San Diego, CA | Member Since 2010
This is the first time I've rated and reviewed a book before finishing it. After listening to the Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, I wanted more and so I purchased this book. After two hours the book hadn't moved in any direction and the narration was SO VERY BAD, that both of us listening had headaches and couldn't take a minute more. Gaiman's storytelling is unique and perhaps he is the only narrator who can really do justice to his work. I may try to listen again, after slightly sedating myself, or maybe I'll just try to read it. But if I do, it won't be until I recover from this.
This book sometimes seemed like watching a horrible traffic accident - you don't want to watch and yet you can't turn your eyes away. The story had so many levels -Though primarily and ostensibly about the history of Scientology, this book is about so much more - religious freedom, first amendment rights, personal freedoms, how and why we make decisions, the power of groups... I will be thinking about this book for a very long time.
I don't typically read books like this (evaluations of modern day societies etc.) as I'm usually afraid they will be extremely biased and sensational. If I had to make a comparison it would be to " Under the Banner of Heaven" by Jon Krakauer.
Probably the meeting with the author (with his publisher and the publishing house lawyers) and Tommy Davis (and the Scientology lawyers) prior to the publishing of an article he was writing for the New Yorker (which was the basis for this book).
There were actually two: 1) the extent of the Church's wealth and 2) the number of members who are people in the "arts"
It is also well written and researched (it has excellent footnotes) and provides as balanced approach as possible considering the subject matter.The narrator was a good choice for this books and while he didn't necessarily enhance my enjoyment of the book, his narration did not detract from it.
Exciting, fun, BOOM!
Somewhat reminiscent of David Eddings series (mix of other worldliness, character development, action, and fun... but Correia takes the concepts and takes them to the next levels. His characters are smarter, less predictable, and grow throughout the story. Enough connection in the story thread to be meaningful and comforting, but never stale or redundant.
I have never listened to O. Wyman before listening to this series. THAT IS GOING TO CHANGE.
This book and the 3 proceeding... In fact, except for this one I have listened to all of them more than once.
Wow! Boom! Gasp! Cringe! Guffaw!
I've read many reviews about this book and clearly some love it and some don't. I LOVED IT. This is a book that I am so glad I listened to instead of reading myself (although I'll probably get around to reading it). Some have complained the pace is slow, the heroine vapid etc. but I really enjoyed the pace of the book. Much like one enjoys taking small bites to really relish a delicious food. I saw and smelled and felt this book and the pace allowed me to do so. Yes, there were times I wanted to slap Diana and tell her to get a spine, my patience was rewarded. I cannot imagine a better narrator than Jennifer Ikeda. I HOPE (Audible, are you listening) that Jennifer can be engaged to narrate the next in the series. I will be waiting anxiously!!!!
The story of Bod (short for Nobody) is wisely and wonderfully written and narrated by Neil Gaiman. We began listening to this on a car trip and everyone was so engrossed that the drive flew by and my son and husband couldn't wait to get back into the car to continue the story. We weren't able to finish the book on the trip and so the following night, the three of us sat in a dark room for another two hours to finish! This book has some dark moments which might not be suitable for children under 12, but other than that there is wisdom, laughter, and wonder for readers of any age. As we listened to Bod grow up, we grew up too. After hearing the narration of Neil Gaiman, I am inclined to listen to his other books, even when the story description is not that interesting, for the sheer pleasure of his skill as a reader.
I read this book right after it was published and LOVED IT!!!! After several re-reads I found it on Audible and purchased it. I loved the audiobook as much as I enjoyed reading the book. The narration is spot-on and the story literally took me away with it. If you enjoy Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, give this book a listen. You will not be sorry.
After unsuccessfully trying to read a different book by Christopher Moore, I thought I would not try any others; that is until I read the abstract for this one. The premise for the book seemed so odd that I was intrigued and had to try. I am so glad I did.
The book made me laugh out loud (a lot) and after my son read it, several phrases from the book made their way into our daily vocabulary (Kitty!) The story was weird, wacky, funny and absolutely unpredictable and both of us were truly sorry when it was done. This is a book that I think I enjoyed having read to me more than I would have enjoyed reading it - a tribute to the reader indeed. Fun, fun, fun.
After thoroughly enjoying the Graveyard Book written and narrated by N. Gaiman, I thought this book might provide a similar experience. I did enjoy this story but the narrator was really substandard. His reading of the narrative almost had a computer-generated feel and he ended sentences with the most odd inflection which was impossible not to fixate on. He was far more successful with the character voices (especially the English and Irish) but even in this area his performance was adequate. Because of my struggle with the narration, it took me forever to finish this book - I could only listen to about 15 minutes at a time - and had I not wanted to know how the story ended, I would have probably abandoned the book. Such a shame. This book is still a good read, and I would recommend that you read it (and give it your own voice) rather than listening to this audio book production. Oh well. I love Audible and I guess not every book I listen too is going to wow me.
I read this marvelous book several years ago. When I saw it available on Audible I thought it would be nice to have it read to me. This book is even better as an audible title. The readers are fantastic - the accents help keep the story clear and add another layer to the marvelous textures in this story. Read this book. Listen to this book. You won't be disappointed. I have enjoyed my Audible subscription (finding new stories and listening to stories that I already know) but this is by far my favorite audio production to date. The perfect blend of a great story and a fabulous audio production.
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