Thoroughly enjoyable entertainment. I did not have to ponder much about underlying messages or hidden meanings with this book...I was pure entertainment. I was only vaguely familiar with the original versions of the fairy tales and found the Sarah Cross to be quite adept at giving them a 21st Century flavor. The premise was quite ingenious and I found myself trying to guess who the characters were supposed to represent. I will definitely keep my eye on future novels by this author. Kim Mai Guest did a fantastic job representing the characters and enhancing the mental picture I created for each. This is a fine example the genre and I recommend it without reservation
The Grimm Legacy is a great book for readers who are past the Gregor the Overlander books but not quite ready for the male-female relationships in todays YA novels. It is sweet and fantastical. There is some mystery and lots of magic. My tween daughter has set many books aside because of disgusting things like...Kissing--"YUCK!" (a direct quote for which I am eternally grateful~) This is a bit more mature than the Fabelhaven series but just as imaginative. It is a wonderful flight of fancy with lots of fun dialog and humor, and only minor kissing that will elicit a giggle or two and not hinder the sensibilites of tweens who still think the opposite sex has cooties!!
I am not the target audience and probably would not have chosen this book if not for my daughter...which would have been my loss. I enjoyed The Grimm Legacy and cringed at the Kissing for completely different reasons than my daughter, dreading the day that my daughter enjoys those parts...sigh~
What an amazing book!!! Glenn Cooper keeps 3 story lines going at once...actually it might be more now that I think about it. From the 700's to the 1940's to the current day. As I was listening I tried to figure out how the 3 story lines would merge--and he kept me guessing for a very long time, I did not fully understand how they fit together until the last 1/4 of the book...and he continued on, past the eventual resolution (of sorts!), to suggest even larger implications.
Secrets grabbed me and held me from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book. If you are a fan of Dan Brown or Raymond Khoury you will thoroughly enjoy Secrets of the Seventh Son.
This book was recommended to my by one of my favorite authors, Robert Sawyer. I emailed him a few days ago because I have read all of his works several times and was looking for a new body of work to enjoy. I was quite pleased when I received a response the following day and Pohl seemed to be a good choice after a couple of emails back and forth.
Gateway is a thoughtful book. It is not action packed but takes place mostly in the mind of the main character and his computer-psychologist (who has a dry sense of humor and a tendency to steal all the scenes he is in! grin~). I really cant share too much without ruining the story--so I will leave it at this:
I would spend my last credit for this book. I will read/listen to this again as I am sure I will catch things I missed the first time around. If you are a SciFi fan this is a must read.
A grateful thank you to Mr. Sawyer for his 5-star recommendation.
Aliens, courtroom drama, and surprises around every corner. I should have begun by stating I am a BIG Robert Sawyer fan. I was very excited to see his older books come to audible when Triggers was released. I blazed thru Triggers and moved on to Illegal Alien. I enjoy Sawyers writing style and the way he interjects morality and opposing points of view. If you are a Sawyer fan you will enjoy this book. Joe Barrett gives the story life. I will look for more books narrated by him. This is not my favorite Robert Sawyer book, that prize goes to Calculating God because it had some wonderful humor and the whole premise was so outlandish I admired the imagination that brougth it to life.
Illegal Aliens is a five star book and was well worth my last credit. I recommend this book to fans as well as Sawyer newcomers--just beware, you will be spending all your credits on Sawyer books for the next couple months...he is addicting!
I have read/listened to everything Sawyer has written, most of his novels several times. Triggers is reminiscent of Flashforward and Rollback. I am only 1/2 way thru part one...but I am hooked. If you enjoyed the aforementioned books you will enjoy this book. Jeff Woodman is a wonderful choice for Narrator. I was highly anticipating the release of Triggers and I am not dissappointed. Highly recommended
The Exceptionals is captivating. Erin Cashman is in the same class as J.K Rowlings and
Suzanne Collins. I was drawn into the story. There are parallels to the Potter series and its pivotal moments and they done very well. Madeleine Lambert was a good choice for narrator, her performance adds depth to the story. I highly recommend this book.
Amazing book. Part sci-fi and part thriller paired with Scott Brick is an all around winner. Reminiscent of Koonts early work and Robert Charles Wilson with a bit of Robert Sawyer thrown in for good measure. I found the synopsis intriguing and I was not disappointed. There are several different stories happening at the same time that converge about 2/3 of the way in. I think Kosmatka has a gift and I will be looking forward to his next endeavor The Games is a cautionary tale. Just because we can does not mean should!
I hesitated to purchase this book. It sounded a bit depressing, but the reviews sold me and I am so glad I gave it a chance. Poignant...the word that best describes it. It reminds me a bit of Robert Sawyers WWW.Wake series. I am already looking for more books by John Green...I have had Will Grayson on my wish list for awhile and I will use my next credit on it...I read a couple of reviews that indicated this book hit a little too close to home and was difficult emotionally. I would agree that this would be difficult reading for someone who has a loved one dealing with cancer--I would have had a hard time with this book 5 years ago when someone I loved dearly was losing the battle with cancer--although I know he would have thoroughly enjoyed the dark humor--and would probably have quoted it on a regular basis. That might be part of the reason I enjoyed this so much...as it reminded me of someone I love and miss. Highly recommend this book and author.
Ashes is a good book--but something is missing. I did not become engrossed in the story and never lost track of time as I do with books that really grip me--that said, I will listen to this again and I dont feel as if I wasted a credit--I had a difficult time with the star rating system...it does not seem to make sense that I give story/performance a 4-star but overall a 3 star...I based that rating on many more factors than just Story/performance...its relationship to other books in the genre...my initial expectations...and my incomplete satisfaction at the end of the book...and the fact that I was not thinking about the story after it was over and was fine moving on to something else...I was not sad it was over...so it gets a 3 overall
One of the ideas or themes that I found memorable was the point/progression of Alex's realization of her gift...the dogs...the enhanced senses (trying not to give away too much)--
I was able to distinguish between characters...and I thought she did a fine job portraying all ages quite convincingly
no--not all engrossing
I do like Katherine Kellgren--but I did not like the scenes that were to be portrayed as intense in which she chose to get louder and speak faster...almost too fast...I kept wondering if she was ever going to breathe again...I understand the intent but the execution seemed forced. I have the feeling this, being the first of a trilogy, is meant to lay the foundation and the next will be more engrossing. I will try the next one and give this a chance as it is a genre I quite enjoy...
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