I liked this book. I would give it 3.5 stars. The description makes it sound like a romance, but it is more of a self discovery book with romance elements. Very enjoyable. At no point in the story did I want to smack our heroine. This is contrary to many romance novels I have read, so I am very pleased. She progressed steadily as a person and I cheered for her along the way. She takes what she learns and makes good, solid decisions. This is so seldom the case in novels, that I feel it very satisfying and noteworthy.
The narrator wasn't amazing. I didn't care for her at the start of the book. But once I got used to her, I stopped hearing her (if you know what I mean). So, not the worst narrator, by far. She just didn't add anything extra to the experience.
I liked this book. I didn't love it. But I'm gonna cut a girl some slack. This is a GREAT debut novel. I think, as she grows as a writer, I will really enjoy her books. So, I loved the story and the world she created. Awesome. It was the little things that got to me. If you are prone to eye rolling when listening to some books - watch out. Here are some of the things that bothered me. While I like my vampires bad*ss (and not sparkly), in this book they were a little too bad*ss in parts. For example, they can run 2 blocks in a second. That's not running, that's teleporting. Just a little too much for me. I also felt like the book could have benefitted from a little more subtlety and inference. Many things were spelled out to clearly - like emotions or motivations. I think readers/listeners connects better with a character if they are not hand fed everything. I like to take cues from context, speech and tone to understand underlying emotions or currents running through a book. The author was a little heavy handed with the prejudice and other emotional topics, telling us what conclusions to come to instead of painting us a picture that leads us there. I think this is something that will improve as the writer matures. I am looking forward to it because the world is great. One last small thing that is personal to me, the main character says 'holy smokes' a lot. Now, I do not need my characters to curse. But holy smokes? Really? And she says it a lot. Not my favorite. Others may not mind, but it drove me nuts.
About the narrator. I know a lot of people liked the narrator. I did not. I thought her female voice for Blue was ok, and I like the priest's voice, but I hated her voice for Jack. You could clearly tell it was a female voice pretending to be a man's voice. I've listened to over 200 audiobooks and while this narrator was no where close to the worst, I just didn't care for some aspects of her narration. It was not bad enough to stop me from listening.
Varg, of course, is awesome. He's her wolf familiar.
I thought this book was very entertaining. Shakespeare it was not, but there was a nice coherent story with good character development. This will obviously appeal to people who have played games like D&D. I mean it references character sheets, charisma, random encounters, and rolling a 1, so there you go. It is not a 'gritty' book. There is much joking and bumbling along with the action. It goes pretty much how you would expect it to go if a bunch of casual gamers had to actually become their characters. Some of the content was kinda stereotypical, but I still think it was handled in a funny way. I enjoyed it. If you like gaming and don't take yourself too seriously, I think you will enjoy it too.
The narrator was awesome. He did great with the different voices and characters and their expression.
This book is good stuff. It's a quest/finding-yourself type fantasy but it it not the long epic kind. Its is the entertaining and interesting kind. The plot was just complex enough to be interesting without that epic fantasy feel that can bog you down sometimes if you are not in the mood for it. The entire book was funny, but it was also surprisingly thought provoking. I had read the book previously and liked it so much I decided to add on the narration and give it a go. A very enjoyable listen. The narrator was great.
I love this book. I rented it from the library 3 times and finally decided I had to own it. This book is so fun and engaging. It is smart and witty. The adolescents in this book are written the way I think they should be, the way I remember myself. A good kid who sometimes makes the wrong decisions, but often making the right ones. These kids aren't just walking bags of hormones. They are thoughtful, caring, fun and flawed. The book is also very funny. The interactions between the two main characters are real and you feel for them. The narrators are great. I love the accents. I'm glad they used Australians so the characters sound like they are from Australia, not just say they are.
I really love this book.
This was a real surprise for me. I had never heard of this series before. I read the description because Luke Daniels narrates it (he is seriously that awesome). The premise sounded interesting and it was on-sale so I bought it. This book was WAY better than its description sounded. The writing was fantastic. The story line completely engaging. And the new world system well executed, although a bit mysterious (probably intentional). I felt for all the characters. I seriously teared up during some of the emotional parts. I want to get the next one.
This book is fantastic. Laugh out loud funny, insightful and entertaining. Relatable, no matter who you are. We've all been through adolescence and we've all had our share of embarrassments and epiphanies. This book was highly entertaining. All the narrators were amazing.
I know this review is short, but I am hoping it will entice people to read my review and pick up the book. Seriously. You should totally just pick it up. I am glad I did. I really did laugh out loud. That wasn't an expression.
I am not sure what I expected when I picked up this audiobook, but it wasn't what I got. The author takes a collection of bizarre life stories and gives them a weight that will pull at you.
This is essentially a collection of short stories about the same group of people throughout their lives. The stories, however, are non-linear. I do not mean that they jump around. I mean the characters' backstories and their relationships with each other vary from story to story. But there are common themes running throughout. The characters manage to be both the same and different in every story. It was very different and very interesting. The effect was not a collection of short stories, but of one complete story. Maybe the only story. The author manages to use funny stories about adolescent boys to make you feel the the weight, the pull, of existence. That sounds pretentious, I know. But that's how I feel right now after finishing this audiobook. Heavy. Not in a bad gloomy way, but in a 'this has significance' sort of way.
I think the most amazing part of this is that the author pulled me through this metaphor, this existential type journey and I didn't even feel it. It didn't feel pretentious while it was happening, if you get me. (Anyone else having a hard time reading Koontz these days?). I laughed, I was uncomfortable, and there was some 'holy shit!'. Basically, I enjoyed listening to a book. But I came away with more. I can tell I will keep thinking about this one.
The narrator did a great job as well. No problems. Except maybe his Philly accent sounded a little New York ;)
This was a great book from John Green. I've read Paper Towns and really liked it. I thought this was better. This book clutched at your mind and heart. I did not feel sad at the end, although the book is sad in parts, but I did _feel_ and think. I was invested and I took something with me as we parted ways. To me, this is great praise for a book.
I have seen some reviews criticizing this book as not being appropriate for young adults. I disagree - at least for my definition of 'young adult'. Often these days that moniker includes 'tweens'. And I do not think this book is entirely appropriate for early middle schoolers. But I do think it is appropriate for high schoolers or kids about to go into high school. Yes, there is smoking, drinking and sexual acts in this book. But if you think your high school freshman is not thinking about or doing at least one of those things, you are confused. More importantly, there are consequences for this behavior. This book shows clearly how easily things can get out of control; how a single moment, a single decision, can change your life forever; how your life impacts those around you; and clearly shows how teenagers can have serious issues. All GREAT things for a high schooler to know, in my opinion. I am a mother. My child is not in high school yet. But I am certainly old enough to know good life lessons when I read them.
The narrator was great.
I really liked this book. Emotion and humor. Events do happen in the book. For example, there is much clue following and deciphering and shenanigans. But, interestingly, all the major plot points and the denouement were all emotional. But they are so well intertwined and disguised within the events happening in the book, that you almost don't recognize the emotional ride. You feel the emotions but you don't feel 'preached at' or in any way existential. But, I promise, the book will stick with you.
All the stories were great. This is definitely a compilation for those who have read the Mercy books. My only gripe was with the narration. Both narrators were great, but sometimes personalities, accents, and pronunciations lacked continuity with the rest of the existing series. This was a minor annoyance, and is a common problem with short stories set in an existing story-verse. Nothing that should stop you from picking this up if you are a Mercy fan.
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