This is a lovely book full of fun characters, and a fantastic journey drawn from folklore. Chinese folklore, very different from western folklore. I thoroughly enjoyed these unfamiliar vistas drawn from the Chinese traditions of the supernatural and the afterlife. The author did a great job of introducing the reader to the rules and the players.
I might give this author another try. In this particular case, this author got an idea stuck in his head, probably based off of a news tidbit about a since discredited anthropological conclusion and from there it led him on a bad trajectory.
No no no, I like this genre, and this has the bones of a good book, the mechanics of a good book.
I have not listened to any of Folly Blaine's other performances, and really the narration is fine.
I listened to the whole book, right to the end. Right to the "what the?" end.
I wouldn't reread it by myself, I'm not a rereader typically, but I might read it with kids. The protagonists are children, and the book itself seems geared, with its milder scares and its themes, to be geared towards a younger audience. Teens and tweens love scary books, so knowing authors that write in this genre that aren't going to melt a kid's ears off are good to find.
A House With a Clock in its Walls is aimed at a similar audience, but while Bellairs' Louis is wracked with guilt over his slip up, Hahn's siblings don't seem to feel much remorse. They're a fun pair.
He livens up the funny parts, helping you see what's funny about the bad kids' bad behavior, as well as the scary in the scary parts, and when the scary is funny, or the funny is scary, that takes a deft reader. It doesn't always come off perfectly, but Hahn is asking Mr. Cummings to keep an awful lot of plates spinning at once.
Nope, it was a book to listen to while out walking. I am sure people were wondering what I was laughing at while I was walking along. : )
I've only listened to this book, I have not read it, but I did think the performance the narrator gave helped you feel the urgency, the tweenaged awkwardness, eew gross factor of being a kid on a bike back in the old days. I imagine you would have felt it in print, but maybe not with the same feeling of shared surprise and shared danger.
The author nails the kid conspiracy, the summers nailed together out of junk and found on the side of the road and all that high drama of enemies and friends and feuds and forts and all that stuff that if our parents had known what we were doing they'd have been afraid for our lives and had us in twice a year for tetanus shots (and I was a girl. God help the boys). It makes a fabulous gritty, dirty backdrop for a monster story.
I have not, but if I see his name I will hope for another good performance.
It was very true. Things that have truth in them, that capture something like that can be very emotional.
There maybe should be a trigger warning (I know, but people who are tired of this can ignore it, and people who need them need them) for sexual assault & child abuse. People who have trauma that they are dealing with don't want to stumble on that unprepared.
This book is very standard for its type. If anything, (spoiler alert) it is unstandard in that the characters are kept from taking advantage of any of the resources they have, the family, the friends, the father's trips to New Orleans (where he could have met somebody who might have helped him) his trip home, where he could have met somebody who knew something about the family history, or the history of (spoiler alert) "the old graveyard". But no, nothing like that happens. Nothing they do yields fruit. At every turn, hopeless, fruitless, doomed doomed doomed. You can be doomed and make it interesting, you can find out how you're doomed and why you're doomed and even have some old woman with beads and rum and cigars try to help you and still be doomed. You don't have to be doomed in a featureless cardboard box. I wish the author had thrown on some mardi gras beads and some cobwebs. Anything.
I will be browsing around in horror looking for a title that sounds good, and I will be paying better attention to reader reviews.
I think Eric Dove did a good job with character, putting together a family of voices that were believable in age and accent.
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I love Ms. Wharton's ability to set a scene. Most of us have never lived in a household with servants, or have any idea what that kind of household's routine's are, but within a few short "pages" she can get you right into the life of a lady's maid.
I hate to write anything that would be a spoiler, but I love the way she essentially draws a word portrait for each individual dog.
It seemed like there was a group of narrators, each narrator chosen according to the work, almost like a theatrical performance or a radio play. It was really really well done.
So much for the quiet of the grave...
I love an author that has clearly done their research, those little details that show they love their subject. This is an author that seems to know her Victorians, and their obsession with death. The main character and her vocation are well designed to show off one area of that period that hasn't been thoroughly mined already.
I now know more about royal funerals, and what went into early embalming fluids than I ever expected to know.
I thought the narrator's accent and diction were well suited to the period the story was set in. It helped set the right tone.
I'm looking forward to further installments of this series.
This story is overflowing with character and with a sense of place. Like an old well used truck coated with mud and bumper stickers. I loved these characters, and the references to regional folklore. The mother in law Poochie was such a treat, with her prayer tree. The story kind of bumped along, but the voice performance was really great. You could tell the narrator got into the regional accents and the characters. The story itself was thin in places, and not everything is tied up neatly at the end, but these ladies are fun to visit with, and it is satisfying listening to them kick and fight and swear. So much fun I didn't mind the occasional stalling out.
I love this author. I love the way this author handles the supernatural, ghost as character almost, as well as a mystery, but still genuinely frightening without being unnecessarily gory. I love the way the character inhabits the setting, the way the supporting characters are revealed, how they're well realized people with inner workings of their own.
I will be watching this author for more works. I hope audible is watching, too.
I like these characters. I appreciate that their relationship isn't predicated on teetering constantly on the edge of romance. I enjoy that they appreciate each other for their skills, for what each one brings to the investigation. I like that they have families and friends that continue to exist even when the story focus moves away from them. The author has created an interesting cast that is rather large, but she handles their numbers rather deftly (although I'm tempted at times to keep notes so I don't get confused - who was that? A trick I have to employ with Dickens.) Emotions ring true. People are imperfect and make mistakes. Even our heroes make mistakes, sometimes awful ones. Villains are seldom complete monsters, more often complex with real hurts and motivations of their own.
The author seems to know a lot about the history of this time, and cares enough about it to be consistent, and to employ elements and events large and small in her story lines. I get an impression of a lot of research, of an encyclopedic command of the details. Characters have conversations studded with topics and terms showing real familiarity with period skills and news of the day, world events are pressing on their minds, they are plagued by the limits of period science and belief, they are completely creatures of the world that Robertson has recreated. It is a treat to spend some time in that world looking around corners, noticing the little treasures and delights scattered in your path all for the sake of atmosphere and immersion in the time period.
I recommend this book without hesitation.
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