This was a well written and well narrated story that didn't end with the inevitable cliff hanger that becomes a dozen books or more. It wasn't a pie in the sky story where good guys wear white hats and live out their lives. Some of the good guys actually get killed. The heroine of this story is Janelle Tenner who is smart, well read, stubborn, and doesn't use a lot of cliche driven conversation. Everything isn't tied up so neatly that she isn't challenged in her young life. It does leave the door open for a potential sequel but this volume can stand on it's own merit as written. I enjoyed it very much.
I'm so sorry that I can't leave a longer review but I don't want to throw out any spoilers.
Great narration by Katie Schorr. I only wish the pauses between chapters had been shorter. That's really being picky.
Satisfying, slowly consumed, and delicious. Diana's writing is more that of a sixty year old woman with twenty best sellers behind her name. She loves her characters and endows them with intelligence and a conscience. Realizing that there were no cell phones, even before Claire's first exit to the past, we know that we will have to wait for the journeys. The beauty of this is that Diana Gabaldon knows that it's the journey not the destination that builds character and memories. Davina Porter is an artist who paints words and characters with her voice. Her voice should hang, like a masterpiece, in the Louvre.
I love these long stories that are told over the centuries because the characters draw you in and make you care about what may be waiting around every corner. I especially enjoy the medical applications and how Claire translates 20th century medicine to the 1700's. Learning how penicillin is made and what it takes to create ether is fascinating to me. You learn in little pieces of stories that illustrate the challenges of living in a time where convenience didn't exist.
I close the book and a feeling of poignance comes over me. I know that like the journeys, there will be a stretch of time before I can once again experience the lives of characters that I've come to love. I will miss the histories that are nearly first hand, thanks to the authors kindest care with her research. But I know I will see these old friends again in future editions. For now I think I shall re-experience the beginning once again. Like a rich soup, it is often even better the day after it's made.
Dear reader, I wish you a journey through this series to be remembered well enough to consume again and again. It is not for the instant coffee crowd, it's for those who appreciate grinding ones own beans and lovingly brewing a cup of smooth, rich coffee to be enjoyed in the most comfortable chair, feet up before a cozy fire, and with a Diana Gabaldon novel at hand.
With all due respect to Gigi, it is hard to walk into a much loved series and take over where another well accepted reader was unavailable, for whatever reason. I admit that there were times when I thought I would have to order the electronic version of this volume. I'm rather forgiving but this recorded version should have been put on hold until the original reader could resume.
It would also have made it better had she listened to the pronunciation of the names and accents previously used. At times she was practically shrill and at others she shredded the accents. Now, that said, Gigi is very capable and with the right book, she would be great but with this many accents and replacing a popular reader, poor Gigi was set up to fail and fail she did.
It was a good book. I suggest you buy a printed version and continue the series.
I have not always written reviews and those I've written were not always positive. This one is an exception to all the rules. I couldn't put it down. It reads like a novel from an older experienced writer with at least ten best sellers on the resume. In the series you learn so many things you never expected to learn and they fit so neatly into the story. For instance, how is penicillin made? Bread mold, right? Well, yes and no. It isn't made from the mold but I won't spoil it for you because I want you to be just as amazed as I was by the things you will learn. The series is loaded with little things such as this and what a surprise to find out that this is the authors first novel!
I would be completely remiss if I didn't mention Davina Porter. She is the best narrator I've ever heard read an audible book and I've read them for many years. When I was traveling and on the road for my company, it was a way of catching up on my reading and staying awake on the road. Davina's ability to do all the dialects and accents combined with her gender switches are nothing short of amazing. She does Jaime so well that even though I'm straight as an arrow, her rendition is a flat turn on.
I can't say enough for this book and this series except that it keeps getting better and better. I wish you the joy of opening this book like you're opening a special package that you just know contains something wondrous and joyful. No spoilers here, my friends. I wouldn't do that to you. Instead, discover and pay it forward for this is one of those that when you turn the final page, you do so with joy but also a touch of regret, knowing that you will likely read it again but it can never again be your first time.
You know, this book had a good story going for it and then things went south. Frankly, I found that it is an insult to the intelligence of any age reader but certainly to any teen who loves to read. I won't elaborate because I don 't care for spoilers and the plot devices used by the author to advance her story were pitifully stupid. No self respecting young adult with a thimble full of self esteem would buy into the ending without being totally offended. They deserve more respect and if they are lacking in self esteem, this book certainly would not reinforce good self esteem. I won't be buying the sequels. I will say that it was well narrated. That's my take on it! Wish I could have been more positive but I was ticked off royally by the time I finished it. I then waited a couple more weeks so that I could think it over before submitting a review. Colleen, please do a better job next time, okay?
