Engrossing, enjoyable, energetic.
No single moment; the pressure and intrigue ratchets up smoothly for a story that becomes impossible to put down.
A fine variation in characterizations. I knew exactly who I was listening to when he spoke.
An engrossing story that doesn't drag you down, but isn't too light and fluffy... just the right amount of substance to be an interesting listen. The story is complex without being difficult to follow, and moves at a pace that doesn't drag, and doesn't skip the details you'd want. A high-impact story without being a chore to read.
The characterizations are wonderful, the story is interesting, and there is plenty of levity for what is a somewhat gritty story
The twists and turns... things I didn't see coming made it really engaging
No holds barred
It started out fast, hit a lull, then scorched through to the end... hard to put down once the lull was over
Read the first book first, so you have more background. :)
Not if I have to put up with the endless litany of unremarkable and unlikable characters
Give me a character or two that I could like.
Give it to me as a 10 chapter installment series. Make it lighter, or give at least one of the characters more heart than flaws
I know, the breadth and depth of this work is supposed to inspire me to find it amazing and brilliant. I found myself wishing that I could like any one of the myriad characters (I never did). I kept wishing that not everything was cast in a sense of doom and foreboding.
I made myself listen past the two hour mark, and at the ten hour mark, I still wanted to return it, so I have.
I really found it to be profoundly monotonous, lacking in any humanity or warmth, and while it might be the perfect punishment for an unruly AP English class, I could not find any enjoyable aspect of this work, and finally gave up torturing myself waiting for any character or feature of the plot to shine.
Clearly, I am deeply in the minority, but I cannot help but feel that "long and winding and obfuscated" have become the hallmarks for "great contemporary works of literature."
Yes, I know, I missed the magic. I never found it to be wonderful. I was not, sorry, even impressed. I felt like I was grinding out a horrible assignment, and found no pleasure in the work.
Yes, I know, clearly I'm an uneducated imbecile. My standards are too low (i.e., I'd rather read Mad Magazine than another two paragraphs of this painful exercise). I'm a horrible person with no taste. Fine. I want to like characters, or at least like the story. Or at least find the artifice (astrology? I have to be familiar with astrology to find this brilliant?) clever and approachable.
In short, despite my love of long and intricate stories, and my desire to be enthralled by depth of character and be enveloped into a world created by the author, I just deplored having to listen to the bulk of this book.
Back to the drawing board.
I love long books. The longer, the better. I wanted to return this book after the 3rd hour. I made myself keep listening. Around hour 5, I lost my patience. I get irony. And I get sarcasm. I get absurdism. I like all kinds of humor. I never once thought anything in the first 5 HOURS was funny, much less uproarious.
I *didn't* like the characters, or the plot, or the numerous voices. Good luck with this one, apparently I'm in the minority.
Change the whole plot?
ONE talented narrator, not a dozen
Er, uh, no.
While this is an erudite and entertaining work, I was looking for something more light and fluffy, something more fun. OK, something more superficial. I gave it two hours, and gave up. THAT IS ABOUT ME, NOT ABOUT THE BOOK. I'm sure the book is great. I'm even sure I'd enjoy READING it. But I want my listening to be 'story time' and not an education. This piece wants you to dig in and pay attention. I want something I can listen to as I engage in other activities (driving, mowing the lawn, stuffing envelopes). In short, I don't want to give this much attention to my audio books. I'd be happy to give it a try as a paper-in-hand read, at another time...
TONS! This is not a negative review about the book, but about what I want in my audio entertainment. This book is engrossing, and I want something superficial.
Don't blame the book! This is about me!
I adore Terry Pratchett, and haven't read any other Stephen Baxter, so I'll read any Pratchett, and might give Baxter a shot.
It didn't really develop into any cohesive "then what happened" kind of plot. They went all over all the alternate earths, and saw a lot of stuff, and found the macguffin... and while it was an interesting exercise in what might be if earth had all of its alternate realities available, it wasn't fun, or engaging. at the end, i really didn't care (and i only cared in the middle to see what happened at the end). In short, they traveled around, and saw alternate reality stuff. And nothing really happened. *sigh*
I haven't listened to his readings before, but he did a fine job with his characterizations and performance. The material just wasn't that engaging.
I was disappointed. It's like when someone spends 10 minutes telling you about a dream they had, and there's no point, no plot, nothing changes (either for them, or for you). You get to the end and you think, "and? was that it?" There is a very cool concept near the end, but it isn't really explored, and if that's just a build up for book two, they've blown in, because i'm completely disinterested in what happens next.
If you're looking for the fun, romping narrative in a typical Pratchett book, you'll be incredibly disappointed.
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