The narrator - I coupldn't enjoy the story.
Yes, as long as it's read by someone else.
She didn't sound real. Very much over-acted.
The story was alright but I couldn't finish it because the narrator was so obnoxious.
This is a very different story than what I was expecting; quite a nice surprise. I've read and listened to a lot of Picoult's many, many books, and after some of them, my reaction has been "meh." This story is different from the very beginning, and it really drew me in.
The basic storyline is about the mother-daughter relationship. Although this storyline is dead serious (no pun intended), it also has its lighthearted moments, which it needs to hold my interest. Too much heaviness for too long is difficult for me to listen to (The Goldfinch anyone?), and this story has its moments of extreme sadness, but at the next turn the mood will change, as the characters' perspectives change. The characters themselves are an interesting mix - Jenna, the central character, and her mother Alice, the disappeared elephant researcher. Also a pink-haired psychic and a deadbeat cop. And If you're a lover of animals, not just elephants, you'll enjoy this story. It's educational as well as very entertaining, and Picoult has done her research.
Actually, there are a couple of stories running parallel here, and they are both written well, narrated well, engaging, and otherwise kept me listening. Really listening.There are moments of laughter, and then moments that make you just want to cry.
Although the story is solid, good narration has always been just as important to me. I mean, who can stick with a wretched narrator even though the story is good? The narrators here do the job well. Not a bad one in the bunch.
Honestly, there wasn't a character (human or not) that didn't feel genuine, and that I didn't feel something for. The narration was excellent, and that has a lot to do with it. But, if I had to choose a favorite character, it might be an elephant named Maura.
A few of the characters have appreared in previous Picoult novels, but don't let that stop you from listening to this book; you don't need those backstories beforehand. Give "Leaving Time" a listen whether you're a Picoult fan or you aren't. No, really! Give it a listen!
I would normally take a break from a series with this many books in it - but hell's bells, I can't do it! Each new Dresden just gets better. Always new but interesting characters you want to get to know better, and new storyline twists in each new book keep you engaged from start to finish.
Harry Dresden is a wizard with an ad in the Chicago yellow pages. He gets called when something unexplainable happens, and no one else can deal with it. He solves mysteries, finds missing people, and the best part - he does it in his endearing, bumbling, sarcastic, genius and intimately good-natured way - as only Harry Dresden can.
His circle of friends and colleagues includes a very handsome but vain vampire, a pizza-addicted fairy named Toot-Toot, a young and once-troubled girl apprentice, and a group of werewolves - one a psychology student and another an engineer. And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Bob, the talking skull.
Sometimes very scary, and then serious yet hilarious at others, I double-dog dare you to stop in the middle of this series!
I'd recommend this book to a friend of either sex. The story enrobes you and carries you inside its pocket. You can't get out, even after you've stopped listening for the day, and then it will stay with you long after the story ends.
I've listened to many audiobbooks narrated by Will Patton - if he's reading, I just know I'll enjoy the book. But this time...he simply nails it, and it sucks you in - it feels like he IS the character he's speaking for. Even the women in the story sound realistic and don't distract. That's a very hard thing to pull off, in my experience with audiobooks.
The story is such a personal one to any of us growing up in the 50's and 60's - Nuclear War's entry into our innocent minds and lives, and the scare that just the possibility of a nuclear bomb's potential put into all of us. It took me right back to that time; worried about who would launch the first bombs and where they would land...the devastation they could cause, the millions of people they could kill - and the impact something like this would have on all of us. Would we even survive it?
Please listen to this - you will not regret it. This one's the total package - beautiful, thoughtful writing, believable characters and story development - and an unforgettable performance by Will Patton. It just doesn't get any better.
The story promises to be a good one: Young woman attempts to find salvation and pick up the pieces of her sad, misspent life by taking a solo hike. A really long hike. Woman is young and immature and wholly unprepared for what lies ahead on the Pacific Crest Trail. Sounds promising, right?
Why then is the narrator chosen to speak for this young woman so...well...old? It's incredibly distracting to hear the narrator's prim, older woman's voice drop the F-bomb and talk about her drug use, her sexual relationships with men, and the bad choices she's made in her short life, when she sounds like my grandma. Reading the physical book would have been so much better - at least I'd have been able to put my own imaginary age-appropriate voice to it.
If you are someone who can enjpy listening to a book without needing an appropriate narrator, go for it. The story is a good one, and it's entertaining. Yes, she was unprepared, and yes, she was immature. Her persisitance and the strength she found while hiking the PCT solo was admirable and even uplifting in parts. I just could not get past how wrong the narrator was for this story, and that spoiled it for me.
I listen to Audible while I work, and this audiobook kept me engaged for the entire length of it. Mark Deakins' narration was so easy to listen to and so powerful, that I was engrossed from start to finish.
Hig, the main character in the book, seems like a lost man and begins to give up after his best buddy - the dog that ties him to the world before it all but came to an end - dies. But he doesn't give up. He puts everything into one last shot at finding someone else alive out there.
Hig - although the dog was pretty cool.
A great listen, wonderful characters and brilliant narration!
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