Another book that is hard to rate because of the content – it was a good read, intriguing and kind of made me want to visit Yemen (although I doubt I ever will). It was interesting seeing her assimilation into the Yemenese culture as she started working with them, as well as being a woman in a male-orientated society
Monthly Archives: March 2012
Review: There’s a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell: A Novel of Sewer Pipes, Pageant Queens, and Big Trouble
Review of the Book
I have often seen books by Ms Notaro reviewed both here on GR and on Amazon, as well as in the library, but I had never actually picked one up. But all I can say now is what the heck have I been missing by not reading her. Since this is her first novel and the rest of her writing is non-fiction humor, I don’t know if that will change my perception of the writing, but I hope not. This book focuses on Mae, who moves to a small town following her husband getting a new job and a small college and her search to find new friends. There were definately many laugh out loud moments, but if you don’t have a dirty/ slightly corrupt sense of humor, I don’t know if you will enjoy it as much.
Review of Narration
Not only was this my first book by Notaro, this is the first time i’ve listened to a narration by Susan Denaker, but it def. won’t be the last. She had an ability to accent the funny parts in a way that i’m sure had my co-workers looking at me like I was nuts when I started laughing in my cubical.
Review of the Book
i’ll be the firs to admit that I am not normally a fantasy fan – in fact, I can probably count the number of fantasy books I have read on one hand. So when I picked this book up (on the recommendation of a GR friend), I wasn’t sure what to expect. Listening to the audiobook, that went for a 22 hour period, I was sucked into the story of Jezel, of Logan and their merry cast of characters. While towards the end it had a bit of a Lord of the Rings feel (based on my experience with the movie, not the books), with the forming of a group to solve a mystery, I still enjoying it and I have already bought the second one to listen to in the near future.
Review of the Narration
Steven Pacey is probably one of the best narrators I have come across in the last few years while listening to audiobooks on my commute to work. He was able to convey a wide range of different accents for the various characters and parts of the world where they came from and I had no problem immediately being able to identify who was speaking. My only comment would be that through-out this whole book, there were only 2 females with speaking roles and then they weren’t all that significant, so it was kind of hard to judge how well his female voices are. Overall looking forward to the rest of the books in the series and i’ll be checking out more narrations by him in the future.
Review of Book
having liked the first book in the Arcane series (Second Sight) and been a bit more ambivalent about the second one (maybe due to the narration). I wasn’t so sure how I would like the 3rd, but I figured I would give it a try. I have to say compared to the second one, I was pleasantly surprised. While the dialogue still had a bit of a cheese factor, it def. wasn’t as bad as the second one. Although, if I had to hear again about Raynne flashing them a “fuck you grin” I might have screamed…anyways, interesting entry for the series and i’m intrigued to see what happens in the next one, which goes back to the historical setting.
Review of the Narration
Looking back on it, I think the second book for me was almost ruined by the narration (at least the female narrator), so this entry was a significant improvement. Narrated by Sandra Burr, I found myself much more involved in the story-telling and wanting to listen to more, whereas with the second one, it was like, oh, ok…time to stop for the day. My only comment would be that this could have done with a male narrator at times – even if it was just limited to the male voices over the phone, there was something a bit disconcerting about how they sounded.
This was a hard book to rate because it was very well-written and about an interesting topic (the soviet invasion of Belarus in 1940-41). So to just say I liked it, it was very good etc, sounds wrong. In fact, I don’t think I am going to rate it for that very reason.
The book focuses on a headmaster of a school in Belarus which has recently become part of Russia and the politics involved in that – the fact that the kids at the school don’t speak Russian or Belorussian (they speak Ukranian), but teachers are not allowed to teach them in that language. The fear of the people of the NKVD coming to take them away in the Black Crow. What was interesting to me was the fact that this was set during the height of WW2 and yet there are no mention of it during the book, which to me goes to show that just because something is declared to be a world war, it isn’t necessarily.
I would probably give this more like 3.5 than 3, but not quite to the level of a 4. I don’t know if i’ve ever read a strict RomSus from Linda Howard, I’d read some of her traditional romances though. I was surprised how much I ended up enjoying this book. I could tell that she had def. done research into the way certain things happened in the book with the bear kill etc, but it wasn’t so much that it over-powered the story/ caused a data-dump for the reader. My one comment would be that Angie kinda prove me nuts with her woe is me, I don’t like sex, its never been good for me, my boobs are too small routine…it was repeated many times through-out the book.
Abby Craden’s narration def. drove me nuts at first, but as the book progressed it got better. Her rendition of female voices was good, but her male ones not so much. I think this is def. a book that would have benefited from 2 narrators, a male and a female. I’m not sure if i’ll seek her out as a narrator in again in the future, it will have to depend on the book.