The story was weak. I understood the basic premise, but I think the dystopian society created in this book was a little too far-fetched. The romance was lame. The suspense leading up to the reason "Four" was called "Four" was a big letdown. By the end of the book, I had no desire to read the next of the series.
Aside from my disapointment in the book, I thought Emma Galvin's performance was very good. She may be the reason I stuck with the story! She has a pleasing tone to her voice.
My teenage self probably would have LOVED it. The adult me craved more substance.
It's not fair to compare this book to The Hunger Games because there is no comparison. The Hunger Games is in a whole other league.
There is so much to like about the story... Joe Hill's characters seemed like real, flawed people. AND the little easter-egg nods to his father were fun!
She seemed to understand the characters. Perhaps it is the actress in her, but she is able to differentiate characters for the listener just with an accent or tone so that you can tell who is speaking. Sometimes dialogue between characters can be confusing and I don't know who is saying what, but Kate Mulgrew made it much easier to follow. My only minor criticism was the way she used the word "Dude." One of the characters uses the word frequently and the way it is read is not how I would imagine it being used in a conversation... but like I said, it is a MINOR criticism. Overall I think she did a terrific job!
Take a trip to Christmas Land! Be sure to pack your gas mask!
Be sure to listen all the way through to the credits or you will miss the hidden ending. Or is it a new beginning???
Yes, the little child inside me still LOVES to be read to!
There were many memorable moments... most involved Sadie.
Craig Wasson did a nice job with everyone. Female characters are a little odd sounding coming from a masculine voice, but that can't be helped.
Yes, but I do not want to spoil the moment by giving it away here... It occurred in "Final Notes" at the very end of chapter 87. Perhaps it is how Craig Wasson reads it. Gets me every time!
I was reluctant to "read" a history book because I thought it was going to be dry. I'm to young to have "known" Kennedy. I know of him, of course- the basics that have been boiled down into history, but this book brought that time period to life for me. I know it is fiction, but I feel as though I experienced a little of what it was like to live (as a white man) back in the late 50's. I enjoyed visiting Derry and "bumping into" some familiar folks along the way. I was a little confused about the time travel aspect- when explained. I think I'll need to "re-read" that part. Some parts dragged a bit, but overall it was a terrific read and I did not want it to end.
By the description I thought I was going to hear about her mother's life. Apparently that was a different book. "Refuge." I expected these journals to contain her mother's experience with Mormonism, and the cancer due to the nuclear testing upwind. That is not this book.
I do not think that there is anything she could do to make the book more enjoyable for me. I do not believe I am her target audience.
Disappointment is a perfect word for what this book sparked in me. I wanted the book to be something that it is not.
There was a lot to like about this book. I enjoyed the folksy language, the unusual animals, and the alternate historical timeline that is referenced throughout the book.
I would recommend this book. I read a review that said it was like Harry Potter and Little House on the Prairie. I would agree with that. It is an interesting story about a young girl growing up in a magical society on the frontier.
My favorite scene may have been when Eff finally stood up to her awful Uncle.
Look out Laura Ingalls, there's a new girl on the frontier.
I would eliminate most of the first half of this book. It was frustrating. I promise, no spoilers... let me just say this... the book begins with, what I would consider, an emergency situation and the main character "hero" shows no sense of urgency. The slow pace, frequent and tiresome descriptions of darkness and ridiculous Surfer Lingo almost made me give up on this book, BUT I’m glad I didn’t. The second half, the pace picked up and became much more interesting. I ended up enjoying it the story.
Yes, and I have. I have read the Odd Thomas Series and a few other titles byt Koontz.
Yes, he did a fine job with this book.
This book made me think a little deeper about what it might be like to go "sideways."
Yes, if you have only seen the movies, this has more background. The second movie (1997) follows the book very closely, so I was already familiar with the story, but the book gives the reader a better understanding of what is going on inside Danny's head.
I liked the character of Wendy the best- in the book. In the movies she is always portrayed as an idiot. In the book she is more "human" I could relate to Wendy in a way I just could not in the movies.
Campbell Scott did a nice job of capturing the feelings of rage that surge from a hidden place deep inside Jack. As a reader, I don't think I would have picked up on or experienced the conflicting emotions of the characters by just reading it on my own.
I'm not sure I'd have the time to sit and listen to the whole book at once. I enjoy King's books, but they are a bit long.
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