I am a fan of Larry Niven's worlds, and bought this with high hopes. I recently found it in my library, not remembering that I'd tried to listen to it once before. I found the narrator very droney and monotonous. I persevered for nearly 2 hours and have finally had to turn it off, I'm so distracted by the droning that I've lost track of the story line a few times. I'm sure it's an excellent story, so disappointed in the narration.
I don't usually write reviews, and I am NOT a fan of the vampire romance genre at all! But I saw that other people thought this was funny, and felt like a laugh but I was prepared to doubt. Don't hesitate, truly, Molly Harper has such a funny turn of phrase, very dry wit, and she's written a smart incisive character (no pun intended) who is just like the friend we all want. Expect to laugh, well worth your credit :)
First of all, the narrator is wonderful - her characterisations and mellow voice are all that make this bearable. It is so slow, and downright gloomy, that I felt rather depressed by the end of it! It does have more social and historical background than Austen, but none of the wit or satire. Only the narrator kept me going, I kept expecting something to actually happen...
This is more a book for young readers. It's lyrically written but crams a big story into a short space, so it seems often that there's something missing - like the story skims over the lives of the characters. Not something I'd listen to again, or in hindsight would have bought, though I have enjoyed Mercedes Lackey's other work.
Yes as some other reviewers have said, this isn't new information. Rhonda's gift to the world though is in providing an accessible summary of eons of spiritual wisdom and modern science and presenting it in an engaging way. There is much more information here than there was in the DVD which I enjoyed but somehow felt there was something missing - well it's all in here. I completely enjoyed this and highly recommend it.
Based on the positive reviews of this book I had high hopes of a new 'personal' classic. I tried three times to get into it but the narrator's very odd accent and frankly weird intonation and cadence had me concentrating more on that than on the story line. Most unenjoyable, I've given up on this one.
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