This was one of the best books I listened to or read in 2011. It was unique, pretty fast moving, had unusual and interesting characters, and did an excellent job of drawing the reader into it's world. It is a long book, but I didn't want it to end. I look forward to listening to more David Mitchell books.
East of Eded is a brilliantly conceived book. The Cain and Abel theme is explored through two generations in a very compelling but not overwrought. The characters are complex and believable. It is an interesting look at life at the turn of the 20th century as well as an engaging drama. The naration was fantastic - each character was given his or her own voice and the changes in characters flowed smoothly. It is a long book, but I was sad to see it end. I will definitely be listening to more of Steinbeck and more of Richard Poe's naration.
Overall I enjoyed this book. It was interesting and well presented, with helpful (and disturbing) examples. I thought it was well written and accessible for readers lacking a background in psychology. The narrator did a good job, though she is not my favorite. Her voice is a little to monotone and doesn't hold my attention as well as many of the other narrators I've listened to.
I've enjoyed the movie adaptations of this book, but the book itself left something to be desired. There were too many story lines, none ever developed to my satisfaction, and then an abrupt and disappointing ending.
I have wanted to read Wendell Berry for quite some time now. I am so glad I finally did. I felt like there were really two stories here, Jayber's and the town's. Watching them weave together was part of what made this book so enjoyable. Both have dreams that are never quite realized, and some that are brutally extinguished. There is sorrow and joy and a good bit of comedy. The book presents some deep subjects in a simple and gentle way but definitely leaves you thinking. It presents a realistic if slightly sentimental picture of a small town, but having grown up in one and now living in another after a few years of urban dwelling, I thought it was very believable and honest.
Yes, definitely. The performance was perfect and the story is so unique and well imagined. I have come to expect something creative and unusual from Neil Gaiman, but also somewhat shallow characters. This one had well developed characters, a unique plot plenty of twists and turns, as well as a road trip feel that was unexpectedly American for a British writer.
At times, and at other times it let me settle in and enjoy getting to know some very unusual characters. The pace changed at different parts of the book, but in a way that seemed to fit the road trip theme of the novel. There was almost a Jack Kerouac kind of feel to it, which is odd for a fantasy adventure novel.
Yes, years from now when I've forgotten enough details to be scared again. I love books that are well written and truly frightening. It is such a hard thing to find. Dark Matter was nearly perfect. The cold, isolated setting, the blurring of the lines between the supernatural and insanity, made it just believable enough to be truly creepy. It was very well imagined, never rushed or overly fanciful, and not very predictable (as far too many horror and mystery novels are).
Probably not. It was fun, but it did not quite live up to it's potential.
There was way too much angst, and no where near enough scary material or mystery. The romantic relationship was too dramatic to be believable, and that drama tainted the other elements of the story.
Give up on Vampire lit until the Twilight phase wears off a bit more and they get scary again.
The combination of Tim Curry's voice and Dickens' writing was magical.
The appearance of Bob Marley's ghost.
quirky, emotional, memorable
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - they both follow the adventures of a socialy impaired male child in a way that is both highly amusing and heartbreaking.
The narrators caught the pace and tone of the book very well. I enjoyed all three voices.
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