Starts off wierd. You'll be a little confused at first. Stick with it. If you've seen The Matrix, you'll be able to follow the scifi aspects and everything well. 60 year old Grandmothers won't get it, (unless they're into scifi). The author writes Extremely intelligently and the book is a poetic and philosophical masterpiece. Better than Prey, better than the matrix.
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if there are any...seems impossible. This is one of the most annoying books that I have ever tried to read. I started it a couple of times, put it away, and now its too late to return it or I would do so. AND I resent the reference by another reviewer along the lines of "60 year old grandmothers" not appreciating it. Many 60 year old grandmothers (and grandfathers) grew up in the heyday of the great science fiction writers - Clarke, Heinlein, Brunner, too many to mention, - and this writer is simply not in their class. If you go ahead and buy this showy piece of jumpy junk, don't let the "return by" date pass you by.
I have been an Audible subscriber since Jan 2001!!!!
Dark, Apocalyptic, Shocking
Halloween. A protagonist like I've not seen.
First time. It was good.
Yes, but it gives away the story.
Read it. Read Edenborn. Despair. We need the third one.
More than a few reviewers here and on Amazon thought the book had some slow parts. I did not feel this way. The reader took some getting used to, but I was hooked after the first hour. By 3 hours in I was fully engaged as the pieces came together. If you post-apocalyptic, virtual reality sci-fi you will love this book.
I enjoyed this book until the end! Didn't like the ending! But the narrator was perfect, and the overall plot was right up my sci fi alley. I was so bummed about the ending, I wasn't sure I wanted to read anything more by this author...but I gave Edenborn a try and ...WOW. I'm going to that book to review it now. So read this one and then IMMEDIATELY read Edenborn - you'll be glad you read both.
Highbridge consistently puts out terrific audiobooks and this sci-fi thriller/mystery is no exception.
In his debut, screenwriter turned novelist Sagan breaks all the rules and comes up with a plot that seems like it should be all over the map but instead comes together beautifully.
With a terrific performance, Clayton Barclay Jones does justice to the hero, Halloween, a young man lost in an existential nightmare, unable to tell what's real from what isn't. Clayton makes you feel for Halloween's plight, rooting for him to find his way through a mystery that's bigger than anything he's known and more sinister than he can imagine.
Typical high quality production values from Highbridge. Great actor. Wonderful book. What more could you want?
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There are many annoying technology problems with this book (that were completely avoidable), so if that kind of thing really bothers you, you will not like Iderwild. I had to grit my teeth and accept the premise and just go with it. The narration is excellent, the writing is very good, and the story is quite acceptable. This is nowhere close to Ender's Game or The Matrix, but it was substantially better then most science fiction, and much, much better than most VR sci fi. There is good vocabulary and few cliches. This would be enjoyed more by people younger than I am - so I rated it at 4 instead of 3 stars. Only the main character is really fleshed out, but that is consistent with the story - so can be forgiven. You do have to listen very attentively to keep track of where, who and what you are - take your attention away for a moment and you will find yourself lost - focus and stick with it and it will be well worth the listen.
If I could have figured out what this story was about.
Not sure until I buy it.
The performance... hard to describe... it was Ok
The entire story line, or I would have put more clues. I didn't know if it was fantisy, scifi, mystery, or what.
Dark and slow. Narrator, again, doesn't know how to pronounce contractions - makes him sound like a little kid who has not learned to speak correctly which, I guess, is the case. Pronounces 'didn't as 'dent' and 'wouldn't' as ' wood dent'
Takes a long time to get anywhere. Spend your money elsewhere.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
I listened to edenborn the sequel to this book, when I was a member of a much inferior audio book club. They did not have Idlewild and I did not even know this book existed. I enjoyed the sequel and so thought this would be good. This was terrible. I could not take more then 2 hours of it. It is all a dream sequence. Slowly you learn that these kids are in suspended animation and are learning to graduate to the real world when they will be able to survive in it. They are the last ten people of the world. It sounds like a great story and it could have been, but Carl's son is too busy trying to be Fedor Dostoevsky to write a good story. May I suggest you go right to the sequel, as NS must have gotten the good advice to make the story more interesting to the reader.