I wanted to like this book better than I did. The core story was interesting and I enjoyed those sections. Unfortunately, the chapters constantly skipped around to completely different characters and situations, often with no warning or explanation. This writing style is pretty common, but, in this book, I had a hard time tying everything together. The narrator was very pleasant and capable, but all her male characters tend to sound the same, which added to my almost constant state of "what's going on?"
I think I'd like this book more in the written format.
I finally don't need to have that underlying doubt that there is something the matter with me. I don't like parties but I do enjoy conversations. I prefer to stay home but I know I can enjoy a quiet dinner out with good friends (as long as it doesn't last too long).
I feel vindicated that, as a Mom, I stood up to my daughter's teachers to defend her quiet demeanor in the classroom. This book helped me to realize that there is nothing wrong with my feelings and I can happily stop apologizing for them. I can go shopping in a busy mall, but now understand why I can't stay too long. The sometimes bothersome things that we introverts go through during a normal day are now better explained.
Thanks Ms. Cain. Also thanks to Ms. Mazur for an enjoyable narration.
I often listen to audiobooks when I'm trying to fall asleep. This one was perfect for that.
If you like space stories, have a bit of a geeky nature, and enjoy full out adventures, you don't want to miss this one. Using chemistry, botany, mechanical engineering, and creative thinking, our protagonist battles the entire planet of Mars.
Granted, I had to listen twice to many of the scientific explanations, as much of it was over my head, but who cares? It was entertainment and an education. I've decided to stock up on duct tape.
Excellent narration! Well worth the credit - this one was a winner.
I loved this book and highly recommend it. Having close ties with a couple of very successful OCD men, I recognized many quirks that I have come to know and love. Mr Lancaster has represented this character with humor, respect, and without apologies.
I don't have much time to sit and read, so audio books are my salvation. Usually, I know that I would prefer to read the written word , but this book is the exception. Luke Daniels gave one of the best performances I've heard. He represented Edward with subtlety and charm, and I'm looking forward to listening to it again.
One thing,...if you have never seen Jack Web and the TV show "Dragnet", I highly suggest you watch a one or two episodes (only the ones in color) before you read the book.
I can safely say that this book is "one of my favorites".
This story is interesting and a good extension of the first book of the series. But, I agree with many of the other readers that the teenage angst does drone on quite a bit. I often found myself disliking the characters because of this. You want to shout at them to "get over it , already".
The ending is abrupt and does not complete the book, so if you do read this, you will be obliged to get the next in the series
Tim Curry is excellent, as usual.
I enjoy the narrator, and the characters are charming, But, the story line bogs down and I find myself wishing for things to move along a bit faster. The relationship between Katie and Owen is polite almost to the point of boredom.
This book started out very well and grabbed my interest right away. I just got a little tired of the continuous repetitive action, especially towards the end, which I felt sacrificed the story. Also, it is just a teensy bit chauvinistic. The gamers and computer wunderkind are all male, (except for one token lady). It is obvious that this book was aimed towards the 20 something guy and that's ok. But, the fact that this was SO obvious is what took away some of my enjoyment.
The narrator was great and he deserves all five stars.
I'm waiting for book #3....
This is one of my favorite Tamora Pierce stories. Well narrated, and fun to listen to. I'm sorry there isn't a 3rd book in the series.
This charming book is a happy romp through the unusual imagination of Diana Wynne Jones. From purple bugs to giant dogs, you never know what you'll find next. The narrator was excellent. I highly recommend this book for young and old, who want a bit of lighthearted fun.
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