After finishing Eve a few days ago, I find that I'm still ambivalent about it. I found the premise interesting and the writing was good. But I found the implementation of the plot lacked a bit. It's nothing specific that I can put my finger on - just that some of the ideas didn't hold up well.
That said, the narrator was excellent. I think if I had read the dead tree version that my review would not have gotten to 3 stars. Tavia Gilbert's superb narration elevated the story for me.
I do plan to listen to the sequel, mostly out of curiosity to what happens with the characters.
There is no narrator finer than the divine Ms. Porter. All characters have their own distinct voices. There is never any confusion about whom is speaking and that is quite a feat. She gets 5 stars alone.
I quite enjoyed the book. I love the people and their journey through and across time here in early America and in Scotland. This is a solid continuation of the Jamie Fraser clan story.
Strong and blunt language and sexual content throughout. But Outlanders already know this.
Shakespeare purists may not appreciate this novelization of the classic Hamlet. For those of us who struggle a bit with reading Shakespeare, this is a great adaptation of a classic tragedy.
Richard Armitage is superb as narrator. His flawless voice characterization of each person is brilliantly done, with his acting background serving well, too. I wish he would narrate more audiobooks. He is awesome.
I highly recommend Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is nostalgic for the 1980s and possibly into gaming. That said, I am not a gamer at all, but I still enjoyed the book a lot.
Too many to name - all of the references to 80s music, movies, TV, etc.
Wheaton did a good job with the narration overall. Since this was a first person story, I didn't expect character voices as much as I would with narration from other POVs. He did do a great job of reading.
I can't explain it without it spoiling.
I loved the book and I thought Wil Wheaton did a great job as narrator.
Trippy. Powerful telling of the experiences of Billy Pilgrim during WWII and his survival of the firebombing of Dresden. And then there's Tralfamadore.
So it goes.
ETA: I listened to the audiobook narrated by Ethan Hawke. He did a great job with it. The bonus was a 12 minute interview/conversation with Vonnegut and his lawyer/friend. I enjoyed Vonnegut's explanation that he was not Billy Pilgrim, but that he was based on a real soldier who died in the war. And then they talked about their war experiences a bit, which was cool, and the long-range impact of certain books like Slaughterhouse-Five, and the movie adaptation (which Vonnegut thought was great).
My feelings are mixed - there's a part of me that enjoyed the overall story, but there were a lot of moments that caused snorts of disbelief and heavy eye rolling. And the narrator was not my favorite.
If you're into the doomsday prepper thing you might enjoy this one. It did get me thinking that we should prepare for disaster a bit more, so it was helpful for real life.
I'm on the fence about reading the next books, leaning toward not bothering.
Actual rating is closer to 2.5 stars than a full 3
Part of why I enjoy the Bess Crawford mysteries is that for me she has an actual voice - Rosalyn Landor.
These fun books are not great literature, but they are a nice way to pass your reading/listening time. And the mysteries are intriguing enough to keep my interest.
I liked The Passage (book 1) enough to move on to The Twelve (book 2). This is not my normal genre, but the story and characters were written well enough to keep me in it. The Twelve is a gory book - if you don't like horror, then do not read this. I listened to the audiobook and some of the scenes had me cringing as I drove to and from work.
Now I guess I'm with the rest of the fans who are waiting for book 3 to come out.
4 stars for audiobook narrator Scott Brick. The book itself would get 4 stars, but it was a bit to gory for me, so I dropped it by a star. That said the story is solid and moved well in this middle book - 4 stars for the story itself.
Eve (book 1) was pretty good. Once (book 2) was OK. Rise (book 3) was an utter disappointment.
The Eve trilogy had potential to be much more than it was. That the last book was so bad really taints the whole story for me.
I don't recommend it. Don't waste your credit.
I wish we could do half stars. It's really a 3.5 star overall rating on The Passage for me. I loved the first third or so. Then came the change up, which threw me. Then I got sucked into what felt like a new story. It did eventually all come together - the circle closed. And set up book 2. I still don't know if I'm aggravated by that or happy.
I can't even begin to explain this book without spoiling it completely. But it is quite gory horror through most of the latter 2/3. And I'll leave it at that.
Also, my new vocab word is "subsumed." Cronin used it a lot. I need to use it soon.
As for Scott Brick, this is only the second book I've listened to that he narrated. I'm not the huge fan like some others, but he is very good. It took a while for me to get used to his sing-song-y style. His pacing is great, though, and he knows how to build tension.
The other two narrators, Adenrele Ojo and Abby Craden, were my favorites, though. The addition of those diary interludes not only gave us a sense for those female characters but also moved the story along well. Cronin gets high marks from me on that method of his storytelling.
If you ask me, the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver is better than The Hunger Games series. Don't get me wrong, I love The Hunger Games. But I think that the Delirium series is deeper. I think that Oliver writes better characters. Even the secondary characters are richer, more real, living. There's plenty of action, conflict, peril, but there's feeling and growth and purpose, too.
Requiem is a solid conclusion to Lena's story, her journey. It picks up where Pandemonium left off and keeps on moving. What I appreciate is that it constantly moves forward - the resistance and the relationships all progress to the great denouement.
I listened to the audio book, which was read with such greatness by Sarah Drew. If you like to listen to audio books, you can't get a better narration. Drew is a perfect YA narrator.
One thing - there is profanity in this one, more than in the previous two books.
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