I have to say that despite the previous reviews that panned this book, I really enjoyed listening to it. I retract that, I actually didn't like listening to it, because of the narrator. he almost ruined it for me. but it was an interesting read. It did have a mess-load of concepts all mushed into one story: aliens, the multiverse, ancient ruins, portals, political conspiracy, reincarnation, spirit possession, slavery, the end of days, you name it. So much so, that I almost got lost in the soup myself, but I replayed some of the passages and it pulled all together for me by the end. Having recently accepted my agnosticism (?), I came away believing in nothing and everything. Aliens, yeah I can believe it, dragons, ghosts, bigfoot, fairies, yeah them too (via the stargate/multiverse theory, of course ). It would be cool, if it were all true.
maybe the ending, before I continue to the next book....
The writing and story is captivating, and I could identify with the main character's sense of conflict about the circumstances. The reader did a decent job giving each character their own voice. Not to be mean, but her voice just annoyed me in a very personal way, just me I guess. I might have preferred a multi-cast reading for so many players in the story.
I thought Ender's Game was awesome, but Ender's Shadow is equally as good.
Ender's Game, of course. Parts of Ender's Game are referenced in this story, when the timelines converge, like getting a alternate view of the same events, giving more insight.
Once you hear EG you HAVE to go on to Ender's Shadow. Matter of fact, I had to go back to re-listen to Ender's Game, up to a point, while I was in the middle of Ender's Shadow. Card synced the stories so well.
Absolutely! Just thinking about it makes me grin. It was laugh out loud funny. Ridiculous fun!
Mr Barrett did a marvelous job of distinguishing all of the characters. The story may not have had the same hilarity without his excellent delivery.
Vampires, Frankenstein, and John Keats! Oh My! Hope it gets made into live action or CG movie, with Johnny Depp and Helene Bonham Carter.
The reader did a great job of capturing the essence of the main character's wit and ingenuity, I would imagine that it was read just like the author intended.
Not yet, but now I want to hear more of his performances.
The ending was....let's just say I was all worn out by the end. Those who choose to be astronauts are among the bravest of us. Respect!
The writing style puts you in the moment just like a good book should. Although much of the details of events were technical, I was impressed by the way all possible gaps were filled in. There was not one instance of having to suspend my belief of anything that happened in the story. I also learned alot, and I will NEVER be without Duck Tape, the real deal, not that bargain crap; get the one with the DUCK!
I really dug this book and I highly recommend it. When I wasn't listening to it, I was thinking about it. There was no lull in the pacing. The imagery was very well written, and played out like cinema in my mind. But I SWEAR, if anyone tries to make a movie out of this one, I will "Stewie" slap their *$$!! I tried to watch the "Communion" movie online ('cuz I could find the audiobook/ebook) and I fell asleep on it, it was so dull. Despite classic Christopher Walken acting, it was poorly translated into a screenplay, even by Strieber, himself. I'd hate to see the same happen to this one. Anyway, "The Grays" was memorable, and left me wanting more of the story, but satisfied with the ending. Now I'm ready for "Hybrids." Altho Strieber's new book isn't noted as a sequel to this book, I hope it throws back to it.
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