Whomping good fun! The plot is inconsequential, but the characters are a riot. Kyra Davis writes people we all know, pushes them just far enough over the top to keep us laughing. (If you DON'T know any of these people, you must be an orphan who's hanging out with the wrong crowd.) From Jack, the 18-month old terrorist, to the Jewish mother with two African-American daughters, to the celeb-worshipping sister-in-law, not to mention the personality-challenged philandering husband (deceased), and the Russian/Israeli private eye, they'll all strike chords of familiarity and keep you smiling.
A tough read for the narrator -- lots of characters, all of them "types", lots of different accents. The reader does a great job with the main characters, and well enough with the rest.
Intended to give a short introduction to a complex subject, along with immediately applicable first steps to changing behavior, the book hits its mark. Pychel steps aside from scholarly writing in the interest of getting to the points of interest to the self-identified procrastinator. He does not offer a quick fix but rather suggests specific ways to change life-long habits. He is encouraging without promising overnight miracles.
The author/narrator has a pleasant voice; this being his own work, he knows where to emphasize and where to pause.
I'm a life-long Janite, with a strong appreciation for the absurd, and I really expected to be amused. Alas, not.The joke is a good one and could have made a really funny short story, but there's not enough here to make a good book.
The narration is okay, except when an emerging zombie speaks, at which point it becomes very annoying.
Two stars for being clever, but I can't recommend it.
Absolutely! This is not a read-to-find-out-what-happens book -- it's charm is in the telling. The people are fascinating, better than fictional characters, the technical detail is interesting, and the narrator is perfect.
George Pocock, the shell builder. Pocock was an enigmatic artist, the character in the book I would most like to have known.
Herman's voice is smooth and even. His timing is spot-on, and his intonation is just lively enough to avoid monotony, without overpowering the content.
Yes, though it's a little too long for that.
High. Really high. 4 12 stars. Really really close to a 5.
This is what Harry Turtledove was trying to do in Worldwar: In the Balance (which I tried to listen to but got bored with and ditched) -- global warfare, strange alliances, it takes an alien threat to unite humanity. The interview format, the multiplicity of voices, makes Z a better book, in my opinion.
Oh, my, how can I choose? The diver. The guy with the dog. The astronaut. The most poignant -- the South African. Major kudos to Max Brooks for his job as the interviewser.
Forget good vs. evil -- it's life vs. death!
I'm not a zombie fan. I'm not a military sci-fi fan. I doubt if I'd like reading this book. BUT: this is a completely mesmerizing "listen". I came really close to doing it in a single day. I've read a lot of complaints that this is "abridged". Under normal circumstances, I won't even look at anything that's not unabridged, but I didn't feel like there were any continuity problems, and the length is exactly right.
maybe, if it was really cheap
flesh it out -- it has a clever premise, but the jumps are too sudden. I kept thinking it was a badly abridged version. The extended family premise was pretty much wasted: they set up these potentially interesting relationships then did nothing with them.
Dual-narration either works or it doesn't. This doesn't. The voices didn't complement each other. Plus, the Italian accents were excruciatingly awful -- sounded like a poor rendition of Romany gypsies. My Sicilian relatives would run screaming from the room.
I wouldn't have cut, I'd have added!
Okay, it wasn't totally awful, just nowhere near as good as it could have been. The ending obviously sets up a sequel -- I wouldn't mind seeing the authors try again.
This is a book to be HEARD. Very much at issue in this novel is the relationship between content and method of delivery. The narrator uses his voice to great advantage, just the right nuances -- sometimes he appears to be going over the top, but then you realize that the effect is spot on.
In an odd way, MP24HB reminds me of The Night Circus -- there is the same sense of alternate reality layered onto "real" reality. Mr Penumbr'a is shorter and less serious, the setting is very different, and the "magic" here is in the technology.
Oh, yes. In fact, I almost did.
This would make a good book club selection -- a nice length, easy to follow, light-hearted, but offering some interesting discussion points. In the thousands of years of human history, print hasn't been around all that long. Is it really a tragedy that many are turning to digital and audio sources for "reading" material? Is it ultimately an either/or situation? What would you do for immortality? What's a friend? A mentor? For that matter, what is a book?
Not perfect -- the epilogue is superfluous -- but a very nice debut.
At least one character I didn't thoroughly dislike.
Write something else entirely.
I guess Margo wasn't too bad.
The diary thing just doesn't work. It is a gimmick, clever but ultimately annoying.
Everyone is twisted. Even when they are being self-promoting, the two main characters come off as people I would not want to be around. The parents are worse.
I found this book to be manipulative and depressing.
So the story is okay -- I think. I had a hard time getting past how awful the narration is. Why, oh why, oh why, would you get a Valley Girl to read a New Orleans story? (FYI, "New Orleans" has 2 syllables, not 3.) I can excuse anyone from "outside" for not knowing how to procounce "Tchoupitoulas" (it's "chop-uh-two-liss", by the way), but "crawfish"? Excuse me. No matter how you spell it, it's "craw-rhymes-with-claw", not "cray-rhymes-with-clay".
Other than that, nice little story, some fairly decent local color. Main character is a little too goody-goody, the sidekick is a little tedius, but the snotty society dame is fun, and I really do know an 80-something woman named "Baby".
Won't listen to another Laura Childs unless they change narrators.
Fascinating account of World War I. The intertwined lives of families from England, Germany, Wales, Russia and the US present a personalized picture of social and political realities in an age most of us know little about. Solid research and brilliant storytelling combine to give us a history lesson that leaves us begging for more.
Not King's best, but a light-hearted romp for Mary Russell fans. The Pirates of Penzance, silent movies, sheiks and harems - a departure from the recent, very dark installments in the Russell/Holmes series. Suspend your disbelief and enjoy.
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