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Predictable, but interesting

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-15

This is an interesting take on schizophrenia. The plot itself was predictable, but the narrator is good and fits the character. I enjoyed listening to it, though some may find the YA nature under stimulating. I wouldn't say this novel is profound, but I think the author writes a believable character that the reader or listener can relate to.

Words of Radiance audiobook cover art

As good as the first

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-15

This is a great book. All of the characters have entrancing stories, but in this we finally get to know more about Shallan. The narration is wonderful. I quite enjoy Michael Kramer and Kate Readings works. The only thing that got me this time was the odd change in accents from book one to book two. I particularly enjoyed Reading's portrayal of Yalb in the first book, but in this book she adopts an awkward, overly fake French accent for the Thaylen. Similarly, Michael Kramer adopts more of a faux Cockney accent for Lopin, similar to Dick Van Dyke's impression. I still find the French accent bothersome, but it's still worth listening to. It's a great sequel, and I think I will listen to it multiple times in the future.

Something Wicked This Way Comes audiobook cover art

10/10 Would Read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-15

There is something timelessness in Ray Bradbury's prose - An artistic realization that seems to be unmatched by many authors today - insofar as I can account, but I am hardly a literary critic. Bradbury's prose is quite heavy, not in a way that is tedious or overly verbose, but in imagery and characterization that elevates the story beyond plot and beyond structure, or what meets the minimum requirements of a story.

Bradbury's narrative pulses with its own life, which Christian Rummel breathes new life into by giving voice to each character, to Jim and Will, to Charles, Mr. Dark and the Dust Witch. It is a wonderful book on its own, but Rummel animates the novel, placing you in the middle of the carnival or in the darkest corridors of the library with just the slightest shift of intonation.