I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
At first I thought this was a children’s book with really simple characters and caricature narration, but it was too slow and boring to be a kid’s book. Is this science fiction? If so the science is so bad as to be dangerous (kids die every year emulating such diving scenes) The science was bad, but worse the characters’ actions just did not make any sense to me. Why would someone want to clean the lenses? There was also no tension as everything interesting was telegraphed long before being reveled. I really did not intend to read the next book in the series, but I already purchased both, so what the heck? Shift (the next book but prequel) was astoundingly different, well written and well narrated. It was like a completely different author. Although the premise was still a bit far fetched, the characters were adult and believable and there is actual tension and angst. If book three is like Shift I will likely continue the series.
Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.
The most enjoyable aspect of this book is its believability. Many of the current dystopias available explore interesting ideas of levels of government control. However, this series I wouldn’t really categorize as dystopia as it is more of a survival story and this makes it seem so much closer to our real-world situation. It’s not a government trying to make the country perfect and society civilized and then it turning out scary. It is a government trying to help a few humans do the best they can to survive. So the story explores how a country would go about shelving away some humans for survival until the world is live-able. What levels of deceit are worth it for the best survival of the most people? It also addressed issues of class separation, population control, limit of historical information, and the power of taboos.
I found the story slow at the beginning with the first couple of main characters but it moved onto story-lines I found more appealing. All of the characters are standard bucket types, which I felt showed a real lack of imagination on the author’s part. Everyone is what they appear from day one. It could be argued, however, that in a closed society this would be apt to occur. A great aspect of this book is that it is fairly gender-neutral in approach and so more widely palatable to readers. The writing is average but the ideas are great and well-worth the read. I always appreciate an author willing to discuss difficult issues like sacrifice for the good of many and social control and value ideas over good prose. I will definitely plan on reading the Shift series.
I wasn't very fond of this narrator. She did try to do distinct voices, which is appreciated. However, she narrates like she's doing an oral reading on stage instead of just reading it. I'm glad "Shift" is a different narrator.
For me this book is really difficult to listen to. The narrator's pace is extremely slow and she pauses many times in mid-sentence as well as every sentence ending. I kept praying that she would put two sentences together, but that never happened. I found my concentration drifting. I tried playing the audio book on fast speed, but then the audio quality suffers. Perhaps these dramatic pauses work on stage, but they do not work well in the audio book format.
Also, the male character voices sound like no man I have ever heard. With these two extremely distracting elements, it is really hard for me to follow the plot of the story. Sorry Amanda. I really wanted to listen to this book, but I have wasted a credit instead.
This trilogy is a unique story line. It is very well written and narrated. I really enjoyed listening to this book. It reminds me of the Divergent books but the plot is completely different. I can't wait listen to more from this author.
No... I would read it next time. This narrator was truly awful.
I thought the story was very well written and and thought out. It was easy to get lost in the consistent world of the Silos.
The end was pretty cool.
I haven't heard the other narrator for this book (there are two versions with different narrators) - so I can't recommend the other narrator per se. But it is hard to imagine any narrator doing a worse job. So I guess I am recommending you buy the other version.
Diverted me during long drives, had several unexpected turns despite well worn turf.
Alive, absorbing, acute
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
I CAN'T READ THAT FOR 12 HOURS
I like the whole concept of this story and I like what happens in the story. I do wish this had been 12 hours instead of 17+, for it really dragged the last five hours. The whole thing was written in a slow, taking for ever manner. It was not overly descriptive, nor was there flowery language, I think we just spent too much time in the minds of the characters, contemplating simple things. Though I am impatient, I was okay (not thrilled) with this, but toward the end it started to ware on me. I am a sucker for books about populations stuck in enclosed environments, generations ships, islands, or even Room by Donoghue.
LATERAL DIGS ARE FORBIDDEN
The whole book is a mystery and the mystery is compelling enough, that you want to listen. I am even going to break a long habit of mine of not continuing a series I can't give five stars too. The next series tells how the silos came about and then there is a third book in the series. A lot in the book is predictable but some things are not and the main mystery keeps you listening.
The narrator is not great, nor is she terrible. When she does voices, they do sound cartoonish or like anime. I have notice this same book is out with a different narrator, you may want check out the reviews on her. I also notice that book two is a different narrator then either of the two versions of one. Her male voices sound like a little girl trying to sound grown up. It was not enough to detract from the story for me and she did not read it slow, it was slow written.
I enjoy the audio version so I can have hands and eyes free and still read.
I was shocked by the first few chapters, and that rarely happens to me.
She is a great narrator and I wish she had done all three books. When the story focused on a female,she brought it alive.
I wouldn't be surprised if this were to be made into a movie. My tagline would be: Desperate times call for extreme measures. Motives determine whether those measures can be forgiven.
I heard that the author published his books himself when he started out. Admirable. He is such a great wordsmith. I hope he keeps writing, because I will keep reading! The first book I read of his is called "Sand". Check it out!
People who read Popular Mechanics. A huge portion of the book includes lengthy descriptions of the equipment and the work processes and the industrial environment in general in very technical language.
No, the premise was extremely good but the story failed to take off or develop. So many amazing directions this could have gone but it did not really go anywhere at all.
Someone who doesn't read with silly voices. The voices ruined the characters and made them melodramatic and corny. Amanda's normal reading voice is amazing, Grade A reader; but when she tries those voices of man not good.
Probably not. Just had to give up - had no idea where this was going and a total disappointment in terms of a story
Did not necessarily detract - the story was so boring, it was impossible for the narrator to add anything to the listening experience.