Science Fiction, humor, education, philosophy, horror and non fiction are my favorite genres.
For me it was not well spent. I found the book disjointed and dull. I was really looking forward to listening to this one but there were to many problems with this title.
Lovecraftian Science Adventure
Many things. The writing is superb, very fluid, and fealt natural. The setting appealed to my background in IT, and ultimately I found the main character - pseudonym Bob Howard - to be very relatable. The way the structure of the world is revealed over the course of the book is well done, and sets the stage for what looks to be a really cool series.
Being American, and Stross being British, there were a number of minor details like common slang that I likely would not have picked up on were I reading. With Emery's inflection where relevant, I instantly understood exactly what he meant even though I had never heard the phrase before.
I want to listen to the entire series in one sitting!
This is like the Dresden Files if Harry were a hacker instead of a wizard and based in London instead of Chicago.
Contrary to many other reviews, I just found this novel largely uninspired (despite the potentially interesting cocktail of styles). It's part spy-novel, part occult/magic powers, part math techno-geek. the 2nd quality means that any time that part 1 gets you into a sticky situation, you can invent some (mathematically justified) magical way out. oh, and of course, there are Nazis. unless i get really desperate, I'm not even going to pursue the other books in the series (and that is saying something).
The long, incredibly technical explanations for the phenomena and science utilized in the book. The author sometimes goes on for what seems like two to three paragraphs about things that make no sense and little or no effort is made to explain or include the reader in to the physics of this universe. Late in a series I could forgive this, but as the opener, it's a poor choice. Also, the book is written in present tense, which I find an unusual narrative choice. I got used to it, but it was a little jarring at first.
Probably not, for reasons mentioned above. The "magic" in this book is incredibly hard to make sense of and the author either designed it that way or assumed readers would already know what he was talking about.
I did enjoy the narrator. Especially when handling the love interest's Scottish accents.
I normally don't use a credit on a book less than 10 hours and I thought I was in the clear on this one. However, the book wrapped up at just over 8 hours and what follows is a nearly 2 hour preview of the next book. I felt a little bit cheated.
An Audio Book Junkie...
It is an okay book... I don't think they should do the two story format.... just spend your time on one book and make it great.
I was more than a little disappointed with this book as I was hoping to find another series as gripping, amusing and imaginative as The Dresden Files or even as funny and exciting as The Rook, by Daniel O'Malley (by far the most original and entertaining book I have listen to this year). Sadly, it read like a wet Sunday with just the same amount of tension and excitement. Gideon Emery, the narrator, was certainly competent, but was not able to inject any air of mystery or suspense into this less than thrilling piece of writing. I would have hoped, with a title like 'The Atrocity Archives' to have had a much darker and emotionally charged story - silly me! The only upside to this story, for me, was the mildly satirical dig on British bureaucracy, that aspect of my country of origin that reinforces my relief at not living there anymore. I guess I won't be buying the rest of the series.
Yes, I enjoyed the book - I'd listen to it again because I found the concept of a government agency that handles the creatures that lurk in the shadow, while fighting their own government bureacracy amusing.
Drop most of the jargon. I'm something of a nerd and understood most of it, but it was boring as hell hearing talk of someone "grepping" a log.
A genuine english accent.
Bureaucracy that kills.
On level 5 of Robot Hell
In the fiction category its fairly up there. It's up there with the Dresden Files.
Bob of course. He's the nerd heroe all of us nerds want to be.
Emery's preformance was exellence. He has a nice range of voices and accents that make listening a delight.
There were quite a few moments that I was chuckling. It's chocked full of little bits of nerd humor.
You had me at "Knuth, Dykstra, Al-Hazred"! :) Chock full of great "inside" jokes for nerds, but great story! Reminds me a lot of Thursday Next books (in a good way)!
This is well read by Gideon Emery, and a great book! I'd describe it as a Science Fiction/Horror/Comedy. The back story for the Concrete Jungle (the 2nd book included after the Atrocity Archive) gets a little slow, but it has a great payoff. Makes me want more office toys!