Packing for Mars is an exceptionally fun listen; it's fast-paced and well narrated, and all in all, a great book.
It's less about Mars than it is about space travel in general, and the intricacies of day-to-day life aboard a spacecraft, and sheds a lot of light on all the things one never really thinks about when they think of astronauts.
A wonderful book; if you've never read Tana French, this is a totally excellent introduction, and you won't be sorry.
Tana French has a real knack for developing characters and relationships, and for writing dialogue.
In general, I tend to stay away from generational books, where part one introduces us to one set of characters, and part two takes up a few decades later, in an entirely new world. I also tend to shy away from two-credit books, but in this case, I'm very glad I took a chance.
This is an exceptional novel; the story is interesting and different enough from current "vampire" fiction to be unique, the prose is lovely; simple and lush at the same time. The characters are intriguing, the world is post-apocalyptic but recognizable. There are just so many great things about this book, including excellent narration. I highly recommend it!
Since this story is told from the point of view of 5 year old Jack, I was expecting a child's voice as the main narrator. Unfortunately, I found it very difficult to set aside the fact that Jack sounds almost exactly like Ralph Wiggum.
The book is at turns funny and sad, and is absolutely worth a credit, and worth the listening time. The thing I enjoyed most is the author's seemingly perfect translation of how a child's mind works. Sometimes, this led to a certain amount of repetitiveness, which was a little bit annoying, but probably also unavoidable.
Outside of the Ralph Wiggum voice, the narration was exceptionally well done.
I was all prepared for a dark, gritty vampire story, and indeed, this is a dark, gritty vampire story.
That said, I was put off by some combination of the narration and the writing. I can't exactly put my finger on it, but I bought the book more than three months ago, and have been completely unable to force myself to finish the story.
It might be unfair to rate the book, since I haven't finished it, but that said, if it's so bad I can't MAKE myself finish it, I suppose it's worth one star.
As much as I enjoy Lincoln Child on his own, I didn't enjoy this book at all.
I found the characters to be kind of stereotypical, and the "action" to be pretty dull. I could go on, but really, I've wasted enough time on this book already.
There are a number of books and movies that focus on the life and death of Anne Boleyn, so it's very nice to see some attention paid to some of the other doomed brides of Henry VIII.
I find that many novels of this genre can be a little dry, but I found this to be an entertaining, interesting listen. The book itself is nicely written, and the narration is absolutely excellent.
"Poor Selfish, Vapid Vee" would have been a better title.
I honestly thought I'd enjoy this book; fat girl makes good. But instead of being a big, confident woman a la Mo'Nique, Vee is just a selfish jerk, and while that's perfectly fine for Scarlett O'Hara, it's kind of unappealing in a person you're supposed to empathize with and cheer for.
I found myself hoping that Vee would be a spectacular failure and would grow old and die alone, working in a coffee shop, which is pretty cruel even for me.
This isn't fat girl makes good, this is fat girl obsesses about skinny girls and skinny boys and thinks the world revolves around her until suddently it doesn't any more and OMG!!!1 what will happen next?
Ick. Just... Ick.
I'm a massive PT Deutermann fan, and thus, I really enjoyed this book.
There isn't a lot to say about this book; it's not exactly a departure from the regular formula of a thriller novel, but I enjoy Deutermann's turn of phrase, and the level of character development; he shares the important points, but doesn't go into excessive detail.
Yay for trains!
Slightly painful to listen to, not only because Scott Brick isn't my favorite narrator, but because the book itself is... um... kind of sucky.
The protagonist is kind of wimpy and stupid, and the antagonist is omnipotent and evil, and yet the wimpy, stupid guy prevails. This is one book that might have been improved by the bad guy winning.
Kind of a waste of a credit.
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