This is just not my type of book.
It took me two tries to get started with this book, and now having finished it I have no idea what I have listened to. This might not be great audiobook material.
This could have been a fascinating story, but the writing ruined it completely. There‘s way too much dramatization, even for this kind of book, and I almost got the feeling the author was making an effort to be annoying. The dialogue is all “yeah”, “right”, “yeah”, “right” and there‘s absolutely no attempt at analysis of the WHY, which makes the entire book fall flat. It didn‘t help that the audiobook narrator was also horribly annoying.
You know what? This book got me out of my book reading (as opposed to listening) slump. I‘d grown quite tired of my guilty pleasure MM romances, but then my friend recommended this. Look at that cover! Not a torso in sight. And the entire book was... nicely written! And funny! I‘m in awe, I had already lost all faith in the genre.
I didn‘t do much shopping during my recent trip to Minsk, but I did manage to finally find some books that were not translations of western books. And corgi bookmarks! Of course, none of the books are on Litsy...
I got quite annoyed while reading this, both because of the main character and her choices, and because of the “innovative” format or style of writing, which often just felt forced and like reading something a teenager wrote. I don‘t think I‘ll be reading more from this author.
Good book, wrong format. There‘s too much info in this for audio, it would have been best suited as a book with lots of pictures, or even better: a tv series! There‘s only so many names of time periods and extinct creatures a person can remember.
This was a great book to listen to. Entertaining and creative. I do always tend to get a bit hesitant when people 1) translate dead languages on the fly and 2) converse in dead languages like Akkadian, because yeah right, but it was still great!
I need more of these books. Are there any on the way? (And that narrator! Perfection!)
Hmmmm no. This felt like a poor Jane Austen copy, only without the humor.
I‘m a but disappointed with myself for not paying more attention during the first half of the book. I thought these were short stories at first, then when I realized they weren‘t I also realized that I should have figured that out earlier 🤦♀️ Great book though!
Well, wow. I had no idea things worked this way in the US. To be honest, I don‘t know how it works here either, but it can hardly get any worse than the US. This was very, very interesting. The lynching stories and that entire part of the book was fascinating as well. It makes me think about how people are aghast about how executions were public events in the Middle Ages in the western world...
I don‘t understand what motivates people to do these ultra marathons. It all seems to be very painful and I can‘t help but think about what injuries you might get stuck with. But it‘s sure interesting to read about!
I enjoyed listening to this one, but I was expecting something... more. How quickly I forgot all about the book is telling. I mostly remember how repetitive the writing was (we get that archers are strong, OK!) and the romantic plot felt a bit forced, like how you have to have a romantic plot in every single book, no matter what the subject matter is. The historical parts were interesting though!
I was hoping this would be something more... mysterious. Instead it was just a standard page turner. But it didn‘t work for me, mostly because of the characters. None of them are the slightest bit interesting. Emma is just a plot device, the artist is just a Good Guy, etc. Bill & Doug are these ridiculously obnoxious characters that just serve the purpose of riling up the reader, hoping for some revenge. A cheap trick I‘m not overly fond of.
This book was just a bit too much. The Ester story would have sufficed; the modern day academia rivalry, the young scholar and his love life and relationship to Helen was just too much, too many stories to finish. I didn‘t care much for any of the characters except for Ester, so I would have struggled to finish this if it hadn‘t been an audiobook.
I‘m glad I finally got around to this one! The movie was a favorite of mine growing up, and I have to say I like some aspects of the movie more than the original. I find Stephen King‘s “personification” of evil a bit lame. I prefer it when it‘s just crazy people doing crazy stuff.
I wanted to like this book, but to be honest it was rather boring for the first 75%... And the prestigious language is one I can‘t really appreciate either, it felt unnecessarily complicated. Perhaps the most fascinating thing about this book is that the protagonist is an absolute douchebag, yet I kind of liked him. Last book of 2018, the year I miserably failed my reading challenge!
I‘ve never taken a train in the US, but stuff like this sure never happens on European trains! Or do they? The amount of eccentricities Diski encounters on her travels are astounding, but perhaps it all has something to do with the smoking car... I hate smoking but couldn‘t help but sympathize with her when she found herself on a train without one. Brilliant writing!
Litsy! There are different audio book versions of The Shining, any opinions on which one to choose? Also, there is more than 1 book??
Not exactly pleasant reading, and it does get a way too fictional feeling quite often, but it‘s fascinating the things people manage to do.
I'm still not quite sure how this series became such a huge success, BUT I did enjoy listening to it. The first book took me some time to get through since I actually read it, but the others I more or less flew through. But just imagine this story from Lila's perspective!
I started watching the tv show based on these books once. I think I lasted 70% of one episode until the American shininess and the bad acting got to be too much. I feel pretty much the same about the first book, which kind of started out OK but then just went all out poor action movie with the obligatory sappy family side story.