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I really like the first Greg Mandel book, Mindstar rising. This one I just sort of liked. I'm going to read other reviews to determine if I get the third. There are way too many good books out there to read/listen to before you read/listen to this one.
This is the 2nd book of his I've read. I read a much later one, and somehow that seemed more polished (which it should, right?). Anyhow, this didn't do it for me, and I was glad when it was over. It's not bad, it's just mediocre. The narration is excellent.
Okay, this is going to sound shallow, I suppose, but the book got bogged down, I felt, in the description of every scene. If you love rich luscious detail, you'll love this. It's a good story, and it's well written. I just felt that all the detail slowed down the book. The narrator is excellent.
William Dufris delivers another very good narration. Old Man's War has a Starship Troopers feel to it, and it's a good story. It's not Scalzi's best story, but it's still very good. I liked Red Shirts, and Agent to the Stars better. Still a solid 4 star audible book, which is nothing to be ashamed of. Not every story is a home run, some are doubles, I think this is a stand up double.
First I want to say that the narrator, William Dufris, is GREAT, which is a good thing because this book is over 40 hours long. It should have been 15 hours long, but the author meanders through out the book way too much. There is a 10 minute section in which one character thinks about the perfect cold milk to Cap'n Crunch ratio. For 10 solid minutes. I'm not kidding. Fortunately the tangent story telling that does not advance the plot is well written, but after awhile it just gets exhausting. By the time your done with this giant meandering story, you're glad it's over, and the end is really worth the 40+ hours of your life. Value wise, for one credit, it's a good deal, and as I stated William Dufris does a helluva job, so over all I'm giving it 4 stars because of the narration (5 stars), and the story (3 stars).
This is Scott Meyer's first book. He has an online comic that I've been reading fro a few years also, and so I'm guessing that's where he's honed his writing skill (I think he also used to be a stand up comedian). Anyhow, the story is pretty good, and it's very well written. The narrator, Luke Daniels, does a great job, and I think he really adds something to the audiobook. Both a coworker and I agreed that we will listen to Scott's next book. It's been quite a few books since I've given straight 5 stars all the way across. It's also been a while since I've bothered to write a an actual review. This is worth it.
It was just kind of boring. It dragged on. I really enjoyed Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan, but this is far from his best effort. The narrator does a decent job, but the story barely held my interest.
I only chose this book because it had such high ratings, and I figured, that all those people can't possible be that wrong. Well, they're not. First let's start off with the narrator, Bronson Pinchot. We all know him as Balki from Perfect Strangers. Okay, throw that out of your head right now, because his narration of this book is perfect. He's fantastic. I can't believe it's him. Other narrators should listen to his narration of this book, so they can say to themselves, "ahh so that's how it's done." The story, and world that it takes place in are original, interesting, intelligent, enjoyable, etc. It's everything a fantasy/sci-fi action novel should be. I'd say it's 50% steam punk, and 50% fantasy. If I had any criticism of this book it would be the lame cover, and title. Hard Magic? You'd think after creating such a rich world and story he could have come up with something like, Tesla's Geo-Tel, or The Imperium Unleashed. But hey, no book is perfect. I'm looking forward to books 2 & 3, and happy to see the Bronson Pinchot will be the narrator.
The only reason I didn't give it 100 out of a 100, is that no novel is perfect, but this is one of the best novels I've read/listened to in a long, long, long, long, time. The story is great, the narration is excellent. I don't know how one improves this story. I was telling some friends that it's basically Cast Away (the 2000 movie with Tom Hanks) but it takes place on Mars, and it might be better. It's really good. If you don't believe me look at the average rating of the book. That's how good it is.
I really like his other novel, A Conflict of Interest. That book was really good. This one was just okay. I guess one can't write a really good book all the time. The end of the book saves it from being a 3 star novel. I think the narrator is just a little over dramatic in the reading, but that might just be me.
I didn't see the movie, but I understand the movie is good. This book could have used a good editor, which is why I suspect the movie was good. I just wasn't that impressed with it. The narration is decent. The story is so so. The characters are nothing special. There are better books out there to listen to first.
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