The book, thus far, is decent. The character is a depressed teenage girl - think Kristin Stewart. The narration performance sounds like a fifty-something mother of four, with no ability to do other voices. Dialogue is impossible to follow because the men and women sound the same. I didn't think it could get worse until she attempted a character with "a slight British accent." I rarely want to switch to the text version, but this time I might have to.
The Delirium series. It's YA dystopian romance with a heavy focus on depression.
I will actively avoid them.
I was frustrated and depressed as I went through the story with the character, seeing her missteps and feeling her pain. I was even more frustrated trying to reinterpret the story around the horribly miscast narration.
A viable plot?
No spoilers! Dan Brown tried to mix it up a bit in this one. After all, Howard times can our hero be ripped from a pleasant morning and forced to save the world from a symbol-loving madman with a hot genius by his side? That's exactly what happens in this book, but he at least adds a nice shift to the formula. These books aren't Shakespeare and that's not why I listen to them. But this one brought it to a whole new level of transparent villains, red herrings, and random curveballs for the sake of plot movement. The final solution could be the beginning of a ten-volume dystopian nightmare series. But realistically, if there's a fifth Robert Langdon book, it will most likely be written off in a few lines or ignored altogether, much like each book's brainy Bond Girl. Nothing wrong with the performance, just a perfectly ridiculous book.
I was so happy for the man to get to do typical voices after being forced to whisper half of them in The Lost Symbol!
Not sure I could have fixed it without being able to alter the plot!
I adore this audiobook. I find myself running it in a loop...I hit the end and want to cycle right back to the beginning again. It's not fine literature but it is very entertaining and presents an intriguing world that has proven thought-provoking for me. The narration is a wonderful part of the experience. I am impressed by the narrator's ability to capture male and female voices, as well as a variety of accents. The next book can't come soon enough!
I am a huge fan of Fforde's Thursday Next series, but this was lackluster in comparison. Not excellent recording quality, either. I didn't always care for the narrator's voice and characters, and could not always understand him. However, somehow Fforde is an addiction, and I still find myself wanting to listen to the sequel, The Fourth Bear!
This book is fascinating and the narrator is amazing. This book is not for the squeamish, but it's quirky and fun and surprisingly informative. The narration really makes it all come together in an entertaining way! I have already bought more books narrated by Shelly Frasier - she is great!
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