Palo Alto, CA, United States | Member Since 2011
One of the best "reads" I've had in a while. Definitely amongst the best audio adaptations I've purchased. Moving, tender, comical, brutally honest, and brave writing. That's right... BRAVE. There needs be more works like this on the market. Plus, it was almost like this book was meant to be audio. It transitions perfectly to that medium. Had me laughing until it hurt, and hurting until I laughed. READ THIS. Or better yet.... LISTEN TO THIS N*O*W
How the Hades does she weave such fantastical prose? Another knock out installment of the intelligent, engaging series.
What a humbling story. It was a little difficult to get into the book at first, as it was hard to think of it as the voice of a teenager. It's obvious the co-writer played a heavy hand in structuring much of the historical context. However, the narrative of Ms. Yousafzai comes through strong enough that one is left with an undeniable impression of how valiant her cause is.
Audiobook: I appreciated that the reader selected for this production was a native voice of the region from which Ms. Yousafzai comes. Her ability to effortless present terms and mention places which gave her no qualm made the narrative liquid and flowing. It also was good that the producers chose not to placate the western ear by choosing a reader with an American or British accent. I believe something would have been lost if they had.
Hoover has a nearly unparalleled ability to write intimacy and a scope for treating the tragic with tenderness. Very dark, not meant for readers looking for something uplifting. But, if you're looking for something that shows the power of love to heal, this pins the tail on that donkey. I did keep coming back to two issues, though: no matter how much I tried, and no matter what the two MCs went through that forced them to grow up young, I still questioned that they could have that much maturity and wisdom. Especially Skye. Being that's she's had such an isolated life, I found it difficult to accept she carried such wisdom of the world. Also, some dialog, particularly near the end where the last threads were tied up, sounded very unnatural and as though the characters were speaking in essay form.
Skye's friend, Brecken(Spelling?), seemed to be an afterthought by the end of the book. He was my favorite secondary character, and I really enjoyed the scenes in which he appeared.
Still, one hell of a book, written by one hell of a woman.
Audiobook notes: The performance on this was good to very good, but where the book had a flashback scene spoken first person by Sky as a child, she made her voice so stereotypical little girl sappy it sounded like she was using baby talk. These chapters are few and brief. She did, however, put in a powerful performance with Holder. It's difficult for a woman to pull of a sexy male lead sometimes, but definitely not the case here.
Mysterious and intriguing, Hunter continues to wow in this book, giving us a strong heroine with her own mind, own faults, and own agenda. Picking up some five years after the events of A Hidden Fire, the scintillating librarian has rebuilt her life in Southern California after Gio's presence becomes by mere proxy. Though she continues friendships with others she's met during her experience in World V, she grows frustrated with Gio's absence. When he finally does walk back into her life, her stewing erupts into a full-on boiling mess. As Gio and B work to come together again as couple, Lorenzo's maleficent deeds tug around the edges of their circle of friends, bringing with it both death, and a determination for justice. Meanwhile, Gio makes it clear to Beatrice that he's interested in her for the long haul, that he wants her to be with him forever. A host of new characters and revisits by others add elegance and intrigue, culminating with Beatrice's emergence as a Damsel that can cause others some serious distress. A fantastic series for anyone who wants their mystery and mythic creatures cut with a slice of passion and romance.
Holy hell. What a brilliant piece of writing, a great balance of mystery and romance. Intellectually and emotionally strong characters, a well developed slow burn (no pun) romance, and side characters with depth and perception and purpose. I may be Elizabeth Hunter's newest and most dedicated fangirl. I downloaded the sequel at 4 AM. I couldn't wait.
Highly recommended, and in fact already have recommended it. This story didn't shy away from intelligent, three-dimensional characters who act sometimes irrationally and don't get held up in romance formata and shelf fodder.
Mr. Morgan's voicing of Gabriel was spot on.
I had only one complaint on this recording: I feel that occasionally Mr. Morgan read aloud directive notes that were in the script only to inform his performance. Listening to a romance read by a deep-voiced man gave me pause, but the performance was very engaging in whole.
It's a great achievement to create a sequel that outshines the first installment. Ms. Carriger achieved this momentous feat in comical,endearing, and at times, heartbreaking perfection. The narrator and this story melt together like cheese and toast. Loved it, can't say enough good things.
It took me a little while to get into this, but it ended solid. I'm looking forward to book 2.
It was painful to read this, because the artistry of the telling of this relationship was so real, so intense, and so personally familiar. How many times did I want to shake Abby in to reality, show her all the stupid stuff she was doing, but heard the echoes of my own justifications in her thoughts and actions?
*Audiobook*: Excellent reader. Emma Galvin is becoming a personal favorite. There were moments where I felt she was making Travis sound a bit too Jersey Shore, but I acclimated to it.
Technically solid writing is the best I can say. Horrible in every other way. The reader ends the book still waiting for the semblance of a story to really emerge. Reader pulls off an okay performance, given the lack of exciting/interesting material she was given.
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