Good performance. I listened to the book 2 weeks before the release of the movie. This book is a lot more fun when you're in the 4th grade vs. being 42. The movie does a good job of following the book.
To be fair, I love these books (and not just the Davenport series, but the Virgil Flowers series too). I love Richard Ferrone as the narrator. I've recently started going back and listening/reading the very first of his novels (for the first time), and they are just as good as his later novels. If I had one criticism, (and this is a truly lame point) I think the cover art is lousy. Let's be honest, if your biggest criticism of a book is that the cover art is lousy, chances are it's going to be a good book.
I've read virtually everything Robert Sawyer has ever written. They usually range from excellent (Counting God) to pretty damned good (Hominid series). This is just average by normal standards. By Robert J Sawyer standard, I think it's below average. The narration is very good, the story is moderately interesting, and deals with mostly memory. Some aspects of the story are cool, but just not enough to carry the whole thing.
I read this book several years ago, and when I bought it on Audible I didn't realize I had already read it. Even though I knew I had read it, I couldn't remember all the plot points, and some of the finer details. This is a great book, I think all will like it. I give it 95 out of 100, which is one of my higher recent scores.
This is nothing special. At it heart it's just another Zombie story. Nothing like 14, which I loved. I'd skip it.
Here's the thing, it's almost as if Alastair Reynolds got tired of writing this series. He pretty much wraps up the series with a brief epilogue. Alastair could have easily written a whole book which covers the just the epilogue.
Narration is superb. Story is interesting, and well thought out. I would have given it a better score if more was revealed about the Martians. This is book 2, and is only vaguely connected to book 1, and can stand alone, and in fact could even be read out of order, although I think reading them in order is preferred. 93 out of 100.
Story is not that original. I was glad when I finished it so I could move on to a better book. 78 out of 100. I'm not putting it in the insomnia category, but I wouldn't put it in the page turner category either. There are several books out there that are superior.
I really liked Revelation Space, Chasm City, and even The Prefect. This is a small step backwards. I still think his best work is Pushing Ice, or House of Suns.
Not the best book I've ever read, but pretty damn good. The performance is exceptionally good. I was really pleased, and I enjoyed the 2nd book which works well (both can be read separately, and even out of order, although it's better to read them in order). I give it 93 out of 100.
This book is a reboot of a classic novel (this is explained in the introduction by John Scalzi), and it's pretty damned good. If you've read any of Scalzi's other novels, and you enjoyed them, you'll enjoy this too. It's witty, smart, well paced, etc. Wil Wheaton is excellent (again) as the narrator. But wait there's more! After you're done with the John Scalzi novel, then the original novel begins. My initial thought was, I just heard this story, but that's not the case. The very general plot of the book, "a prospector discovers a fuzzy animal in his shack" is the same. After that, the stories are their own, both enjoyable, well written, and narrated perfectly. If you don't enjoy both novels, chances are you don't speak English, in which case what the hell are you doing reading this?
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