When I first saw this book come up in a search, I thought that it would be a well paced, survival story of two people hoping to be rescued from a remote island. What I got was a sappy, inappropriate love story between a 30 year old woman and a 17 year old. The first quarter of the story has the two stranded on the island for an insane amount of time before getting the story going.
The use of one narrator for a book that tries to tell the story from both character's points of view was annoying, as the poor production quality (too many fast, and unnatural cuts) made it hard to follow who I was hearing from until I heard a line about the boy's sex drive brought me back to earth.
I was going to try and finish it--but I can't bring myself to do it. I for one can appreciate a good story, no matter who it's for, but this one was sorely missing it.
I picked up this novel because it hit a lot of genres I like, including disaster, drama, and thriller, but boy, the moniker of a YA novel really pulls this piece down.
The characters are stock -- they're somewhat likable, but they have very clunky story lines that are told in huge plot dumps. Being that most of the characters are of color (of Latino origin-I think), they must all talk in "street-slang" (read: use a lot of profanity, talk about females as sexual objects, while the girls are pretty spacey, and listen to latin beats to make themselves seem more "cultured") -- and they absolutely MUST have no other role but to serve the rich (READ: All white, privileged, and racist--because they just ARE).
The narrator in the story also provides a very teen-ish sounding voice to everyone, but the delivery is jubilant to the point of being annoying. I found myself on many occasions going "can we just get to the disaster so the story can get going?". When the wave finally hits the ship, the narration took away from the drama of the disaster, and at that point, I couldn't listen any more.
Granted, I'm not the intended audience for this book, being an adult -- but COME ON!
I haven't gone through a book so quickly and spent so much extra time listening in a long while before I picked up this title. The only thing I would warn readers like myself who are into thrillers, that this one is super-WONKY at the beginning, and almost lost me in all of the techno-babble. However, the story quickly picks up balancing humor, horror, and the thrills incredibly. Highly Recommended.
I went into this one really hoping to learn more about great pieces of music -- and I did, but the professor's energy and voice gets to be grating after hour 6 or so. I don't know how anyone can sit through 30 more... I certainly couldn't.
I was a fan of Mayday, an airline disaster novel that I had listened to years ago, and will probably at some point buy here on Audible so that I have a copy of my own to re-listen to. When I saw Mr. Demille's name on the featured list, I decided to finally delve into another of his books. The reader certainly made this one for me. I thought it had some interesting moments, but at times, some things happened a bit too fast, and the story had a few inconsistencies of tone. Overall however, it was an entertaining read.
I'm a huge fan of Julia Child--her cooking, her television shows, her unique voice. It all comes through in this memoir, which I had the pleasure of finally listening to after taking a trip to France. The stories that are retold by Ms. Child are light and fun to listen to. Some have criticized the reader here--but I couldn't really see why. It could have only been better if Ms. Child had read the book herself.
Take a journey with Mr. & Mrs. Child. You won't regret it.
I'm a fan of Mr. Carr's writings in the New York Times, and was fascinated to hear about his book. However, what I got was an overwrought, unfocused mess. You'd think that a story of addiction would be totally engrossing, as the reader takes you through Carr's early days of drinking, and drugging, but I found it incredibly dull, which was a suprize!! Take a listen before you buy.
If you're already a fan of the Jack Reacher series, a lot of the same elements are here-- a stranger wandering along the road comes into a nefarious situation that he works with a colleague (usually a female), to try and find out who's behind the situation. This one uses the formula well, and Mr. Hill does another great job as narrator of the series. He's one of my favorites. I recommend whole heartedly!
The narrator. I understand that the book is about introverts, but did they have to give me someone that would put me to sleep to read it?!?
I wish the narrator could have put some more inflection into her voice. I felt it too breathy for a non-fiction title.
A wonderful set of performances.
The time period in which each was set and the wonderful performances
Each was genuine, and made the time fly by
In Brighton Beach, Brooklyn NY...
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