I have some personal interest in the art of the sword. Although my personal experience is in Japanese swords, the presence of sword usage in this book was a bonus, in my opinion.
The plot was okay. I think it has been done by many other authors in many other stories but it appeals to me nonetheless.
No. The story started rather slowly, and I had no problem turning it off initially.
I felt the narrator read the book more like it was a news broadcast. There was an attempt made to compensate for different voices but this is not a strength of the narrator. Also, the narrator made some attempt to provide authenticity by adopting a Boston or NYC accent at times, but this was not consistently performed. I had many parts of the story figured out before the end of the book. Overall, it was an okay listen and I did finish it because it provided enough interest to keep me wanting to find out if I was correct.
After listening to 'Catching Fire' I just had to finish the trilogy. Although it is hard to discuss without giving out spoilers I will do my best and critique in more general language than I would like. I was a little frustrated by Katniss's reluctance to be really fierce. She seems to spend a fair amount of time experiencing emotional difficulties. Not to say that a real young woman in her situation wouldn't, but I felt it made her character too soft. However, the tension between Gale and Peeta was well written, and the psychological effects of Peeta's torture were also vividly described. Overall, there was still enough action to keep the story moving and interesting. The situation described (between the government and the Territories and the people finally fighting back in rebellion) really makes the listener consider what the reality of such a situation would be like.
These books keep getting better. I have to begin listening to the next one right away! I kind of wish Katniss would stop suspecting everyone of meaning her harm, but then again.....whom would she trust? And Peeta is such a great guy. I simply must know what happens to him.
I like Carolyn McCormick well enough. I can't say she is my favorite narrator but still she does an excellent job.
After seeing the movie with my daughters nearly a year ago and being stongly urged to read the series, I have finally begun these books. Just as my girls told me, this is a great book. There is a lot of action and suspense, and even though it is a young adult novel the author has written it so well that even adults will enjoy it. The narrator does a fine job, although I find her speech a little clipped which is somewhat distracting to me. However, her voice is clear and audible throughout (I have listened to books where the narrator gets quiet toward the end of sentences). I very much enjoyed this book and have already spent my next credit on the next book in the series!
I truly enjoy Ms. Roach's writing. I learn something, I giggle (bovine malfeasance!) and truly enjoy my morning commute. She tackles icky subjects with a sense of humor, and makes a boring subject something to enjoy. Thanks, Mary! That part about Elvis was news to me!
I enjoyed this book, but mostly because of the narration. Eduardo Ballerini is truly a gifted talent. The story is okay. I found Fred, the male character, hard to tolerate with all his mafia-laden ways and egotistical viewpoint of the world. The family as a whole is hard to develop feelings for, although the mother, Olivia, seems the most human. I don't know how realistically this story portrays life in the witness protection program, or if it even was meant to, but I probably would not have finished the book if I were reading it.
Not having any familiarity with this story prior to downloading the audiobook, I was thinking it would be more entertaining. I felt like it may have been written for a three year old. I guess I was expecting something written in a more adult language. The narrator did a good job giving voices to speaking animals. Overall I was not that captivated by this story.
This book was a breath of fresh air. In today's world it is so difficult to see the beauty in everyday things, let alone those whom society has deemed unworthy. I applaud G for his efforts, and I hope he has many more years of successful work at this mission. We have these needs of charity and love right in our own country, even right out our own back doors sometimes, and we do not see them. I hope this story has made some small change in my own personality to be a better person and to not overlook the beauty, light, and raw potential in people I may not give enough credit to.
The narration was perfect. The voices added so much to the interpretation of the character's personality. Lenny broke my heart. As a parent of child with Downs, I understand how difficult it is for a person with a learning disorder to comprehend the society we have created. George was so devoted to Lenny, I just wanted to hug him. In fact, all the characters had their positive qualities (except for maybe Curly). A short listen - about 3 hours- but it is a deep, deep story that will leave you with thoughts that your brain will keep picking at for days.
I enjoyed listening to this book. Ray Porter did an excellent job of capturing the different personalities with his voices. The story was well-written but the concept was somewhat far-fetched and hard to become totally invested in. In fact, I was completely entranced with the secrets of the apartment as they were being discovered up till the point where the "Squale" made its appearance. I will refrain from any more detail so as not to spoil the story for others. Still, there was a lot of action and it was a fun listen, if only to find out how it all turned out.
I have enjoyed the entire Matthew Corbett series, and I thoroughly enjoyed this story as well. I especially enjoyed the character of Walker in Two Worlds. I would have enjoyed hearing more about him, and seeing him in other books. There was more violence in this book, which does not bother me, and it really brought the character of Slaughter to life in all his vileness. McCammon has written a great novel, and, as always, Eduardo Ballerini has brought the characters to life with his spot-on narration.
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