Piscataway, New Jersey | Member Since 2012
Well, I would recommend the print version since I did not like the narrator's acting. I felt awkward and disgusted at times.
The way that George R. R. Martin makes you connect with the characters and keeps you hooked to long to know what happens to them.
At first I thought It was just annoying and picky me, but then, I should it to my students and they also thought they were listening to the narration of a drunk orc. It is the first time I say this, but I am not going to buy the next ones because of the narrator. When he was only reading and not doing the voices it was ok, but then when he started doing the voices I just couldn't continue. I felt disgusted at parts. This is the kind of book you want to read / listen to in one sitting, but maybe with a different performance.
Because of the book, I started to see the HBO series and see how loyal it is to the book. I surely would go see it if it were a movie.
This book is not for the soft hearted. This is not for the mellow people. If being violent and explicit is what you call adult reading, well, this is it. There are some pretty rough scenes that are pretty shocking. So, if you decide to read it, brace yourself.
Yes, because I love all the characters.
My favorite book from the saga was 'The Son of Neptune'.
When Percy and Jason met KIM, and also when Jason took Piper to the rooftop and kissed her under the stars. I missed something memorable like that for Percy and Annabeth too, after all, they have become very dear to our hearts, and their end was so...blah...
I personally prefered Joshua Swanson. Why wasn't he the narrator for this book?
I don't know why, but Nick got worse on this book. He sounded better on 'The House of Hades'.
Yes, because I wanted to know how they were going to defeat gaea. However, Riordan made it very predicatable - maybe he felt guilty about all the past cliffhanders on other books or sth. Even if being in the middle of the book, you already knew what was going to happen in the end. Leo. Calypso. However, Festus? I didn't see it coming!
Gaea's ending could have been something more memorable. I thought it was a little dull. Good, but dull.
I started listening to this book because I had an assignment to do. I enjoyed it, but not immensely. This is not a dynamic book since it dwells on the narrator's conflict. It made me feel some anguish through most of the reading / listening. At times I didn't know if Rodya was conflicted or plain crazy.
It is a classic of Russian literature, and every literature student should read it, and learn to recognize the polyphony and dialogism in it.
Absolutely! I had an immensely enjoyable experience, and I am sure I wouldn't have had it if I had just read the print version.
None. I came looking for some theory in order to understand a little of literature, and I found archetypes, symbols and even some creative writing. This book teaches these elements of literature very well, so well I want to listen to it again. I just wish there could have been some more literary theory.
This is the first, but I will definitely look for more of his work. The narrator's performance got the so hooked I couldn't seem to be able to stop myself from listening, but I HAD to, because I had to digest every piece of new information.
Professor Lit and his stories
If you are looking for some literary theory, this might not be the book for you, but I learned a great deal from this book nevertheless. I highly recommend it.
This is a fantastic book, and I am sure it will stay close to my heart.
This is the story of a girl, Sorcha, whose sacrifice freed her brothers from a dark spell, but until you get to that part, you will feel as if suffering every minute.
She and her six brothers live in a place called Sevenwaters, and each brother has a role on this tale. Her mother died 6 hours after giving birth to her, but their resemblance to one another is uncanny. Maybe that's the reason why her father hardly ever speaks or pays attention to her.
One day Lord Collum, the father, decides to get married, and that's where the story changes. It is not just the beautiful stepmother getting in the way, for she is a witch, and she wishes to bear a child so this child can inherit Sevenwaters, and she will stop at nothing to accomplish this task. So, she casts a spell on the 6 brothers and turns them into swans, but Sorcha gets to run away, and so a life of agony, suffering and pain begins.
There are parts where you just have to speed the ap to 1.5x, such is the agony! Don't get me wrong, for the narrator is good, but it feels like the story is dragging along, and if you can do something about it, speed up the ap.
There is also a love story building up, very slowly, and it later gets to be the hook of the book :)
If you like tales and fantastic stories, you will like this one.
When I read Land of stories 1, I was still unsure of what I was getting myself into, but then I moved onto Land of Stories 2, and it got better, but now, with A Grimm warning, Chris Colfer left a cliffhanger that makes me itch! Very nice and unexpected ending! When is the next one out?
The author gives those beloved characters we know so well, a personality, interesting points of view, and most importantly, something to fight for.
