Interesting story. Liked the character and plot development for both characters and changes in the behavior of the United States population.The sleepless do seem to have all of the advantages until later in the book, when you realize they have needs and limitations, same as all human beings. I hated the leader of the sleepless Sanctuary, a testament to Ms. Kress' writing because I usually don't care enough about the characters to actively hate them after I put the book down.
The fact that the main sleepless character softened into a member of the human race.
Ms. Campbell has a gift for voice inflection. She does not rely on over-dramatization or drastic changes in pitch or tone (men v. women for instance); minor changes to inflection set mood, character and frame of mind.
I found myself hating Jennifer Sharifi, the champion for the Sanctuary more than usual for any good book I read.
I liked the
No. The narrator was completely mismatched to the story - this is even more evident if you've listened to Jon Ronson's previous audio books, Them, Lost at Sea, etc, where he reads his own story (or stories). This narrator is so not-Jon-Ronson that it almost ruins the story, for me anyway. Sean Mangan is probably a fine narrator of other audio books, but just not this one. From his past books, you get a little taste of the author's personality and manner - this narrator, in my opinion, is totally contrary to that.
For content and story, I would compare it to Mr. Ronson's books, some listed above. He has a self-effacing style that is quite funny, but appropriately. He is not flip in a way that would lead you to believe he doesn't know the subject matter, because he researches each subject exhaustively. This shows when the author comments on a person or situation and references to a past experience or research and is done in a way that is interesting, not droning on as to bore you to death.
Maybe, if he were reading classical literature.
Yes, if the author was the narrator.
Just that I have never had such a negative reaction to a narrator. The way this guy pronounces his words, as another reviewer pointed out, he says, "Mary-land", for example, and has other odd speaking habits you would not expect to hear from an American. He sounds like an American trying to do an impression of what he thinks an Ivy-League Professor would sound like. It's really weird and oddly deflating if you're expecting to hear Mr. Ronson's voice reading the story.
This is an interesting book, period. Non-fiction human interest-type books can sometimes be only moderately interesting when the writer is too heavy on just the facts, but this one is fantastic. The author writes about issues which are unusual or out of the ordinary, and all subjects are portrayed in an articulate way providing Mr. Ronson's observations as not to be overbearing. He is also a bit of a cynic, but not in a smarmy way. Just get the book, you won't be sorry you did.
There were several, but the most interesting story dealt with North Pole, Alaska and the social situation up there. Many good observations re the town's 24/7 Christmas theme. Most of the occupants seem depressed or angry with a veneer of "happy, happy, happy!!".
He reads the book he's authored. He's not a professional voice actor and his reactions to the things he's reading about are genuine - this shows through in his voice as he reads. Not a polished professional which is perfect for this book.
Enjoyable, thought-provoking and well worth the credit.
If there was more of a story. I felt like I was reading facts from a textbook, or, I should write, I felt as though I were reading a textbook where the author was trying to make boring material more interesting. I work at NIH, so maybe I am starting to get science overload.
No, I read,
The performance was okay, just kind of droned on.... Mr. Boehmer has read other books, and I have enjoyed those performances, I think this one was a bit of a dud.
Yes, the facts were there - data about, and descriptions of different types of communicative diseases. I couldn't stick with the book through the end, though.
This book just seemed like a contract filler to me, or someone's good idea not properly thought out. Maybe the publisher had the author commit to another book after the first one did so well and there just wasn't enough juice to keep it up to an interesting level. If you're looking for information about contagious illnesses, viruses in particular, how they're handled in the lab and field, how the scientists look for natural sources (vectors) of disease, then this is the book for you. If you're looking for more of a STORY with progression from beginning to middle to end, then forget it.
I would listen to this story again and again because it's that good. I know a lot about Celtic myth/legend and am often disappointed because the author messes it up somehow. For instance, they will give grossly incorrect pronunciations for names of Gods/Goddesses, place names, or phrases commonly used in the Gaelic language. In this story, the main character is interesting, but not a pompous ass; the Sidhe are accurately portrayed, and the relationship the main character has to his dog is worth the read alone. The voice performer is right on target each time and the entire feel of the story is not only intriguing, but appropriately entertaining and funny in all the right places. This is a great read (listen) and I would recommend it to anyone regardless of genre preference.
The way the supernatural characters were portrayed, and the main character's outlook/point of view.
This story makes True Blood seem stale.
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