I was eager to listen to book 2 of The Kingkiller Chronicles, having read the first, and I was not disappointed! Patrick Rothfuss once again turns out some of the best writing I've read/heard this decade, and the story does not disappoint. Nick Podehl's narration was also wonderful, each voice distinct and memorable.
Zeppelin, because the storyline was solid, interesting, and I found the main characters likeable and engaging. Unfortunately for me, this book is really more for the hard-core science sci-fi lover. If I had been reading this book, rather than listening to it, I'm certain I would have regularly skipped paragraph after paragraph of tedium. That being said, I'm not sorry I listened to it, as the story had enough uniqueness to it that I found myself discussing many of the concepts with my husband, who in turn enjoyed the ideas.
So, if you're into the "super science-y sci-fi", I'm sure you'll love this. If not, it is still a good story.
A dystopian novel that stands out for it's surprising twists... The other reviewers mentioned the "surprise" in the novel, and I found myself thinking several times, "Aha! That's it!" But no, it's more a series of surprises that kept me distracted from the final, biggest surprise. Well written, well-developed characters, and the narration was easy to follow. I would definitely recommend this to others.
**Definitely YA-friendly! I don't remember much, if any, cussing, and there is no sexuality beyond a little kissing.
I bought this while it was on sale, & I'm glad I did. I wasn't really sure where the story would take me, and was delightfully surprised along with the characters as their investigations deepened. The characters were well developed, and Porter did a great job with the voices, so that they were all easily distinguishable from one another. He also made it easy to picture the characters and events in my head. I would definitely recommend this to others.
**Not, however, for YA listeners. This novel has plenty of cussing in it, and even one (none too steamy) sex scene.
I've just finished listening to Delerium & Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, and was looking for something in the same vein. What I found in Divergent & Insurgent was even better! I struggled a bit with not particularly liking the main character at first, but as the character developed, I found myself liking her more and more.
This series has it all: action, and lots of it, romance, and an overall story arc that gets bigger and bigger.
Having read the previous two books, I was eager for the third installation. In the second book, the narrator's use of Sam's voice had him sounding just a few points above retarded. Sorry, but it's true. Nonetheless, I was interested enough in the story to spend a credit on this as soon as it came out.
The narration ruined what was probably a decent story, but I honestly just couldn't tell. The male voices were all caracitures. Awful. And *every* sentece was just *so* emphatic... Even going to the bathroom was a life or death situation... I'm shuddering as I think about it.
**On the upside, there wasn't much profanity, & no sexual situations to bother younger readers.
I've listened to both books in this series, and will definitely listen to the third. That being said, I do hope she tones down the excessive introspection and reminiscing that seems to take over the main character at any given moment. As an adult, this did get tedious for me and I often found myself thinking, "Alright already, just get on with it!"
**However, be warned: this book does have scenes of mild sexuality (partial nudity, kissing) and cussing, including the "F-bomb."
I bought this book mostly becacuse it was on sale and looked interesting. I'm glad I did! Had I spent a full credit on it, I still would not be disappointed. The story was unique, the characters interesting, and I was pleased at O'Malley's originality, both in the plot twists and the various characters, "powers", and premise.
However, be warned: there is plenty of cussing in the book, including the "F-bomb." I usually listen in my car, and this is a problem when my care is usually filled with young teens.
I would, if that person were a teenager. There is still the ongoing dramatic introspection and over-thinking by the main character that I, as an adult, found tedious and melodramatic, but I suppose teenagers actually *do*...
The ending; not because I was in a hurry to get there, but it was exciting and left me eager to read the third book in the series.
Yes, and once again she delivers a good, if not great, listening experience. It may be that I would like her more if she were reading something less... melodramatic.
I usually listen to the Young Adult section to avoid anything inappropriate for teen listeners, as I usually listen in my car, which is often full of teens. Be warned, however, that this series does have some scenes of mild sexuality (partial nudity, kissing) and there is cussing, including the "F-bomb."
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