I got this merely for the genre and the length. I am not typically a huge "vampire" fan. Other medias have worn me out with the same old portrayals and analysis of the legend. But it was days long and I figured I would find at least a couple of stories that would be worth hearing. I usually listen on my way to and from work. I have an hour drive each way. I have a 16 year old son who's very socially active, a 4 year old grandson who keeps me running and a full time job. Those things unfortunatly have robbed me of my much loved reading time. That's when I found audible. While it wasn't reading, it did allow me to listen to books and that was better than nothing. When I started this, I started it with the expectation of the same old vampire steals in sucks girls blood may or may not change and or kill her while people chase him to kill him. I couldn't have been more wrong. There are stories here that captured my attention and held it in a way I would have never expected. Everything from the usual vampire tales straight forward in nature. Then there are stories that you have to remind yourself it's a vampire story. Then there are the ones that are so subtle that you find yourself destracted in a way that you'd never expected. I've found so many authors in this archive that I'd over looked, hadn't heard of or frankly never considered my type of author. LOL I guess that lends to the whole book by the cover thing doens't it lol. If you like a good story, if you like straight in your face or a more subtle nuance in a story; this book is for you.
The uniqueness of the stories. From the bold and expected to the unexpected and subtle stories.
I have and so often the narrotor is judged on the story. This is that way as well. If you like the narrator doing one story you may not care so much for them doing a different one. But you will find something you like.
I loved loved loved Popsy. It's such a simple straight forward story. You find yourself feeling sorry for the child and understanding that in this instance the vampire isn't the "bad guy". The bad guy is the non vampire, the human who would sacrifice a small child for an addiction he can't understand or beat. It moves quite nicely and keeps you interested. There are actually alot of stories like Popsy. It's really hard to say just this one or that one. I think Popsy stands out to me because of the visuals that my mind created with the telling. Plus I have kids and isn't that one of a parents greatest fears?
This book is truly worth the credits and more. It gave me hours and hours of enjoyment. However more importantly it showed me not to judge a book by the cover, the author by a previous story or a narrator by his last job. If you like supernatural stories, rather you prefer hot blood spashed across your face or that tingle at the base of your neck from something you can't see, I promise you will find more and more in this book to like than you ever thought you could. GET IT NOW! :-)
I haven't read the printed version of the story so I can't say that it is. However as I've said in my previous reviews, I believe both have their places. The audible books allow me to continue listening to books when I'm not able to read. Like in the car on my way to and from work. In todays hustle and bustle world this is a nice reprieve.
I loved that it was told from a different perspective. It wasn't the same old reheated storyline. You get the story for the perspective of the past and from a couple of different people. It was quite fascinating. I really enjoyed it.
I think it's always interesting to hear a different voice to the monologues. When you read you create them in your head yourself. When they are read to you someone else creates them. It's quite different. When it's done right, it's very successful and can make an audio book even more enjoyable.
No, it was quite long and it's quite an involved story so I wanted to take small breaks from it so I could keep the story lines fresh and think about them.
This book is well worth the purchase. It's an old tale, but told in such a new way that you definitely want to read/listen to it and see where it takes you. It was really well done. Take the chance and get the book, you won't regret it.
I loved the layers in the story. It wasn't one or two dimensional. There were many layers that led you in different directions.
I have to be honest. At first I didn't care for this book at all. I LOVE the tv show. It's probably my only well one of two TV shows that I will not miss. This book, is not that TV show. I had to get past that before I could enjoy the book. I went into the book thinking the character would be the same as the TV show. She's not. In the setting of the book she really couldn't be. As I went on with the story I realized that and was able to enjoy the story.
I really enjoyed the flipping back and forth between French and English. Ms. Rosenblat has an excellent command of the languages.
I can't say that I did. I was however extremely happy I'd read it and look forward to reading/listening to more.
For me I really had to seperate the two. The book from the show, the author from the writers, ect. I would be curious to know how many people went into her books with the same expectation as I did. Cudos to her for a wonderful story and a well written character. Now that I have the two characters seperated in my expectation of who they are, I look forward to reading more of her work.
