The writer knows her audience: teen, female. She is careful to curb the use of foul language and loose sexual behavior in her characters. She even spins a little of the"respect thyself" for her teen gal readers who so often see women played down as weak, low on intelligence and "easy".
The reader could have been little more versatile in her playing different male and female roles. It was difficult to hear the male role vs. female. She is also a bit emotionally "monotone". There were moments she sounded emotionally "blah" like Kristen Stewart of Twilight.
Overall the book was entertaining. I might get the second book. I have one or two of her books in my library already. I do think this author is a strong writer about to come into her own. I hope she writes for a more mature audience soon!!
Too much details muddied up a good story. I listened for 5 hours and was so numbed by the details- ad nausea that when something exiting was happening I didn't recognize it untiil it was too late and I had to rewind to hear it!
She is somewhat monitone. Nothing in her voice really distinguished a battle scene from describing what her outfit she was wearing.....BTW main character has an exhaustive wardrobe.
I think there is a good story trying to break out of a lot of wothless details.
If there was an abridged copy available I MIGHT try it again.
I like the banter and sometimes snarky attitude of the characters.
Ok, he has a strange drawl at moments but overall fun to listen to. Even foul language sits comfortable with me when is uses it!
Not sure.... Bill and the Vamp Child Bride
Story is funny and a lite "read'. Just enjoy and laugh a little.
I am a learning junkie like Kaufman and end up with a list a mile long of things I want to learn or accomplish. He is going to show you how to do one at a time and do it well. He proves that you don’t need to be like a Tiger Woods pro practicing something for mega hours to do it well and enjoy it. In ten steps and 20 hours you will learn the art of quick learning.
This is a horrible and utterly dry book. I skipped from chapter 6 to 17 and didnt miss a thing. I can't even waste anymore time on this and will be asking for a refund. Not a single deep thought here.....see dog run, see dog roll over.......oh this must be a man, this must be a girl dog.....ad nausea. I felt like I was listening to story time in a kindergarden class without the juice and cookies. This is all nap time...Zzzzzzzzzzzzz
DONT SPEND THE CREDIT. This book has been misclassified as adult reading when I am sure it should be in the children's section.
Better dog book would be: The art of racing in the rain.
This author just can’t write. Characters banter back and forth and you know which character is which based on the conversation BUT the author has to use "Min said", "Calvin said", "David said"...ad nauseam...after each statement. In a 20 minute dialog there must have been 40-60 "insert character name, Said"...just have the conversation already! Two people are talking and I can figure out who is saying what!
There is also a character that just was stupid and could have been written out of the story without any damage done. “Cynth” (every character’s name is shortened into a nick name…geez) is the main character’s ex-girlfriend. She is a psychologist who is writing a book on Love and spends too much time explaining the 4 stages of love and what stage Cal and Min are in. She even shows up in scenes that she shouldn’t be in. What woman shows up at the same event and talks to the new girlfriend's friends about the four stages of love. Unnecessary intruder. It’s like she is placed in a scene just to explain to the reader what stage of love we are witnessing. As if I am too stupid to know this is infatuation, or lust, or courting. She is like a sportscaster whispering during a golf game…annoying!
Don’t waste your credit. If I could get my credit back I would.
I only got this book for the Molly Haper story which is the 2nd of three stories. The first story is a total waste of time. Sucked eggs. Why Molly Harper allowed her stuff to be published with this garbage is beyond me. Hopefully she will publish her own book of short stories and this one will show up in it!
I thought this author was a Jr. writer with lots of potential. Then I found out she had another, well liked, series!! Would not have guest. The story was interesting and could have been really exciting if the dialouge hadn't flipped between adolescent and mature language. I understand the main character was a teenager but it just felt awkward even during the romantic scenes. Overall the story kept my interest and I had fun with the strong silent type angels.
Couldnt put it down! Fun and well dramatized! If you're squeamish then don't drive while listening to the conclusion of the story. I almost lost it on the freeway!!
I like Joe Hill and have read/enjoyed (hard copy) Hear-Shaped Box.
This collection of stories was a little difficult for me to warm up to. I only really liked Black Telephone. The rest felt..... unfinished. Maybe its just a writting style Im not used to.
I have to say I liked the reader. He sounded a little like he had a head cold but that "stuffiness" made all the "kid" parts see so real.
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