't think she had much to work with here.)
Bored. The pace was very slow.
I didn't finish the story. That's how bored I was with it. I made it about halfway through and then decided to not waste anymore time waiting for it to get better.
Have you ever been talking to a person that seemed to have an interesting story to tell you but got too caught up in the tiniest details and you find yourself rushing them to try to help get them to their point? This book is just like that but for 14 hours!!!
The book started out pretty good but by the 20th chapter or so, listening to urls read to me with what seemed to be endless series of dots and hash marks, phone numbers, and computer codes, I started to notice that I needed to really fight to pay attention. These details seemed to be added during stories that could have been interesting but instead added filler where it wasn't needed. I decided to cut bait and move on before I finished it. I don't recommend this book in the audio format. It may be a better read in book format as then one can at least scan over all the technical detail if that person really doesn't care to know the phone numbers this guy dialed and the websites he visited in 1990.
I listened to the story quickly and didn't find it to be as great as the first book but it was a good follow up. I liked it because it picked up right where the first left off with no time lapse at all. Many loose ends were tied up right away, as well, to make room for the new story that was unfolding. It's a very fast read. I gave it three stars however because there were a lot of characters introduced and keeping the names straight was a little hard to manage in the audio format. The main characters seemed to have personality disorders in this book as compared to the first. There wasn't a lot of consistency in how they were portrayed and the mood swings weren't explained by anything that was happening in the story. Overall, it was a good read, not the best.
This story first seemed to be a copy of The Hunger Games but as it went on, the similarities really didn't matter and the story took on a life of its own. The book is written for younger crowd than me, I assume. The writing was simple and there was a lot of back and forth between the characters that simply annoyed me but fit within the story. Once I got past that, I definitely got into it.
I was litterally on the edge of my seat from the very first chapter. I couldn't wait to hear what happened next. That was up until about 2/3s through the book. In the story the principal character must wait and let time pass before he can act on events he knows will happen. The writer makes us wait with him with boring day to day detail of humdrumness. When the events finally unfold, the story picks up again. When I thought the story should have been over but there were 2-3 hours left on the audio, I knew I was in for another slow ride. The story had about 3 different endings or places where the story could and should have stopped but didn't. I liked the story overall but this could have used a lot of editing. The actor was wonderful and had a way of keeping me in the game. If the reading had not been as good, I would have bailed on the story for sure.
I knew what the story was about prior to listening to the book (The title alone is pretty telling!) however their were quite a few twists I didn't expect. The only thing that puzzled me was that the opening of the book started with a character that was not revisited again in the end. I'm puzzled by that but it didn't take away from the story at all. The actor was good, too. I also enjoyed the interview with the writer at the very end. I'm waiting for the movie now to see how the screenplay goes as the writer of the book wrote the screenplay.
The story was fast-paced and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. The actress reading the story did a lovely job and her pace was pitch perfect. I am not a "young adult" as is the target audience for this story however I was absolutely engrossed.
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