This series captured me from the start and I have really enjoyed both the overall story and the performance of the narrator. However, in this book, a trend that started to emerge in the last book becomes very evident - our 'hero' is tainted by evil. The question is if he has always been that way, or if this is something relatively new? He kills without cause, shows little remorse over causing death and destruction to thousands, and has pretty much screwed up the actual universe because of his own petty pride. As much as I liked him to start with, I am starting to hope he gets served up the punishment he deserves. Pretty odd direction for an author to take a reader, but I am still interested in the series.
This was one of the stranger choices I have made on Audible, and I am really glad I took the risk. Pretty much what it says - an owner's manual for your new werewolf body. The narrator is perfect - he has a dry, clinical style that remains interesting and easy to listen too. He could just as easily be talking about how to refinish your dining room table, yet manages to convey a sense of authenticity that reinforces the excellent writing. Too bad most 'real' manuals are not as thorough or well-done as this one. I laughed out loud more than once, and thoroughly enjoyed The Werewolf's Guide to Life from 'cover' to 'cover'.
This story's premise is somewhat unique and is surprisingly easy to accept given the subject of physical transformation without the easy-out of magic. The writing is intense, and the characters and dialogue are realistic and believable. Narration is excellent, though I admit a bias for British accents anyway. The logic stumbles a little and things feel a bit rushed towards the end, but overall, it is a good choice for juvenile or adult science fiction readers.
This book takes Star Trek's (original series and others) lame plot device of killing of some hapless young crew member before the opening credits and turns it into an entertaining, humorous, and at times, gripping story. Scalzi has captured the flavor of those early adventures perfectly, and then managed to make it all fresh. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who liked Star Trek, and sci-fi fans in general. And how can you go wrong with 'Wesley Crusher' narrating?
I was glad to have chosen this book - the story synopsis was a bit odd, but I liked Jim Dale's reading in the Harry Potter series and took a chance. The Night Circus jumps back and forth in time, weaving a complex story that keeps you guessing until the end. Strong characters, a fascinating plot, and an excellent performance by Mr. Dale. Highly recommended!
I could listen to Davina Porter read the local telephone book - she has a rich vocal talent that made even the sometimes 'romance-novel' sections of Outlander bearable. The novel itself is interesting, though the character is somewhat uneven. Sometimes she shows callous disregard that causes great suffering for others, then compassion that ironically ends up as bad or worse for herself and others. The time-travel aspects raise questions that are not really addressed to my satisfaction, and the often self-centered main character lost my sympathy quite a few times. I did enjoy the book, but am not going to invest in the sequels.
I was very disappointed in this book. The main character, Toby, is a thoroughly unlikable fellow. Weak, whining, and irresponsible, he is a kid who does what he wants regardless, lies when things go wrong, and then gets mad when his mother doesn't believe his lies. His freinds are much the same, so that by the time the bad guys show up I was hoping the kids would get some well-deserved pain and suffering. About a third of the way through the book, I started fast forwarding and jumping chapters, trying to find an enjoyable section. No such luck. The poor writing was not aided by the narrator, who sounded like he resented having to read the subject material. He was very stilted at the beginning, improving a little as he got further along. The tone of voice and delivery were more like a Prosecuter delivering the final address to a jury. In this case, the verdict is Guilty of wasting my time and money.
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