I think a younger, less critical reader would enjoy this more.
Yes. Being a gamer/dnd nerd, I had often heard about how amazing these Drizzt centered books were. I was expecting an author that elevated the source material, and what I found was ... something I would expect from an 8th-grader, after he had watched all of the LOTR movies back to back.
he really does commit to the portrayal of the characters. his rendition of a gnome makes you conjure up an image of a gnome, his dwarf the same, etc etc.
Some people might object as to how critical I am of this book, considering it is set in a DnD universe. "What do you expect?", I imagine them saying. All I can say in response is, humble source material can give rise to serious literature. For example, the Dragon Age books: based on a video-game, fantasy setting, but with some nuanced, intricate characters, and an engaging, somewhat sophisticated plotline. Gauntlgrym was not this. It was awful. I quit after about an hour.
I really only want to provide feedback on the reader. I just finished both of the "expanse" short stories, both read by Erik Davies. I thought he was great! Yes, the old narrator was awesome, but ... seriously people, of all the terrible narrators out there, this guy isn't one of them.
Although, how much you like a narrator is a very subjective thing. For example, many people are obsessed with Scott Brick: I find him nauseating. But before you shy away from this book, because of the feedback on the narrator, at least give the sample a listen. Make up your own mind.
Like others have said, this is fairly un-listenable. The strange thing is, the narrator has a really nice voice... when she's not trying to portray a character. I would listen to something of hers in the future, as long as someone gets a hold of her, and gets her to tone it down a little on the characters.
Lisa Gardner writes dark, gritty, twisted, clever novels. I see a lot of negative reviews, about how unpleasant some sections of the book are. Personally, I wasn't that bothered. However, If you're looking for a spunky-fun romp written by a totally spunky-fun chick, then this is not the book for you. Let me suggest something with cartoons on the cover, that rhymes. Like, I dunno, "Two Cats and the Rascally Rats" or maybe "A Cat, A Bean, and the Killer Jeans: An Abby Spunkerton Adventure".
If, on the other hand, you are looking for an adult exploration of the underbelly of the human psyche, Lisa Gardner is for you.
I'm not even really into fantasy novels these days, but this was just really, really good.
AUDIBLE get working on volume to ASAP please.
"I barely control my anger as I ...." "I reach for my *insert detailed description of alcoholic drink*..."
That's the plot. Well, the most interesting parts of the plot. Sorry for the spoilers.
The only person I would recommend this book to is Marcia Clark's therapist.
This was just masterfully brought to life. Fascinating story, artfully crafted, and narrated by Grover Gardner. Must listen.
I did not enjoy this book, BUT it doesn't mean you won't. Published in 1999, I personally do not feel that it holds up very well. The reason for this is, the author spends really a very small amount of time on the basic science, and quite a lot on social implications and ethics. If this had been a sort of "Traveler's Guide to the Genome", ...which is really what I was hoping for... then I don't think it would have aged much. But social issues, those change quite quickly, and the pop-culture audience is more informed on some things than they might have been in 1999.
However, this is just my opinion! The narrator is great. If you know absolutely nothing about genetics, as in, haven't turned on a tv or watched a movie in the past 10 years, then you might find this book really interesting!
Grover Gardner rocks. LMB ...well I loved all of the books in this series, up to this one.
This is where the series died for me. The series up to this point was so full of intrigue, of creative plot twists, of nail-biting .... ok to make it short, all the things you have probably come to love about these books, suddenly take a back seat to one theme. It goes something like this... "I think she likes me, but like, OMG, does she LIKE me like me?!?!". Just... know what you're getting into.
the narrator ruined it for me. Unfortunately, the story calls for a wide variety of foreign accents, all of which are affected by the narrator as a sort of transylvanian vampire/swedish chef.
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