I haven't had the chance to read this in print. I will probably add it to my list of books to pick up to give as gifts. This was a free book from Audible. It was AMAZING! I was so shocked! I almost feel like I should give up a credit anyway. Yessssss it's that good.
I can say with total honesty.........I don't think I've read a book like The Pilo Family Circus. It's irreverant to any stereotype that you want to put on it. It has everything...........kinda a love story albeit in a creepy odd way. It has enemies (everyone), friends (everyone). Yes yes I know. It has violence mostly in the best possible sense...........yes yes I know. This is just a book that you need to read. My paltry words are unable to do it justice.
Wow, in a book like this I'm really not sure that you can have a favorite. I think they all kind of become favorites in their own particular way........except George. I never really cared for George.
Yes but I can't tell you because it will ruin one of the main twists of the books. Just know that you will be suitably impressed.
I am sorry and glad that I'm just now finding this book. If I had read it while I was younger I may not appreciated all of the nuances in the book. I'm so happy that I had the opportunity to find this author and artist. I will be looking for more by both. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I was sad to see it end. Now I have to go and try to find more by this author.........really I am. Go read this one!
This is my first experience with them so I would have to say yes, I would try another.
I didn't care much for it. It's too clean. I get the feeling that none of these characters sleep well at night. Although it's not really brought out in the ending like that.
The performers did a good job with the reading. I didn't get the seperation that you often hear when a book is read. I really like it when that's cohesive. I think it helps to build the character in a multi-dementional way.
I don't think so. I think if you tried to build on it now it would just feel drawn out. That's part of the problem with loose ends. When you tie them all up neat with a bow, you often cut yourself off from moving it forward.
I liked the characters. They felt true to the story and to each other. I liked that the romantic interest didn't jump right into love. These characters fit each other. Which can be very hard for even the most seasoned of writers. I would like to add as a side note from a personal perspective. Just in case Mr. Simmons should ever read this. You're never going to please every reader. At the end of the day if you are happy with it and you feel that you've done your story justice then you should be happy. Take the critisism as what it is. A learning tool and use it on the next story.
I've never met a book I didn't like. Even the worst are time well spent. It broadens your view of your world or theirs. Either way it's a new experience. The best of them wrap you in a bubble and trap you in their world. It's the thing that all readers search for. This book was better than the first. The characters gave up more of themselves, their worlds, their ambitions. Some of the questions raised in the first book. Although this still isn't living up to Mr. Barkers other works that I've read.
Yes, it's a journey. You may not like all aspects as with any journey; however you can't really judge it until you've arrived at your destination.
He really breathes life into the characters. He gives real dimension to the characters without making them feel the same.
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS! This series has so much moreto offer. I want candy to grow into her potential. I want to see more of the Abarat. I want to know all about the Abaratarata lol, probably mispelled that one. That is one thing I can say as been the same in both book thus far. I want more.
I'm willing to stay with this series as I've read others by Mr. Barker and really enjoyed them, so I'm hoping this will end the same.
Yes to both! Clive Barker let me down some on this one. His heroine Candy makes me want to slap her through out this book. I try to remind myself of her age. However I raised a daughter and she was not as spineless at Candy is on several occasions. One minute she's competent the next simpering. The one time that she seems set on a course (anger fulled after a friend is killed)she just fizzles out. They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.......well as a mother of a teen ager I would say Hell hath no fury like a hormone fulled teen ager scorned. I enjoyed Richard Ferrone's reading of the books. I've read other Clive Barker books and was swept away into one of most unique worlds that I've ever experienced. While I see hope and promise for the isles, they didn't deliver in these books. Sorry Mr. Barker........I wanted more, I expected more.
If you're between books, and you want something to kind of fill the gap. These books are entertaining. It's not that they are horrible and I apologize if my rant earlier gives you that impression. They just didn't in my humble opinion, live up to the potential of the characters or the setting.
I really enjoyed the depth, feeling and presence Mr. Ferrone brought to the Carrion character. He really brought that character to life for me.