Tahereh Mafi is a fine writer who delivers what she promises. Ignite me, like the previous two volumes were hard to put down and the narration by Kate Simses is masterful. I couldn't wait for this book to come out and when it did, I was not disappointed. I'm not going into the story or characters because I dislike spoilers whether intentional or not. It was a smart story and would be appreciated by all ages. Good reading!
I really enjoyed this read. The book was engaging, interesting, extremely well narrated, but it left me wondering where the second and third volumes were languishing. The second in the series is Dreamless. It was published and out in May of 2012. I'm really anxious to read the sequels because this writer doesn't short change the reader with a couple of dozen dime novels to tell a story when she can tell a full and compete story in a trilogy. I love the characters she painted with her words and I'm so surprised that I'm the first to write a review on this volume because it should have scads of them long since.
I wonder if those who read it failed to post a review until they had continued the story in the sequels. If so, that's a pity because anyone who read the reviews would be downloading this book right now. As it is, I may have to go to Barnes&RobYou to download it to my Nook when I'd really enjoy it while on a long drive or even while cleaning house. I get so interested and into it that I fail to notice that I'm working or even working out, God forbid. Oh well... At least read Starcrossed because you will like it. I had had it in my library but was a tiny bit put off by the synopsis. That may need to be revisited in case anyone else had the same reaction. I thought, wow.... why didn't I read this sooner?
Do yourself a favor and don't put it off. It's worth it.
Oh, I nearly forgot. In my research, I put the authors name in my search engine and she has a website. So, I trucked on over there even though I should be in bed, and wouldn't you know? The third book in the trilogy is titled "Goddess." It can be pre-ordered in print but I think it can be downloaded now to my Nook. PLEASE, Audible... get these two recorded into audible books so we can buy them?
I have enjoyed Christopher Pikes Thirst series and he is a wonderful writer who writes women quite well. And I have to give him props for writing a complete book. He doesn't give you a novella and call it a book. He WRITES a full story in each book. You receive hours of enjoyment from each book without having to buy fourteen quickies, ya know? Witch World held my interest. He was able to go back and forth between the real world and Witch World seamlessly and did so between the characters who existed in both worlds simultaneously. Not and easy job, that.
I wish audible would put the entire Thirst series in their catalog. Even though I've read them, I'd read them again. I started audible books when I was on the road for my job going up and down the Texas coast. I found that when I listen to music, I would get sleepy because of the steady beat. Audiobooks keep my interest and I don't get sleepy. I certainly hope you put any sequels to Witch World in your line up.
Pike tells a huge story that is complex and tells it in an uncomplicated manner. I was so excited to see this new book out and characters I could follow and unfold, finding more than a one dimensional character. From Russ to Whip to Jessie, Pike delivered. All I want is more more more... I understand that a finale for Thirst will be out soon and I will buy it and read it more than once. I so look forward to more of Witch World.
The narration was by Justine Eyre who was nothing less than amazing. You guys did it again. Congratulations!
I love Christopher Pikes writing and especially his Thirst series. He lends a greater depth to his heroes and heroines as more than mere vampires. He tugs at their beginnings and underpinnings in such a way that you meet characters you never expected. Thus far, Audible has only the third in the series of four volumes. Read them in order. Each volume is meaty and not a quick read. It's more of a seven course meal that leaves one satisfied and content but not tied up too neatly. She is, after all, the worlds oldest vampire who is also shackled by her spirituality, living and breathing her Karma.
I like the characters but I have problems with the story line in each book. Writing short books and ending each one with a hook so that you have to have the next in the series to complete the book you've read is an expensive trick because there's nothing cheap about it. When transferred to audio, the narrative has long pauses between chapters. They are so long, I begin checking my device to make sure it hasn't shut off. Why are these pauses so long? Could it be because they want to lengthen the listed length of the audio book? Do they think that adding five or ten minutes (or whatever the total time we spend tapping our toes wondering what happened to our story) will make us think we are buying a longer book?Then there are a couple of books that are noticeably short, yet they sell for a member price of ten to thirteen dollars. What's up with that? When Stephanie Meyer writes a book, each one is very complete and can stand on its own whether one reads the prior in the series or not. They aren't tiny books that are stretched to infinity, nor are there lengthy pauses. This author should combine two of these books into single books with a more complete story. It would make far more sense. I doubt if I'll be buying any of her other books when I conclude this series as there are simply better writers who try to do a more professional job of completing a story line. One more thing... I gave the narrator a 3 star because she mispronounces so many words in addition to the lengthy pauses, of which the latter is probably due to post production decisions.
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