Maybe the last half of this book is better -- I didn't make it that far. I got to the end of the first part and realized I didn't know anything about any of the characters, and I didn't care what they were excavating. The narrator was annoying too. He made the female characters (scientists!) sound like they were stoned and/or on too much valium. The rest of the narration was stilted, as if he were trying to make sure he pronounced each word individually. Someone should tell him that's not the way people talk!
This book was interesting enough that I finished it, but I considered stopping a few times. It's certainly not a gripping page-turner. Only a few characters are fully fleshed out, and some of the actions taken by them I found totally implausible. Narration was excellent, though.
I enjoyed the book, although I thought there were a few too many convenient coincidences. My main complaint was the narrator. She reads well, but fails to differentiate between the voices, so they all sound the same. For a while I wondered who the third person was on the island. Without any distinction it's difficult to remember who's talking at any given time. Still, I gave it four stars for the enjoyable story.
I quit reading about a quarter of the way through the book. If you like characters who enjoy pit-bull fighting, kill dogs, beat their wives, or sleep with (and get pregnant by) their sister's fiance, this is the book for you. I thought the main character was a wuss and the rest were just revolting. Maybe it gets better later, but I wasn't interested in finding out. Very disappointing, since I have read and enjoyed other books by this author. Narrator was fine.
Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was I thought the trial narrative was a bit too long. Otherwise a satisfying read, with twist & turns that didn't seem ridiculous. Good characterizations and an outstanding narration. I'll look for Kevin Collins as a narrator again.
I didn't feel like this was as good as the first one, but still an enjoyable read. Some surprises, but if the entire series is going to be environmentalists vs. ranchers, I'm not sure I'll continue.
Before listening to this book I didn't know anything about Garfield's assassination, other than that it happened. This is a well-written, fascinating look into the event as well as that particular time period. Narration is excellent.
I downloaded this one for a long trip, because I like something on the lighter side when I travel. This was a good choice. I couldn't give it 5 stars because it's not a brilliant book that will stay with me forever, but character development is always the most important part of a book for me, and I enjoyed Joe and his family very much. The plot took a while to get started, but before long it got interesting. It was also not too long and drawn out, and the reader was excellent.
Absolutely -- due to the fabulous narration.
One of the best audiobooks I've read/listened to in a long time. Narrator was wonderful, making all the characters come alive. Plot was so interesting and characters so compelling -- I can't say enough good things about it. I usually listen to these books in spurts in the car or on a plane, but this one was so good I couldn't wait until my next trip to find out what happened, so listened to the last hour or so at home.
While it has some clever descriptive writing, this book about a bunch of teenage boys in the UK eventually turned me off. I just couldn't get interested in the characters, and got tired of the graphic sex and general teenage boy stuff. The narration was ok, but a good single narrator could have pulled it off without multiple narrators taking the different roles. I no longer feel I have to finish books that don't hold my interest, so I didn't.
Sci-fi and fantasy are not my favorite genres, but I decided to try this one because of all the good reviews. Really loved it -- both the book itself and the narrator. The protagonists are well-developed and likable, and the plot is character-driven, with lots of suspense. If you liked Dune, you'll like The Hunger Games.
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