Dear Lord, why on earth did I listen to this whole book? Oh, yeah, Tom Hiddleston's voice is just too damned sexy. I could listen to him for hours, whDear Lord, why on earth did I listen to this whole book? Oh, yeah, Tom Hiddleston's voice is just too damned sexy. I could listen to him for hours, which I did. Despite the sexy narration, the book wa just terrible. I never figured out why the people in the high rise (view spoiler)[split up into clans and started battling each other. Why did they start eating pets instead of leaving the building to go to stores an restaurants? As far as I could tell, the world on the outside was perfectly fine. There was no reason whatsoever for life in the high rise to collapse into tribal warfare and cannibalism. (hide spoiler)] THe story made absolutely no sense. And, it was not only sexist, it was downright misogynistic.
I got this book because someone in the Orange County Science Fiction club was talking about J.G. Ballard at our last meeting. Lo! Audible had this book in their "Buy Three for Two Credits" sale, so I got it. Like I said, I listened to the whole book because of Tom Hiddleston's voice. So sexy. Sigh.["br"]>["br"]>...more
I read the first installment of Locke & Key on my Nook quite some time ago. I thought the story was intriguing, but I just couldn't do the whole cI read the first installment of Locke & Key on my Nook quite some time ago. I thought the story was intriguing, but I just couldn't do the whole comic thing. My brain can't handle the words and pictures together. I was sad because I love Joe Hill's novels and short stories.
When this was offered free on Audible, I preordered it with low expectations. I don't normally listen to full-cast radio drama style audiobooks. They're usually hard to follow, hard to hear, and kind of annoying. But, this surprised and delighted me. The voice acting wa top-notch. The celebrities listed all have very small parts, but they did really well. The voice actors who played the Locke family and their friends and foes were all excellent. Only a few of them were names I was familiar with, but all were great.
The production values were superb. THe sound effects were convincing and the music was amazing. Oh, yeah, I really liked the story and characters too. I thought it was really compelling and I never wanted to turn off my Audible app.
I hope they do more of these productions. I really want to read The Sandman by Neil Gaiman and Watchmen by Alan Moore, but I'd never be able to do the graphic novels. If Audible were to do more high quality audio dramas of graphic novels, I'd listen to more....more
Wow. This is my 402nd audiobook and it was awful. Fortunately, I got it free from the Audiobook SYNC summer program. The only reason I gave it two staWow. This is my 402nd audiobook and it was awful. Fortunately, I got it free from the Audiobook SYNC summer program. The only reason I gave it two stars instead of one is because I actually listened to the whole thing, but I really can't say why. I guess it just didn't require too much of my concentration at work. Anyhow, here's a list of the things that just didn't work about this audiobook:
1. Bad, stereotypical Southern accents. When I say bad, I mean really bad. Really, really bad.
2. Stereotypical portrayal of a small town in the American South. You name a bad stereotype of Southerners and you will find it in there--minus the racism. Oh, wait! There is metaphorical racism, but against the magical Casters instead of against non-whites.
3. Music and sound effects. Really bad music and really bad sound effects.
4. An under-utilized female narrator. Why did she just show up at the very end of the book? The flashbacks to the Civil War would have been 1000% better with a female narrator than with the male narrator who did the rest of the book.
5. Too much angsty romance. Why do teenagers have to be so angsty and romancey? Oh, they don't. There are a lot of great YA novels that have romance as a side dish rather than as the whole meal. Plus, these two are just reliving the romance of a couple from 150+ years ago, so it's not even about how they feel about each other.
There is so much more I could complain about, but I won't. I did like Kevin Collins narration style when he wasn't doing horrible accents. He was really good and did female characters well. (And, there were a lot of female characters.) When Eve Bianco made an appearance for her 10 minutes, she was excellent as well. I think the narration is what kept me going with this book. ...more