Brisbane, Australia | Member Since 2015
Any person that is frightened of history books should listen to this. You will be fascinated by this woman and the story is easy to listen to. Not like a Dostoyevsky novel at all so don't worry about being confused by the number and sound of names.
Some warning about this book would have been nice. I knew that the hero of the story was gay, no problem. What I didn't want to hear/read was... I don't know what the term is for a gay person's "bodice ripper", but that is what this is. I tried to put up with the graphically described sex scenes and then just gave up. I don't like that sort of rubbish, hence I don't read "romance novels" of any description.
A quarter of the way through the second part of the book it suddenly reverted back to the third chapter. I never got to hear the rest of it.
Having said that 3/4 of this book were very interesting. An exhaustive study of a very strange perhaps mad man. The book is necessarily padded with a lot of extraneous information about military tactics not taken etc. The reason that it is necessary is because little is really known about the private Hitler and the author makes this point several times.
A fascinating story of some fascinating women made boring and tedious by a dreadful narrator. Typical disregard for punctuation is a serious distraction ie. "He was the head of the horses and ponies... I adored..." and "It was the German educated... prof... as Diana... called him" So distracting! Then the tone of voice, this woman is on auto pilot. She has absolutely no passion for her subject and has the uncanny ability to make even the Mitford family seem dull, urbane and above all simply boring.
I enjoyed this book. But it is a bit of fluff.
Story - So two girls meet and fall in love. Nice, sweet, the world needs more love, but why is it worth my time? Answer: It isn't really, this is a book that I will forget very quickly. I liked the characters, I felt that they are well drawn. I have to be honest here, romances are not "my thing" but I will read the good ones. This wasn't one I would recommend. The only thing I was glad about is that it wasn't a "bodice ripper", no steamy sex scenes here just knowing that the characters enjoy their sex life is enough. Thankyou for that. I hate those sorts of sloppy paragraphs that some authors feel obliged to write.
Narrator - The narrator is ok, takes a while to get into the Irish accent and can at times sound more Caribbean than anything else, but is otherwise competent.
This is one of very few audiobooks that I have given five stars. I am so glad I listened to it. It was one of those sorts of books that you can't wait to get back to and then when it is over feel very sorry indeed, as if a friend just moved away.
Story - A great story and very interesting. It was consistent and believable. Seriously sad but also joyous in the resilience of the characters. I liked all of the characters and they behaved in ways that were believable which is great.
Narrators - I usually run a mile from books that are narrated by lots of people, but this one was certainly an exception. These narrators added to the story and I think that without them the story would have lacked "a certain something".
I thoroughly enjoyed this even though it was well outside my usual genre.
This was an OK story. I felt that it could have been done so much better.
Story - The story was alright. I felt that it was a little bit formulaic in a way. I was never in any doubt at all about the ending. I never really cared about the characters and I felt that the main character responded in such a way that she would never have done with her training and the time she came from. I also fail to see why if time travel is possible why are there still archaeologists and to a lesser extent historians?
The Narrator - Connie Willis does a pretty good job here. The only problem that I have is that I could see her face throughout the entire thing. Her character definitely intruded onto the telling of this story. For me that was not a bad thing because if it hadn't I probably would have given up.
This is definitely not a stand alone book. It is better than the first one in my opinion. This review is similar to the first book review.
Story - This does not start off slowly as all of the groundwork has been set in the first book. I liked that not everything was explained. If the characters see a creature then they see it as it is to them, perfectly normal, if the creature needs explanation then the author uses very clever devices to describe them.
Narrator - Tells the story in a good way. He neither detracts nor adds to the story which is great because this story is good enough to stand on it's own. He uses inflection and accents that a not over the top to distinguish between characters. It seems that with this new book he was looking forward to it too. I liked the way he really "got into" the story here.
I enjoyed this very much and am looking forward to more.
or if you like a good story filled with wonderful creatures then this is for you!
Story - Starts off slow and deliberate but after a while it really grabs you. I liked that not everything was explained. If the characters see a creature then they see it as it is to them, perfectly normal, if the creature needs explanation then the author uses very clever devices to describe them.
Narrator - Tells the story in a good way. He neither detracts nor adds to the story which is great because this story is good enough to stand on it's own. He uses inflection and accents that a not over the top to distinguish between characters.
I enjoyed this very much and am looking forward to more.
An interesting story for tweens
Narrator - The narrator does a good job. Not the greatest and not the worst. A few mispronunciations were irritating. But that may have been the "Americanisation" of the language, who knows.
The Story - I just didn't care. These kids could have dropped off the face of the earth for all I care and the priest was just annoying. Talking about the priest, his views were certainly very out of the ordinary for a devout catholic. In fact many of the characters were just odd, like fish out of water. I do not like it when an author uses character in such obvious plot devices. Having said all of that; this book is for tweens and they may enjoy it, but it wouldn't be the first book I would give them simply because of the clumsy literature that it is.
I enjoyed this story immensely and the only reason it has four stars is that it was incomplete, meaning the author should have written more.
Narrator - This story was told with a voice filled with compassion without being saccharine. I enjoyed the mellow tones and I felt that the accents were well done without being over the top. It was done with typical British reserve. I loved this narration.
The Story - A terrific story that I enjoyed very much indeed. But there were simply too many gaps. It was like the author had a great idea and was working to a deadline to get it finished. Very sad that a great story was, not ruined, but "a little spoiled" by the lack of filling in the gaps. Having said that it is still well worth a listen.
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