I chose this book because one of my students was reading the book and needed some help understanding it since English isn't her first language. I am so pleased that I did! It was a terrific book that kept me engrossed all the way through it. I could relate to it on many levels. I was a teenager during the American Civil Rights Movement. I could remember the Black Panther Movement. I was reminded of the IRA in Ireland. Now living in Australia I could see a relationship with the struggles of the Koorie population.
I am recommending this book to be put on our Year 10 reading list! I can see lots of discussions with the students.
My one annoyance is that the rest of the series is only available in abridged versions. The first book ended in such a way that I wanted to get right into the next book. Looks like I will have to buy the printed or e-book versions.
Being a time travel fan, I have really enjoyed this series by Alex Scarrow and have read all of the published ones and am "patiently" waiting for his final installment. Because I will be using the first in the series as a class text for my English class I decided I had better revisit it and listening is the easiest and quickest way for me.
I was not disappointed! Trevor White did a wonder reading and I am pleased to see that he has continued with the rest of the series. It is quite interesting to hear someone read a book that you have already read for the reader often picks up different things that you missed. Trevor also is quite good with his accents. I particularly enjoyed Bob's voice. Looks like I will be using more of my credits to complete the series!
Although I enjoyed the book, I didn't fall in love with Emma, like I did with Becky in the Shopaholic series.
I finished the book this morning and already I can't remember the name of Emma's boyfriend. I didn't like him and can't understand why he acted the way he did.
If you want a fun, laugh-out-loud book, this is the book for you! Very hard to stop listening to it when you arrive at work and have to get out of the car. Also, although you want to get to the end of the book to see how Becky will get out of the messes she gets into, you are sad when you reach the end.
I have loved all of the Shopaholic books and Mini Shopaholic didn't disappoint me a bit, and as usual, Emily Gray did a superb reading of the book. I can't imagine Becky's voice any other way!
I love Becky but as always, there are times when I want to slap her to get her to wise-up, but that's just her lovable, frustrating self.
The only disappointment I had with this book, is that it seems to be the last in the series. I have written on Sophie's Facebook page about this, so I am hoping that she writes some more.
I can understand why JK decided to write it under a pseudo name, but if I hadn't known it was her I probably wouldn't have picked it up for quite awhile, but I am glad that I did! I really enjoyed it and look forward to more in the series. It kept me guessing and wondering all the time.
I would have given it 5 stars all around, except for the language. Although it was used in context of the characters, because I don't speak like that, it could be a bit jarring at times.Thankfully it wasn't over the top or used excessively. (And Strike even apologizes for it! :-) )
Unless you really enjoy reading French or Church history, or philosophy or understand French or Latin, I would recommend that you listen to the abridged version of this classic. I would say that over half of the book covered the above and it was frustrating listening to so much of those things and not the actual story and would often zone out until I heard a character's name. I ended up listening to the second half of the book in double speed. It was amazing how I got used to that speed.
Having said all that, I am pleased that I finished the book. I now have a better understanding of the story and the characters and look forward to re-watching the musical again.
Frederick Davidson was a wonderful reader and would have no qualms listening to his voice again.
David Hyde Pierce did a fabulous narration of this classic book. I read about half of Gulliver's Travels when I was in college and was pleased to have finally read the book in its entirety. A real insight into political and moral issues as seen by Swift.
Sad that most people will know about Gulliver's first two adventures, but not the rest. Pierce's reading of the Houyhnhnms' language is fantastic. I don't think I would have enjoyed reading this neighing language, but he brings it to life.
A must read for classic enthusiasts.
Thank you, Sean, for bringing this book to life through your reading! I have read this book many, many times to my students and it was nice to hear someone else read it. Each time I read The Silver Sword I wonder if it will still effect me in the same way and sure enough, I get tears in my eyes when I reach the end. My wish now is that it would be made into a movie!
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. I laughed and laughed and enjoyed Becky tell her story. I was going to miss her when I finished listening to Emily Gray read the book so was very pleased to see that there is a whole series with her reading them!
I have only purchased and listened to the first 2 parts. I tried very hard to get into the book, but I just couldn't. Kept waiting for something to happen and almost all I got was background information. If it hadn't been for the terrific reading by Dotrice and his wonderful accents, I would not have gotten as far as I did. I am told by so many that the series is fantastic, but I just don't get it. Have purchased it on Kindle, so hopefully I will enjoy it in printed form more.
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