The author has done an amazing job of bringing the characters to life, and the battle scenes are riveting and exciting. This is a great book and I hope there are many more in the series.
The vividness of the writing and narration can only be compared to watching a classic movie like Casablanca or the Sands of Iwo Jima.
It's mind-boggling how Dufris can take a ship full of men and give vivid, fully-differentiated portrayals of each one. There is a reason he is one of the superstars of the audiobook world. He's a great actor with a naturalistic, human feel to his work. We get warmth to help us connect with the human side of daily life aboard ship and the energy to soar to heights of excitement during the thrilling battle scenes.
There are some great funny scenes, and sections that made me laugh. My strongest reaction was to the action scenes. The battles -- especially at the end -- were so gripping it was almost impossible to stop listening.
This is a perfect match of a great story and a great narrator!
I took a chance on this book and was very surprised, I'm buying the second book in the series today. I've read the Newt Gingrich alternative US history series and loved them so much that when I saw
I like the Lemurian characters and their reactions to the U.S. sailors. The story is built upon the foundation of the sharing of these two cultures.
No, this is the first. His style is well suited to this story.
An epic story of survival and fellowship.
Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!
First off, I think Audible should implement a new rule, where if you're this irritated by a book, they should DONATE your credit to a worthy charity somehwere. What I'm about to write only applies to this book as an ADULT review. As a children's book, I'm sure this waste would be quite highly rated. I could certainly see how a 10-yr old with little/no expectations of original story, interesting characters, and somewhat believable premise would love a work of fiction such as this.
However, if you are over 10 yrs old, have an IQ north of 70, and have ever read any book relating to WWII or Sci Fi, skip this one. It will set you back intellectually to a place where only the most depraved souls linger. The story is not original at all, the lack of details is truly atrocious (both characters, language, and setting), and the characters are so shallow and dull that they will mean absolutely nothing to you.
Again, this is an adult's perspective on this book. I'm sure there are children out there that would think this book is the greatest thing since Harry Potter. I just wish these people (Audible) would've warned me, in the description of the book. "WARNING: FOR KIDS" would have been nice.
I tried to keep this review spoiler free, but there is one last thing... If you're going to put a "Sea Monster" in your story, make it scary, original, and interesting. Otherwise, LET US KNOW they're purely in there for kids! Let us know this ON THE COVER OF THE BOOK! The monsters/creatures in this book are obviously written for children, and I couldn't believe the level of juvenile absurdity I was listening to. I wish I could get a refund for this one.
The narrator is great. Clearly, he did the best with what he was given.
From the very first, the author sucks you right into the most improbable situations and causes your suspension of disbelief,to flow seamlessly. Whether you're a fan of naval action or a sci-fi nut, (or both like me), you can effortlessly forgo reality and take an escape. The author weaves the technology of a US Navy, 1919 WICKES Class destroyer into an entire world, all of his own creation. The sole problem is the failure of the narrator to do his homework to learn how to pronounce simple naval and military terms properly. Someone needs to explain to Mr. Dufris that a B.A.R., (Browning Automatic Rifle), is not a 'public house', and so isn't pronounced, "bar", and that the front of a ship, the fo'c's'le, differs from a "focksall" or a "foxhole". His constant and nerve grating mispronunciations through ALL 3 books ought to have been caught by the producers. These are only 2 examples of everyday terms that are consistently mangled by the narrator to the detriment of an otherwise excellent story. The flow of the story is significantly effected by the narrator's ignorance of things both Naval and military, making it all too obvious that all 3 books were recorded at the same time - and that the producers didn't really care.
From 4/12/15 on, I will only rate a book 5 stars if it so good I will listen to it again. To date, the Bino series tops that list.
I liked the characters, the flow of the story and constant action. It is obvious early on this is the first edition of a series.
Many explorations and adventures await!
Entertaining! Great story line and pleasantly pleased. Can't wait to purchase the next book in the series. Well worth the credit. Only negative was the narrator....sounded too feminine to me for the parts and makes the characters sound goofy imo, but that is the only reason I didn't rare five stars.
I read/listen to a lot of sci-fi and fantasy bit don't fable into military fiction to much. this book's unique take on combining naval fiction with fantasy grabbed me and held me. loveable (if not tropeish) characters, good narration, and exciting battles. good narration. looking forward to more in the series.