Even though the genre has been oversaturated the past few years with movies and television shows, they all focused on the heroes and not the sidekicks. Add to that, these were just kids in middle school that were learning about how to use their skills and powers to support their "super". Great concept and great point of view narrative.
I had not listened to anything done by Kirby before but I am amazed at his talent. Not only was he able to distinguish the various sidekicks (male and female), he had to adjust for the adults that make up a large part of the story as well. Kirby did a fantastic job with it all.
Yes. Every time I had even a few minutes I would listen and then be upset when I had to move onto something else. Sometimes I would save certain chores for later so I would take longer to do them, in turn having more time to listen.
This is a great story and I would love to see a sequel maybe a couple of years down the line to see how the characters are dealing with their lives and the fates of some of the other characters.
I liked the writing. Makrkus Zusak has a way of describing some of the most menial things with words that bring everything to life. The amazing analogies and descriptive text paint pictures just like Max makes sketches for Liesel.
I have not listened to any of Allan's performances before but I am curious to listen to other books. His performance was well done with the many voices and the accents.
I think I would want to take Death out to dinner. Despite the stereotypes of death itself, this portrayal of death as an mostly omniscient narrator is funny and serious at the same time. The dinner conversation would include his travels and his stories.
I was glad to see a book like this written. There is so little knowledge about Obi-Wan's life on Tatooine before we see him. It was great to read about his adventures and how he was forced to reveal himself as a Jedi in order to protect life. It would be cool if there were other stories told of Ben's adventures because twenty years is a long time to wait for a child to grow. It would be interesting to know if Luke and Ben ever met in passing or if Luke saw him talking to Uncle Owen.
I liked the personality that he embedded in each character. His Kenobi made Ben sound like the general from the Clone Wars that had lived a long life despite his relative youth. He seemed closer to the aged wizard that we are introduced to in Star Wars: A New Hope.
I liked how there were subtle nods to previously known characters, like Jabba the Hutt or situations, such as what Anakin Skywalker did in Attack of the Clones when he murdered the Sand People.
I might compare this book to Forrest Gump in the sense that Alan Carlsson finds himself meeting several different figures in history by happenstance, much like Forrest Gump does. Though Alan's adventures are all based on politics, they are still quite unique and almost impossible how he found his way through life.
I would also liken this book to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry in the sense that both main characters simply make the decision to get up from their lives and leave for a new adventure. In Alan's case, he completed many adventures and in Harold's case, it was one adventure on a specific journey.
Suspenseful. Fun. Characterization.
I liked getting background on a lot of characters that are known, not just in the original trilogy, but from the Expanded Universe after Return of the Jedi. I liked getting more in-depth characterization on Lando and Han Solo and what they were like when not helping the Rebels.
I think any scene with Lando was my favorite. I liked his suave personality and he had an arrogance and charm about him like you see in Empire Strikes Back.
Marc Thompson has to be the best narrator of Star Wars fiction. He is able to pull off so many different types of voices - men, women, droids, aliens - and all to perfection. His styling for Lando exudes a similar tone to Billy Dee Williams and his Han Solo, while not a replica of Harrison Ford, still gives off the gruffness of his voice. I also think that the sound effects enhance every Star Wars story. Some people might not like it, but I think it's nice to hear an explosion rather than just hearing that something exploded. It draws me into the story more.
Besides all of the 80's references, I really enjoyed the fact that the "average, normal" person was able to battle against a corporate enemy. Even though the main characters were afraid of what could happen to them, they knew that it was the right thing to do. It just shows that sometimes even the little guy can make a difference in the world.
I think, as a child of the 80's, all of the references to television shows, movies, video games and ideas of the 80's was the best part. Ernest Cline really did a fine job of researching the era and making sure everything was accurate right down to the description of 8-bit graphics in the old Atari games.
Wil Wheaton is a phenomenal narrator and all of the voices were done well. His inflection and tone when scenes became emotional was easy to hear and he seemed the perfect narrator for a book of this style.
