Boxing has to be my least favorite sport. I don't even like any of the rocky movies. I was skeptical then when I noticed what a big role boxing played in this book. But it was an amazing listen. The world created in this book is vivid and fascinating and the characters have real depth. Though it isn't a fast paced book I was never bored. I found myself coming up with reasons to drive around in my car so I could listen to more of this book.
Also I thought the reader did an excellent job she added to the experience of hearing the story and did not distract from it with a strange accent or annoying voices.
From what I have read of the author, her characters all are fighting personal demons,even in the Kushiel series which I enjoyed. This is a bit different, but none the less a journey into plots and the strength of will to over come. Not the best work by JC but not half bad. Hoping for another book in this series to explain more and deepen the characters as in the Kushiel series. If you are expecting Kushiel then skip this, if you can open your mind to a different kind of country that many of us believe we are living in you might be surprised and say I can believe that our government has been hiding things for years.
This is a great story and unlike her other books. This story is very interesting and hooks you right from the start. The narrator is just OK. I will buy the next book that should come out late in 2011.
This was my first audiobook so I wanted to pick something I knew I would like.Well, I did and I didnt. This book is nothing like the Kushiel books,if thats what your looking for..dont get this book.To me this book is total drama with very little adventure.I liked the readers voice but I started wishing she would just read and not change tone for the male roles.The f word was used overmuch.Loup had little emotion,when her love done her wrong you got nothing...no anger just "I understand".The description of the book is slightly misleading but the story was good and very different.If a Santa Olivia 2 comes out I will want to read it just to see what happens next.
Wow! This was my favorite Jacqueline Carey novel. Of course, those who know me know that the book I am currently reading is always my favorite!
If you are a fan of James Patterson's Maximum Ride books but maybe longed for something a little more mature, you will love this book, too. I think I should warn of language, and sexuality. It seems appropriate, though, considering the future dystopia the characters live in.
This was my first time reading a book on my tablet (Kindle app) while listening to the Audible version, yeah, there's an app for both. The narrator, Susan Ericksen, was excellent. I loved her cadence, characterizations, and voice. I wish I could read like that.
I went to Jacqueline Carey's website, and there is a sequel I can hardly wait to read. It will be out soon. In the meanwhile, I will miss Carey's poetic worlds.
Santa Olivia delivers an interesting twist on a classic supernatural story through its unique cast of characters in Outpost. The narrative follows these characters as they grow and confront personal and societal challenges in their hometown. The book explores themes like gender norms, disenfranchisement and occupation, kinship, education, grief and love, one's purpose in life and other themes within these coming of age stories. There's a character for every reader!
A friend introduced me to Santa Olivia as my first audio book. I was immediately taken in by the story and by the narrator's voice acting. Her inflection, pace, and voices for the characters have made this a repeat book for me to listen to. I enjoy it every time, and now I look for other narrations by Susan Ericksen.
If you want to immerse yourself in an easy and entertaining piece of fiction, this is a book for you.
Government conspiracy, genetic mutation, mistreatment of immigrants requiring social ministry, lots of action and a love story all taking place in the life of a 14-year old girl living near A WALL separating the haves and the have nots! This is Jacqueline Carey stripping away the lubricious language and providing a hard-charging new heroine caught in a dystopian border town. What a graphic novel this would make - what a MOVIE this could be. Teens should love it, Jacqueline's fans will find much new energy to enjoy. This is a grabber and - oh joy - just as I finish it I learn, THERE IS A SEQUEL.
Clever plotting, moving characters, everything I expect from Jacqueline Carey but in a totally different world.
Ms.Ericksen tries too hard to keep track of character voices that do not appear to be her forte. I especially wish she would learn how to pronounce the word "room," which is not intended to rhyme with "bum."
Had to fight to find time to listen. It is captivating (as usual for Ms. Carey), innovative and strangely predicted some of the political scene of 2016. Hoping lots of YP readers get 'hold of it and enjoy Loup's journey of discovery.
Very anxious to get started in book 2!!!
I was really surprised by the book. Dreamlike pacing at the beginning, but it builds nicely to the end. I love Carey's work. Kushiel got me hooked on her, and this book is now my second favorite. Very good.
This is definitely one of the best ones I've listened to so far, but I'm new to audible. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book and any other narrations by Susan Ericksen.
Ericksen did such a great job giving each character their own voice. I was never confused as to who was who and she has such a nice voice you don't tire of listening to it.
I listened to this book while animating at work and it made my day go by so fast I wanted to stay and do overtime just to listen to more!
I laughed, I cried... or rather sighed loudly to keep from crying at work... and just enjoyed the story as a whole. I think I may have found a favorite author.
I did enjoy the story despite being so different!
The subplot love story took me by surprise.
If you are squeamish about explicit content and vulgarity I would recommend you skip this one though.
This one made me cry publicly at work. Loved the characters, loved the setting, excellent listen. Finished it in two sittings.
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