As a ballet dancer, I was very excited to listen to this book. It was awful, though - the narrator's voice was extremely boring to listen to and grated on my nerves (as did her English-speaking Russian accents). I didn't finish it, but rather scanned a paper copy for the last 200 pages or so. I found that I didn't know who characters were (and honestly didn't care), didn't like the characters, and felt totally unengaged the entire time. There wasn't nearly enough ballet information, either (for a Bolshoi prima ballerina, we got absolutely no insight into the true ballet world). As I scanned the end, there were some interesting developments, but I still feel like I don't understand the main "mysteries" of the story. Perhaps this book is better read than listened to.
Wow. Just...WOW. This book is incredible from start to finish. It kept me on the edge of my seat...I literally couldn't breathe at times and thought about it when I wasn't reading it. I was awed by the technical/scientific/mathematical expertise (assuming it's all factual?), and couldn't help but think of the old, "When will I ever need math/science in real life" question (because it's ALL everyone needed in this book!). I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone, and I can't imagine this not being made into a movie. The narrator did a fantastic job - it was so good that I listened not only while driving on my daily commute, but in my house while baking, cleaning...pretty much anything I could do where I could keep this playing! It's so fulfilling as a reader to experience something this masterful. This book is brilliant.
This book was terrible. I listened to it after seeing the movie preview, but after finishing it I will definitely not be watching the movie. The narrator was horrible - her tone and enunciation are incredibly difficult to listen to, and she made all of the characters sound dumb and babyish. The plot was ridiculously juvenile and utterly dumb and pointless to the point that I wanted to punch something - I found it ironic that the book uses the word "mundane" approximately 900,000 times considering the plot, characters, and dialogue are exactly that, as well as incredibly annoying. One other late-listening revelation (which I won't disclose here to avoid spoiling the plot) disgusted and annoyed me to the point that I almost stopped listening. I'm so over this ridiculous genre and anything like it - I honestly can't believe I even finished this!!
This audiobook was definitely really good, but it ran a little too long for me (I got to a point where I was really sick of it), and I didn't like the end at all. Up until the mid-point it was really good, though.
This book was AWESOME - the best I've read/listened to in as long as I can remember. It kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next right up until the end, and it built up to the perfect climax - to the point where I was practically yelling in my car as I drove and listened. This book combined all of the things that I love most - lots of interesting characters, mystery, history, suspense, ultimate adventures, and the narrator did a great job. I can't wait to read more by this author! My only question - when is this going to be made into a movie?
This book honestly annoyed me a lot...and often. While I did like certain parts of the plot (namely how Sadie's true life and identity, so to speak, unfolded), I found the whole ghost thing really ridiculous and annoying, and I felt like the book really stretched out a lot and was way too long. It was entertaining, but I wasn't jumping for joy or really engrossed in the plot (that "can't stop listening feeling") at any point. Overall just okay.
Everyone is raving about this book, but it was just okay for me. The narrator drove me crazy (she sounded like a 13-year-old who inhaled helium), and the book was repetitive at times, which was irritating (they beat the whole "Do Not Go Gentle" quote to death, which irritated me because I have a special attachment to that poem - just one example). I'm sick of reading books about futuristic societies squashing all human and civil rights and controlling people to the Nth degree. The concept of destroying all things historical offends me, too (especially books). Kind of tired subject matter for me...I think I'm over the whole Dystopian Literature phenomenon at this point ("The Hunger Games" trilogy exhausted the genre for me). I wonder if I would have liked it more if I'd read it in my hands versus listened on audiobook, but I doubt it.
Overall this book was pretty good. The second half was really boring compared to the first half, but overall it kept my interest and was well-written.
This book was pretty good. It definitely held my interest throughout, though something about the end seemed sub-par to me. It wasn't as amazing in the end as I hoped it would be at the start, unfortunately.
I've finally finished this book. Thank goodness. I never felt engaged at all or as though I knew any of the characters -- I can't even remember their names at this moment -- or what was happening plot-wise, and I honestly don't care. Even though the premise sounded interesting (albeit disturbing), the three or so sub-plots wound into one was too many, and the end was lackluster after the long road getting there.
The plot summary of this book promised me something eery, adventuresome, and mysterious. What it provided was nothing of the sort. I honestly hated this so much that I found it hard to pay attention from around the halfway point to the end (at which point my frustration and irritation kicked into overdrive). This book was a huge disappointment and just plain stupid in my opinion. My apologies to anyone who enjoyed it!
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