I have liked and enjoyed many of the previous books in this series. Normally they are action-packed, character driven, great books with a wonderful dry humor running through them. This one however, drags to an unbearable level. The authors kept going off into detailed tangents that made no sense or had no purpose. I'm half way though this book and can barely force myself to try to finish it. I will only because it may affect the overall story arc.
It is like this book is a series of unrelated scenes that should be related to one another but you can't clear away all the trivia to understand what the point is. It starts with the main character reading an incredibly boring book while thinking about the salient points in the authors' previous book about this character. Then his mother tells him he has to have sex for the first time and he complies. Then he is riding around in a scout's spaceship on a matter of honor because the scout lost a notebook. In the background the "enemy" is having sex and compiling complaints against people who have wronged him. Meanwhile he learns some things about his deceased father and that the woman he grew up thinking as his mother who was really horrible to him. After more than 7 hours you expect a bit more from a book.
I have not listened to this actor's performance before. Maybe it was the lackluster matter that made this so hard to listen to.
I normally love to read these authors' books, but this one missed the mark. I read the other reviews with a bit of disbelief wondering if we are reading the same book. Maybe the 2nd half of the book will be so good I will have to edit this review...but I am not holding my breath.
There is a delightful sense of fun and humor running through this book.
This is a story about love. Love of self, friends, family, community and world. An adorable mischievous 4 year old and the way things are bound together. Delightful.
She has an elderly Irish witch with just the perfect accent.
I listen to the entire book in less than 24 hours.
As always this is a good addition to the series.
Narrator ended each sentence by emphasizing the last word, starting low going high and back to low. Then she would pause. Also the esp. towards the end of the book, the volume would increase, decrease or sound as if it were in a tunnel before reverting back to normal. Very distracting.
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