This is the first time I have ever given any Audible book a five star rating. Strieber has written an extraordinarily well crafted story with a 5 star chill factor. Whether you believe in UFO’s or not, you will find this stunning story keeps your interest to the point that driving a car while listening to some scenes can be a dangerous to life and limb. Strieber is going to produce a motion picture based on this book. If he can get his writing on the screen as it comes across in the novel, it will be a mammoth hit. If you like action, suspense, terror (in places), excellent characterizations, and well choregraphed chaos, don't miss this one.
Frankly I was disappointed with the whole story. I quit the book half way through. Something I seldom do. It just was too tiresome.
Andy Weir wasn't the problem. I would listen to another book narrated by this reader.
The book that Andy had to read was the real problem with this presentation.
Some interest to begin with. The set up was good. I like a good survivor tale, but felt disappointed with the short comings of the basic story. I grew impatient with the log entry content. Not the expletives, but simply the boring aspect of listen to a story that lacks the punch that I was looking for. One that was often mired in a mishmash of technical details. The humor of the log entry is just ok, but unfortunately too often borders on the sophomoric.
What I have stated above is only my opinion. Obviously most readers enjoyed this book. It has one of the highest ratings I have seen by readers.
I would humbly suggest that anyone anticipating listen to this audio, first listen to the sample. The majority of the book reads just like it. If you like the sample, dive in and enjoy.
The first three books in the series are ok even though they are sometimes a little too talky and tend toward pot boiling plotting. And there seems to be too many super beings (good and bad) that keep cropping up in each novel then kinda of left hanging for future episodes. To some extent I rated the series down because Audible is apparently not going to make the complete series available. So don't get hooked unless you plan to go somewhere else to get the other books in the series.
Don't waste your time on this poorly written novel unless you happen to be a really big fan of Harlequin romances. As one reviewer has already indicated, it's a romance novel (and a badly written one)pretending to be a historic action novel. The characters are not well developed, the plotting is dismal, and the flow is erractic to say the least. I gave up after 30 minutes.
Crichton can write some fairly good and compeling action novels, example "Prey". And I look forward to another of those. But in this "novel" he appears to have completly sold out to the right wing spin on science- especially anything having to do with global warming. I believe that somewhere in this diatribe, Crichton mentions the need for more oversight of scienfic programs. I would agree that rational and well thoughtout oversight is always needed in science and a substantial amount exist already. But where is the oversight for a very heavy handed and misleading "novel" like State of Fear. If you are a right wing, head in the sand, anti-intellectual, anti-analytical, anti-environment, individual you will probably love this book. It bashes everything rational and reasonable. But if your IQ (emotional and mental) is above 100 you'll wonder how this usualy decent action writer can be so far off in "right" field? Don't waste your time.
I liked the narrator. Her voice was so pleasing and mellifluous that at times, the actually words did not seem to matter. The novel did give one a sense of being in the Scottish Highlands several centuries ago. The author’s description of daily life among the peasants and the royalty seemed authentic. And I generally liked the main characters. But these elements were not enough for me to continue trudging through this rather torpid novel. In my humble opinion this story is much too drawn out and there was virtually a constant, soap opera like recycling of the emotional difficulties between the heroine and the hero that frankly finally wore me down. I did not make it pass the third part of this novel and I tried hard to do so. I like time travel stories and I like romance, but neither interest was really ever satisfied by this much too long story.
The idea for this time travel story looked interesting, but the book rambled, poor characterization, as well as many sructural flow problems and logic did not abound. I was quite disappointed.
An excellent, humorous book that tells many of the truths that are not well revealed in our new society of "agree or be unpatriotic".
Many of the things Franken says about Bush's unprepareness for 9-11 have been backed up recently by fomer White House aid Clark.
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