cliche, enjoyable, romp
Most interesting: the universe of Amber is wonderful to take a wander through. Sort of a Platonic Ideal with shadows through which a certain privileged family may travel.
Least interesting: the way stumbling blindly through the story still seems to keep turning out all right.
Very likable Corwin/Corey. Very similar to the voice in my head when I first read the book.
Not really, chuckle occasionally but no serious belly laughs.
Start of a decent series and lays the foundation for an excellent role-playing game if you're into that sort of thing.
Solidly good audio quality, good reader, characters I learned to care about despite their existing in a romance novel.
I read the second book in the series, so it compares well to that one. Not as much silly fun as Molly Harper books, but characters that seem like real life people you might meet.
Vince. Not always easy for a readers to do cross gender reading and I think she did a great balance of giving him audio distinctness, without making it cartoon like.
Friends with benefits has more benefits than Vince or Sadie expected.
Some stereo types, but too bad. Loved that Sadie was really together, not a neurotic mess like so many ladies in romance novels. She's a tough lady I think I'd like as a friend, not always true in romance.
I mostly read romance because of the sense of humor in so many of them. This one was a bit more serious than my usual, so while I actually cried at a couple of parts I'm really glad I listened to it.
First, the cracks about audio books are seriously funnier in this context. The geek references were exactly my cup of tea. The relationships felt like ones I have with people I know, so very authentic (I'm pretty sure I date the protagonist.) Google is a great hero but so are real human beings. The obsessions with books and mysteries are perfect for anyone who has ever wanted to find themselves in the middle of the stories of the jr high fantasy section.
Clay the protagonist is exactly the kind of person I love to hang around with. He's curious, creative and inescapablely optimistic. Failure is not the end, it just means to try something else. He's also goofy and a dreamer. Its his relationships with people that make his life work even our modern internet world.
He had the right 20 something tone for Clay and his voices for other characters are done with the affect of letting you know these are the way Clay sees these people, not the people themselves. It a great rhythm to his reading and it goes by so fast. I immediately started listening to it again as soon as I was done the first time.
Mysterious cults, hacker girls and ILM special effects... All Clay thought he wanted was a job in an all night book store.
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