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I think this book could have used a good editor to trim some of the unnecessary fill from this book. Some parts were needlessly over dramatic. It kind of drags. The interview at the end of the book where Miller (author) interviews Collins (narrator) was interesting. I'll not be listening to the rest of the books, I think I'd rather Wikipedia it instead.
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.
What a great book. Great story, great characters, well written, good plot, narrated very well, etc. I really can't think of any criticism. It's not a standard "who dunnit", it's better. I think everyone will enjoy it.
The story is good, definitely above average. If it was me, I'd find a way to delete the character Prax, as he is a whiny generally pitiful character. I loved the foul mouth old woman, but if you don't like rough language, then you might be very offended by her character, and the book might not be for you. Jefferson Mays does a good job narrating the story, and the story on a whole moves along at a decent pace. There really aren't any major plot twists, but that's not necessary for this story. Also, if you've not read the first book, you won't be totally lost in the second. I think you could read the 2nd, before the first, and still enjoy both books. I will be reading or listening to the third book.
It's been a long time since I gave something 5 stars across the board. This is not my normal genre, (it takes place during the 1880's) but don't let that deter you. This is a exceptionally good mystery. It seemed that every time I thought I had it figured out, I was wrong. This book is one of the better books I've read in the last year. I give it 96 out of 100.
The story isn't bad, and is occasionally funny, but the narrator is either a mouth breather, or is so out of shape that he's almost out of breath the entire book. I think if he had just slowed his reading some and not inhaled/exhaled constantly into the mic, I might have given the book 87 out of 100.
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