What a ride that was! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Classic Murakami. I will be thinking about this one for a while, I'm sure. It took me a while to download the book because I was worried it might be too long, but the length didn't bother me at all. The narration was fantastic, and the characters were SO good! I would like to give this 4.5 stars if I could. I'm stingy with my 5 star reviews, but this one was teetering on the edge of a 5-star for me.
I will always adore the story of Ayla and Jondalar. I’d read this series many years ago, and was pleased to listen to the audiobook . Auel does a great job weaving together history and characters. I did find that her repetition of all the back-story became tedious. Somehow I didn’t notice it so much in the print version, but in the audiobook, without the luxury of skimming through stuff I already knew – well, it grew tiresome hearing over and over about what happened in the previous 2 books. I wish these novels weren’t intended as stand-alone sequels…I feel that detracts from the heart of the story. However, book three has plenty of storyline to make it worthwhile. I listened to the book at “fast” speed on my player, but I could tell the narrator did a good job.
I really enjoyed this book. The fact that I live in Hawaii probably played a role in why it was so fascinating to me. I haven't seen the movie yet but now it is definitely on my to-watch list. But back to the book...I thought the characters were well developed and likable. The emotions and scenarios described throughout the story were very real and at times I laughed and teared up. While there were a few jarring mispronounciations of Hawaiian words, in general the narrator handled the words a lot better than I expected him to (based on some of the reviews I read before listening). Overall, despite those few mispronounciations, I thought the narrator did a fantastic job. He was the perfect choice for Mr. King! I definitely recommend this book.
I really enjoyed this book. I though it was clever and well written and it left me feeling good.
Great twists, very engaging. I got very wrapped up in this story as it progressed.
I had a hard time getting into Game of Thrones - the reviews were so good, and I have heard good things about the show - but I just couldn't get into the book. Maybe my expectations were too high? I think it's just not my genre - maybe others who like this genre would like the book more. The narrator did a great job, but even so, his performance wasn't enough to keep me going. I didn't finish it.
Well, it was a fun listen. I was in the mood for something simple and entertaining after finishing a long epic novel prior to this listen. I haven't listened to a YA book in a while either, so figured this would be a good bet. I agree with some of the other commentators that the repetition of Jacinda's inner dialogue about her conflicted emotions starts to get annoying. But overall, I was able to deal with it. Part of what kept me going through some of those tedious parts was reminding myself that this is written from the point of view of a teenager - and I remember how my mind worked at that age - overly dramatic realizations and declarations go with the territory. I felt that the narrator did a really good job with the material. Will I keep on with the series? No, probably not worth a credit, and I'm eager for some more substance again after this brief, but enjoyable YA adventure.
No, I would not recommend this - the series seems to be a sinking ship
Annoyance - just like my reaction the beginning, and everything in the middle.
The first book was extremely irritating in many ways, and this one was just as irritating, but with less of the stuff that made the first one worthwhile for me. very disappointing.
This was definitely a compelling listen...hot, sexy, great potential. I enjoyed it, but there were several aspects that annoyed me:
- A lot of my frustration with the listening experience revolves around my annoyance with the narrator's rendition of the character's voices - for both the male and female characters. I would love to hear this story read by somebody else, just to see how it might change my perspective.
- I was also just generally annoyed with the lead female character throughout the storyline - wanting to reach out and throttle her a few times. The interaction between the main characters often didn't seem believable.
- And then there's the language used in the book. I got SO tired of certain words that kept popping up, for example, the word "unbidden" was used so many times that toward the end I started to wince every time I heard it. Maybe it wouldn't be such a big deal in print - but read aloud, some of the language drove me crazy.
- Lastly, I was annoyed how the book ended - leaving me no choice but to buy the sequel! It felt more like the end of a chapter than the end of a book - pretty clever way to ensure that the 2nd book is purchased.
Depite these annoyances, I would recommend the book, and I did go ahead and get the 2nd one, which I'm listening to now. I guess I'm a sucker for Mr. Grey.
Unbelievable. At times I thought I couldn't go on, but like a train wreck, I couldn't turn away. I can see how some of the other reviewers quit listening. The mundane details were a bit tedious at first, but toward the end I really grew to appreciate that part of the story. The graphic scenes were so revolting. The humorous scenes, so hilarious. The depiction of Patrick Bateman's obsessions so intense. The book as a whole is such a masterpiece of horror and superficiality. There are scenes that will stay with me forever. Oh my.
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