The story seemed to be aimed at a younger audience.
The narrator seemed like he was reading to his daughter and not to an adult audience, which is fine. Wish I knew the audience level before reading.
Loved the references to Rush's song titles and lyrics. There were Easter eggs all through the audio book!
Also, if you enjoyed the Clockwork Angels album that Rush released in 2012, this audio book will fill in the story blanks. Not sure if you will enjoy the album any more or less though.
I love Neil Peart and Rush, but never connected with the characters in this book or the story. I personally would have been much better off imagining the story in my own mind based on the lyrics and music from the exceptional Clockwork Angels Rush album.
As a fan, I enjoyed the many references to RUSH lyrics throughout this well told tale
Couldn't Tell you didn't read the book
Neil is a good reader but I am not sure if Neil's voice is the problem of the qualit of the recording but sometimes it sounds like Neil has some marbles in his mouth and the sound drops out a little. but I like how neil reads the book.
Yes it was exciting enough that I wanted to keep listening to it.
Good book typical story but I still enjoyed it a great deal and would recommend this book!
As a long time Rush fan I was looking forward to more insight of the book with the album. Unfortunately I found the story underwhelming as well as the narration by Mr. Peart. I'm still a huge fan, but honestly I was a little disappointed in the book. It seemed aimed at a preteen audience.
This is essentially a story of self-discovery but there really isn't any sense of urgency, purpose or drama. A naive teenager impulsively sets out and story after story occur. None of them interesting. None of them particularly revealing nor suspenseful nor rewarding. It is interesting that the society in the story is very regulated, structured and bland (by intention) and, as a result, so is the "adventure" we experience. In listening, I must admit I was bored by this story; drifted my attention to other thoughts; came back and really didn't miss anything. I am at a point of just hearing through the end just to finish it.
The biggest problem is that there is no suspense aspect at all. I can't tell what is really driving this character besides curiosity and idle choice. There is no drive here, Owen just does things and he doesn't know why and neither do you...and after a while you don't care.
Here I have to bury my fanboy bias for Rush. Neil isn't a good narrator. He reads the story as a father would read a bedtime story to a young child or a baby he's trying to lull to sleep. Very few sentence inflections (and I mean like three or four) and they don't particularly match the story action. He has limited character 'voices' and they all sound fairytale-ish. He voices the main character, who is a naive 17 year old, with such innocence that I equate it with a naive 10 year old.
Also, sad to say, Neil has a slight lateral lisp and his 'ess' sound come across as 'esh.' Now that's no big deal, and many people speak that way...just not professional narrators. There is a reason why people with hangnails aren't professional hand models, if you catch my drift.
All that said, the story doesn't help either.
It's not a matter of scene or scenes to cut. The story just needs more purpose, and either drama or humor or adventure or love or anything really.
It does make for a good, if super-prolonged, drinking game. Take a drink every time you hear a Rush lyric or song title!
Amazing, Fantastic and Diferent.
Owen Hardy, he have an adventure spirit.
A lot of things, in this case, first off all, the "RUSH" conections,! This is my second book reading by Neal Peart and I like his emotion, his way to tell a story.!
"Reveal the World Around You"
Yes. But only because I prefer that format.
Not aware of any other Neil Peart narratives.
As a 47yo long time Rush fan, I felt compelled to read this. I had listened to the album, & wanted more insight into the storyline & characters of the first concept album from Rush in decades. The book answered all of my questions &, although it helped me appreciate the album more, it made me appreciate the book less.
Neils narration is OK, although at times a little mono-tonal. The book is excessively littered with unnecessary references to Rushes extensive repertoire of song titles & lyrics (almost every page). The standard of writing is more appropriate for a 10yo. In my opinion, Neil would have done a better job on his own.
It should have a label "Suitable for 10 to 15yo". Maybe it could made into an interesting "Manga" style animation.
I only recommend this book if you are wanted a deeper look into the story behind the lyrics for the Clockwork Angels project. It is difficult to tell which came first - the lyrics or the story.
NO. I felt like I was being read to by my elementary school teacher. Other reviews of this author have also impacted that decision.
Yep - like his style. Wrong book for him to read, but I bet would be great on an "adult" reading-level performance.
Too shallow of a story to hold water. Visually, it could look great, and has potential if modified. I am a huge fan of RUSH, and would go see it no matter how it came out. However, I would hope that this idea is not pursued to avoid tarnishing the band's name or reputation.
Yes. I have read books from both authors and wouldn't hesitate to do so again.
First, I would like to give credit to the authors and ECW Publishing for offering a complimentary e book to all readers who purchased the hardcover. Not only was it effortless to download but the customer service was excellent.
The whole idea of supporting an album (Rush: Clockwork Angels) with a novel is not only unique but extremely creative. The partnership of Anderson/Peart/Syme makes the entire package a great experience for the reader and fan.
The storyline was reminiscent of Ayn Rand's "Anthem" and Rush's "2112" with the individual facing deciding between individualism and collectivism. The surprise though was that our main protaganist, Owen Hardy, was able to persevere and accept his fate and manage through it without having to change the world or set the world on fire.
I did find that the continuous use of Rush lines/lyrics a tad disruptive and somewhat cheesie for this reader as it distracted from the overall flow of the story. Instead of reading on, the reader stopped to pause and reflect on the many great songs Rush has recorded over the years. With that said, the use of the CA lyrics at the start of each chapter was extremely helpful in setting up each stage(s).
The books' ending was very well thought out and introspective ts to why Owen Hardy did what he did. And, to that end, the authors tended to their readers very well.
The CA package is extremely well done; with a good story line (Peart/Anderson), beautiful drawings (Hugh Syme), lyrics for each track of the album (Peart) and a great afterword from Peart to provide the backdrop for this working concept.
It is a story that young and old will enjoy.