Yes and no. I find this subject fascinating, but this book was way way way too abridged. The story jumps around, and it's obvious that major pieces are missing. I feel like I read five random chapters. It was not abridged well.
What Belfort was able to accomplish in so little time is amazing. And the hazardous way he lived his life is quite entertaining.
Some of the characters blended together for me. So many new people were being introduced that it was hard to keep track of them. Perhaps if the book hadn't been so condensed, these characters would have stuck around longer and made more of an impact.
Probably Belfort. He's a douchebag, and most of the characters are super-unlikable.
All the stuff that was cut out of the abridged book. What was he thinking on the way up? Did he worry about getting caught? Did he realize the implications?
I debated buying this audio book for a long time, and I kind of regret it now, because now I won't go back and read the entire unabridged book, so I feel cheated out of 75% of the story.
What a disaster this book is. Really interesting premise, and several of the chapters were fascinating and fun, but everything else was a confusing mish mash of too much crap, all balled together with no reason.
The author obviously has a lot of creativity and can write well, but he can't string a meaningful plot along. There are so many diversions in this book, so many incidents that have nothing to do with anything else - it's impossible to follow this book. I found my mind wandering during 75% of the reading.
And the ending? Complete garbage. A real non-ending.
The narrator however was excellent.
Belfort (or his ghostwriter) has a natural gift for storytelling, keeping the storyline rapidly paced without losing rich details. I also loved the nicknames given to most characters, made it much easier to remember who everyone was.
Have only listened to this one. I liked his performance, he did it justice. He actually made me kind of like Belfort (kind of).
Probably the scene with the kids where Jordan & The Duchess tell them Daddy's going to jail the next morning. Belfort came off as very human in that scene.
What an enjoyable listen this was, I plowed through the book pretty quickly. It's well-written (maybe a little heavy on cliches), but it was fun and kept me laughing. The pacing is great, he keeps things moving without being too sparse.
I've never read the print, but I find that audiobooks in general are more entertaining than print versions. I could see how this book might be perceived as being a bit tedious in print. It's not-turn-off-able in its audio form.
It's a simple premise, almost more about the madness of a solitary man than vampires. The vampire element just adds that crazy danger that makes everything more exciting.
This guy is a great narrator. He's manic, he's emotional, he's desperate, he's gentle, he's frantic. You can hear it all in his voice. His voice stretches and heaves at all the right moments, yet the overall performance isn't overdone. He adds just the right amount of emotion right where it's needed. I really enjoyed it.
Well obviously the main character (Neville), but I love how Ben creeps around the house shouting his name. "Come out, Nevillllle!"
The movie scared the crap out of me, so I was hesitant to read this book. But aside from the general premise, this book is definitely NOT the movie. It's better!
I wouldn't listen to it all the way through, but I did enjoy some of the descriptions of the zombies and when R would speak. But I already know the story and didn't find enough pleasure in it to revisit the whole thing.
It is a unique take on the zombie experience.
I love Kevin Kenerly - I first ran into him with The Talented Mr. Ripley. He makes everything sound great. I loved his interpretation of R, the way he spoke "zombie", in that gravelly, low grunting, was fantastic. His M was great too. He does zombie very well.
Perhaps it's because I heard this book (instead of visually reading it), I found myself lost several times. There were times I didn't know if it was Perry or R narrating.
Scary, engrossing, rich
He really has a good grip on the emotions of his characters when they speak. I really enjoyed his reading.
This book kept me captive from beginning to end. A nicely-crafted tale, and genuinely scary!
The narrator was difficult to understand, and I didn't like the "old man" voice he used on Devil. He made Devil sound really unappealing. The story dragged on and was tedious, and though the details weren't predictable, the relationship between Honoria and Devil absolutely was.
Predictability, cliches, nothing new or interesting.
He wasn't so bad on his own, but he did not do Devil justice.
No! I abandoned it about a third of the way through.
I considered abandoning the book about a third of the way through. I didn't see where it was going, and I didn't like the format (the narrator writes you letters). The story took a long time to get going.
I wouldn't. Even though it took place during the time I went to high school and referenced bands and songs that I loved - even though I really wanted to love this book about a quirky high school kid who doesn't fit in - I really struggled with it.
I couldn't stand most of the characters.
He seemed a little disaffected to me.
I did see the movie, when I was just over halfway through the audiobook. It made me dislike the characters even more, although it showed me that the story was going to start getting a little more interesting if I just hung in there.
I would consider reading the print version for this book. I love listening to Nick Podehl - he is really entertaining. But the narrator for Viola was just so dull. Everything she says is quiet and reserved, and maybe that's part of Viola's circumstance and personality, but man was it hard to listen to. I had a hard time staying interested during her chapters. Several times I had to turn off the book and turn on music when I was driving during her chapters because I felt myself becoming distracted or tired.
Only 1/3 of the way through at this point.
HER: Quiet, reserved, timid
HIM: Funny, alive, elastic
I loved the first book - The Knife of Never Letting Go. Although I find this second book very interesting, it hasn't yet grabbed me in the same way. I think maybe it's because Manchee isn't around anymore, and also because many of the secrets have already been uncovered.
But it's still an entertaining book and much more original than some of the other YA fiction I've read.
Firstly that it's so unique. The author has a great imagination and told the story well. It wasn't bare-bones dry, but it wasn't dripping in excess adjectives and exposition either. Manchee was a favorite also.
This is the first time I've heard this narrator, and I just loved him. In fact, I listened to a sample on a whim, not knowing anything about the book and decided within 60 seconds to buy it because I was so engaged by Nick Podehl! He's got a lot of personality and sounded enthused about this story. And the way he voiced the animals, that was a big selling point to me. If I had read the book description first, I may never have listened to the sample.
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