I drive a lot of large landscaping equipment at work and have quite the abundance of listening time on my hands. Drowning out diesel engines
Andrew Ryan. His decent from idealistic free market capitalist to evil iron fist dictator is an amazing thing to watch unravel.
This is the prequel to the original Bioshock game. I read it years after playing and immediately had to go back and do another play-through. It wonderfully creates a detailed backstory and encompasses in-game elements into the story. It really enhances your in-game experience when you have read the book.
You don't have to be a fan of the game series to like this book tho.
If you like books like Atlas Shrugged and the philosophy of Ann Rand, you would probably enjoy this story as well.
I love the atmosphere of Rapture. It is just the most creative, horrifying, and delightful read all in one sitting.
This was a great tie in to the games. It gave me a lot of substantive background on Rapture and the characters who created the chaos within it.
Kafer is pretty good. He really had me laughing when he voiced the Splicers. I guess anybody trying to sound like a drug addicted maniac will have a pretty hilarious imitation.
Having played the games, I did not want those to end nor this book to end either. I enjoyed this book so much that I took it upon myself to replay the entire bioshock series again.
I hope that they come out with a prelude to Bioshock: Infinite! The game does a pretty good job at giving hints and blatantly obvious signals of what happened and why Columbia was created but a story that fell in-line just like this book would be a delight. I would recommend this to all adult readers.
I played the game first and really enjoyed this book.
Very well-written and gives good explanation to parts of the game that are not so obvious.
If you're a Bioshock fan, get it!
I played all the bioshock games and have been in love with the universe since the first one.
This book does a formidable job of describing the rise and fall of Rapture. I highly recommend it.
On it's one, somewhere in the middle, but for anyone who loves the Bioshock games/universe, it's a must.
While no single moment stood out, watching Rapture's growth and decline as a city as well as on a personal level, was fantastic.
He was able to distinguish each character while keeping with the accents of the era. Often he was able to closely match the voices in the games as well. It was hard to convince myself that he didn't play at least a few characters in the initial game.
Right before the end was particularly moving and brought back memories, no spoilers though.
The only problem I have is very minor. One or two times, a few things feel shoved into the book to make reference to something in the game (the first naming of big daddies in particular). This only happens once or twice, though, and the other 98% of rapture is built and presented very organically.