Barbara Kingsolver is a fine writer, I read and listened to "the poisonwood bible" and enjoyed the book both times. I'd like to read, and enjoy it again sometime. However, this novel was boring, no, I mean I was bored by this novel. I couldn't possibly criticise the author since she is a successful writer, and I am not.
In this case perhaps the authors political emotions determined much more of the story than the plot she created. By the time I stopped listening (I could not finish the book), the main character seemed a two dimensional mouse of a man, and most of the other characters were incomplete caricatures of people. Perhaps it was the style of the book, perhaps it might have been Kingsolvers narration to some degree, but I gave up on it before I could finish the last of the third download. Probably my failure was the result of a character fault of my own.
this is an old book, and it reads like one. basically a oldfashioned space opera, corny and boring. I read it as a kid and thought the whole series was cool, this time I was impressed only by the skill of the narrator. sadly that isn't enough to recommend this book.
Ewans main character is some kind of odd fabrication that doesn't add up to a believable person. For example (only one of many) he is a thief fantastically adept with locksmithing, but unable to identify a pistol when he finds one, and doesn't know how to unload the pistol, or even to know if the pistol is loaded or unloaded.
Written as the first book of series, this book labors on and on establishing a zombie origin, without establishing any character more interesting than any of the countless zombies. Should have been listed as a book written for young adults, or by one.
The narrator did a good job and instilled a kind of comic book manner of speaking that fit well with the comic book characters.
I thought this book was okay, it was pretty fun to listen to, but ...oh heck, it kind of felt like I was reading a young adult book. That's all. The Narrators did a good job though.
This book is tense, with a kind of sharp edge all the way through. If that makes any sense. The Elvis books include humor and some "tongue in cheek" attitude within stories that may be very tense and violent in places. For me this book was a lot like "Cujo" by Stephen King. Very often I would need to put the book down and walk around for a while before I went back to it. Not a book I would want to read (or listen to) at night before going to sleep.
In a way, it kind of feels like the book was written to become a movie.
Read the reviews by Nan and Wayne before you decide to buy, from what I have listened to so far I agree with them. Although the auther has a lot of his facts straight, his style is stilted, and uncomfortable to listen to. I don't care much for the narrator so far, but that may be the fault of the book itself.
I may not know if a book is "Great" or not, but (refer to title). I liked this book, and I enjoy reading or listening to all of the Crais books. Sure, some I like more than others, but that just makes them seem more like individuals to me, as if a book were a being. Anyhow, I want to go on the record in support of Robert (do you go by Bob?) Crais narration on this book. I'm not absolutely positive, but this might be the only one of Bobs books I've listened to that had no mispronunciation of southern calif. place and/or street names. See, I like that too. Thank you Mr. Crais.
Yes, an adult recommended this book, I would even call this person very grown up (these titles not being equal in my opinion) and responsable. So I can only infer that our tastes are quite different. Therefore my review of this book and the small portion of the second in the series that I could force myself to listen to, is of course only my opinion. And we all know about opinions, and opinions are not like elbows.
I thought the book was childish to the point of a fourteen year olds daydream. The heroine, and all the rest of the characters were shallow and seemed to be only partly developed, again it felt like I was reading some adolescents daydream.
The narrator spoke in baby talk, I'm sorry I hate writing that, but that's what it felt like. Maybe the narrator felt she was telling the story to children, and maybe that's the whole problem I have with the book. It's a kids book. If you don't want to read a dopey kids book, use your credits on something else.
I enjoy the Walt Longmire series, but this time the the supernatural events in the story were stretched out a little too long for me. And Walt is starting to resemble some of the movie characters of California's most recent governor. That boy can sure take a lot of punishment. If this trend continues, I'm afraid Walt is going to turn into some kind of comic or cartoon character, and I'd much rather be able to relate to the character as the man.
You should save your money or credits and pick this book up at your local library. Sometimes a book is better read than listened to. This may be an example of that. From very early in the book I had the urge to fast forward, perhaps because it was so repetitive, or perhaps because the narrator droned the intire reading. Or at least he droned what I could stand to listen to, less than half the book. I'm not sure, but this book may have been more interesting if the authors had used fewer examples of dyslexic people and spent the time to flesh them out as characters that could have been more interesting. Oh yeah, and tell the narrator not to sound like he was reading from a junior college textbook.
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