...then you probably hate puppies and small children as well...there isn't much to say that hasn't been said. Every child should not only read, but learn the spirit of this book. I would hope that in my life i'd be more like Summer than anyone else, but there are very few Summers, a lot of Jacks and, sadly, a lot of Julian's out there...Julian's are the ones that need to learn this story the most, but most won't get it.
I chose this book mostly because of the rave reviews, and the choice was difficult because I didn't relish the thought of getting part of the way into it and wanting to return it. I don't normally read this genre, but i'm not against reading from any genre, provided it is done well (and the author can actually put together a sentence - yes, i'm looking at you Dan Brown).
The plot about superhero's being all bad was intriguing, but the execution and fast pace made me love this story. I really liked the protagonist, even though he was a bit on the winy side, because I could tell from his research and total focus on one thing before he met up with the reckoners, that he didn't have much experience in anything but "epics". So, his conversations and lack of real world experience really made sense.
The narration was also very good...how he went from David to Prof's voices - very distinct and different - was impressive...
i'm very surprised at the high reviews for this book. I've listened to 100's of Audible books over the years and this is only the 2nd one I couldn't finish. I listened to 1/2 of it, enough to really give it a chance, but it was so absolutely juvenile and outright annoying I had to stop.
Teen angst is one thing, but really, is it like this now a days? America, one of the characters, is angry at her boyfriend because he was worried the main girl would get alcohol poisoning and wanted her to stop taking shots during a game. He was concerned about a girl drinking too much, so his girlfriend (who is also best friends with the girl drinking) gets mad at him and HE has to apologize?
The main character likes a girl, gets angry at something she says, so he sleeps with two girls (at the same time) downstairs so she can hear him? Really?
And it goes on and on and on...there are so many high school "games" in this, supposed, college book that I just had to stop.
I read 14 by Peter Clines right before reading this book and wish I hadn't, because I was constantly pulled out of the story thanks to the very similar plots of the two...
I do love Odd as a character and David Baker's rendition of him is spot on...sadly this book was too similar to 14. There are enough coincidences (machine house, time traveling beasts, tons of references to Nikola Tesla...
Didn't love either book, but wish I'd read Odd before 14...
The first thing that amazed me about this book was the fact that the narrator was the author herself. In the past I’ve listened to books that the narrator reads and for the most part they are quite horrible. Just because someone can write doesn’t mean they can read.
Thankfully, this was a wonderful exception. I think if I’d known she was the narrator before I bought it I might have passed it up. As it was, I looked about ½ the way thorough the book to see who was reading it because she was so fun to listen to!
Secondly, this is a great story. There are three very distinct people in this book and each is given a wonderful “voice” and purpose for being. The way it is told and the way they intertwined kept me enthralled to the end. I would highly recommend this book.
I was pretty excited to read this book after so many glowing reviews, and at first I felt like it was heading in a direction that could be pretty interesting. Sadly the trip took a lot of patience because the narrator isn’t that great. He had a very “hardboiled detective” edge to his reading. This happened, this happened, etc. Not much feeling, emotion, etc. Just stats and facts thank you very much. I know others like him for this book. Sadly, I did not.
The story of the building and the friends investigating was interesting to a point, but then it took a turn in the last third that was extremely fantastical and nothing like the first two-thirds of the book that it really became bothersome. I didn’t hate it so much as just deal with it until it was over, thinking most of the time about what I was going to read next.
The only drawback to this is the fact that it skips one book in sequence...but for those trying to read through all of the past Bosch books this is a very good way to use a credit - 1 credit, 3 books...can't beat that!
This book is so good that it really must be read by everyone. It deserves the hype surrounding it and more. I’ve read all of John Green’s books and can say that this is on a completely different level than his other writings. Don’t let the subject matter deter you, you really must read this book!
i think many stories told from the perspective of a disabled child would be put to audio in a way that the narrator would feel compelled to speak with some sort of speech impediment...i'm really glad that Jeff Woodman didn't take this route...i was very happy with his narration, thought it perfect for the main character and I really liked the story overall…there are some very funny moments, many sad moments and not knowing someone with this affliction, I can only hope I am more enlightened by this experience.
I loved this book...there are so many layers to the story that it was fulfilling on many different levels...yes, it has a ton of '80's references, but you didn't need to live in that era to really get the story under your skin. There is also a lot of geek/nerd stuff as well, but again, the reader doesn't need to be one to appreciate the story. At the heart of it all it is about how we all are insecure on some level and how modern technology allows each of us to "filter" those insecurities, bringing out what we feel we should be like...and how ultimately we are all the sum of our parts...oh man, it is really about so much more than that - you have an excellent love story, a very intense mystery, murder, mayhem, cats and dogs living together...ok, not that last one...just quit reading this and listen already!
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