I adore the whole concept of this story
Much like the book, it took me a while to get back into it. but Half way through it picks up and the rest of the series does not let down, you just have to struggle to that halfway point
Disclaimer this is completely my opinion: you may agree with it and want to stay away from this book, you may disagree with it and it will draw you to this book. I honestly believe your feelings on this will make or break this book for you.
This is a good story a very good story, well written out and well told. However, it is not the traditional story of Mary form the bible, and it is certainly not the traditional story of the Crucifixion from the bible, and these are the reasons I can not rate it as highly as a well written story should be. I enjoyed the first 3/4 of this book, completely and utterly. the last 1/4 of it ruined it for me.
This is the story of Mary, from her early years (which is the majority of this book). It is not until the last quarter of the book that becomes Mary as Jesus mother, which is skimmed over, as is her role as his mother growing up, focusing on the highlights of special scenes in the bible. And this is where I have issues. I believe Mary was a virgin when Christ was conceived and born. I believe however that Joseph did marry her. I also do not believe, and that story seemed to imply this, that Mary pushed Jesus into revealing himself before time and thus pushing him to the cross, that his death was her fault. I also believe that he died on that cross and was resurrected, not that he was given a potion to make him appear dead and then recused 3 days later from the tomb.
These last pieces at the end of the book destroyed everything about the book that I was enjoying. I know there are faiths that do believe these things and people of those faiths will probably enjoy the entirety of this book. But sometimes the ending can destroy what was an entirely good story and for me that is what happened. Still it was well written and well narrated so I can not rate it horribly, I just can not get behind it and support it due to my own personal beliefs.
This is more along the lines of what I was expecting when my friends ranted about the Dresden files. Less repetitiveness, less whiny cops (which is a real pet peeve of mine), less poor little ol me. Finally in this book we are beginning to see Dresden grow and wake up not as much as I would like, but you can see it. You learn more and more about him, as well as the world of magic that is around us, and not just the little tidbits Dresden is willing to share, but the world really becomes alive in this book. Not to mention there is less of the cop (sorry I still really don't like her) and new characters are added, that leave you wanting to hear and see more of them, old characters are detailed out instead of being 2 dimension stick figures propped up in the story, you really see them grow as well and become part of the story and the world and a real and viable threat. It is my sincere hope the series continues this positive progress forward. I am not actually looking forward to book 4. though I am still not fully invested in Dresden himself, I am more invested in the world around him.
At least of the 4 I have listened too. The story of Lilah, pulled me in and wrapped me around in it. I felt her frustrations, and her hurt. I could feel her heart and her love. She seemed real to me. the story seemed real, and heartbreaking. Though all of them are read by the same narrator I would say she felt and identified with this Lilah as well, for her performance here out stripped her performances in the others. I don't know of the this Lilah, and I have not searched to see where she comes from in our bible. But this is a story of faith, heartbreak, familial love and devotion. Where the power was in this time and where the fear was. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy biblical fiction. But please remember it is biblical fiction, do not listen to this if you are expecting to find it completely aligned to any story in the bible you will be disappointed.
I wish I had this professor in High school and College. I have always loved physics but didn't quite get it enough that I could peruse it. This Professor explains things in a humorous that brings it to reality for you. It shows you how physics works in the world around you and gives you a basis to grow from, which is what is required to grasp the more intricate and mathematical parts of physics.
Its an awesome book for those who just want to know what the point to physics is. It is an awesome book for those who what an launching point into greater physics. the professor / writer is witty, entertaining and informative. the Narrator communicates all of that in his tone as he reads through this book and keeps you actively listening.
I was so very excited when I found a new Night Watch book was out, and this one was not a disappointment. It picks up slightly after the Last Watch. Same characters. New story. New Story line. Even set up that he can continue the watch. And I will say this, he twisted and twisted the end all the way to the last moment of the story. There is not much I can say about the story without giving away the plot to it, but to say it is as amazing as the last four have been and if you enjoyed them grab this one. Even if you haven't heard them you can grab this one, it is not 100 % that you need to read the first ones to understand it, just slightly helpful if you have.
