The story is one that is so simple and linear, but the characters so complex and appealing that they can relate to so many different readers. It is a true classic.
I have been hearing a voice in my head as I've been reading this for 40+ years, and his is the voice.
I don't see how anyone could be disappointed with this editon of THE HOBBIT.
If there is a reader/performer of audio books who has a more annoying vocal pattern, I have never heard her. Angela Dawe's monotonous narration completely ruined an otherwise okay novel. I tried very hard to listen to the whole thing. I tried speeding it up. I tried slowing it down. Nothing worked. I gave up after falling asleep for the third time. Dawe's characterizations aren't bad; but unfortunately, it's not all dialogue. I'm ordering the book on my Nook.
It is a real challenge to write a novel in the first person; unfortunately, Donaldson doesn't quite measure up to that challenge. Add to that a breathy narrator and you have a recipe for a "yikes"! I'm going to get my money back on this one.
The "secret" is too easily dealt with when we finally learn what it is.--not quite believable. Nicely drawn characters. Narrator does well. A good little listen, but probably not worth a credit. Wait until it's on sale.
I really did not like the heroine. She was not a pleasant or sympatheic character, so it was hard to like a book when you're hoping the main character goes away.
My favorite wizard is back in the flesh with the regular cast of friends, enemies, and frenemies to help and harm him. Jim Butcher gives Harry his usual sarcasm and ready wit as well as a dire situation for the universe that only Harry and his unique positions as the Winter Night and a private eye can save.
There's a great twist at the end that I'm still trying to decide if I like or not, but it sure sets the stage for more stories set in in Harry's crazy world of modern day Chicago and the fairy realms. I would have given the story five stars, but sometimes Butcher gets carried away on the descriptiions and detail of everything--and I don't just mean the violence and blood. I think, as Butcher's fame grows, his editors get more timid about cutting down his verbage.
James Marsters is back as the narrator. Though John Glover's performance of "Ghost Story" was excellent, Marsters has grown as much as a narrator of Harry as Harry has grown as a character.
Well worth the credit!
I have only recenty discovered Delle Jacobs. The two books I have read of hers are Romance but so much more. Loki's Daughters has a very real and believable setting with honest characters. The plot is traditional in many aspects, but it also has enough nuances to keep the listener engrossed. While the narrator isn't the best ever, she's easy enough to listen to. I bought it during a sale, so it was under $10, but I would have been happy to use a credit for it.
Rosalyn Landor is one of my favorite narrators. Her voice is just right for the lighter roamnces. Her male voices are masculine in tone without sounding comically deep and fake "male".
It was a nice listen for my long week-end road trip.
I honestly couldn't finish listening. The narrator has the most irritating vocal pattern. Her characters are awful.. I love Hannah Howell, so I think this is one I'll get the paperback to read.
If you like Julia Quinn and her witty wriitng, you'll like this one.
Anne, the heroine, is a truly likable lady, if a bit sad.
I like all her charcacter voices. She is a good performer of Julia Quinn's style.
No extreme reacton, and that is what is preventing me from giving this five stars.I would like to have been totally involved, but this was a book about conversations and not well-rounded plot and characters.
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