Bryce Courtney's novels are favorites because his characters are never perfect, but perfectly flawed. I could listen to Humphrey Bower narrate the ingredients on a cereal box. He has just the right inflection humor, panic, masked emotion. He disappears into each character to the extent that I am usually surprised that there is only one narrator, by the end. Together, they weave wonderful audio experiences! Will listen to more of their collaborations.
I had mixed feelings about this book. I could listen to Neil Gaiman narrate a nutrition label. I love his inflection, and the way he interprets and portrays his characters. He draws me into everything he writes. No matter how unusual the plot, his stories rarely fail to draw me in and sweep me away. This one, though good, didn't get me to suspend belief in quite the same way, so I often found myself distracted. It didn't hold my attention the way most of his do.
That said, I can't get enough of this guy's work and look forward to his next project's release!
I rarely read books twice, never buy an audible version of one that I have read-until now. The Fault in Our Stars is one of my favorite books. It doesn't matter that the intended audience is 35 yrs younger than me, this book touched my heart and held my interest in a way I can't explain. So much so, that I couldn't wait to 'hear' it and Audible's version did not disappoint! Kate Rudd voiced the young narrator, Hazel, to perfection-made me laugh and cry; the whole experience bought the book to life!
I love a good surprise, and I thought this book might be it, from the reviews; however, it was a drag...slow and meandering without much of a plot or point.
Loved Firefly Lane, so thought this would be as good. Story was predictable and so not a fun listen. I think I might like the narrator, but hard to tell as she had very little to work with.
The premise of this book should not have been believable, but Ms French got me to suspend my belief because she does such a wonderful job of developing her characters and their relationships,I could not stop listening. This book is a mystery with several intrigues running along side. Heather O'Neill's narration is entertaining and her characterisations felt spot on.
I love a good mystery which includes sub-plots to keep the story moving, creating suspense and surprise in the little moments. Fun book, entertaining series.
I am in love with anything Davina Porter narrates, but in the Mists of Avalon, I am also re-captivated by the story of Camelot as told through the eyes of the key women. It is refreshing and thought-provoking in ways I would not have expected; an aspect that only adds to my enjoyment!
Stone's Fall is a well developed story, told in unique style, allowing the reader to 'peel the onion' of the plot with each new narrator. Roy Dotrice, John Lee, and Simon Vance make it all come to life and the result allowed me to get lost in the story, so much so, that I was loathed to have it end. Wonderful audiobook!
This book surprised me on several levels. It is a mix of dark forces seeping in and coming of age. It almost feels like 2 different, unrelated stories until they intersect. Both are rich in interesting characters and circumstances. I found easy to meander through, and was excited to get to the second day. Love the narration of Nick Podehl and feel like the book works best because of him. While it was fun as an adult, teens would also enjoy it, I think.
Shantaram is a wide ranging story- gritty, achingly human, and often philisophical. Humphrey Bower's narration is the crowing jewel. His portrayal of the protagonist allows one to feel Lyn's conflicting emotions, his humor, his humanity. While the story meanders and careens into sub-plots and storylines, Bower's consistent voice and talented range, serve to keep the whole, coherent. I could listen to Bower all day!
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