The story is a superb cant on the daily activities Roman Gods and their effect on the human populous. I have listened to this story about five times since I bought it and still immensely enjoy it every time.
Marie Phillips puts together a superb story of bitter Gods who have fallen on hard times, and how the arrival of a simple housekeeper creates a butterfly effect that literally encompasses Heaven to Hell. To top off the mayhem, the housekeepers newly found boyfriend uncovers some disturbing information about these Gods and steps up to try and help rectify all.
Rosalyn Landor performs a myriad of distinct voices that brings the characters' persona from black and white into technicolor. Super job.
As a trekkie, I can appreciate the ironic humour in having Wil read this particular book. He does a brilliant job. His expressive voice and cadence is a real pleasure to listen to. I can envision the characters & conversations actually taking place.
What a wonderful twist on the pop culture scenarios that were taken for granted and expected. References to the old Star Trek situations are hilariously convoluted when perceived from the perspective of the "minute-men" actors. Follow along and discover how a few of these moment-by-moment actors figure out how to survive one more "away mission" and live beyond the 1/2 hour we watch them on TV.
This was an okay read. Just found the story lacking in cohesiveness. There seemed to be several loose ends left dangling, unexplained plot twists and poor believability.
I think she tried to sell it simply based on the fact that the main character, Tory Brennan, is the niece of the forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan - who's got an interesting storyline. Tory seems to be the typical only child, who is ignored by her hardworking distant father. Finding solace in her group of friends who seem to be easily bullied or coerced into committing felony after felony. The ending was a let down and the punishment these kids get, for all the crimes they committed is just preposterous.
To replace the lisping narrator and get the others to read with a little more life!
No. I'll just be more aware of the narrators and read the reviews.
Oh for sure. Just as soon as I figure out which narrator is the one I'd rather not listen to again.
The story was somewhat interesting but I felt like it was lacking vitality. I had to put my listening speed to fast in order to move the story along. Unfortunately, I gave up on the story after trying my failed attempts to ignore the lisper.
Love, deceit, dualism.
OH! It was when Danny, when he thought he had completely lost the battle, turns around and.....hey wait! I can't tell you that, it would give away too much. I guess you'll have to read it to find out.
I can't say I had a favorite because all the characters were really well done. I mean Stefan Rudnicki cannot do bad.
I went to bed with my ipod set to go off after 15 mins. After doing this another four times I decided to try for 1 hour. The ipod shuts off right in the middle of an epic sentence, so I of course had to turn it on to find out what happened. Honestly, I gave up trying to sleep at 2am and just finished listening to the whole book. Good thing it was a weekend.
Stefan Rudnicki's voice is like expensive chocolate. Deep, rich, smooth and I can't get enough! He is able to delve into the characters and bring them to life so easily it's like you're watching the story with all your senses, not just your ears. Emily Janice Card has a wonderful voice that is always enjoyable to listen to. In absolute OSC form, the story concepts are new, refreshing, gripping, nerve-wracking, hilarious and thought provoking. Danny has a gift, a deadly gift. So powerful that even his own family will destroy him. So he runs. He runs away and is left questioning everything about his life, his existence, his gift. Who will explain and teach him about his powers, who will guide and protect him as he ventures out into the world of The Outsiders? Is it really about a coming of age story or an age old story coming out. Coming out to destroy more than just Danny.
OSC has a gift of seeing and writing through a child's eyes. When he writes the thoughts, emotions and words of a child you are taken back to your own memories, insecurities, though processes and fixations of when you were once young. Danny, upon being bothered by security guards when he was trying to be inconspicuous, as a last ditch effort to put the guards off, ends up 'starring' the guards.
Gaiman & Pratchett blend their wit and humor to create an absolutely comical account of a bumbled baby switch, a friendship between an angel & a demon, and how a ‘wrong turn at Albuquerque’ can mess up just about anything. Even the end of the world.
The narrator, Martin Jarvis, does an absolutely top notch job in bringing the characters of this story to life. His talent for dozens of voices is incredible and a joy to listen to. I remember cringing while listening to Jarvis describe Sergeant Shadwell. Then Jarvis produces the voice of Sergeant Shadwell and when it hits my ears a visual picture of this down and out, dirty, disheveled, chain-smoking, condensed-milk-drinking man literally made me shiver with distain. True talent Mr. Jarvis.
I had so much fun listening to the this audiobook. Not only did the author develop the personalities of the characters so deliciously, but the manner in which he reads the story is fresh, fun and wonderfully rich in emotion and nuance.
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