LISTENER

will84

  • 3
  • reviews
  • 10
  • helpful votes
  • 7
  • ratings
  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,643

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Superb

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-19

I love character-based stories, and this one is one of the best I've read recently. Not a lot happens, besides all of the characters burrowing deep into your heart. I don't mind slower paced stories. this one took me several chapters to get really engaged in, then I read the whole thing in 2 days. Narrator was perfect!! Nailed every voice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,402

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected treasure

  • By Stefanie on 08-24-15

Harry's 15 lives were far from magical/enjoyable

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Maybe I was expecting too much from this book based on all the five star reviews, but I was overall, uninspired by it. First of all, while the audiobook narrator was fantastic, and all of the distinct voices and dialects really helped me get a little more into the story, I would not recommend listening to this on audiobook, at least not if it's your first read-through. I found myself needing to skip back 30 seconds or a couple of minutes way more than a normal audiobook, just to figure out what had just happened. Usually that was more because of the author's roundabout way of getting her point across vs anything surprising/exciting happening.

Honestly, I wasn't really interested in a single thing that happened until maybe the just last 1/4 of the book. I read several reviews that said something similar, but they were able to get past the fact that the first 300 pages were somewhat boring based on the fact that the ending was good. To me, to make a book truly noteworthy, far more of it needs to be readable and enticing. I kept waiting for certain events to come back into play that just never did. I know they all affected Harry and his psyche and his way of viewing the world, but I expected them to have more lasting impact on the overall story.

The ending was good, don't get me wrong; but much of what came before was unremarkable and probably could have been far more whittled down with the same amount of payoff at the end. I did enjoy some of the writing style, like how she switched back and forth between all of Harry's different lives and decades without too much confusion from the reader. However, I just did not come away from this dying to share the experience with someone else ( which I always want to do with books that make me think or excite me) and I would not recommend this to my other avid-reader friends.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Willa of the Wood

  • Willa of the Wood, Book 1
  • By: Robert Beatty
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Willa, a young night-spirit of the Great Smoky Mountains, is her clan's best thief. She creeps into the homes of day-folk under cover of darkness and takes what they won't miss. It's dangerous work - the day-folk kill whatever they do not understand - but Willa will do anything to win the approval of the padaran, the charismatic leader of the Faeran people. When Willa's curiosity leaves her hurt and stranded in the day world, she calls upon an ancient, unbreakable bond to escape.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The more whimsical, less creepy Serafina

  • By will84 on 08-06-18

The more whimsical, less creepy Serafina

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This book was so engagingly written. Loved the original story and world building. I'd definitely read more from Willa and her fantastical world!

I really appreciated how this book was less scary/creepy than Beatty's Serafina series. I feel this is much more appropriate for the age range he targets, while still having high enough stakes to make it an interesting page-turner.

Also much preferred this narrator over the one who read the Serafina books. This one had a very pleasant vocal quality, but lacked the eccentricities that made the Serafina narrator almost distracting to me.

Would recommend this book for young and old readers alike!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful