The best thing is the insightful and poetic nature or Ray Bradbury's writing. It shines through even under stilted narration.
No. His attempts to render the voices of women and children are comical at best ... unintentional parody at worst. The voice of Miss Foley is just ridiculous. I didn't know whether to laugh or be offended by the mocking quality of it.
The thing that bothers me about this book is Sookie doesn't appear to have learned anything from her horrific experiences during the Fairy War- her loses were HUGH, not to mention the torture was more than any she has been through in the past. I would expect her to be emotionally wrecked and the book to be underpinned by her emotional struggles to come to terms with all that's happened to her. Instead she is just a bit depressed and seems to snap out of it pretty quickly with out much explanation.
In the first books, she was naive and trusting and there was always a credible reason why she took the risks she took. She dated a vampire, even though she thought fang bangers were pathetic and knew they often ended up dead, because she had no other choice. If she didn't try something she would end up alone and lonely without ever experiencing love, sex, or life outside Bon Temps. She doesn't have the excuse of naivete any more yet she still makes the same dumb choices she made in the past... over and over again. She has always seemed like a stereotypical abuse victim to me but I thought she was growing beyond that.
Let's take the scene where Alcede tells her to drink the yellow liquid. He's a complete jerk about it and is prepared to risk her life without even telling her why. The whole thing is just a silly plot contrivance and makes no sense. He expects her to fall inline and she does. She's angry but she does it anyway without any credible reasons for taking on the risk.
I can forgive the contrivance here but I feel Harris took the safe way out. Sookie did it AND there were no consequences. I would have liked to see her refuse to do it. But in either case without consequences the whole scene could have been left out. All kinds of hell should have broken loose and Sookie should have had to deal with the combined fall out of that and the Fairy Wars. Harris missed a great opportunity to advance Sookie's character arc. Instead the author jumps to yet another predictable thread where Sookie does the usual things and isn't any better or worse for it.
I like the way fantasy elements like dragons and magic are not the focus of the story. It's a "real" world that happens to contain dragons and magic. I also like how "big" the story is ... three story lines woven together and artfully done.
Dotrice is so overrated! All the characters sound like old men whether they are young women, young men, or children ... I can never forget the narrator and just listen. There are lots of narrators who make me forget who they are but he is not able to do that. Also, he has a way of spitting and slurping that I found disgusting to listen to. If the story were not as good as it is I would have stopped listening.
I feel like the book could be edited way down. 90% of the character physical description could be cut and left to the imagination of the reader. If it is not necessary to the story or unusual in some way (such as blood of the dragon having silver hair and lavender eyes or King Robert's bastards being dark while his "legitimate" children are blonde/blue) leave it out. Martin also has a tendency to repeat lines over and over again ... "he/she/we/they were not wrong" must be repeated 50 times. It's irritating especially since there are 6 of these books to slog through. Same goes for food/meal and clothing descriptions. It's cool the first few time to read about the unusual food and elaborate feasts but it becomes tedious later on. Who cares if they ate Swan or Duck or if the meal began with Beef Barley soup and ended with Lemon Cakes. A little would suffice.
I'm listening to his book on writing but it's not an epic tale it's a craft book.
Just thought the sentiment was worth repeating ... Mr. King, Do not narrate your work. You are a master storyteller and I love your books. But, alas, you are not a narrator.
In between ... it's a good story if a bit formulaic. Poor choice of narrator but not bad enough to ruin the book. Entertaining but not overly memorable. Bare in mind it's for the Young Adult audience and set expectations accordingly.
It's an original idea ... the hunger games ... wish I had thought of it :)
I did listen to the rest of the series even though Carolyn McCormick's narration was ... uh ... weird. Where in the United States does anyone speak like that? What's that accent? It was off-putting but not so off-putting to stop me from listening to the series. Still I will not start another book where she is the narrator.
The most interesting thing is the girl and how she came to be the way she is but the details of that don't come out until the later books.The least interesting is the character of Mikael Blomkvist, his personal life/history, and time spent with Henrik Vanger ... unfortunately that's most of the story.
I don't get the fuss around these books. I started and stopped the print version a number of times and almost gave up altogether. It was the audio book that allowed me to finish because I could do other things while listening.
only his old days happen to include the birth of the worlds greatest rock and roll band.
I recommend it to anyone interested in 50s and 60s history. So many RnR bios are nothing but strippers, drug rehab, and infighting ad nauseam. Keith captures his life and times along with his love of music ... like sitting on the porch with an old man spinning yarns about the old days.
A few people complained about the change in narration. I liked it ... Joe Hurley sounds like Keith and adds life to the narration where Johnny Depp is a little flat. I'm a big Depp fan so was disappointed ... he's a great actor but not necessarily a great narrator. Still I love this book and have listened to it more than once.
No new twists to reaper lore ala Dead Like Me and Supernatural. The twist may be the introduction of Bee-on-she to the mythical creature parade in literature but it didn't grab my interest. Better than many free books I've read/listened too but still somewhat bland.
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