New Albany, IN, United States | Member Since 2014
Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries series is a sure bet for tween girls who like funny stories and Anne Hathaway brings the audiobooks to life with her expert narration. I was laughing out loud as I was listening to this (and the first two books in the series).
I absolutely could not stop listening to this book! The story is really compelling and exciting. It's science fiction, but more of an adventure story with lots of science details than what you might think of when you think of "science fiction". It's also really funny with a very realistic narrator.
While I really enjoyed the story, iif I had it to do over again, I would probably choose the print version of the book for a couple of reasons. #1 I probably would have skimmed over some of the science details. I'm as interested as the next person, but when you get half a page of calculations about how many calories Mark needs to survive and how many he can scrape together... it was just a little much. In the audio version, there's no skimming down the page.
#2 parts of the book are told from Mark's point of view and parts are written in third-person about what's going on back on Earth or in the Hermes ship. Since the same narrator reads the whole book, I sometimes got a little confused about whether Mark was still telling the story or if it had switched. I wish that they had had a separate narrator for Mark's first-person parts or that the narrator had done a slightly different voice for those parts. R.C. Bray reads well and he does do accents for the foreign characters and slight voice changes for, say, female characters, but I wish the first-person parts had been differentiated more.
Overall, I'd still recommend this book, particularly for readers who like survival/adventure thrillers, readers who like stories with lots of science details, and/or readers who want a really compelling story that you can't put down.
This is an exciting story that, for me, overcame a so-so narrator. The middle is a bit slow, but the twists and turns at the end more than make up for it. I didn't care for Charlie McWade as the voice of Sage. He tried valiantly to voice the characters, but accents sometimes slipped a bit and I couldn't tell any of the three boys apart. I'll be reading the second book in print.
Bernadette Dunne is well-matched to this story of a strong woman doing what she can to help the women of Afghanistan. Dunne reads with a strong, clear, no-nonsense voice, which is just how I imagine Debbie Rodriguez to be from her story. The first person format lends itself nicely to audio and I enjoyed stepping inside Debbie's world behind the veil as she embraced Afghanistan and its women.
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