Taylor, the misfit angel
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The world's worst, yet best, Christmas
Well, there was many a Christmas when I, a sheltered yet devious child would shut herself in her room, press play, and turn up the volume of this wonderful audio book, then on CD. Now, at twenty, my opinion hadn't changed. These books have definitely stood the test of time.
Unlike the TV series and the movie, these books have a certain adult charm. In my generation, there wasn't a boy or girl who didn't want to rebel like henry, and this would've probably been the same for adults of past generations, only with characters such as Just William and The Naughtiest Girl, even if they never acted on it. Simon is able to capture this long buried desire with adults, and the present desire with children. This must be why she is so popular. I think the thing is about the Horrid henry books is that Simon doesn't preach to children. She just writes fun and riotous stories that fulfill every child's deepest and darkest desires. Children don't want morals shoved down their faces when they read. They're already taught how to act by adults, and just the same as some books take children to previously unexplored caves and castles, Simon allows children to explore an equally unthinkable desire.
However, I'm not sure if I wouldn't even bought these books again is it wasn't for the flawless narration by Miranda Richardson. I don't think I've ever heard a better children's book narrator, and that's no exaggeration.
Some books are better left in the recesses of your childhood, but these books in my opinion do not apply. I'm not surprised little me loved them so much, but I will be surprised if these books do not turn out to be classics as the Just William books are now.
It's hard to try and muster up the words to describe this book. Okay, it isn't realistic in Tiley, as the endnotes says, and in my opinion,the note at the end is just as important as the book itself, but the story… it's a romance, it's A self discovery novel of self acceptance, it is in my opinion, a future gem for LGBT readers. Please if you are considering listen to this, Go ahead. If the romance aspect puts you off, don't worry, I hate romances. I despise them with a passion, and that is no exaggeration. But this, this is the romance that even I ruted for, and when you crack me, the hardest of the lot when it comes to romance, you know you've done a good job. And, just when I was getting bored of the romance aspect, the author seemed to know and brought the focus away from Grant for a bit. It was creepy, like she had read my mind. Guys, I am gender queer, and take this from me, it does not disappoint. It was everything I wanted and more. Thank you Meredith. And Side note, I think the authors note at the end is actually read bye Russo herself, so for that reason and the content with it's reassuring message and advice and knowledge, please, please listen.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Not quite sure
The book itself seems really good, it's just the fact that the book itself doesn't seem to match to my taste. When I read the synopsis, I was hoping the story would focus on how The main character hope lives on a day to Day basis, and the challenges she faces, such as getting a job, dating, and other such things. Whilst all these things are mentioned in the book, the story seems to be more of a mystery or a thriller than just an interesting piece of fiction, which is good, but not really something I'm interested in, especially with the book being so long. I'll probably come back to it later, but I'd rather move on to a book with a plot that holds my interest instead at this moment. This is the advice I give to customers who just prefer stories that focus more on realistic issues and character development instead of drilling mysteries and heists, as you may be a bit disappointed. To anyone who is into that kind of thing though, I'd highly recommend the book, as it is truly seeming to be a good book.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
So, before I purchased this, I saw some negative reviews saying that the story was cut very short and the details were not fine enough or true to the original book, and honestly, I would hath to disagree. Okay, it is obvious looking at the two products that the book is significantly longer than the dramatisation, but having read the book and listen to this, I would go so far as to say that in my opinion, all of the details that really count when listening to the story are still here. That, along with an absolutely stunning dramatisation from the BBC, which I can honestly say, is the highest quality of dramatisation I have ever heard from them. Taking both of these points into account, I would say this is definitely worth the money. It just blew me away. The actors were absolutely brilliant. Okay, this is an adaptation, so things are going to be a bit different from the book, and they are. In the book, the angel narrating the story is introduced in the second book, but they have chosen to include it here, and I noticed one name change in this production, but it doesn't detract from the brilliance of the production at all. However, I would recommend that you read the book 1st, as there is a lot you might miss, but if you have read the book, this is brilliant to listen to and will really fire up your imagination. I especially loved the actor who played Lyra. So give yourself a treat and download this, you will not regret it. You're welcome.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Brilliant book, horrible ending
Okay, so I know the title of this review makes it seem as if I didn't like the book so much, but really, this was a brilliant book, which tackled a lot of issues that Young people have to tackle today. To be honest, there were a few relatable characters for me in the book, which is pretty rare I find, me being such an odd ball. But I adored the book. My only pet hate is the ending. Why the cliffhanger!!! Okay, so I can get why the author put the cliffhanger there, but still, it just made me so sad and kind of angry. I wish there was more, and there were so many characters I wanted to know more about and what happened to them all after the homecoming dance, especially Jennifer. Jennifer is ending was really unsatisfactory for me, but I can appreciate why the ending was like that, the book is meant to show the consequences of labelling and the pressures upon young girl today, and not to give us a Disney happy ending, but still, it just… overall though, I loved the book. I read it a few years ago and loved it, and this is my second time reading it, and it's still going strong for me.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
I got dead romantic about two years ago and loved it. I wasn't disappointed, although I guess the plot wasn't very meety, but it was still good to read. I liked all the raw emotion in it, and you can see the journey that Jody goes threw in the book. I thought the ending was a little naff in one sense, but it didn't ruin it. Overall, an entertaining roller coaster ride of a listen, with an easy plot.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Loved it. Funny and awkward. Has loads of potential as a series, obviously not one for children lol. I would definitely buy this.
Just not for me
Basically just not my thing. I couldn't really listen to this for more than five minutes. I new I wouldn't really like this, but I was curious about the alleged sound effects, maybe that came later I'm not sure. I just didn't get on with the storyline at all, and personally I didn't think the acting was very good. Sorry audible, not for me.
Not my style
I didn't like it. It all just seamed like a standup comedy performance between loads of people, with a lot of talking and not much going on. I found it a bit laborious. I couldn't finish it. This is just my opinion though.
I liked this. Shame you couldn't do two, as I'd love more of this, but unfortunately it wasn't the best of the five.