Wilmington, NC, United States | Member Since 2012
The analogy of the "hole in the heart" hit me in the heart. OF COURSE we all have a hole in our hearts that can never be filled. Amazing.
To this book, Neil Gaiman brings his own pacing, especially in the songs and rhymes. His accent adds that extra level of authenticity to the story that I would not have heard had I read it.
I would love to take Gran from the book out to dinner. I would take her to a common, everyday restaurant. Listening to her accent and the interesting things she would say, especially about the people we may come into contact with, would be the real meal.
The layers in this book are so deep that it is like swimming in an ocean. I will need to listen to it again from start to finish to sink a little deeper as I feel I only skimmed the surface.
Weird, Creative, and Characters
The suspense. You will literally be in suspense for the entirety of the book. THE ENTIRE BOOK! I don't know how he does it, but you think you have guessed the outcome and you don't even come close. You keep hearing the "ooohhh, oooohhh Noooo, ... watch out around that corner...." and then .... more suspense. It was great.
Buckle in because you just have to know. You will spend the necessary hours getting to know, love, and want to help the cast of characters (aka your new friends and people you wish were your neighbors instead of the crazy ones you have now). Once you find the answer, you will ask yourself was it worth the journey and find out that it was. This is a fun read and the suspense does not ever get too much or make you not want to sleep at night. I highly recommend this book.
Interesting, Complete, and Creative
Poor Jason Dohring - narrating audio books is simply not for you! His performance was poor at best and really detracted from how awesome the book is. Sophie Turner made all of Jason's faults disappear when it was her turn (which thankfully appeared to be more than Jason's time) and I loved her performance.
Okay, the "ripping aluminum" sound in hell had to be a joke, right? Otherwise, I enjoyed this end to the second half of the trilogy. I will miss these characters. I think that Magnus Bane, although beloved, is not my favorite character that I would like to hear more about. Cassandra Clare has created a world and characters for me which I will cherish forever and so will you once you read this book!
My time was not wasted, but I almost hated the main female character for half of the book. I kept thinking "please stop being such a whiny victim." I think the author wanted to portray her as strong or coming into her own, but I started to think of her as stupid. Overall, the book made me feel smarter than a demi-god, so I guess it was time well spent.
I really enjoyed Tommy (Tomaso) and his intricacies. He kept me on my toes right up to the end. Guy the God (otherwise known as Guy Santiago) was also well done. My ultimate favorite though was the Monk. He was by far the best depiction in the audible book of what the author meant to portray in that character.
Oh yes. That said, I would probably not read it as I did not end up feeling any better about the main character (I mean come on....how much whining can one girl do when she finds out she is a demi-god and stumbles into unimagined wealth???)
The book has moments of great humor and you will cheer for the main characters as they fight evil.
No for Anthony E. Zuiker if it was from the same series. I mean really....how many times can the same butler be antagonized (or "cursed") by the same plot line involving clue dropping psychopaths? Yes for Gildart Jackson as he has impeccable timing and a great voice.
Not the genre, but yes from the author. The first chapter of the book kept referencing other books, which I was not going to read. The main character was not well described and none of the things "normal" people in crisis would do were done. For example, why would everyone just go back to bed each night and wait for the killer? They would try to change the rules, blame the butler, etc.
Unfortunately, I did not get to bond with any of the characters. When I started to like one particularly, they would die.
The mystery was well thought out and I did not guess the killer's identity until the end.
It was good for the price - free! Thank you Audible.com for that!
I loved the short stories which all tied together. It was well written, creative, and even if you rename then "junkies" it was still a zombie story, which I sort of liked.
I would have made Aurelio Zen more of a champion and hero. I did not understand him nor his thoughts and his reasoning sometimes escaped me completely. I wanted to like him more, but often ended up feeling like he was a bit of a lost soul/loser.
The narrator was very good and paced the story well. His voices had tons of character and helped me keep each individual in the story separated in my head, which can be a difficult task in an audible book with many characters.
The mystery existed and until the end, I could not figure it out (which I do like in a mystery novel). However, the main character was not likeable enough for me and although he came through in the end with the answers like all good mystery books, I did not like him anymore at the end then I did as I went through the book. Well written though if you like the silent, remorseful, no longer ambitious type of man.
First, it was long. Long, long, L-O-N-G. That said, once you start, you cannot stop as you want to know where the characters/creations end up. So the long answer is I don't regret listening. The book was well written, although it was more like walking through each characters life day by day then I would have liked, which contributed to the length of the story.
The book has a number of marked religious references which are deep seated and made me think and be introspective. I am glad I read it, but it is something that I would not buy again or a sequel to. :)
Dr. Watson had all the emotion, depth of understanding, humility and other pillars of character that one would want in a main character. Sherlock Holmes was also well drawn out in my mind.
While I had guessed the premise of the book early on, the ending was not something I would have guessed. I enjoyed the character development and left the book with a good feeling of accomplishment (as if I also had went on the journey with the characters). Read it!
I enjoyed Kate Rudd's narration, so yes. As for Holly Black, she writes with vivid pictures and has some great ideas. However, it took so long to get to the story and by the time I did, I was a bit bored with the book. I hung with it and I wonder about the next book, so maybe.
The ending was unsuspected. Holly Black has some great ideas, but getting to the next concept or story moment is sometimes disjointed and harsh. I wish she would take more time and make it a more fluid story line. You end up not liking the characters until the end and not really understanding their decisions or who they are all that much in this book. Maybe the second one helps with those issues?
Kate Rudd really gave the book's imagery a vivid photo. The book has wonderful images that are tangible and create ideas that are new to me. It is the characters that I wanted more of at the end of the book. Who are they really? I wanted to like them more, but found myself simply watching them as an observer versus cheering for them.
Yes, as the characters have more to say and there is clearly a sequel left to be written/read.
I read Holly Black's book because she is seen on the internet with Cassandra Clare often. I had hoped for that magical quality of Cassandra Clare's character development with new and interesting plot lines. That did not happen for me, but I may have been asking too much of Ms. Black and came with different expectations. Holly Black's book is insightful, creative, and has great imagery.
I felt the cold of winter in Wyoming and loved each of the characters. I wanted to go and work in the office of Sheriff Walt. Great characters are ones you love and dislike at the same time (like the rest of your family ~ wink, wink). This is true about The Cold Dish. Great character development and a suspenseful story that I did not even know the ending of until it hit me between the eyes!
Also, this book deals wonderfully with race/cultural stereotypes and is not politically correct. Using honesty and wit to detail relationships and stereotypes is such a novel idea and it takes a wonderful writer to make it happen.
Oh yes - on the edge of my seat and I fell off when the ending occurred! You won't see it coming. Not only did the author make me think my smug assumptions were right up until the very end, the truth was enough to shock me and tied ALL of the loose ends I had questions about. I could not have guessed the ending if I had tried. I love that!
I think George is really Sheriff Walt in real life. I don't believe he is just a narrator. I think Craig Johnson is really just writing a biography of the real life of George Guidall aka Sheriff Walt.
Basically George's voice, intonation, and sense of timing is priceless. The story would have fallen flat without George telling it. Sheriff Walt's voice, if I had read the book in print, would have been the same as George's voice. Great casting!
Read/Listen to this book. Suspense, surprise, comedy, wit, and even some life lessons. You will not leave wanting....well, now I want to read the next book in the series, but you get what I mean.
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