I think that the book title speaks for itself and would serve as the appropriate tag line.
Not having read the print version, I cannot answer that, but I think with this book inparticular, having the ability to listen to it makes the book that much more special. Neil Gaiman knows the characters so well (obviously) and is able to treat them as individuals. You can hear the change in inflection for each character and it must be difficult for any narrator to remember which voice was used for which character.
I think if I had the print version, I simply would have followed along because I wanted to listen to Neil Gaiman reading the story to me.
I think one of the most memorable parts of the book was where one character is being setup as a traitor and it turns out to be a different character entirely. I'm being vague in case someone wants to read it. Even as I was reading the story, I thought that the one character in particular was shady and could have been the traitor while the one that was eventually revealed as the traitor was more heroic.
However, after the explanation of why that person betrayed the heroes of the book, I empathized with their quest and their reasoning. I also enjoyed the section in the labyrinth and how the main character, Richard, really came into his own at that point.
I listened to Click-Clack the Rattlebag. I think Neil has a wonderful voice for narration, especially of his own stories because he can anticipate the character's reactions better than if he were reading a story he was only vaguely familiar. I think I would listen to more of his longer form novels versus his short stories, mostly because I like to listen to his voice.
The way that Kate Rudd performed Hazel, especially in scenes whgere she was struggling with her health, were well done. Kate stunted her breaths which allowed me to feel like Hazel was a real person - as if she were telling me the story.
The pain in her voice toward the end of the novel forced my tears to fall in concert with her own.
When reading a book, you, the reader get to decide how a character sounds. Even though it's someone else's interpretation of the voice and not necessarily the way you might think the character would sound, it gives you a reference point as to the character.
I think the tagline would be the same words that I used for the title of this review.
While this book deals with disease and cancer, John Green only skims the surface of those subjects feeling that they are not important, which is true. The importance is the characters and how they feel, not necessarily what drugs they are taking or what procedure might need to be done. When it's needed, Green talks about it, but for the most part, it's all about the main characters and their need to be companions to each other.
Despite the topic and sadness that occur in the novel, I still found it very hopeful. Hope for a life that could be lived as long as possible. Hope that Hazel is able to do good for as long as she had.
Much like Hazel and Augustus want to know how An Imperial Affliction dealt with its characters after the novel ended, I would like to know if Hazel was able to be happy ever again. However, despite my wanting to know, I can also understand that as a reader, it's better to simply hope and determine the answer for myself.
I think one of the most memorable moments of The Magician King was the final few chapters of the book where you finally get closure on why certain things have happened throughout the book. It also ties up loose ends in regards to some of the earlier characters.
Sometimes wanting things too much blinds you from seeing what you already have.
This was a great book and I am glad that I listened to it not long after listening to The Magicians. When I got to the end of the book, I was sad and disappointed. Not by the ending itself but by the physical end to the story. I recall looking at my phone (from which I listen) and thinking, "That's it?!??!"
I was so involved in the story that I found myself feeling sad for different characters throughout the book. Grossman's writing evoked emotions and experiences that I once had when I was younger and felt left out of the crowd, only to find a new group of people (not necessarily as deviant as Julia's group, but family nonetheless) to call friends.
I thought it was really refreshing that John Scalzi used actual places from the Los Angeles area in the novel. Most fiction tends to make up highway numbers or street names. Scalzi names several areas of the Los Angeles area that made the characters in the book more real. It was as if I was just hearing someone tell me a story about people in the next city.
I liked all of the characters in this book, but especially Joshua. Despite the character's youth, he had a lot of knowledge and humor.
Wil Wheaton did a great job with all of the characters and his ability to switch voices with the various characters was wonderful.
The scenes with Michelle when she was attempting to audition for Hard Memories was very difficult to listen to. She wanted so hard to do her best and she couldn't. At that point I really felt sorry for Michelle.
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