This is a brilliant book to listen to on family vacation if you have teens or tweens.....the basic premise is that absolute beauty comes at a price, and that perhaps individuality and uniqueness is undervalued in this world. Good action, Teen dialog, and sequels!! Rah!! While on a road trip you have a captive audience....use it to your parental advantage and build their self-esteem. LIsten to this book.
Yes, the story is incredibly engaging, you LIKE the main character despite the flaws that come with him AND there is less gratiuitous sex and violence than Game of Thrones.
The main character's internal struggles with moral integrity
Great book, great character, great escape....and who doesn't need one of those?
Neil Gaiman breathes the life into these characters and it is obvious that they are all his babies.
the fact that Gaiman puts the world and characters he creates directly into my mind and I live there while I'm listening to his books. He should ALWAYS read his books. The story, although harsh, is incredibly fragile....and another narrator might have missed this....
Yes, and it is his usual brilliant self.
I was scared.....this book walked the line of what I feel is scary.... my scary comes from a place of childhood, so childhood scary for me is always the worst part. That's where this book comes from. I am happy to report that this level of scary was perfect, as I didn't have a single bad dream or try to scare myself with Ursula at night before I went to bed, which means it was the perfect level of scary for me. (oh, I am a 52 year old child when it comes to scary.)
I miss the characters already. I wanted to make sure that everyone was ok by the end of the book. I wanted to make sure that the visits kept happening to farm.....
It's a quick, easy follow for the commute. Stop fighting with your teen over the music you are going to listen to on the way to school....get this instead and BOND.
Rue: the innocence
She was average....not a great range of voice, but enough to keep the characters separated in my head.
they already have one.
the fact that it explained nothing....you are on a journey with the characters and you have to be ok with not knowing exactly what's going on....the author places you in the story and your journey begins.
In retrospect, it was all genius.
His voices are distinct and consistent.
No....I wanted to eat it slowly like a good meal and taste every bite in my mouth...that's how good it is.
It's a brainy read, so be prepared to think!
yes. there are so many plot subtleties that it begs to be listed to again.
It kept moving.
He kept the million characters straightened out in my head by the different voices. don't know if that would have happened if I would have read this instead.
No....the plot twists did make me gasp though.
If you skip this book because "everyone is talking about it" and you don't want to buy into the frenzy..... you're missing out. Read it. Just don't tell anyone you did.
the twists and turns in this story are wonderful....some are foreseen, others blindside. Like the best stories do. I've read books 1-3 back to back, but am taking a break here, as reviews of book 4 fault the reader's loss of the voices he originally created in the first 3 books. But let me tell you, it was tough to not pick up immediately with the 4th. Enjoy.
the blind-siding plot twists
great voices for about a zillion characters. Dreading the next book though for reasons listed above.
Don't fall in like with anyone, as they may not be around long!
If I could sum up a Clash of Kings in three words, they would be as such:
1. Dark. This is a time of war. It is not a time for love. It is a time for loss, battle, difficult decisions and hideousness.
2. Depressing. Really....after my number 1 word above, I don't think an explanation is needed.
3. Brilliance. The storytelling as well as the performance of the reader is outstanding. Although the accents get mixed up every so often (Tyrion has a welsh accent but his family does not) it helped me sort out the myriads of characters in my head.
It is easy to get hooked on the first book...it is impossible not to read the second, even though at times you feel like you're in an abusive relationship with the author...there's a sweet glimmer of hope, and then suddently BAM, the author hits your with something you never saw coming.
As one previous reader told me, "don't get attached to any characters"..... these are tough times....and a story that will keep you reading. Dont miss is....but don't expect it to be easy!!
Hodor. A breath of simplicity is lovely in this story.
His assortment of voices helped me keep characters straight in my head (cuz there's a BEEHIVE full of them in this story!) His voice for the Onion Knight is hilariously pirate, but his mixing up of the regional accents can be confusing at times.
The children from Deepwood Motte
...and then when it did I was a bit sad. A bit. I read the series first book, so when it came to drawn out sex scenes that I wasn't in the mood for, I could just skip the pages. Well, audio books are not so easy, so there I sat in traffic, listening to Jamie and Claire whoop it up in bed without a way to get through it quickly....Don't get me wrong ~ Gabaldon weaves a GREAT story chocked full of Scottish history and culture. LOVE LOVE LOVE that about the book. But sometimes the tedium of the intimacies get....well, sorry Jamie and Claire...DULL and repetitive. If you like many intimacies and lots of locking love looks, you'll probably be calling me a prude and love this series. Fair enough! :) I reckon I just like to her about intimacies somewhere else besides traffic on a commute. It did make me miss the UK, and it was easy to envision the people and places Gabaldon wrote about. The reader? Eh....sometimes struggled with the accents, and sometimes made Claire a bit more whiney than the author perhaps intended. But it is a good read. Will I read the next?? The jury is still out on that for now.....
Creative spin to the continuation of the series.
The characters were differentiated, but sometimes her accents got sloppy.
It has one....
I don't watch the show on tv.... so I am judging straight off the books. Charlaine is getting better at writing. I think she still makes women seem like they LOOOOOOOVE sex more than they really do, especially in the face of lots of chaos. The fact that Sookie has slept with any vaguely attractive character in this series is a crack up, but I really like the character development of Sookie despite her sluttiness and her penchant for describing every outfit she wears. What bumps this series up in stars for me is the reader. She's great. Just the right amount of drama and comedy. Hooray for Johanna, good for Charlaine.
The endings are getting better as the series goes on.
Have not listened.
I don't think this book was meant to "move" .....just to entertain. That it did.
This series is "light reading"...I alternate with literature....kind of like dessert and veggies. Gotta have them both to appreciate them both!
Although I still think it's funny how the main character sleeps with everyone and constantly thinks about sex (like all women do.....right.), Ms. Harris's writing has gotten a bit better with this book. A few interesting subplots, wonderfully unlikeable characters....I listen to this series because the reader is fabulous and the main character, although fakely humble about her looks, has some great lines. Easy mindless listening makes for great (and safer) commuting! Recommended.
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