I have not read all of the reviews of this book but honestly ??? everyone was gushing over Lord Ian ??? but BETH ??? she is hilarious. I loved her dry sense of humor and laughed out loud several times. Poor Ian just didn???t get it, he understood finally that she was joking, but she was laugh out loud funny! Her humor is very dry, and really added to the mystery/tragedy of the Mackenzie???s.
The story was unexpected; Lord Ian is surprising and empathy producing; Beth is strong, brave, funny, unique, and yet very much like ???everyone???. I recommend it and I will listen to it again.
The narrator was spot on. She delivered!
I can not believe I never written a review on this book. I listened to this in 2011 and I loved it enough to happily purchase other Bryce Courtney's books. I just recently 'revisited' this wonderful book and have every intention of introducing it to my grandson.
It is unbelievably cruel - and optimistic, and it is very inspiring. It is fiction and the prelude does say it is Bryce Courtney's 'story' I understand it is every underdog's dream; and fiction. It is still a really good story.
Every underdog child should read/hear this. It is hopeful in a time of bullying and painful reminders of missteps. (Everything is recorded and replayed!!) It is the ultimate survival story that we all need. Everyone needs to find a passion, an inspiration, and a truth. This book has lived on for many years - first published in 1989 - and has lived in many hearts to this day.
The message? Do not discount others due to prejudices. Be passionate about something. Do not give up. Do not worry about what others think. Know what you know. Never quit learning - and do not forget to start learning.
I don't believe my little note will not mean much but I had to submit my opinion. Definitely worth a credit or two.
I REALLY loved this book! The technical elements in this book were very well thought out and researched; some reviewers felt there was almost too much technical 'speak'. I felt all the things he did to survive was very much part of the story - extremely creative.
I highly recommend this book. I work in the space industry though I am not an engineer; I work and have worked among them for so long I can tell you the characters are very realistic and can attribute some real names to some (most?). I have recommended this book to several people who would actually know about training for missions and how to survive aero-accidents. I am very much looking forward to hearing their evaluation of this book. Some are audio listeners, some are choosing to wait until the hard copy comes out (sigh!) in February.
The story is about how an astronaut was accidently left injured on Mars, how he planned to survived for as long as he could, how it was discovered he was alive, and what happened on earth and in space to make survival a possibility. The personalities involved are very much part of the story, and what lent a considerable amount of credibility to the plot.
Andy Weir does not have a web page but you can look him up on Facebook if you can believe that! He has the UK and USA book covers on the site (excellent). I am anxiously awaiting his next novel, I believe we will be hearing more from him in the future. (Boobies and all!!)
It is worth the credit! Recommend!
I was so excited to see this one at last in the Audible library. The story moves on to Daniel, the untamed son of Cameron. Of course there is a book missing about Lloyd Fellows, the illegitimate brother of the Mackenzie's, so this is a few years down the road from the last book in the Audible library.
Danny becomes infatuated by a fortune teller that has many persona. She was fairly tragic and damaged, and of course all of the MacKenzies come to the rescue in one way or the other.
Some times Angela Dawe's narration gets a bit - formula, but she does all of the voices very well and if I could, I COULD take a break. But I couldn't. :)
This is an excellent series and I was extremely happy to accidently stumble across the latest offering. I recommend it; I will be listening again. As a matter of fact, I might just start the series all over again. Very credit worthy.
I was so annoyed with the Sarah character in this book I almost quit listening. Sarah is so stupid it is amazing she lived as long as she had. She keeps referring to the pirates as "her staff" and completely unable to understand anything she didn't want to - and the stupid parasols!!
Nathan is much more damaged than the previous book eluded too. I could not see them as a couple at all. He didn't want a wife, he wanted a robot with all the right parts.
This is the first JG book I actually got annoyed with. For $10 not so much, if it were $3 - maybe - but certainly not worth a credit.
I liked this story more than The Secret, and I really liked The Secret. This story has a lot to like about it. The end is fairly funny, and I didn't necessarily understand why Gillian chose Brodick until then.
This has mystery, love, hotness light, and action. The reason I gave it less than 5 stars for performance is that Gillian's voice was supposed to be deep, somewhat raspy/sensual and the narrator didn't come close, though I could see that would have added to the attraction. (Maybe Kirsten Potter?)
Worth the credit, I have already listened twice.
I have listened to this more than once. It has a mystery, intrigue, passion, and humor - a perfect mix. Alec and Jamie make a wonderful couple; Jamie's sister is annoying as she was intended to be, and Jamie is constantly lost - "she can't find her way out of a room with one door." She is also big hearted, logical, and sensitive. It is just a whole package and I recommend it!
I have been revisiting the Maiden Lane series and they are excellent.
This installment has the stuffy peer, his rakish brother, a not so innocent yet virginal young sister of a Duke, and the demonic villain. This installment is also exciting is its action and romance!
I have a hard time pausing these books and not turning my days over to them. Thank goodness I am painting a room and have time to devote!
Worth a credit, and a second or third listen!
I have listened to this twice and just loved this one. The gorgeous, damaged man; the innocent, sweet, and beautiful woman; a villain of demonic proportions; the corrupt officials, and the mysterious Ghost of St. Giles! Oh my.
This story is very exciting. Not a mystery but a love story with tension and action that – no matter how many times I listen to it – is very exciting.
Well worth a credit and at least a second listen.
After all of the great reviews, especially from those I follow, I feel like I stand alone in my opinion - but I felt compelled to write a review.
I LOVED the beginning. It takes place in dystopia United State (Oklahoma City to be exact, but apparently the rest of the world) deep inside several decades of the recession. An orphan teen with a computer, and repair and gaming skills, virtual school, and for the most part, a virtual life complete with avatar friends. I was so excited – then – well the story descended into serious geekdom.
I could picture these hygienically deprived, socially inept, every gamer’s dream come true world of people being able to be whoever they wanted to be, and do whatever they wanted to do. Do you want to dance? Download the dance program to your avatar. Need a car? Buy a virtual Delorean with your game credits (complete with Ghost Busters stickers no less). Want to make an entrance? Want a girlfriend/boyfriend? Need a monster with super powers? And so on.
It is another take on the super power trying to take over everyone’s world, the not so underdog underdogs, competition, an entire virtual world, and do not forget the 1980s – so much of this depends on the players knowledge of everything ‘80s.
Not my cup of tea. With all of the positive reviews I was disappointed, but I recently got back from the computer repair shop and had an image of these players firmly implanted in my head of what people who lived in the Oasis would actually looked like and smell like. I could not immerse myself in that world, so – no not so much.
Like another reviewer wrote, do not let the premise turn you away. After all, how can young people who know their lives are limited, and that they must endure some horrific medical issues, and that the people they love the most are hurt the most, and that, and that...life really reaches for what you CAN have.
This story is fiction and the author obviously has had to deal a lot with that truth. It is sad, it is funny, it is heartwarming, and it is VERY GOOD. We should all know teenagers like this! Well, maybe not...
Worth the credit and worth listening too again.
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