Life is flying on at top speed and I’m having enough difficulty keeping up that I can’t spend my precious free time on books that I do not enjoy. It’s time for me to cut the cord with these books, but that doesn’t mean that you wouldn’t enjoy them! I’ll list my reasons why and you can decide for yourself.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – 60 % of Audiobook
Classic / Russian Lit
Goodreads rating: 4.04
My Rating: 2
This is a story of love and betrayal set in Russia around the time it was published (1877). It is “acclaimed by many as the world’s greatest novel”. The book is 960 pages and the audiobook is upwards of 19 hours, and my verdict is that it is pretty dull. I started with a bad attitude because love affairs are a pet peeve of mine and makes it difficult to like any characters involved. I mean, how can you betray the person you have promised yourself to?
A large part of the book is just the daily lives of the various characters and all the parties and conversations they are a part of. This could be fascinating if you are into history, or Russian history specifically. I guess I am more partial to a magical and snowy Russia than this type of story that focuses on the privileged society. Over all I just am not interested in what will happen to these characters and rather than spend another 8 hours of my dog walks on it, I will listen to something else.
Post Apocalypse / Fantasy / Dragons
Goodreads rating: 4.01
My rating: 2
After nuclear war has devastated the world and left all the people suffering from radiation poisoning some brilliant scientists figured out a way to use nanites to protect the people. The downside is that you have to keep taking the injection. Jared is searching the ruins of NYC for injections when he stumbles upon a dragon and accidentally bonds with it.
Things from there get a little strange. The reason that I did not enjoy this book is the narrative style. While I was reading, I felt like I was watching somebody else play a video game. I loved the dragon, but I thought that Jared was an idiot and didn’t deserve to be so lucky to have a brilliant friend like that. All the conversations between them felt like Q&A sessions and I could not fall into the world like I wanted to.
Still, if you are intrigued by the dragon, the video game style, or just love post apocalyptic books then you should give it a chance.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion.