Aurora, Colorado, United States | Member Since 2013
I did not read the print version, but may feel differently if I had.
The ending was guessable. I could already see the direction the book was heading.
I really like his narration, I feel he does a great job keeping the tonal inflections consistent between characters.
Not necessarily. As it wore on, I did listen in longer intervals, but in one sitting it'd be too much.
It is a fun idea, with good characters. However the characters lack depth and their motives before and after their actions seems a second thought. The world building was not done very well. The different species and the idea of "thorn" is cool, but was not developed. I was left wondering why characters did what they did, and weary of the nonstop battle scenes that didn't allow for much character development.
The narration and the unique way jack Campbell turned this story into a thinly veiled examination of the dangers of disregarding new innovative ideas for old outdated methods, and how the consequences of disregarding younger, though skilled, people for the ingrained methodology and "wisdom" of social segregation.
How I could actually pull ideas from the novel and find the relevance of those ideas to modern day issues.
I felt that the story was not fleshed out to my personal satisfaction. I feel like, despite the fantastic elements I mentioned above, I felt that I had missed a good amount of the book somewhere. I wasn't fully satisfied with the abrupt conclusion. I would however listen to the sequel to see if I am as enthralled with the premise as I was with this first one.
Because my venture into zombie style apocalyptic fiction is rather new, I can only compare to other books in the fantasy genre. And doing that would be degrading the authors witticism.
I laughed quite often, no crying . Though honestly I did get emotionally involved in the novel.
The author did a good job in building the characters. I found myself loving this book the farther in I got. Generally half way through I give up on books. This one held my attention until the conclusion ( which was slightly predictable ). But I did find myself buying the sequel even before I had finished the first!
I don't like this type of question, I wouldn't want to change the authors' creation, but I don't think it's the book for me. I find it too shallow in all respects.
Maybe my sister who loves YA, unrequited attraction/love stories, with some humor and and a "hot" male lead :)
Potentially. He wasn't bad, and he didn't stand out. He made the novel listenable, though I didn't necessarily love the book itself.
Well there's a sequel out already, so not really for me to say no! Obviously this book found its demographic and a sequel was needed :)
I'm not going to sugar coat it, this book was not my cup of tea. I found the story hackneyed, and the characters/the reactions of said characters to follow the same thread. I'm sure there are people out there who love it/will love it. It's just not for me.
Of course, it's a tried and true fantasy novel. Main character fights with inner voice, and tries to come to terms with his awful past while slowly gathering a rag tag set of companions! It's the humor and the way the narrator (who didn't fully suck at fake voices!) kept it intriguing.
Spring. Any scene with her in it. Some of her scenes were a bit unbelievable, but that's why I like fantasy! Plus she kept me smiling.
It wasn't particularly moving, but I felt sadness during the scene with Dug in it. I can't say more because it's a major turning point in the novel where a characters true motivations are revealed!
For a fun, fast paced, and easy fantasy read, try this one. I donly think I'll listen to it again, because even a few weeks out from listening to it I can honestly say that it was fun but not intellectually gripping enough for me to find a new clue that I missed in my original listening to it.
It's more YA then I was looking for, but at the time I was looking for contemporary fantasy. It's not bad per se, it was just not as fantastic as some other reviewers had said. At least for me.
My listen after this was Robert McCammon's Nightbird. And I'll say I didn't feel one itch to return to this novel.
It wasn't for me, but if you are looking for an easy reading contemporary fantasy novel, try this one. The characters lacked the depth I needed to become emotionally invested in the book, so I couldn't finish it.
The mystery! I'm overwhelmingly a fantasy reader, but when this popped up under the daily deals sale, I figured I would try it. It was a long recording and had decent reviews.
I struck gold. This book had me guessing. I remember driving and actually saying out loud "so and so did it, obviously" and I was WRONG! That was thrilling!!
I haven't, but I'll be sure to watch for him in the future! He made characters distinct and had a fantastic cadence which made the interactions between characters seem so natural; and Robert McCammon helped too since.... You know, he wrote it!
At points I was very nervous. I thought for sure some characters were done for, and that our poor clerk could never get a break!
I recommend this book for readers who are looking for a mystery novel that will keep them guessing. I know that if I can guess whodunnit by mid novel the. I don't usually finish said novel. I listened to this one through. And honestly, I don't often do that anymore!
I thought this book was fun. It wasn't especially thought provoking, more of a feel-good and lighthearted read. Mind, it's a murder mystery, so it's not romantic but romanticized. Our main character suddenly becomes a sleuth, who never seems to get hurt though put in situations to do so very often. The "bad guy" was a bit of a surprise, which was well done. Our characters are well placed in the fanciful 20's setting, as well. There is no real depth to the characters, and most actions are predictable. Sometimes a girl just wants a modern day Nancy Drew, and this story fulfills that soundly.
Probably not, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it the first time around.
Not especially. I do love easy listeners once and a while but too much in one sitting and I find myself rolling my eyes and becoming irritated during certain trite instances.
I purchased this book during the daily deal special, where they brought them all back at the sale price. I did enjoy it. But not once did I feel the desire to see if there was a sequel. It was easy going in the sense that it was a rhythm I'm familiar with. Where characters predictably make right/wrong choices and the bad guys could be seen a mile away. I'm not saying don't listen to it, just be aware that you will know what's coming and the end is very predictable.
Tim Curry is one of my all time favorite performers. He has such a distinct voice and character, I respect him and love most of his performances because of it. This is no exception! I have not experienced an audiobook to date like I experienced this one. I loved how everything he read had me enraptured. I find myself generally zoning out when a narrator is setting the scene, and have even used a few books as effective sleep aids. But oh my goodness, I made a mistake trying to use this novel as a similar aid. I couldn't fall asleep, it was too riveting. In fact, I felt my heart racing and found myself saying "No...watch out!" During a few particularly dangerous situations for Sabriel. So safe to say, I didn't fall asleep for a while after that!
His reading brought this novel to life. I'd heard of Sabriel but had not given it much thought until I saw Tim Curry was the narrator. It is 100% worth a credit. In fact, I think I'll actually listen to this book again. Something I never do.
Try it out. I'm not a YA reader, and this didn't feel like a YA novel at all. I previously read a review describing at such-- I thoroughly disagree! So don't let anything get in the way of you enjoying a fantastic experience in Sabriel.
Probably. But the emotional roller coaster was exhausting-- so not for a while. The characters are built so well, that I even disregarded my totally irrational but debilitating fear of zombies, and listened to it all in ONE day.
No, but I will be checking them out for sure!! The performance was astounding. I never got confused between characters, and she attuned to the emotional turmoil within each character flawlessly.
If anything, please at least READ this book. I felt that listening to this book made it resonate even more with me. I found myself feeling despair, disgust, overwhelming tenderness, and anger with every bit of this novel. I never saw anything coming, and that made the experience even more intense. I was disappointed with the ending, not because it didn't fit well, or was cut off too soon. No, I was disappointed because I loved and hated every character. I felt betrayed along with some characters too. If I have so many emotions throughout a book, I know that this is one I will recommend endlessly to everyone.
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