• by Steven R. Boyett
  • Narrated by Ramon De Ocampo
  • 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's been five years since the lights went out, cars stopped in the streets, and magical creatures began roaming Earth. Pete Garey survived the Change, trusting no one but himself until the day he met Ariel - a unicorn who brought new meaning and adventure to his life.
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If you could sum up Ariel in three words, what would they be?

magical vulgar(humor) adventure

What does Ramon de Ocampo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

tone and timing of jokes

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

a couple but to each his own. Though the end is slightly tragic, even though without it, the sequel could never have been.

Any additional comments?

I read Elegy Beach a while ago, the sequel, knowing nothing of Ariel. I loved it. It didn't really hint that it was a sequel but maybe if I'd already read Ariel I may have caught something of the sort. When I hit the about the author bit afterword or paid attention to the "from the author of Ariel" on the cover I decided to put it on my list of books to get to. I should have put it right to the top. It's a great story, though sometimes predictable. But usually surprising and almost always hilarious. Get this book and you want to listen to it again. If you're the type, you might even want a paper copy too.

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- Matt

Not worth the effort

I'm a fan of alternate reality tales and enjoy writers such as Knight, Butcher, Stirling and others. Ariel appears to predate Stirling's 'things don't work any longer' premise but the book is simply not worth the effort. The characters are flat, reactions are unrealistic, and the storyline is both predictable and redundant. In addition the book is full of teenage sexual angst, almost as if the author was a 15 year old when it was written which was back in the early 80s. I had intended to also buy Elegy Beach, his new book, which continues this story. I won't be doing that any time soon. If this genre interests you I strongly suggest you exhaust all other options offered by better writers before turning to this book.
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- Kindle Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-21-2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio