I read a review of this book that was glowing with praise. I found that the audio book was narrated by my favorite, Davina Porter. Those two reasons were why I ultimately bought and listened to it.
Generally, I enjoyed The Flight of Gemma Hardy. I found Gemma to be a strong character, interesting in her solitude and hardship. I like that we are given the full picture of her childhood years - her time with her aunt and uncle, her time at the Claypool school. And then what follows. While it is supposed to be a redo of Jane Eyre (and I confess that I have not read that novel, although I have seen the movie), I think the later chapters do not follow it as closely. But that's OK.
I do take issue with a couple of specific things that I won't mention because they are spoilerish. And I found the ending to be rather anti-climactic and somewhat abrupt. But I do like the book enough to recommend it.
Actual overall rating is 3.5 stars. There were aspects of The Night Circus that charmed - the prose is lovely. There were aspects that were lacking - I felt that the characters weren't quite fully developed. I didn't care about them as I think the author intended. I found the descriptions of the circus enchanting - fully realized and amazing. Somehow that world building didn't make it to the people who inhabited it as thoroughly. And I found the vagueness of the challenge frustrating. Generally, I like the book, though I think time might diminish my enjoyment of it some.
Jim Dale was a good narrator, but there are other narrators who are better as character voices. His pacing is excellent, though.
I love the Bess Crawford series, but this latest iteration was tedious. The mystery was predictable. I enjoyed it overall, but it was disappointing.
I do hope that the next book is post-war. I'd love to see where the post-war years take Bess. And Brandon.
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.
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