Ages ago, before audio books, I had read Timothy Zahn's Star Wars trilogy on the recommendation of a friend. Seeing this title, and reading the reviews, prompted me to try it, partly because I trust Zahn to write a good tale that isn't jarring with the Star Wars universe that -I- grew up with (pre Episode I, tyvm).
I was not disappointed. The narration was just fabulous, with all the different voices, giving what was already a fun, interesting story greater scope and depth. I think fans of 'heist' stories will enjoy it regardless of their interest in the Star Wars setting (or lack of interest, gasp!) because you don't /really/ have to be a fan or know much to feel involved in the story. Being a fan just makes the little 'easter eggs' more fun. :)
The ending was unexpected, which is always fun! A thoroughly enjoyable listen all around.
I'd been looking at this in my wish list for some time, and after re-reading a few reviews decided to give it a shot. I was very, very pleased. The story itself is a great romp, not terribly overpowering but realistically described. Fans of sailor stories will enjoy it, even if Jack IS a girl.
As for the narration? Wow. JUST WOW. Sometimes accents can be annoying, but this one was engaging, consistant, and just really, really added to the listening experience. I gave it five stars because there just wasn't a bad element, anywhere. Well worth the time and credit.
I wasn't sure about the 'dual author' thing, but this was a great story. It kept me intrigued until the very end, and I didn't figure it out early, as sometimes happens. I /really/ liked the use of two different narrators. It helped differentiate the point-of-view right away, which in an audio book can sometimes be a little difficult. The use of two very disparate voices definitely helped me, as a listener, switch gears between the villain and Bennett. Looking forward to reading more of this series!
I originally borrowed this book from my mother, because people kept talking about how great it was. I'd not seen the Swedish movies, and the American version wasn't out yet. Once I'd read it, I understood why everyone thought it was so good! It has a few slow bits, and sometimes you think that Mr. Larsson is giving you too much, but once you move on to the second and third books, you'll understand. (And you absolutely must move on to them.)
Once you get past the 'lead up,' the story moves pretty quickly. And what's more fascinating than a thirty year old mystery?
After seeing the movies (all of them, Swedish and American) I wanted to reread, and decided to use a credit to get the audio version. Simon Vance makes the audio experience way, way better than just reading. Even a translation still has Swedish names, which sometimes look a little incomprehensible. It can be daunting. Vance not only never stumbles over a pronunciation, he actually says the words with the right inflections. He doesn't sound like an English guy reading foreign words. I enjoyed his 'voices' for the different characters, and the rhythm with which he reads. Absolutely worth five stars.
I checked out the reviews before buying this, and they were positive enough that I gave it a shot. I wasn't disappointed! Sure, it's not full of twists and psychological bad guys... but I was pleasantly surprised by the solution, and as a lighthearted read, it's fantastic. The narrator absolutely brings this book to five stars; her accents and intonation give it that extra something, bringing the characters to life. I can't wait to listen to more, and Georgie ranks right up there now as one of my top ten Girl Sleuths!
I'm fairly new to the Reacher series, this being book 2, and the second I've listened to. I read the other reviews before buying it, good and bad, but decided not to skip it.
I wasn't disappointed. Yes, the dialogue tendency to end sentences in "right?" was a bit annoying, but no more so to me than some regional accents or tendencies. It was probably a bit more noticeable in audio form.
I LIKE Jonathan McClain. (I'm not really a fan of Dick HIll, sorry.) I thought his narrative style suited the story just fine, and while I can understand some people, having listened to other books first, getting 'married' to the idea of one narrator as the embodiment of a character, I don't think McClain -didn't- do the story justice.
As for the story itself? It was full of action, a little bit of intrigue, and at least one small twist I didn't see coming. The villain was a bit blood-curdling, and McClain's rendition of his voice just made him even more creepy. All in all, I'm not sorry I spent a credit on what was a very enjoyable listen.
My dad turned me on to this book and this series nearly 30 years ago, and it's been a solid favorite all these years. Finding out they were now all on Audible (and even some I didn't know existed!) was a wonderful surprise, because now not only can I enjoy them again, I can share them with my daughter. Robert Asprin's tongue-in-cheek humor never gets old.
It took some getting used to the narrator, but he grew on me fairly quickly, and I really rather liked his 'Aahz voice.'
This is a great series, full of humor and really just fun. Very appropriate for teens though not written as teen fiction. I would highly reccommend it to anyone.
I recently began to re-listen to the titles I own, and I am reminded (again) how much I enjoy this series. There's enough of the cop process, the mystery, to make it more than 'just a romance,' but there's always, /always/, personal aspects in Robb's characters. These little things bring those characters to life, give them depth, and make these books worth enjoying again. Peabody and the other cops aren't just extra props, and Eve's complicated relationship with her, with Rourke, with all the people in her immediate circle make her (to me) a far more interesting main character than just some chick in a fluff romance. The issues and angsts aren't your typical, cliche baggage, and arent' always completely resolved at the end of the book. It's a nice touch, and when you add the personality that Erickson brings to each voice, it makes a very enjoyable listen.
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