Mostly. Well, generally speaking. Seriously, I enjoyed this one. Tina is adorable, and her wit is fresh and charming.
George Guidall is an excellent narrator. Borges is a great writer. But something in these stories just wasn't quite clicking for me.
... I got this one, and was not disappointed. Great fun. Good characters. Narration was pleasant and believable.
This was the most painful narration I've had to listen to. Usually I can get used to a voice but this was... just not workign for me at all. Sorry, dude, but your voice was like nails on a blackboard. I'm sure you're a nice person though.
I was surprised by how much I got into this book. It was a tad slow to start, not unusual for NS, but I was drawn in by the second or third chapter. Halfway through I found myself having a hard time tearing away. I liked.
Not as good as some, but what it lacks in depth it makes up for in breadth. Ronson's usual wry humor is as good as ever.
Much more enjoyable than the Ender series, despite the fact that I'd give Ender's Game 5 stars. Ender was best as a standalone. This one.. well, I dont know yet. But the handling of time effects and so on, while not particularly scientific, are very interesting to read. And the characters are interesting, slowly gaining depth throughout.
Except the sister. She just appears mid-book and dives right in... I felt that she was not given enough time and attention as a main character.
This little romp in the Vorkosigan universe is just plain fun. It might not be the place to start if you are unfamiliar, but it I really enjoyed getting the perspective of some normally "supporting cast" characters.
I'd read this in excerpt form years ago, and it was a tantalizing glimpse. The future of mankind is to become... other than mankind. This is a primer of how very different the future might be from the now.
If I had read this prior to World War Z I would never have read WWZ. Sorry Marc Cashman, but in this one, you come off as barely more alive than the "zombies".
Max Brooks... Dude what were you really going for here? As entertainment, this is abject failure. As informative guide disguised as zombie lit it's... not good. It would almost be better if it was all crap. Some of the tips are good, well thought out, probably well researched (e.g. .22LR is an excellent survival weapon - regardless of zombies). However other things were outright dangerous (even if zombies as described were real and the only threat) or contradictory (e.g. "Urban apartments are good places to survive" then later "Avoid urban areas". ) (More: "Zombies can't climb", "Zombies may climb your anchor chain/rope")
I was very disappointed. WWZ=good, ZSG=not good.
You can expect a little pain from Cormac McCarthy, and it's usually the kind that comes from engaging your emotional gears in a way your aren't used to, aren't prepared for, or that is just deeper than you normally experience. A soul workout you might say. In this story (it's barely long enough to be a "book") part of the pain is how you begin to sympathize with someone who is ultimately a pathetic anti-social murderer. You can see how the pain of his existence drives him to increasing desperation.
Not McCarthy's masterpiece, but definitely worthy of a listen if you like McCarthy's other stories.
By the way, the performance by Tom Stechschulte was superb.
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