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Mistaya Langridge

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Unique

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Évalué le: 2019-09-09

What an interesting production! The musical aspect adds such an interesting element to a classic story.

Enchanting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-09-09

The word enchanting was made to describe this book. The writing is so atmospheric and honestly.. magical.

I was skeptical going in, as I haven't read YA in years and didn't think I would enjoy anything branded as such. However, it has been listed numerously as a must-read audiobook, and I am so glad I took a chance on it.

I think it is extremely interesting as, just how in the novel itself the Circus is more than just a Circus and even gains more importance at the end of the story, similarly, in this book the Circus is not just a setting but almost becomes the plot itself-- in this book, you follow the progression of the circus from the challenge that necesitates it, to it's inception with Chandresh, to its years of operation and finally the rebirth with Bailey. Which I think added to the beautiful, atmopsheric nature-- that the setting wasn't just a backdrop, but a living breathing character.

I also didn't enjoy the ending, but compared to how much I loved the rest of the book, it is still a five star book for me.

Science fiction at its finest

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Évalué le: 2019-07-15

Generally, I am not a huge science fiction person so this is definitely outside my regular genres, but wow was this ever interesting!
The narration was amazing-- I love Yara Shahidi's voice.
Thank you, Stan Lee, for getting me out of my comfort zone, and trying this science fiction.

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Beautiful story, painful narration

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-07-11

The book:
What an interesting ode to libraries. I believe my expectations may have dampened my enthusiasm for this book however: going in, I was expecting a true crime-like story of the arson investigation into the LA library fire, but instead received a history of the LA Central Library, woven together by the narrative of the Great Fire. With that being said, it is an absolutely wonderful book, and if you had asked me my opinion after 10 chapters, I would have said it was one of my favourites of all time. However, between then and now I have learned more about Charles Lummis than I ever wanted to. A lot of this book seemed to basically be demonstrating the amount of research Susan Orlean did into the LA Library. Even with this, it was still wonderfully written and has resparked my appreciation for libraries, and is absolutely worth a read.

The narration:
Honestly, I have never disliked the narration of an audible book so much before. Generally books read by the author add to the story-- ESPECIALLY ones like this where some of it is from the author's perspective. Definitely not in this case!

Outstanding

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Évalué le: 2019-06-17

I don't think The Hobbit needs my review; it is well established as an outstanding novel. However, I appreciate this narration all the more as it was such a wonderful experience to listen to.

Lacking, but still magical

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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-06-17

Extremely interesting. Definitely not only for Harry Potter fans- this is a great historical summary of the history of magic in our world, as well as how it relates to the world of Harry Potter.
However, if you only read the book without listening to the audiobook, you are missing fantastic insights and interviews from narrators, illustrators, curators, historians, actors, and many more; similarly, only listening to the audiobook, I got the gist of the items and illustrations that were mentioned but felt I missed out. Overall, I would say having hard copy while listening to the audio would be ideal, but it is still a great book alone.

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Wonder Woman and Society

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-06-17

This book provides a fantastic overview of Wonder Woman through the ages, as one of the most notable comic book characters in the world.
A note on the narrator: Elliot speaks very quickly, which is especially notable after switching from another audiobook. I kept checking to see if I had accidentally increased the play speed. Other than the speed, he is very clear.
Most books about the history of Wonder Woman focus upon creator William Marston (with good reason-he created the character and lead a fascinating life), or the character Wonder Woman's adventures. This novel focused on tracking the progression of Wonder Woman in society, and points a critical eye to the character's development, and the comic book industry.
You can definitely tell that this work was based upon a thesis, but I actually enjoyed that. The novel notably makes conclusions that the author has drawn, but also provides ample support for any claims, with direct quotations and informative statistics and graphs.
With that being said, the work was never overtly dry and I actually found myself chuckling along with the author fairly frequently.
I would be interested to hear his take on Wonder Woman's new stand-alone movie (I found myself getting very excited when he spoke of (view spoiler)).
UPDATE: Tim Hanley has a blog and did a review of the movie, if you're interested as well
https://thanley.wordpress.com/2017/06...
I was a little disappointed because it didn't have the analysis I'm used to from the novel, but happy to hear he also enjoyed the movie!

Poorly abbreviated

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2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-06-17

Was not a fan of this retelling, will stick to the classic from now on.

I appreciate how the author melded some characters and relationships for the sake of brevity, however I think too much of the story was lost.

Page de couverture de Columbine

Enthralling

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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-06-17

Enthralling, exhaustively researched and comprehensive.

Often, I find myself skipping non-fiction reads, summarizing for myself using a quick google search. This book had demonstrated how much I may be missing in doing so. The author has addressed every imaginable angle, disproved false theories and narratives, and organized them into a comprehensive narrative. I truly believe without reading this novel, you can only scratch the surface on the events and repercussions of Columbine.

It was also extremely poignant how the author would draw you in (as if this was a fiction novel, attaching you to the lives of the "characters"), and then bluntly inform you about the reality of the situation-- the horror. I think it made it all the more impactful.

It seems rather macabre to explain how interesting and compulsively readable this book was, but the fact remains: it was well written, and completely absorbing.

"Pretty good"

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-06-17

While reviewing this audiobook, I found myself hovering over the third star, with "Pretty good" popping up.. and I realized that basically summed up The Third Wife for me: pretty good. Not great, but nothing to write home about. I'm happy to have listened to it, don't regret the spent money, but can't muster any exuberance over it.