Enchanting, fun, magical
Howl's Moving Castle & House of Many Ways; same author, same narrator.
Stardust - love story with lots of magic and perseverance.
I loved the climax of the story, actually - it was very clever.
I loved this book. I've already listened to it twice - it was really a lot of fun.
This book was very detailed and made you feel like you were in Alaska with the characters. The reader did a great job with bringing each character to "life" and giving them their own voice.
This was a really great story. It's a cold-case murder mystery and a coming-of-age story rolled into one. I was engaged and interested the entire time; there was not one moment of boredom. The setting was absolutely perfect - one of the best aspects of the story, actually. The characters were human and imperfect and very believable. I really really enjoyed this. The story was great, and I found myself able to relate to it, even though I have never worked in an amusement park.
At first, I thought that Michael Kelly's narration sounded a little young for a man in his 60's, but then when the story shifted to the past and the main character was only 21 years old, he sounded perfect.
This was a home run, as far as I'm concerned.
I had never read this book before listening to the audio book (which is something I rarely do - I usually read the print version first just so that I don't miss anything), but this is such an incredible performance and such a wonderful book that I found myself paying closer attention and backing it up when I missed something.
Elijah Wood's performance is perfect - I can't imagine that there is anyone who could have done this better.
All around - this is a fantastic audiobook - a great story and a great narrator.
I've read the book several times - I would be lying if I said it wasn't among my top 5 favorite books. The audiobook was wonderful - Martin Jarvis' delivery was perfect. I loved this.
The baby-swap scene - always good for a laugh. :o)
A British accent, lol. No, seriously, he's a great narrator. He really brought this story to life for me.
Please don't misunderstand - Dune is my favorite book of all time. I don't think there is an author on this planet, alive, dead or not yet born, who could even come close to creating something as amazing as Frank Herbert created with this book.
That being said - this is one of the WORST audiobooks that I have EVER listened to. There is a full cast of characters and yet every few chapters, the actors are not voicing their characters - the narrator is.
This is SO disconcerting - I HATE it. If I didn't know this book practically by heart, I would be very confused listening to two voices for the same characters.
The narrator seems to take over in chapters that have a lot of dialog, too. It's ridiculous.
Honestly, whoever directed this production is an idiot. It does NOT work to switch back and forth between a full cast production and narrator-read dialog.
The narrator could have NOT read the dialog - this is HORRIBLE!
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