I loved this book! It drew me into the lives of Eragon and Saphira. I've listened to it twice now, back to back. Gerard Doyle was the perfect one to read this book. It's impossible to put down, and keeps listeners on the edge of their seats waiting to find out what will happen next. This is definitely one of my favorite books. I intend to share it with my children, who are huge Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings fans. If you enjoy HP or LOR, you need to try it! You won't be disappointed!
This has got to be the strangest book I've ever read or listened to....
I loved "The Time Traveler's Wife", but this one is just ODD. I can't recommend it, and I don't think I'll ever listen to it again. About halfway through the second half I realized that the book was running out of time to redeem itself from all the weirdness....it wasn't going to turn out well, and I was right. No, I can't recommend this one. Listen to "The Time Traveler's Wife" if you want something by this author. Listen to Sophie Kinsella's "Twenties Girl" if you want an amusing ghost story with a nice ending. Pass on this one, though - you won't be missing anything.
I would give this 5 stars if it were the print version, but taking into account that this is the audio version, the entire work must be considered for review.
George R R Martin is a master - he's been recognized as such for many years. His readers are as loyal and devoted as can be. There's no denying his talent.
As such a gifted author, he deserves to have an audio book that reflects his talent. This one does not. Changing the narrator from Roy Dotrice to John Lee was a terrible mistake. There are some things John Lee reads well, but this isn't one of them. As somebody else posted, he seems to consider this a children's book. The occasional change in pronunciation is frustrating, as well.
Personally, I've logged almost 350 hours listening to Mr Martin's first three novels. (That's three times, each.) After listening to 350 hours of Roy Dotrice becoming the characters and bringing Mr. Martin's work alive, switching to John Lee is torture. I would have gladly waited for Mr Dotrice's version, rather than have this poor substitute in its place.
Random House, please re-release this (unabridged, as always) with Roy Dotrice narrating. I'll buy it, and I'm sure many others would, too.
Mr Martin, thank you for another great piece of literature. I'm looking forward to your next novel.
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would after reading the description. I'm sure I'll listen to it again, and that's much more than I can say for a few titles in my library. The narrator has an anxious air about her voice at first which was very annoying, but either I got used to it, or she settled down after awhile. I'm sure it was meant to add a sense of urgency to the text, but it came across as a little whiny. Don't listen to this book if you have an aversion to the F word. I'm sure that if it were in print the F word would be on every second or third page. The story itself was very enjoyable, as all the Marian Keyes books I've read have been. I gave this four stars - I listened to it in almost every possible moment and finished in 3 days. It wasn't suspenseful, but I found the characters easy to relate to, and difficult to turn away from. I didn't give it five stars because of the whininess at the beginning and the over-use of the same expletive.
Yes, there were many examples of female friendship, and the author constantly reminds us how important friends are...but unless you have a personal interest in breast cancer, you may find the abundance of information a bit tedious.
Many times I considered stopping this book and moving on to something else...I suppose I expected something more like "Steel Magnolias." Don't expect that. The information is good, and as far as I can tell (from a general public point of view) it seems up to date. But there were many times I felt like a text-book was being read or referred to and I was the unwilling subject of breast cancer awareness.
I am fully aware that breast cancer is a terrible problem, but I didn't expect the underlying theme of this book to be to educate the general masses. If I had expected this, maybe I would have enjoyed it more.
I recommend it to anybody with a personal interest in breast cancer. As a book about friendship, it's OK, but I'm sure there are better ones out there.
When, oh, when will the next book be available??? I can't believe this book ended like this...I won't give anything away, but I'll be watching closely for the next one! Fabulous. I love the narration, and the author is a master at bringing things to life with his details. 46 hours sounds like a terribly long book, but it's still too short for me! I can hardly wait for more!
I absolutely loved this book, but everybody else has already said how great it is. Rather than repeat all the glowing reviews, I just want to say that the narrator is perfect. He felt like a friend. His voice is the kind of voice you can listen to for hours...and I did! Buy this book - you won't be sorry. The story takes you in and makes you a part of Callie's life, and the narrator is a joy.
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