I was looking forward to this book after I read about it elsewhere, and after downloading it I put it near the top of my "listening queue", that was u..Show More »ntil I started listening - Julia Farhat ranks as one of the worst narrators I've heard on audio books, and that's going back quite a few years (to when they were on cassette) - she reads the book as though a child is reading, with slight pauses between each word, and although some of her characterisation isn't bad, the reading of the descriptive parts is just painful
The book itself is an interesting idea, with magic being "powered" by the genres (sci-fi, fantasy, etc), and it being a "secret world all around us" (what isn't, these days), it could have been a geek's dream book, instead it's nearly ruined by the horrible narration, and I truly hope this was her first book and that she's got better over the other books she's narrated on here, because if this is her standard manner then I know I'll be avoiding those books (having listened to a few samples, some are better, but quite a few are in this tone)
Can the list of narrators be that limited that people come back to Julia from lack of availability, or is it that she's cheap compared to the others? Whatever the reasons, I know that I'll be listening to samples before buying, because I don't think I could make it though more books in this tone
Anyway, my advice would be to actually read this book rather than suffer through the terrible reading that this book has been subjected to - only buy this if it's on a deal, because as a full price book, you will probably be disappointed, and all because of the reading
If you've listened to the first book, and managed to get through the HORRIBLE reading, then try this, the narrator is leagues ahead of that reader, an..Show More »d makes the book interesting
The story itself is a little jumbled at times, it tries to explain the celebrities and how they live off of their fans "power", turning it into a magical element, which in some cases makes sense - how do some of them stay so young for so long? It's GOT to be magic, right?
Overall, quite a good story, a decent reading, and takes the story of Ree on a little further, and in its way a sideways look at certain bits of society use magic without the general population realising it's anything but magic
If you're into geek culture, and are a real geek, not a fake one ("look, I wear glasses, so I'm a geek"), then this will raise some smiles, but if you're not a geek then most of this will whoosh over your head so fast that you'll be lost in 95% of the book!