Author Max Barry weaves a well conceived story with great irony and likeable characters.
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.
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.
A lot of interesting concepts presented well, but never overshadowing the excitement of the story. A really fun and really thought provoking read.
A good concept but poorly developed? I didn't feel this book took me anywhere in particular. I didn't find the characters or their situations compelling or convincing. Perhaps, as others have mentioned, the structure was largely responsible for this.
While I hate to quibble, I do think that if you are going to pay actors to read a book requiring foreign accents, then please make sure they are up to the task. Corrigan gave a good performance overall, but when required to use an Australian accent her attempt was so poor that it was horribly distracting and broke the fictional 'dream.'
The readers were wonderful actors. Their performance outdid the story.
It probably will have a follow up because it ended with questions unanswered.
The story jumps from the present to the past, which is not unusual, but the characters have more than one name. This causes confusion. I had trouble following the narrative, and I have a Ph.D. and am a voracious reader.