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Happy Birthday Frankenstein, Now Pound My Butt audiobook cover art

I wish I could give this more stars

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

This story is so full of pleasant surprises and love. I won't spoil anything for you. It's funny, touching, and so sexy. I could not have asked for more.

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Promising, but unsatisfying

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

Would you try another book from Gemma Files and/or Gordon Mackenzie?

Yes, on both counts. The presentation is really excellent, and Gemma Files writes some amazing short stories. And one of her other books, We Will All Go Down Together, is one of my favorites.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The characters and setting are interesting. And some of the many, many ideas had a lot of promise, and some play out nicely.The quality of writing is good.

What does Gordon Mackenzie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His choices in voices for each character made it easy to tell everybody apart, because everything happens so fast, it could be easy for a reader to start losing track.

Was A Book of Tongues worth the listening time?

I don't regret it, but I wouldn't do it again.

Any additional comments?

Gemma Files has some phenomenal short stories, but this attempt at a novel is just so disjointed. The pacing is odd, the plot is convoluted, and character motivations are confusing at best.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Never Broken audiobook cover art
  • Never Broken
  • Songs Are Only Half the Story
  • By: Jewel
  • Narrated by: Jewel

I did not expect to like this book

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

Reviewed: 09-30-15

Jewel has always struck me as having the ability to say such profound things in one moment, and bizarrely silly things in the next. I expected this book to mostly be the silly, rambling, sappy brand of memoir. But I was blown away with how intense, thoughtful, and inspiring this book was. And her delivery of her work is amazing.

36 of 36 people found this review helpful