With the same narrator the stories maintain a cohesive whole and is in my opinion the perfect voice for these stories.
I would absolutely recommend this if you struggle at all with a confidence level, something we all do at some time. Or in figuring out who you are. It does not tell you who you are or even HOW to be confident. It tells you the things that influence people's lives and make them see themselves and others in various lights, which help you pin point what in your own life you might want to look at and change. It is also amusing, its not dry, wake me up when its over, but light and serious at the same time. You will actually hear what he is saying and if you listen you can make changes and see differences in your life.
I am very glad this was free. I am not even sure I would have been happy paying 0.99. I love England. I am what they call an America Anglophile. To me this book / short lecture sounded awesome. In reality. What was the point of this whole thing, I could not find one any where in it. It was just random person talking about England and how he saw people viewing England. No Science behind it, not studies, no nothing that I could tell. Just random opinion and not one that really led to any conclusions. It listens like a Jr High student writing a short essay for a class, and I may be a little generous in putting them in Jr. High
Okay I bought this thinking it would be great. Then I started it and was questioning my decision. The story is great and the first chapter or so seemed a positive if slow start. However once they got to Antarctica. The story initially sped up into rapid action, which was great, however that action became have a book of oh my god lets detail out every aspect of this "breaking" which was not necessary. The steps yes those were necessary but did we really need paragraphs/pages descriptions of the insides of what he was eating raw and sleeping on? this took up most of the book and really seemed like gross filler and not really any point to it. About 3 and half hours into the 6 ish hour book, it took a turn and you finally began to understand what the over all story was and where it would be ultimately going. At this point the story began to get interesting. Interesting enough that I am considering the second novel, though not right away, it will likely be in the I will try it when I am looking for something to listen too. I am a little afraid of wasting have the book on nothing again.
Narration: This went back and forth. For the most part it was good, there were a few characters that I had to really question the choices made for them, and it grated me to listed to the narrator do them, but thankfully they were relatively small parts and I could ignore them.
Con: Slow start and lot of space that seemed like just filler.
Pro: It sets up for a positive continuation if the author can stay way from the random nothingness of filler.
I hesitate to write this review. So many people love this series. I will say this. I enjoyed the book. Its vampires in a fun sort of way. Of course I enjoyed it. Good guy, sexy vampire trying to live among humans falls in love with a human girl. So right up my alley. And do not get my wrong I DID enjoy it. But I did not love it. I will say it did make me laugh at points which is always a plus.
Some of my not love it is the fact that I wanted to strangle the narrator. First of the southern accent drives me insane. I am from the south I live with these accents, and you do not get that particular deep horrendous accent anywhere by back woods GA. yes there are dialects and you can them apart. its like someone from Boston claiming to be from NYC. there is a distinct difference. Also its grating. its grating in everyday life, its more grating in an audio book.
The author also repeats herself several times, little things but things that don't need to be repeated for the story to be good. That is a minor annoyance.
For me I prefer the Jane Jameson series by Molly Harper. But that may be because I listened to them first. (they type of story is fairly similar) I won't say I won't get the rest of them. I absolute will, but over time, it does not draw me into it enough to say I need these now, like others have.
A follow up to I,Strahd The memoirs of a Vampire. I dearly hope this author and narrator continue with Strahd's story.
Strahd is a vampire out of the world of Ravenloft, one of the most powerful beings of that world. having not delved deep into his story before this I can not state how well these books stick to the cannon of that world. What I can say is that the story is excellent, it keeps you intrigued and hanging on to what is happening next. Not once during this book or the previous one did I find myself wishing it would just move on, and instead just waited early to see what would happen next.
The narrator actually sounds like I imagine and undead, ancient and somewhat tired creature would sound if he was telling the long tale of his life, which these books are the written version of that story.
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