It's an easy listen, but that's all it is. Not sure why it is being compared so favourably with The Help because they are leagues apart in creativity and style.
I've listened to several books performed by Ballerini. He has a great voice and good inflection - but some of his accents are horrible. I think if an actor can't give an adequate rendition of an accent it would be better if they just didn't bother; then we could have been spared Ballerini's attempts at various British accents - all of which were painfully bad.
It's an easy, enjoyable listen, but if you're looking for something of the quality of The Help look somewhere else.
I usually love Allende's novels and was eager to listen to her latest work. It's okay, but it certainly doesn't match her usual standard. The story just isn't that interesting, and I'm surprised that she produced something so predictable and average. Maya's Notebook has received rave reviews on Amazon, and I'm left wondering what they read that I didn't. Dull and disappointing.
Although I think King is a brilliant writer, I don't tend to read his books. They scare me. Ridiculous, I know, but true. However, I decided to listen to this one because I really wanted to get more of a handle on his writing style. I didn't realize that it wasn't a horror story - that was just a bonus for me. The story is completely absorbing. My family complained that I had my mps player on during my every spare moment. I don't think this has ever happened with an audio book before. Others have said it is the audio equivalent of a page turner and I totally agree. The story is fascinating, complex, and imaginative. The characters are totally absorbing. I found myself surprised and shocked at each turn of the story, desperately wanting Jake/George to succeed, and hoping for vengeance on the wicked. The story is full of surprises but it also includes a delightful love story that is both passionate and touching. I cried at the end of the book. A first for me. The narrator is extraordinary. I think he's the best I've heard - an amazing talent who brings every character to life. I quickly forgot that there was only one person reading this story because he becomes a full cast.
Fabulous. Can't recommend it highly enough.
This is a great book for all ages. My ten year old was thoroughly gripped by the story and the historicl insights, and my younger kids were completely absorbed by it all. Finally, a great adventure story for kids that doesn't rely on the ugly supernatural to capture their interest.
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