It is very nice to see characters like Red, who is a spoiled brat, turning into a woman who wants to fight for something bigger than herself, and not having temper tantrums.
The author also presents new characters with very intriguing storylines for us to follow. Like I said, it keeps getting better and better. I can't wait for the fourth one.
5 stars to Chris Colfer's performance, which also keeps on improving each time!
If you are unsure about getting this book or not, take it. It is awesome, and like I said, better than the first two. You will not regret it.
Now, if you haven't read the first two, I suggest you do, otherwise you might not understand what is in store for you here.
Despite the fact that this book can make the reader (listener) a little confused, it brings a very interesting and unique perspective about love. Nowadays people don't really worry about loving someone for what they are, but for what they have. It is very easy to fall in love with the way one looks, but very hard to fall for what they truly are inside, and this book kind of forces us to reflect on that aspect of love, and also love without gender. Just love.
Another interesting thing to consider about the story is: would we be able to give up our own happiness so that others could be happy?
I truly liked this book, but if you are into happy endings or normal and convenient stuff, you might not appreciate this book.
If you are looking for some Sci-fi without all the fighting and bad - ET drama, this book is for you.
In this book, Josh, an ET and all his race are trying to befriend the people on earth, but because of their appearance and smell, which are completely different and even a little repellent (the smell), they have to find someone to mediate this encounter, more precisely, an agent, Tom.
Tom is one of the youngest and most successful agents in LA, and he has to deal with all the pressure of being an agent in Hollywood and having all these famous clients, especially one particular new movie star called Michelle Beck (who is very important to the story), and on top of that, being the agent of an entire race, which can't be easy.
I loved the book. It had very interesting twists. In the beginning you think you can predict where the plot is going, but then you just can't. It is a nice surprise.
Will Wheaton is a great narrator. I loved listening to him and I wish he could narrate more books. KUDOs! 5 stars well earned.
This book is about not only loving your teenager, but also about learning how to demonstrate your love in a way they feel they are loved. Sometimes at home with all the rules and responsibilities, it is hard to appreciate your rebel teen, let alone show them they are appreciated.
When I started this book, I had already listened to 5 Love languages of children, and 5 love language for couples, thus I thought it would repeat itself, but it didn't.
This one has a great approach for teens, and if you are one of those renitent parents who is struggling with his/her teen at home, you need to get this book and absorb every ounce of knowledge this book has to offer.
With the advance of modern life, it gets harder and harder to understand your teen, but this book presents simple things and strategies you can do with your teen in order for you to have a more harmonious domestic environment.
This book is especially aimed at helping parents not only to learn to show their kids' love language, but also to understand their teen's. If you are not a parent, but want to understand the teens around you, and how to show your love for them in a way they get it, this is a great source of knowledge. I recommend it.
Well, because I thought I didn't know what was coming, I got tense while reading the book. I even had to stop listening for a while until I felt safe and sure I wanted to continue. I was rooting for our America.
There were some events I saw coming, and some other twists that could have been nicer and more intrieguing, but the author didn't do anything about it, so those details were just revealed and nothing happened. That part was disappointing. I think the author could have done really nice things with those new twists.
Through the ending some other things were a little predictable, but what I liked most about this book was the fact that we saw America not only as the brave girl who fights and stands up to the man, but a girl who has teenage conflicts and emotions and she is very confused until the last hour and a half of listen.
Another thing I have to point out is that everything fitted into place. There was no final major conflict for America to resolve. The author could have done something about it too. It would have been spicier.
I loved this book, nonetheless, and I do recommend it. It is truly a YA with lots of teen drama, but it is a very nice read / listen.
1st of all, if you haven't read the first book, go back and read it, because you will miss most of the fun, and won't understand the story.
2nd of all, I have mixed feelings about the development of this love story / triangle, I mean, I have my pick, and I don't know who she is going to choose.
Some people say this was a little predictable, but I don't agree. America is still trying to figure out how much she wants to be in this competition and how much she wants to be princess (or not), and the twists that happen in book 2 certainly make her re-think her whole belief system. She screws up a few times in order to start finding out what she truly wants. Very exciting events happen.
I listened to this in 3 sittings!
I am dying to find out what happens next. Will she be the next princess of Ilea, or will she choose to be the love of Aspen? I guess we will have to read and see.
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