This ranks near the top of my list of books I've listened to thus far.
Eliot. He is the one mysterious character that even to the very end you still could not fully understand who he was.
Their interpretations of the characters made it more interesting. I think if I had read the book I might have interpreted them a little differently.
This book made me laugh and it made me sad.
By the end this book was an audio page turner. Clever concept and compelling subplots that converge in unexpected ways.
I'm a PhD student in Linguistics in California, and I like to be positive (but my reviews maybe don't support that statement). I <3 books!
Yes, the plot was great. The author made sure there was always something I didn't know, keeping me guessing what was next.
Worst accents ever (except "Jennifer Government" was even worse). SO painful.
What's the audo equivalent of a page-turner? Not sure. But that, even with the terrible fake accents.
Mind Control Organization
A memorable moment for me was when I realized who was the antagonist from the beginning of the novel. It was a surprising perspective change.
If you can be categorized, you can be controlled.
If someone were to describe this book as a powerful organization that can control people by saying phrases imbued with power, you might assume that this is a fantasy book about witchcraft. But the author has made what could be described as fantasy into a believable science-fiction story through the progressive development of the science involved. Coolio!
I have been a voracious reader since I was a child.
The synopsis looked great and I was very happy with both the male and female narrators (though the woman did an Australian accent terribly, it wasn't too distracting). But the storytelling was a letdown. Crazy, gritty chase and destruction scenes played out for far too long. Instead of going on and on about them, the author should have taken more time to develop the story surrounding what these students were learning and why. The sci-fi nerd in me wanted more details about the mechanics of mind control, and fewer high speed chase scenes. This could have been a great novel.
Max Barry is back in top form. This entertaining musing on the power of words may go to extremes to get it's point across but in a world drowning in con men disguised as salesmen this is exactly the modern parable we should celebrate.
Maybe, I usually don't come back to fast paced thrillers like this but it felt like there was something more going on that I missed.
Eliot was the most interesting to me but just because he felt like he had the most history and internal conflict throughout the story. But he also doesn't go through as dramatic and interesting an arc as Emily does it's kind of a toss up.
Corrigan's Emily and Appleman's Eliot too difficult to compare. I'll go with Corrigan's Emily just because I feel she really brings some sympathy to a character who needs later on down the line.
It's difficult to share without giving a lot away, but suffice it to say I really enjoy Max Barry's romances in his books.
This is a magic system that really means something besides creating cool fight scenes. It gives a real image to the power of words and knowledge. The most powerful characters in this story are those who know how to read people and how to exploit that. Intelligence and charisma really are dangerous tools in this world just like they are in ours. Dang, I love this book.
Heather Corrigan's voice is hypnotic. I'd listen to her read the phone book!
It was too long to listen to all at once, but I pretty much listened to it whenever I could and didn't want to put it down.
I liked the structure of the book, the parallel stories that came together and moved apart. I also enjoyed the way one's frame of reference for certain characters or institutions would be fundamentally changed as the book progressed. That increased the roller coaster sense of being on a wild ride with the narrative.
Good story and characters. Very good performance.
The book would be 1/3 to 1/2 shorter if the "f" word were removed.