When you choose a book like this you expect to read something that's a little more educational than entertaining. In other words, informative but not as liesurely a read as maybe a Stephanie Plum novel. However, this one surprised me. It WAS educational in some ways, and definitely autobiographical, but it was also quite entertaining. I was very pleased by this book, and by the end of it I wished I had a neighbor with a secret restaurant in her basement and a pair of turkeys in my back yard. I would almost consider this story to be the Eat-Pray-Love of urban farming except Novella Carpenter's final revelation doesn't have quite the umph of Elizabeth Gilbert's. Still, the story has a similar feel and was worth my time & credits. I would recommend it to others (in fact, I am) most certainly.
Dresden never disappoints.
I like so many of the characters, but Harry is my favorite because he's smart, funny, & more than a little bit of a smart ass. ;)
Sorry, I'm a James Marsters fan. While John Glover did better than I expected (I figured anyone that wasn't James Marsters would outright suck as Harry), I would have much preferred the powers that be had waited until Marsters had been available to narrate.
All the Dresden books are ones I'd like to listen to straight through. A couple of them I've been able to & did.
I love Dresden. I got into it after seeing the few TV episodes that were made on Netflix. Many of the books I wish I had been able to see on the screen. While some have been stronger than others, I haven't been disappointed by any of them.
Out of the first four Sookie Stackhouse books I personally think this one is the weakest as far as plot goes. The way it reads though it seems like this book was used more as a vehicle to setup certain ideas & situations that might be expanded upon in the following books. I guess I will find out when I get there. Still, it was good like the rest of the series has been so far. It definitely has not detered me from continuing on with the many thrilling & supernatural escapades of the residents of Bon Temps, LA. I can't wait to see what book 5 has in store. :)
I was required to "read" this book for a college level children's literature class. Usually when I'm assigned required reading I expect to be bored to tears because the books professors tend to pick are not often the types of books I prefer. However, this book wasn't bad. Along with "Alas Babylon" (required for another class) this was one of the better books I've been assigned. I was glad to see LaVar Burton as the narrator. I love his voice. It brought back so many memories of watching Reading Rainbow as a kid. His voice always sounds so relaxing and gentle. I feel like I'm curled up in front of a cozy fire no matter where I am when I hear him read. LaVar also has excellent diction and he utilizes pauses very well. He might not do voices like other narrators, but for this book it was just fine with me.
The story was also good. I wasn't able to relate to it completely or clearly judge it's realness because I'm not old enough to have experienced these events & others like it, I live in the North, and I'm white. That being said, I feel like it did give me a decent glimpse into what this family felt and experienced in both Flint, Michigan & Birmingham, Alabama at that time in history. It was interesting to see how children might have dealt with experiencing major civil rights events, how they worked out those emotions & logic in their own mind, and how they related it to what was happening in their own lives at the time.
All in all I think it's a good story & worth the listen, for kids & even an adult like me. :)
If you want a good laugh this is the book. It summarizes how just about every parent has felt at one point or another. Samuel L. Jackson is the ONLY person who could have done this book justice. If you're at all familiar with his work you can guess why. Think "Pulp Fiction" meets bedtime story. However, this is obviously NOT a book for your kids to hear... unless you live in a home where the F word is used freely and happily by all. When your kids are driving you nuts & you just want them to lay down, fall asleep & give you some peace for a while just pop in your headphones, poor a glass of wine, & enjoy. :)
Ok. The book is great, as are all the others in the series that I've heard so far. However, I was not pleased with the new narrator. If you're going to narrorate a book that's part of the series & you are not the first person to read that series you SERIOUSLY need to listen to the other books in the series for continuity's sake. I was maybe 30 minutes into it when I had heard enough of her saying PISS-ker-ee and LEE line. It's pa-SCARE-ee & LAY line, lady. Do your research, every other actor does. Jenks sounds way too girly, even for a pixy, on top of it. However, I do think she did a good job portraying Rachel's "snarkiness", as one listener called it. I just don't get why you'd change narrators in the middle of a series. Especially when the first one was pretty good. Al can't even make me nervous anymore the way she does him. Anyway, like I said, the book is wonderful & if this is your first time hearing this series I don't think you would be terribly disappointed. It's just one of those peeves you get from getting used to someone reading the parts the same way for 5 books then almost being forced to change your whole mental image of these characters because of the way the new narrator does it. You know what I mean? I had the same problem going from CJ Critt to Lorelei King in the Stephanie Plum books, & I actually LOVE both of those narrators. This one though, not so much.
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