Lord of the Dings
Very weak (non)ending. Obviously this is only the beginning of the story. Your rating system sucks. I will no longer participate in it.
The concept of the sentient forest and the green priests was innovative and interesting.
I think he would do better to simply read and not try so hard to interpret characters with his voice. Many readers can do a great job of this, but I found the voices he assigned to King Frederick and some of the older characters particularly annoying. I think my comments are more a statement of personal choice rather than a true critique
No. Too long.
It ranks to the upper side of middling only because it took me more than half the book to begin to remember who was who and what they were doing and what was important about them. Kind of like War and Peace with Aliens, Russian phone directory and all. The story ended up being quite enjoyable, and piqued my interest in the sequel.
Although I had a hard time following all the dozens of people and places at the beginning, they did come together and I am amazed at the complexity of the plot and world. Aliens are, well, alien, and human hubris has been humbled. That said, there are only a couple of the characters that I really care about, so it will be interesting to follow them in the sequel and see who dies and who saves the day. (They will save the day, won't they?)
George is my first love in audio performance. He does different voices well, even women's. His style makes even ordinary sentences a little more interesting, if not suggestive (as in suspenseful). He is easy to follow and to listen to. I want to invite him to dinner.
The very end. I knew part of what was going to happen--it was inevitable, but it didn't play out as I would have preferred. New places to go, new people to meet-- where? who? Can you say, "sequel?" Oh, and Asimov? Not everyone follows your rules!
No - Anderson
Yes - Guidall
Of course. This could have been a great book but fails. When an author sets a number of scenes, each with their own set of characters, there is a plot line in each segment that leads back to the main plot. The best example of this is John Brunner's classic Stand on Zanzibar.
The author here fails miserably. I got maybe 2/3 of the way through and there is one main plot line (the aliens from gas giants). While he makes some references in most of the scenarios to the main plot there is little to tie them together except the knowledge of current events. And the one segment that is supposed to have critical information (the World Tree) appears completely unaware of what's happening.
It is so poorly done I can't believe Mr. Anderson is capable of writing a coherent book. I also don't care enough to finish it even with about 14 hours invested.
The only good think is the narrator who is fantastic. No wonder Audible lists hundreds of books narrated by him.
Beautiful universe. The characters develop in a way many serials ignore, they are empathetic and relevant, regardless of how friendly they are.
The bad guys are hard to judge, it's not clear if they are actually bad, or just very bad at science.
The prefect, anything Hamilton
I couldn't; it's too long. Though I would like to try.
Hello, My name is Levi Brousseau. I'm on a life long mission to find stories that blow my mind.
This was a pretty good story. Lots of character building. Does have a slow start, but gets better as it moves along. over all I enjoyed it very much. check it out.
It took me a couple of times through several parts of the book at first in order to get it clear in my mind who all the characters and groups were in the story. I found myself frequently saying, "Now who is that? or Now who are they?" Maybe I was just distracted, but it seemed as if there are a lot of players to keep straight. However, after I got all that squared away in my mind, it was a good book.
Guidall did a good job as always.
This book is not on my all time favorites list, but still not a bad listen.
The story is very slow in starting. The author layers his characters and the universe for hours....
Nope. It was a jump from Fantasy to Sci Fi and I guess I should not try "Epic SciFi" before I have matured into the genre.
He is great...
For a more patient listener...