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Gripping and extremely well read - get it

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-12

This is the best read audio book I have ever come across. Merely reading the book myself would not have brought the characters to life the way this audio book succeeds in doing. The story is fascinating and interwoven with cliffhangers.Funny, sad, thrilling and heartwarming. Extremely well written. Deserves all the accolade and more. A rare gem. Don't let it pass you by.

Funny, light hearted and entertaining

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-12

Typical Sophie Kinsella. As always there are some misunderstandings and a bit of cringiness, but very entertaining and funny. The narrator is fantastic, and brings the characters to life. An easy, light hearted entertaining listen which will leave you smiling.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

intriguing

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-12

Good book. I saw part of the twist coming, but not in its entirety. The small amounts of crude language added nothing to the story and could easily have been omitted. Would have been better without.

Classic Crichton - engrossing & fast paced

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-11

Classic Cricthon, strongly reminiscent of Timeline. Fast moving, well read, with excellent vivid descriptions of the landscape and perils that face the shrunken scientists. I have read some reviews saying that this is copying other people's work, but I disagree. The idea of shrinking people is fascinating and this is a different approach, with this great author's personal take on the situation. I am not sure if the technical stuff re venoms & insect behaviour etc is accurate, but it is convincing and spellbinding for us non-scientists. A good engrossing story. The bad guy heads up a nano technology company based in Hawaii, and he micro shrinks a group of young scientist in a bid to kill them. They have to trek across the jungle to try to get back to HQ, but have only 3 days to get there. Thrilling stuff.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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OK if you don't have time to see the movie

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-11

I was looking forward to this book, as I missed the film. I found it confusing and hard to separate many of the characters until I was at least half way through the book, and found it slow moving in parts. I persevered til the end. OK book but not brilliant, though in no way the narrators fault. An awful lot of description and people's internal thoughts, not as much action and not fast moving enough for my taste. A bit predictable. Will pass the time on a long drive. Good concept, the author could have done more with it.

great talking book, if you liked the first one

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-11

This picks up from where 'I am Number 4 left off', so don't attempt it if you are not familiar with the first one. I am half way through and really enjoying it. Moves at a decent pace and some new characters have been introduced. There are two narrators this time, which makes it really easy to follow the plot - a female voice for number 7 and the same male voice who read the characters in the previous book (he does a great job of personifying the different people - never any confusion as to who is talking or what is happening, though Sam's voice is a little whiny). Entertaining, though not high brow. For those that enjoyed the fist book or movie, you will not be disappointed. Mainly aimed at the teenage market (super powers, chase scenes, frissons of light hearted romance), but I am 42 and enjoy this kind of easy listening unpretentious book. Number 4 and 6 have teamed up, and are evading the Mogadorians as best they can, who are hot on their trail. Simultaneoulsy, in Europe, another of the Lorian children has been tracked by a Mogadorian and is desperately trying to escape capture, with a full description of her life to date since the ship arrived. Some nice details that link in with the first book and shows decent pre-planning by the author. More plausible than the first book in many ways. Looking forward to the next installment.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

an OK book

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-11

I enjoyed elements of this book - the idea of humans being overtaken by intelligent hybrids worked well. It moved at a decent pace, wasn't hard to follow, and a good ending which tied things up well and didn't leave the reader hanging. The story was filled with a few well placed unexpected twists, which always ups the interest level. There are some passages that were a bit too unbelievable and I felt the author lost his track and it got a bit tedious when the main character is fleeing from country to country to rally together resistance fighters. I agree that this is very light fluffy sci fi fiction for passing the time, but if you like this kind of thing then it's quite a good book. Definitively aimed at the late teen market.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Gripping but too unpleasant

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-02-11

I used to like Dean R Koontz, but haven't read any of his stuff in years. Watchers and Lightening were classics. I downloaded this based on great reviews, and yes, the book is gripping and extremely well read. However, I am 3/4 of the way through and am finding it unpleasant, spooky and disturbing. Too much nasty stuff (rape, incest, molestation etc etc). It's leaving a nasty taste in my mouth and I wish I hadn't started it in the first place. For anyone who has children of their own, I would recommend you don't bother with this book, as it is too disturbing.

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cut out the second half of the book and it is OK

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-11

The first half is mostly gripping, though the author does waffle in places, clearly preaching an anti-death penalty message. The second half is tedious and unnecessary - once you find out what happens to Dante, just skip to the last 15 minutes (cutting out severeal wasted hours of tedious waffle)to get the conclusion. No surprises, too predictable, but nevertheless captivating in places. There is an attempt at a twist in the story, but it's a very feeble one and not worth the extra listening hours.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

An entertaining story for children

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-10

Heckie is a kind witch who wants to rid the world of evil people. With the help of her familiar who breaks out in pussy boils every time someone evil comes near, and a kind boy named Daniel, she turns nasty people into animals and puts them in the public zoo. It is well read and entertaining. Some of her children's stories are aimed at the age 8+ group, but this one is readily accessible even to the younger audience (my 5 year old is hooked and has no problems following the story, unlike Which Witch which she loved but needed some additional pointers to keep up). It is less gruesome and altogether a gentler story, with a moral edge. The writing, as with all Eva Ibbotson books, is engaging and funny.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful