Maybe female highschoolers, but even they could use a more entertaining "slice-of-life" story.
Maybe a bit more acting, aside from just emulating the voices. Too many characters sounded like they didn't even care they were in the story, and his tone as a third-person narrator was too monotonous, specially at the first third of the book.
My first thought was Dana Stabenow, though I don't think she ever read anything like this.
I might trim a bit at the beginning, but the book suffers more from lack of content than excess.
Took a couple of hours to get hooked on this. All you get for that time is a whiny, stupid protagonist (Abby) that can't stand up for herself and repeatedly acts unreasonably. For two hours, I was listening to a "slice-of-life" in a futuristic high school from the perspective of a character I wound up never caring for. Between that and the uninspired narration, I was about to return this book. After all that time, I still had no reason to care for the story.
Then the book actually started towards its main plot point, and Abby stopped whining as much. From there to the end, I found just enough to keep me reading. There were some fun moments, but those belonged to Rafael, a brazilian teacher's assistant, and Derek, Abby's twin brother.
In the end, I felt the book was too straightforward. In spite of all the odds, the immense stakes and the extremely rich, powerful and influential enemy, the only things that really stood between the characters and the conclusion were about a dozen henchmen with half a brain and Cragbridge's challenges. The only student against them only mattered for a bad night's sleep and a couple of blushing moments at the beginning of the book, then she disappeared. It felt like the villain barely even tried to win, or, more practically speaking, the author was trying to keep his own job of concluding the book simple.
I won't say I regret listening to the book, but I didn't get much out of it. Since I already got through the first book, I might give the sequel a go on account of it supposedly being centered around the avatars, but not anytime soon.
Call of the Wild was very engrossing, but the other stories felt empty. They are very similar to the first, but neither provide an interesting enough tale, nor a character you can empathize with.
Kate Mulgrew's talent in coming up with distinct voices, and the great characters she got to use them with.
Some of the characters felt incredibly real, and they weren't just the good guys. Lou grew on me much more than he had a right to, and I was glad to find him evolving throughout the story. The Gas Mask Man, on the other hand, started out gross and creepy, and ended positively scary.
In my experience, most female narrators try too hard when acting male voices. As a consequence, I'm pulled away from the story to cringe at the result. Her acting, however, felt subtle, effortlessly convincing, even with all the screaming she had to do. Every major character was unique, and in spite of it, I was never reminded that this was a woman acting out the male characters' voices. I have to say she changed everything I thought about female narrators, and I look forward to hear more stories narrated by her.
Quite a bunch, mostly by the last quarter of it. The tale of Nathan Demeter (the real horror story in this book, as far as I'm concerned), the attack on Vic by the lake, Maggie, Lou's struggles, Vic's encounter with her father, and the ending.
Maybe. I was about to give up on this. It took a while to get hooked, and quite a lot of resilience to endure that long. Not only does the book start slowly (even though you get a murder scene right at the beginning) and confusingly, filled with mentions of backstory that you'll have to wait at least half the book to know, the narration is specially aggravating at the beginning. Also, the main character isn't very charismatic.
Probably the first encounter with Cecil Wolfe, the realization of what just happened and Laura's interview.
The introduction to Bill and Moses. Those characters convinced me to stick around for the rest of the book.
Not at all. Almost gave it up, but we get introduced to fun characters right around the time the narration gets less forced.
Marguerite Gavin's voice for Liam had me cringing at the beginning of the book, but it seemed less forced, much more comfortable to hear after the initial investigation of the murder scene, and her ability performing different voices also started shining through. In spite of the beginning, I'd have to say this might be the first performance by a woman that I actually liked.
The book never really does get too exciting, but it did enough to make me want to know where a few of those personal stories are going, and to give the author the benefit of doubt about her ability to come up with a better case in the second book.
I'm rather new to audiobooks, but I'd wager Ender's Game should be able to hold a top 5 spot for quite a while.
It has proved to me that I can enjoy Sci-Fi in audiobook format.
Most of the story is presented from Ender's perspective, with the occasional shifts from this perspective providing some delightful insights and surprises.
Nothing, really. If anything, the narration added much to my overall enjoyment of the book.
While I liked Ender's Game, I can see why some people are completely turned off by it. To me, good Science Fiction is that which makes you believe a scenario could happen. It did it for me, but that's not to say I could just overlook the book's flaws - mainly the lack of a decent explanation for the hopes placed in Ender, the emphasis given to the batlle room (where zero G mock battles between kids with lasers take place) while on a tight schedule to train a kid to be commander of humanity's fleet of *ships*, the confusing and mostly unnecessary desk game and the poorly explored ventures of Peter and Valentine.
I started out wanting to give Ender's Game four stars, because that's how I felt after I finished hearing the book. But the truth is, after thinking about it, I can't say that this book has been satisfying enough to earn that much. It's interesting and I would hear it again if I had to, but given the above plot holes' defiance of suspension of disbelief, the overall depressive mood of the book, and the amount of time spent on plot points unrelated to this story with actual payoffs in other books, I would be reluctant to recommend it to someone who wants a world to escape to but is not already into sci-fi and a somewhat mature reader.
That said, the narration is definitely among the best I've heard.
Yes. 15 minutes are not too much time to waste on a free book.
I would allow the scenarios to develop a bit more, and find ways for the interruptions to be less frustrating - either allowing the climax of the stories to come before the break, or eventually resuming where we were left off.
Well, he definitively managed to make most of Mitty's dreams sound exciting, and his real life miserable.
Sure. There are much worst ways to waste 15 minutes.
The great cast at work here really did an amazing job at making me feel for and with the characters, though the ladies' voices could get annoying at times. That said, I never thought I would actually feel scared from reading a book, much less one with a story everyone thinks they know.
Since vampires are so mainstream in pop culture nowadays, Dracula most of all, it was surprising to learn that I knew very little of the original story, and that today's vampire stories are not really above Bram Stoker's. Matter of fact, it's probably the best vampire book I have ever read.
Van Helsing sure stood out.
Yes. We all have fears, but from very different things, with which we deal very differently. This book helped me understand a lot about the mechanics of a feeling we never get educated about, but that permeates every decision we make, from whether you ever want to skydive to whether you'll ask the hottest girl you know out or settle for an okay girl who's already into you. I think that after listening to this, I may have learned that I want a lot of things i was keeping away from because of fear, and how working towards confronting those fears, instead of avoiding then, may lead me to enjoying life a whole lot more.
Probably the doc. Damn cool guy.
Low, mumbly, jumbled.
His son's birth.
The book is great, but the narration is a mixed bag. There are a lot of personal experiences in it, which make the fact that the author is the one narrating them great. But throught the book, Yogis prioritizes gravity instead of clarity in his reading, frequently dropping his voice to a mumble, and not just for dramatic emphasys - this happens when explaining relatively simple concepts too. Couple this with his sometimes jumbled speech, and I had to rewind A LOT in order to understand many points, a couple of which I eventually gave up on.
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