I know why Stieg Larsson never got around to marrying long time girlfriend, Eva Gabrielsson: because he takes forever getting to the point. Great swaths of nothing comprise entire chapters, even Blomkvist asks 'Where is this going?' at one point. Had I known that this 'novel' forgoes narrative technique and replaces it with grocery lists, pointless genealogy, yawning flashback after flashback, vapid product placement, and is told with the insight of a first hand pawn (Larsson was something of a journalist, well above the class of mere mortals), I would have watched the Taster's Choice commercials about the couple who want to meet for coffee, which carried vastly more substance to its characters, yet still spun around getting nowhere, teasing me with the mystery of will they or wont they.
It's rare to hear an author who can perform her own work, and Octavia Spencer is one of those extraordinary writers who can. Octavia's range of characters is impressive, their many quirks and personalities come to life through her voice. The story is a quick, fun ride that readers and listeners of the genre will like. The characters are empowering, their struggles to be taken seriously will resonate with anyone who has been, will be, or is currently in the middle grades.
Full of cringe worthy violence, and laugh-out-loud raunch, Book Full of Spiders is a dementedly good listen. I was sad not to hear Stephen Thorne narrate, since he did a wonderful job with the first book, John Dies at the End; but Nick Podehl sounds like he's actually closer in age to the characters. Podehl also did a wonderful job reading The King Killer Chronicles, so I was glad to listen to him take on a new world. Sadly, this book wasn't as good as John Dies at the End, it drags for a while, and the never-ending bizarreness factor that twisted the first book just wasn't up to speed here. Still, it's good to back in the hands of Mr. Wong and the weird encounters he can't stay away from.
This book really took me on an adventure, King captures the sights and smells of the past so vividly, I felt like I had traveled back into another era along side the protagonist. I met fascinating characters, all of them with unique dialects, I laughed at the wit and wisdom of the narrator, and shed a tear once or twice for the sentimental moments King depicts so perfectly. What I really like about King is that he obviously enjoys writing, that comes across in the shear volume of his work, but also in the way the narrative flows so effortlessly. Sometimes, this love of the written word makes the story drag (which is why I give it four out of five stars), but it also populates his novels with details and dramas so perfectly ordinary, that when extraordinary events occur I can believe them, one-hundred percent.
Karen Thompson Walker animates her characters using such brilliant gestures that I felt transported into her protagonist, Julia's slowly changing world. Unfortunately, when the earth's rotation slows down, so does the plot. The excitement of the premise is intentionally set in the background while 10-year-old Julia frets about fashion, friendships, and boys. The changes in the length of a day are so gradual that they don't really matter to the story, just the setting. Every major action the characters made could have occurred in a novel without the earth's slowing. Greater spans of time between chapters would have made for a much more dramatic/ epic narrative. Still, at the heart of the novel is a delicate girls heart: just as fragile and small a thing as our worlds place in the universe, but equally beautiful and important.
I can't decide if I was more terrified or entertained. Like riding a roller coaster, this book scares just as much as it delights.
I would compare this book to creepy folklore lurking around the internet. Like Black Eyed Kids, The Grifter Video, The Russian Sleep Experiment, or Polybius. It's a modern horror tale meant to seem like a real artifact.
I have not listened to anything else Thorne has done, but he is wonderful, and really brings the story to life.
John Dies At The End: Witness The End Of The Beginning. (Because it's going to be a series.)
There's a sequel coming out pretty soon, and I'm definitely going to listen to it. If you're a fan of horror and comedy, this ones for you.
No, it was incredibly boring, because for a book about vampires, there were very few. With such a ballsy title it should have been more over-the-top, but Smith strives for realism in a genre where I'm not looking for any. By so closely mirroring Lincoln's real life, the narrative dragged and slogged with very little conflict.
John Dies At The End, another book soon to be a movie.
Chosen a better book to read aloud, he didn't have much to work with.
No, because the market is already saturated with similar titles like The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer.
Needs more cowbell, i.e. vampires and kick-ass-itude.
Someone who doesn't mind great swaths of prose that do nothing to advance the plot, only slug it down.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Basically everyone, Steven Weber is a genius of the highest caliber, and I would listen to him read cookbooks.
Mike Hanlon's father. Dear sweet baby Jesus, that was sooooooooooo boring, my ears actually began producing excess ear wax to block the coma inducing slogfest that was Mike's father's 'story'.
The first chapter is by fay, the most terrifying portion of the book. It's genuinely creepy, and should have just been a short story. But then, King got a hold of some really potent cocaine, and the next thing you know, about thirty-plus, unnecessary hours were created. I don't understand why this is such a popular book, it wasn't that good, and
No. The audio version has wonderful voices, but the book has a better story, and that's what I listen for. So much of the book was taken out I felt robbed.
Allowing some hack to carve away his most powerful chapters.
All the voice talent is superb.
The sequence where the pilot is shot down in the swamp and has to make it to safety. Also, that someone would destroy a wonderful book by essentially censoring it, that moved me.
Don't listen to it. Read it. NBA - Never Buy Abridged!
For a novel about aliens, there sure aren't many. It's mostly self-absorbed humans making deals that reward themselves and punish others. I guess if I wanted to engross myself in a novel about Hollywood, I'd read William Goldman, but I pick up a Scalzi novel to transport myself to another world. Scalzi has captured a different place (Hollywood), it's just not as fantastic, or memorable as outer space. Not that every book Scalzi writes should take place there, this just wasn't what I've grown accustomed to from him.
Dune. With only two credits a month, I have to listen to the same books over and over again, and I know that's one I can listen to umpteen times. Although, I constantly listen to Read Player One, by Ernest Cline, because it's brilliant.
Joshua: Honest and awkward. Pitch perfect, like everything he does.
Write the end of a novel first, so foreshadowing comes easier throughout. That's more than likely what Scalzi (a genius, all around), has done with the majority of his novels.
John Scalzi is incredibly talented, and writes books I love to listen to, but I didn't like this one. The snarky tone (which more than likely abounds in Hollywood) gets to be a bit much.
The one liners. So much disposable wisdom, it will always remain relevant because Gibson is a talented author.
It's like a western bank robbery set in the future, with Rastafarian pilots and girls with razors in their fingers. Sex and drugs and violence. Exotic locations, and realistic fantasies. Why hasn't this been turned into a movie yet?
Molly's voice. I actually wanted a different actress to step in and read her lines, because Robertson Dean sticks with the voice he's created for her well, but there are some lines that shouldn't be read softly. A dude speaking softly can never sound like a pissed off woman.
When Case see's the third figure standing with the boy, and Jane, and knows who it is, I actually got chills, the hard cold kind that cling to your back.
I listened to this because I've listened to Ready Player One about seven times now, and wanted something similar, so if you want cyber adventure, I'd say you should also check out Ernest Cline's masterpiece.
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