If I did I would be angry...........if follows the spirit of the book that is. There is just to much missing for me.
I've read several Clive Barkers and was enchanted and lost in the story. He is an author well worth reading. Not every book will be a hit with every reader......no matter how good an author is. That is the case with this book for me. I will continue to follow Mr. Barkers work with anticipation and enthusiasm.
I would have to recommed it simply because of it's diverse nature. It's certainly not going to be everyone's cup of tea. However if you're looking for something different, this book could certainly fit the bill.
I actually liked them all. This book can be quite engaging as long as you don't go in looking for something that's like other things specifically that you've read. It is what it is and that will have to due.
I'm always interested at the begining in the narrator. What their voice brings, what it lacks. Does it fit the story. I am afraid that as a reader I'm far harsher on the Narrator than I probably should be. When I read it, I provide the voice, I provide the inflection. When I listen the narrator has to do all of that. In this case Arika Escalona did a great job.
I think that this title while longish is exactly right for it.
If your looking for something thats maybe a little different. If you want to experience many different "tastes" of a story, spend the credit and give this one a chance. In my opinion is was worth it.
While I enjoyed Abarat, I can't in good conscience place it high on my list. Maybe somewhere around the middle. It was entertaining, in some places it was predictable, while in other places I found it to be droll. Which was my biggest disappointment. I've never read anything from this author that left me feeling less than intrigued and usually confused but always curious.
You could tell it was part of a series. Or perhaps if you were a TV buff we'd have to say that this was the ending of the first of three nights of a particular mini series.
hmmmmm this is hard because there really weren't any favorites for me. If I had to pick something it was perhaps the introduction to the sea card players.
Unfortuanatly I can't say that there were any parts that were moving. Parts that should have been moving tended to be more.........predictable than anything.
I have reread this review and just feel awful about it. It's not that this isn't a good listen. It has been satisfactory. I just had extremely high hopes for it. I'm going to read/listen to the second book and see if I have any better luck with it. Cross your fingers, I've certainly crossed mine.
Yes, I would listen to all of the Odd Thomas books again. Dean Koontz has hit a deep well of character that is relatable to just about everyone. Odd Thomas has just the right mix of supernatural (without being over the top), trauma, mystery, comedy and the naivete that makes human being.....................human.
I think it was on the roof when he saw himself............don't want to ruin it by saying more than that. Leading up to the climax of that moment you find yourself telling him what to do.
I LOVE Edie and his potrayal of her is wonderful. I can see her face after his description. The way he becomes Edie matches the description.
I think the end of this one did more so than any other. It made me feel like there is an end coming to the series. I could feel his pain more then before. Not just physical pain but the tiredness that comes with emotional and mental stress.
I am an avid reader/listener. I love the written word more than most things in life. Rather it's physically read or listened to. It has the power to give or take such a large range of emotions. It has the gift of taking us away to some place else where maybe our lives don't seem as bad in that moment. With that being said I have to say that the Odd Thomas books are by far one of my most favorite series of books. I will truly mourn the passing of this series and rejoice when Odd moves on to the next stage to be with his beloved Stormy. Thank you Mr. Koontz for a character I could get to know, laugh with, laugh at sometimes (although never unkindly), root for and to get to know so completely as Odd Thomas. He's been a true gift.
To those constant readers if you haven't tried a little Odd in your life you should.
The depth of detail. Mr. King always adds those touches that make a character more real in your minds eye. That is the "magic" of any good story. I
I do not compare any book to any other. Simply because they aren't alike. You can say they are part of the same genre, same style......but over all they are different, the experience, the character, the ride if you will.
I can't say that I preferred one over another.
Yes, I hated turning it off. I'd ready if multiple times of course. However the Shining is one of the books that never gets old.
I can't say this was a truly scary story. To me it was more suspenseful than anything. Watching as a man descends deeper and deeper into madness with the supernatural help of a haunted hotel is creepy, but to me it wasn't horrifying which is what I often seen said of this story. It's well worth the read, reread or listen if you've never checked it out.
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