Amusing, Imaginative, Entertaining
Gaiman has a cadence and tone in his voice that carries the magic of storytelling; You cannot help but fall into the story and be content to stay there.
It is short so I was able to listen to it in one sitting and then listen again with my children on the same day.
Emporer Mullusk is fantastic. Scott Aiello did a brilliant job of narrating and I felt that his voicing of the characters truly added to my enjoyment of the story. Hilarious, intriguing, and just plain fun, I would recommend this title to anyone who is up for a little science fiction silliness.
I usually love re-tellings and re-imaginings of fairy tales but this one was really just "meh" for me. The author seemed to be trying too hard in the first couple chapters to make her character funny and interesting. Her internal dialogue became a bit obnoxious. This in conjunction with a reader that seemed to have a natural whine to her voice, made the character quite annoying to me. The overall story was pretty predictable and could have been fashioned after any number of similar "prince-in-disguise" stories. It mellowed at the end almost as though the author had matured a few years in the process of writing the book and it was enough that I was able to make it to the end. Still just "meh."
The author does a wonderful job of creating very real and believable characters; they are well formed and interesting. The story itself is quite interesting and makes you not want to stop until you reach the end. But just when your curiosity seems to reach a fevered pitch, you are let down within two minutes and the story is suddenly ended. Well done, I guess, because it made me wish for just a little more.
This was an amazing look into the mind of an autistic child. While he does not speak for all autistic children, I think that his observations are very educational for the rest of us and open a window into a world that it is nearly impossible to understand otherwise. It is obvious that he put great effort and thought into this book and it is wonderfully insightful in a simplistic way. I very much enjoyed this peak into his mind.
This book is a collection of essays by an obviously intelligent, well-read writer. For the most part, I found her observations amusing, touching, and completely relatable. However, there were a couple of the essays that had a certain tone of "I'm-so-much-smarter-than-you-are" which took away from the utter enjoyment of the whole book. However, overall, I loved the passion for books and reading that she so powerfully shared and I think all avid-readers will feel somewhat of a kinship in her stories because they too love books.
I think I would recommend this to friends because it was very interesting and I liked the way it was put together. It would be good for teens to listen to / read because it does reflect to them that the rumors and gossip that they spread and the way that they treat others can have a hugely detrimental effect.
Yes, though his style is certainly YA, I enjoyed it. I was disappointed with the end, the last "reason." Up until then I felt that I could understand why the character was so distraught. After the last tape, I was disappointed in her and I felt that she had already given in and given up, nothing was going to stop her. Maybe that was the purpose of that ending but I was so angry with her at that point.
I think that, because there are two main voices in the book, there may have been points that were confusing because their thoughts are one on top of the other. The readers gave strength and emotion to the story and I think I enjoyed it more through their reading than I would have otherwise.
I have several friends who I think would find this book as clever and interesting as I have. It is beautifully written, narrated with eloquence, and the story is intriguing.
I very much liked the ending of the story. After the dark and ugly journey we had been taken on through the story, I felt, not that all was happily ended, but that there was closure. There was little to nag at my brain, "but what about that...." I loved the style and the characters very much.
I was so excited about the basic premise of this book - Libriomancers, people with the power to manifest magic from books. What a great idea! But I felt that at one moment the action was rushing by too quickly and at other moments the reflections of the main character were slowing things down. I think the author has great ability but it just didn't hit the mark for me.
There was a certain amount of the end that was very foreseeable, not surprising. But it was fairly excitingly written, enough that I wanted to finish. I was disappointed by the two main characters and their back and forth feelings that didn't entirely resolve at the end. Not everyone has to walk off into the sunset happily but sometimes, its best to let things be messy than to tie up loose ends disappointingly.
While the reader was good at carrying emotion in his voice, his tone for the female voices was poor and, for me, it took away from the implied sexiness of those characters.
Most definitely, the simple magic of the story is enchanting and the cadence with which Gaiman reads lulls and excites at the same time.
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