Bought the book for listening in the car during a daily commute to work and back home.The book certainly served the purpose!The narrator is great,very artistic and with a plesant voice, the story is easy to follow, the characters are amiable, and in general a very pleasant read.If you do not have place for a romance in your heart,the book is not for you though.
Very touching and moving story about struggles and challenges of people with disabilities, issues they face on a daily basis, and their behind-the-scenes routines. There is no sugar coating in the story, and things are presented just the way they are in real life, and yet somehow the author managed to make it an enjoyable read, at times even funny, and as strange as it may sound, the book is not a depressing piece of work but actually quite the opposite - it leaves the readers with a desire to live their lives to the fullest and cherish every moment. The author has also done an excellent job at exploring the characters and making all of them very real and believable.
It is a story about LIFE, love, family, friendship and letting go. It is a sad story and yet a life-assuring at the same time. A very good book overall and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
If you like Sheldon Cooper of "The Big Bang Theory" sitcom, you will love this book. I enjoyed it. Funny and engaging, with likeable characters. Narration was good too.
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I liked the book, it is very well written, and the plot is interesting, and some of the twists are really unexpected. It is however a little "sick" to my taste - too much violence, bullying, psychological problems almost each character seems to have. Some of the violence stories happening in schools and among teenagers are almost unbelievable and make you wonder how on earth could these things happen in real life, but then again sick things do take place in schools... Overall, a good read but be prepared for some hard parts with human behaviour and mental and emotional problems descriptions.
I found the narration truly dreadful. I believe the narrator would be an excellent candidate for reading eulogies, because this is exactly how the entire book has been narrated. Dreadful! Absolutely dreadful!
Made me sick at times, but it's just me. But I guess that was the author's intention to reveal some of the truths that hide behind seemingly respectable schools and families.
I couldn't fully appreciate the story, since the quality of audio editing was extremely poor. It sounded like the book was patched up from the audio pieces recorded in different studios by different people and using different technology. And I am not talking about chapters sounding different, I am talking about sentences, parts of which appear to have been erased and replaced by separately recorded pieces. Not the usual Audible's high quality standard. I struggled to keep going but had to give up after a couple of hours, and was very tempted to claim my credit back.
Yes, it looks like the author has done some remarkable research on the topic, but the presentation is boring, and I am not talking about the narrator in this case.
Some times it was hard to tell the voices of the characters apart. But other than that, it was a good performance.
When somebody gave a voice (literally!) to some of my own thoughts that I wasn't proud of in the first place but would have at the times of anger and despair, I felt truly ashamed of myself. The book is full of hatred, and unless you are an American born and raised blond blue-eyed christian hating all other races and religions, some of the ideas and opinions presented in this book will disgust you. I guess, after killing all arabs and moslems, Mr. Thor would want to see all Russians and Chinese dead too, along with anybody who wouldn't agree with him, just for good measure. I no longer wonder how the world could create and bear Hitlers and Stalins.
İt was extremely monotone and tidious, except for dialogues. İt felt like he would burst into tears any time during the narration. İn my opinion,he would make an excellent necrology, eulogy or funeral speech deliverer.
A good book overall, unexpected ending, original plot.
I started the book about 15 times, and could never go beyond the first 15 minutes... Unfortunately, the "sample" button was disabled at the time of purchase, so i bought the book fully relying on the other readers' reviews... I cannot remember anybody commenting on the the narrator's voice... My recommendation would be to listen to the sample before purchasing the book, otherwise you'd waste your money, just like i did...
The narrator is slightly lisping (just a tad!). The story and the characters remind you of those in Bridget Jones books. If none of the above bothers you, you'll enjoy the book AND the narration enormously! I am adding Kate Reading (a.k.a. Johanna Ward, real name: Jennifer Mendenhall) to my favourite narrators list, after Rosalyn Landor! Buy this book if you want to take your mind away from any gloomy thoughts you may have in your head - it will work better than any yoga class! Great fun!
"Ten Things I Love About You" brings back some of the characters of "What Happens in London". I was not overly impressed with the plot, but I gave the book 4 stars, mainly because it made me laugh so many times. I love the author's sense of humour and her writing style; she's got that special way with words that makes the reading so pleasant and enjoyable. Rosalyn Landor (narrator) is outstanding, as usual, and makes you feel like you are 'watching' a movie... The story itself is not very believable but who cares if it's funny and well written! :) My favourite character is the Grandmother, who adds the "spice" to the plot. It's a shame the book contains some unnecessarily detailed erotic scenes, otherwise it would be perfect for all age groups.
All in all, a suitable book for listening while driving.
A must-read for history lovers! If you are familiar with the Romanoff's history, this book will make you look at a number of well-known historical facts from a different perspective. The authors do an excellent job at picturing their characters as mere mortals as far as their feelings and emotions are concerned, and yet underlining how dramatically differently their lives could have turned out should they not be burdened by their royal duties. Although I was not overly impressed with the narrator, I nonetheless enjoyed the book very much. If you like this book, I would also recommend Antonia Fraser's "Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King", outstandingly narrated by Rosalyn Landor.
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