I enjoy James Rollins. I've read several of his other books and chose to listen to this one--I wasn't disappointed.
If you're looking for Daniel Silva or Robert Ludlum like development and characters skip this book! Rollins style is more of Ted Bell (though I like Rollins better), Clive Cussler or Mathew Reilly. Larger than life heros. This is the type of book that is a fun way to forget reality and just try to keep up with the fast flow (and leave your reality analyzer turned off). Think 007.
For those that have read/listened to Rollins before this does have some similarity in characters (as I've found most authors do). Listen or read several other authors in between Rollins books and this will be a fun blast.
Like some of the other reviewers, I also felt this book had some Harry Potter mixed with Twilight. As an adult I found the bantering between the characters amusing. I was able to understand the references and thought it added a dose of believability to the characters. It wasn’t oppressive, but did lighten the mood at times and helped to strengthen the feelings between characters at others. Cassandra Clare’s storyline hand some fun jinxes and twists that I wasn’t expecting. I felt it was written for a maturity level above Harry Potter and nudging with Twilight.
For myself, the narrator didn’t detract from the story. She was not my favorite, but as the book continued I began to appreciate her subtle nuances in inflection and found myself engrossed enough in the story line to forget the narrating.
If you loved reading (or listening) to the Harry Potter and Twilight series you may feel as I do that this is a fun listen. I’m now listening to the second book in the series and so far I’m enjoying it even more. I found to City of Bones to have a hint of familiarity to other books, but a distinctly different take with well fleshed out details and developments that caught me by surprise.
City of Bones is a book I could put down (though found myself listening through several parts without wanting to stop). It was also a book that I looked forward to continuing with anticipation each time I did.
It's been nearly 9 years since I purchased this audiobook and subsequently purchased 30 more Discworld books over the years!
Like many others this wasn't my favorite in the series, and it took me a while to understand the crazy planet supported by the massive elephants and actually remember having to re-listen to a few parts. It was worth it--the story began to coalesce and by the end I wanted more...
In my opinion the books keep getting better. I would have never dreamed I'd purchase every book in a 30 book series...but I did and enjoyed them a lot. In fact, writing this review has reminded me of the upbeat zany world Terry Pratchett created and I believe I will give the series another listen!
I'd almost suggest starting with the second book and coming back to this one but I'll let you decide that. For now consider a 4 star rating involving 1,700 listeners!!! There's a reason so many have downloaded this treat. Give it a try.
As many other reviewers have stated--start with this book first. If you like it chances are you'll enjoy the rest of the series.
I appreciate that Jack Campbell had an exciting vision and made it into a series of books with a definite beginning and conclusion. This is a series that once you finish you will probably want more but respect the author for realizing the story was over and finishing on a high note.
By the time I finished this drearily depressing book I had decided I was finished with the Aldenata series. I had purchased and listened to each of the previous books and was somewhat dismayed to see that "My Next Listen" had acquired the next book (which I won't bother wasting my time listening to after reading its reviews).
Several times I contemplated deleting the book but kept imagining it might radically improve...it didn't. The detailed descriptions of the SS and their history seemed quite accurate, but I didn't see how they added to the story. At times it almost felt that the SS should be looked upon with respect.
The book started off dark and continued on a downward spiral that left me hoping it would soon end. Death, destruction, Holocaust, death, details of women & children being used as food for the Posleen, more death, and mankind failing again and again with yet more death and heartbreak piled upon the story.
Marc Vietor's narration seemed spot on but the writing of Tom Kratman and John Ringo felt like a never ending tirade of misery and pain for the main storyline. The flashbacks of the SS and their inclusion into the book was nearly nauseating. If the vast SS storyline wasn't included I still would have preferred to have not wasted my time listening to the book, but I don't believe I would have found it bordering on appallingly bad. This book was definitely in the bottom 1% of over 300 audiobooks I have had the opportunity to listen to.
If you haven't read Pratchett, start with "The Colour of Magic" or another of his beginning works.
For those who have looked at my profile to see what I've reviewed and happened upon this--READ SOME REVIEWS OF DISCWORLD.
While this series is certainly not for everyone, I find Pratchett's dry English humor and play on words to be delightful. Out of all the authors I've listened to this is one that has made me keep my Audible subscription year after year.
Give one of his books a try. You might have to listen to the first hour or so over again the very first time you read Pratchett to get a handle on his zany world he has created, but it's worth it!
If you've agreed with my ratings on other books try Pratchett--it might be your best audiobook decision of the year!
I enjoyed it all. The narrator, whose voice had wonderful character development, the story with a lovely sense of slightly dark humor, and the fact that there are more books in this series for me to enjoy.
A fun way to get lost in another universe. It wasn't so encompassing that I couldn't stop listening, but engrossing enough that I didn't want to.
Conservative or Liberal, old or young I think this book offers plenty for all of to think about.
While you might not agree with the entire book (it'd be shocking if you did), chances are Lee has points that'll make you shake your head in agreement and think about long after reading.
Not the best book ever, but I enjoyed the story. Nice narration, good plot.
It felt like "Deep Storm" borrowed from other books I have enjoyed over time but to me it didn't detract from the story.
I wouldn't exchange it for the Pendergast series but I would suggest it to a friend to enjoy.
Having listened to hundreds of audio books--this is the first I won't finish.
King's made up language is maddening, his cutsey way of having the characters cuss at least once every 60 seconds gets annoying, and after almost ten hours I've come to realize I HATE THIS AUDIOBOOK!
I've enjoyed many of his other works but this is just painful. I kept waiting for it to get better--it hasn't. I should have read some reviews on Amazon first. the "blood-bool", "sowisa", "boo'ya moon", "smucking...smucker...smuck" was obnoxious.
Do yourself a favor and read a few more reviews before buying. Listened to other King audiobooks before?--this isn't like them. If you're still interested in the audiobook I wish I could give you my copy.
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