I really, really enjoyed this book. The performances and story easily in my top five favorite Audible titles.
I was was introduced to Sanderson by listening the Mistborn series (which I enjoyed). Sanderson is very good at making his characters three dimensional as well as bringing his settings to life. He creates a full background and mythology for his characters that give a fullness to the experience of his stories.
The performances here are top notch. I significantly preferred the sections performed by Michael Kramer but both narrators fit their main characters well and do a great job of creating separate, distinguishing voices for their characters.
HERE'S THE WARNING: This book does not have a complete ending. I hadn't realized that book two isn't out yet. When I finished this book, I was ready to skip all of the other titles on my listening list and go straight into the next book. I've listened to enough preexisting series (Dresden Files is a good example) that I expected to continue the story when this book left me hanging. I know I'm spoiled and I'm whining a bit but hurry up! I was already feeling extremely impatient waiting for Rothfuss's next Kingkiller Chronicles (another don't-miss-it series with a similar epic feel to Sanderson's) but now I've definitely become a whiny-baby.
The book does have a partially satisfying ending but, like most series premiers, it leaves many things unresolved and many questions unanswered. This book is still on my list of must-listens but be prepared to long for book two.
I happen to like dark, quirky humor that drips with sarcasm so this book was right up my alley. If you don't like off-beat humor or story lines that don't resemble a line at all then you probably won't like this book. This book definitely falls squarely into the strange category but to me it was strange in a good way.
The premise of this book is pretty clever. It is pretty much what any geek would do in his situation and that's what makes the book so clever. If you are a geek/tech person then you will love all of the computer programming references as well as references to geek pop culture. I was very pleasantly surprised by how much fun this book was. Also, Luke Daniels (who I usually think of as the Iron Druid) does a fantastic job of narration. He does a great job of creating distinctive voices for the characters that match their personalities.
I'll confess that this isn't my favorite Gaiman book. I really enjoy his methodologically based books but I prefer the characters whose background I am familiar with. I'm not sure that I had ever heard of Anansi before I heard Gaiman's references to him and that made the characters a little less familiar and comfortable to me.
However, Gaiman does a good job of filling out the history of Anansi and some of his rivals. The characters are very interesting and grow on you quickly.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone but if you're new to Gaiman and new to Anansi then you may enjoy one of Gaiman's other titles first.
If hearing the narrator swallow or move papers around bothers you then you should definitely skip this book. On the other hand, if you can give your attention to the story and characters then you will really like this. Besides the background sounds, the narrator is perfect in the role of Harry Dresden. His characters are distinctive and he has a wonderful "surly attitude" sound to his voice that makes it easy to believe that you are listening to the really Harry Dresden. The book also takes a more grown-up, adult approach to magic. The reasoning behind spells and their pseudo-science is explained in a way that makes it a consistent world. This book isn't for kids but I must admit that I wish I had read it when I was a kid. Lots of fun!
This book changed my life and and my family's. I had heard of low carb diets but, like most close-minded people, I thought they were bad for your health. This book explains how wrong I was and provides scientific evidence to back it up. This is not a diet book (there is a sample diet plan in the back, though) but once you understand how carbs influence fat you really don't need a diet plan. I eat all I want, I'm never hungry, and I've never been healthier in my life. Any doubts you have will be assuaged - Taubes explains what your body will go through and what the ultimate result will be. It is amazing how many misconceptions I had about diets and weight loss.
I watched the TV show years ago and my recollection of the plot has faded significantly. After they solve a problem I usually think "a-ha, I remember now" but fortunately I have forgotten enough that the story seems fresh to me again. It's great hearing the crew again as they revisit their old roles in this dramatized version of the book. If you liked the show then you will enjoy this book - it is the same plot lines as the TV show but it was like putting on a favorite old sweater. It just felt good.
I know what you're thinking: "oh no, not another vampire book." But this one is different. It is a bit tongue in cheek and there is a lot of humor in the book. It is told in first-person narrative by a southern waitress who is lonely has trouble connecting with other humans. The narration is superb and sometimes it really feels like you are listening to a real Sookie Stackhouse speaking to you. I'm in the middle of the second book in the series and it is even better than this one. Give it a try and you'll be glad you did.
This book is not about improving your sex life or having more sex. It is just a fun look at sex research and the people who do the research. There is a lot of seriously strange research and equally (or more) strange researchers. The book was witty and fascinating. The narrator delivered the perfect tone and really increased my enjoyment.
This book isn't a Self-Help book and it doesn't contain blueprints to make your life happier. However, it does an amazing job of explaining how we make decisions and how those decisions affect our happiness. Every point Gilbert makes is supports by psychological studies that lend credence to his ideas and illustrate the points he is trying to make. I'm recommending this book to all my friends and family and to you, too.
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