I never thought I'd say this about something written and spoken by Garrison Keillor, but I just wanted this book to end. Lots of words but no story...and no magic.
Usually I'm not a fan of authors reading their books, but Robinson does a good job. I very much enjoyed the story and will be happy to spend more of my credits for his books. Just when you think you'll never find another good book, there it is...like finding an egg a week after Easter.
Someone else compared this book to "Lost," and I'll agree: Great at the beginning, but the last third...I just couldn't stretch my belief that far, although I wanted to. Great characters, great dialogue, great narrator. Overall, worth the purchase.
I really wanted to like this book because I have a hard time finding new good books for my high school library. Unfortuately for this book, I listened to it right after listening to Terry Prachett's "I Shall Wear Midnight," which is outstanding. "Anna" is just time-killing brain candy; although that's sufficient for some students. The reader of "Anna" focuses so much on pronunciation that he sounds robotic, and he's not very good at creating different voices. In short: don't expect much.
I'm a fan of several of Card's previous books and like stories involving time travel, but I found the discussion of time travel in this book tedious and the main character too perfect. The switching between narrators didn't help. I won't buy the sequel. Two-and-a-half stars if that were possible.
More is not better...this book would have been better at half the length. Endless descriptions that had me yelling at the stereo to move the story along. And, despite all the words, I never grew to care about the characters. Two-and-a-half stars for me.
Teens who liked the Twilight series might like this, but it seemed unoriginal to me; you'll probably recognize elements of other books. The narrator was more of a reader than a performer. For me, something to get through rather than something to look forward to.
Eventually I accepted William Hurt's narration and put up with King's because the stories, especially the first one, sucked me in.
I usually look forward to listening to a book during my commute, but, for whatever reason, I had to force myself to follow this one to the end. The narrator was good, the story made me think about what it means to be "human," but...I don't know...just couldn't get excited about it.
I was captivated by the first part but started losing interest when the magic button entered the scene. I didn't know what to make of the conclusion other than it wasn't very satisfying...a is-that-it? ending. No complaints regarding the narrator.
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