No doubt the general idea of the story is a good one, but if you're used to the myriad of adaptions that have been made for the big screen I suggest you stick with those. I personally find Alice's character annoying and while the characters are intriguing I don't care for the main character. The narration is excellent and perhaps that's the one redeaming quality for this book.
I felt like the other installments were much better on the part of the narrator. He lost which voice was which and changed a few from the last installments. Since I listened to all five one right after the other it was easy to notice and kind of distracting. I still love the story and won't fault it for the narrators work.
The story is fairly predictable, but it's engaging and the narrator does a good job conveying Percy's voice. I would suggest this book series to others and I'm looking forward to reading the second book.
My only regret was that this is a dramatization and not the actual prose. That was my fault for not knowing the difference, but I know now I do want to read the rest of the series. LWW had been the only story I knew by heart so I'm glad to finally know the rest.
If you've never read the book this is a good taste of what's to come. The story really gets you thinking and it's well worth the buy. I'd still settle for the book though.
If you've only ever watched the animated movie as I had, then I sincerely suggest you purchase this book as well. Though the movie follows the story fairly accurately, the movie is no substitute for the book. You learn more of the characters and understand their psychology all the better by listening to this marvelous tale. The fact that it's narrated by the author himself is an added bonus. You can really hear how he intended the characters to sound, and that can make all the difference.
I'm admittedly not very interested in financial drama, so the start of the book was very slow for me. I loved Simon Vance's reading of the book and as the story progressed I started to love it more and more. Lisbeth Salander is a very interesting character and you can bet I'll be purchasing the last two books in the series.
It was probably my own mistake to purchase this audiobook. I already own the physical book and I bought this with high expectations. I love the 'sound' of the narrators voice in my head when I physically read the book, so I was really disappointed that the audiobook didn't match that narration nor did it come close. If you've never read the book and are interested in the otherwise wonderful story then I strongly suggest purchasing it. If you have read the book and have your own idea's about what it should sound like then by all means save your money, save a credit, and find something else to spend your evenings listening to.
If you've never read or listened to a single Neil Gaiman novel before then this is a great start. The plot is catching, and you come to love Shadow almost from the very beginning. The vignette's are one of the best parts and only add to an already wonderfully told story. The reading is excellent and the voice articulation is superb. You can honestly believe that different characters are talking.
I strongly suggest that this novel finds a place in your library.
I've personally never enjoyed the written version of A Christmas Carol. For some reason I've just never gotten into the writing and I was hoping that as an audiobook it may finally catch my attention. Unfortunately Tim Curry's soothing voice only added to my boredom, and I found his attempts at a female voice grating. If you are however a fan of the story and a fan of Tim Curry then by all means purchase this audiobook. Otherwise I'd suggest saving your money and opting for the various movie productions of this classic tale.
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