I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I wanted to like this so much more than I did. In fact, to be completely honest, I didn't like it very much at all and had to force myself to finish it. It is fundamentally boring. The author spends a lot of time building the world/reality while trying to "hide" the actual details in order to dole it out throughout the story.
Tregillis could have just stated in a prologue that it's a take on WW2, as it might have turned out if there were advanced technical know-how and supernatural beings involved. Then chopped out the page after page after page of Will or Marsh or whoever... (it was extremely difficult to tell who was who)... going here, or going there, then returning home. And spent this extra time and effort in distinguishing the characters.
Seriously... I think the blurring between Will and Marsh was the main problem... sometimes they were referred to by their first name, sometimes by their last name, and sometimes by a nickname, I think... (actually, even as I write this, I recall numerous scenes where I wasn't clear if Will really was Marsh, or if it was about another guy completely).
There are no women in this story. Well, of course there is a wife, and a female bad-guy, but they feel exactly the same as the male characters... who in turn all feel like the same person, even though some had different accents (which was often the only way to tell the characters apart).
I, unfortunately, already own the rest of the series, but unless I get stuck in an airport with absolutely nothing else to read - including menus and advertising pamphlets - I'm not going to be reading any more of this.
There is no gore or graphic details, no swearing, no sex, no action, no ... oopsy...there was kinda a plot... if you can wade through Will and Marsh's super-boring conversations to get to it. The narration was well-done; he did different accents for different characters - and this often was the only way to know if we were hearing about the British or the German side of the war. Unfortunately, he couldn't breathe life into what felt like a long-winded and boring soliloquy.
I've been eyeing this title for a while and finally went for it based on other reviews. Omg, such a good book and so well narrated. I purchased the next book before I was done with this book.
Intriguing look at history, and people in general. You see the decisions everyone makes and the consequences they have to live with and it changes them. Plus, the whole take on warlocks is fascinating, their language and how they negotiate.
All around solid writing, characters , plot, and ideas. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to dive into the next one.
Bitter Seeds was a remarkably fun read. Taking place from the years 1919-1941 the book describes an alternate history in which England finds itself alone against the Nazi onslaught, made worse by fantastic and dark research on both sides.
The characters in this work are compelling and flawed, and most importantly believable, despite the fantastic elements of the story (super-powered Nazis).
The narrator does an excellent job.
I'm an Audibook Fan driving tens of thousands of kilometres for work yearly and I find the performances on these novels the best time passer
So far it has all the elements I enjoy from a solid book, which are a good story, rich understandable and relatble characters and flowing naration.This is easily one of the best I've listend to so far.
Hard to say but it feels like a Tomy Clancy Novel with Dr Who elements.
Liked this alot it was similar to listening to an old fashined radio show which completly suits the book.
YES! There is a lot in this book, and much I missed while listening to it while I worked doing yard matenance. I have already started a second time, and it is better the second time. This book will keep you going for a while!
None. This book is one of a kind. The closest you could get would be something like Harry Turtledove's "In the Presence of Mine Enemies", George RR Martins "A Song of Ice and Fire", and the "Fantastic Four" and mixed it together. Absolutely inspired.
Yes, but not a book with a lot of dates or foreign words. I tends to mispronounce foreign words and says the dates weird, saying one September, 1940, instead of first of September, 1940. He does, however, great accents for the characters and is very clear and pleasant to listen to.
Both. The author does a great job of making you care for the characters, even though you hate some of them. Even when you know something is going to happen, it still ends up as a surprise and leaves you with that reaction.
The story itself is one of the most original stories I have heard recently, and the writing style itself is great. The author does a great job of making the process between switching characters very clear and easy to follow. The narrator is great with doing the multitude of accents, even though he does occasionally mispronounce a name or word, but this is because I am a history junkie and am a fanatic about pronunciation, so this may not bother someone who is particular about these things. The narrator also pronounces the dates weird, saying one September, 1940, instead of first of September, 1940. These aside, however, this is one book no one should pass by. And, while you're at it, get the second one, "The Coldest War", because you'll want to start that immediately after finishing this one.
I was a little skeptical to read this one, the description just didn't do much for me. But i obviously purchased it and i am glad i did. This is probably one of my favorite books Ive ever read. It was original, fast paced, narration was amazing, and it had me tensing at certain moments and smiling during others.
I am starting book 2 now, and cant wait for book 3.
Buy this audio book and listen to it. No one will be disappointed.
I can't reccomend this highly enough. It's a little hard going at the very beginning as the various story strands are introduced, but they converge into a magnificently entertaining, if slightly grim story. Eagerly looking forward to the rest of the trilogy,
Where ever I am that's where I'll be.
Ian Tregillis has written a tale of adventure, action, cyborg mystery and the occult injecting them into the iconic history of WWII. The story trail blazers into a unique place in fiction & for this listener doesn't follow the expected. First rate can't wait for more. See The Coldest War.
I was not sure if this would be my kind of book with the mix of Science Fiction with actual events, but I found it to be well written and engaging. Still not too sure on the emphasis on the baby though, not adequately explained to my satisfaction.
pros and cons
but entertaining. It's worth the listen, but don't expect greatness. The book drags in places, but one gets the sense that the next installment will be really fun.