The Dune story captured my interest decades ago when my cousin described his experience reading it. Back then, I felt reading represented more effort than benefit, so I never took the plunge.
Now that I have discovered audio books, a world has opened to me. Not only does it make it possible for me to read more than I could if restricted to those times when I am trapped with a book in my hands, unable to do other things, but often, the story unfolds in a way that surpasses the traditional reading experience, because the narrator can add a wonderful and expanded dimension.
So it is with sadness that I must abandon this audio series, because in this case, the narrator not only fails to add to the experience, but detracts from it to such an extent that I cannot bear it any longer.
Scott Brick's affected, incessant, and continuously distracting, sing-song delivery is terribly annoying to me. I have listened to a few other books narrated by this man, and each one has served to confirm and compound the unpleasant experience.
I am at a loss to understand why/how he continues to be chosen by authors and publishers to deliver their stories. And I am disappointed that there are numerous books and book series that I will be forced to read in the traditional way if I want to experience them, because when he is the narrator, I cannot subject myself to the annoyance any further; it's especially a shame with the Dune series, because if not for Brick's interference, I would truly wish to continue.
In a stroke of serendipity, I happened upon this trilogy as a consequence of Audible's recent promotional introduction of new series. What a delightful discovery!
I am still enjoying part three of the first book, and I can anticipate that I will be very sad when I finish the last part of the final book (but I can also anticipate that this is a series that will warrant another listen, or two). I have been thoroughly engaged from the start, and unlike so many other audiobooks I have tried, I can find NOTHING to criticize.
I think any revered author would enjoy the opportunity to explore the imagination and linguistic prowess of Juliet Marillier, and any listener would be entranced by the voice, emotional emphasis, and cadence of Terry Donnelly!
I have not read or listened to any of this author’s other works yet, but from this story, I feel I know something about her that I love. The characters in this book are like phrases from a piece of music with every note in its perfect place. They, and the scenes in which they exist are beautiful and memorable.
The narrator has added a significant contribution to the experience for me, which so often is not the case. I have so many times been able to recognize an author’s talent, but been prevented from enjoying it because the narrator distracts from it to some degree. Not so here. As I eventually look to explore more stories from Juliet Marillier, they will be even more compelling if Terry Donnelly is again chosen to read them!
I could go on to say more, but I will simply end by offering my recommendation that if you decide to try this book, you will likely rejoice the credit and time you spent to do so!
I was inspired by the courageous, rational, intelligent, and thoughtful ways in which the characters dealt with their challenges, experiences, and with each other. These are characters that you would like to be friends with, and to have with you during life's highs and lows.
That's a difficult choice to make because both Hazel and Augustus were so unique and special. I guess if forced to pick only one, I might claim Augustus as my favorite because of the persistent and witty ways in which he pursued and won Hazel's heart.
None before this. But her performance was so excellent that she has definitely won a place on my small list of favorites, right up there with Kate Reading.
I both laughed and cried. Because of my own personal challenges with cancer, I gained inspiration and ideas about dealing with them more bravely and positively. Even during this book's saddest moments, I found them to be more touching and tender than depressing.
I understand the tendency of many people to turn to religion for comfort and shelter from some of life's trials. I greatly appreciate John Green's rational, reasonable, and responsible treatment of the subjects of God and the afterlife. I think the concept of preservation of souls is lovely, and while I can't claim to share Augustus' belief in such a thing, I do derive some comfort from hoping that it may be true.
I think I will likely add to my Facebook list of favorite quotes Hazel's comment, "I'd always associated belief in heaven with, frankly, a kind of intellectual disengagement"
This book seems to me like it would only appeal to females, and in particular, probably only heterosexual females. If there was a specific genre, or a genre qualification to indicate that fact, it might help potential readers avoid time spent discovering the fact for themselves. I suppose one might use the fact that the author is female, and the majority of reviewers are also female, but that takes too much time. This book was a waste of time for me.
No, but it has definitely turned me off from other books by this author!
I wouldn't be so eager to cut scenes perhaps, but rather add a balance of scenes that could be appreciated equally from either a male/female and straight/gay perspective.
The author's strong right-wing orientation made this book absolutely insufferable for me. I have rarely abandoned any of the books I have purchased, but this one put a bad taste in my mouth more quickly than any other. I have not submitted such an unfavorable review before, and was delighted at Audible's gracious policy to allow me to return it. I certainly don't want it lingering in my library any longer, lest I should accidentally contemplate reading it again!
I regret to be critical of a narrator who is undoubtedly intending to do the best job possible, but I am so disappointed that I can't hold it back. I would have rated this book 4 or 5 stars, but the choice of narrator so detracts (and distracts) from the story that it barely deserves 2. This narrator's voice has a pleasant tone, but that is the extent of his talent. I cannot remember any of the MANY books I have listened to that were so spoiled by the narration. What a shame! When I decided to purchase book 2 of the series, I noticed that many different narrators were used for the various books, and I thought it peculiar. Now that I have invested a few hours into book 2, and am having to plow through it, wishing that it was being performed by someone else, I decided to look ahead to see if this narrator was chosen for any of the future books. I was so disappointed to find the answer is yes, that I am nearly certain that I will abandon the whole series and move on to something else. Too bad, because I think the author is very talented, and I would otherwise enjoy the series. I truly hope this narrator will seek a different profession, and do all us listeners a favor.
This writer used his mastery of English to create a rich tapestry of words. All the characters were wonderfully developed. The story was sometimes (particularly for me, in the first few hours) sluggish and a bit boring, but was otherwise very engaging; until the end, which was entirely dismal and VERY disappointing. My selection was based on the book's popularity (according to the number of stars). I see I must take more time in future to read the reviews, if I hope to enjoy the whole experience. I cannot recommend this book.
I zipped through this book so quickly, I was sad to reach the end. The story is very intricate, but not so much as to be tedious to follow. The intrigue really ramps up near the end. The narrator has a mellifluous voice, and his impressions of the different characters added significantly to my enjoyment. I have not submitted reviews any of the other books I have listened to, but this one demanded that I spend some time to recommend it. Congratulations and thanks to both author and narrator for superb performances!
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