I kept waiting for the story line to get interesting, but it never happened. The monotone, unimaginative narration didn't help.
I've enjoyed reading some of Ballard's other stories, but not this one. I would try some of his other books, but not with this narrator.
If you grew up in the 80's you will laugh your face off at this book. My husband and I have a once a month 16 1/2 hour commute. We go through a lot of audiobooks. My only regret about this book is that there is not another one like it to read. We've recommended it to a lot of our friends, and I would like to recommend it to anyone who wants to walk down memory lane, and be treated to an original interesting story at the same time.
Wil Wheaton really did a great job narrating, I've gone on to listen to Scalzi books because his performance was so good in this one.
I don't know what took me so long to get around to reading it.
This is an interesting book, both in the plot twists and in the " three coda" form that gives three perspectives coming full circle following the original story.
Eventually you get past listening to the narrator point out who is talking, beating you to death with "What's going on on this ship, he said. I don't know, she said. Let's find out, he said. OK, she said....."
It sort of ruins the great Scalzi story, but it's good enough to listen too anyways. If you read this one first, and can't get past it, then you definitely don't want to read Fuzzy Nation, where they really hammer you to death with he said, she said in the dialogue. It's a shame, because Fuzzy Nation is a great story as well.
The book starts off with a hilarious narrative between an Australian escaped convict on the run, and the quircky Indians he comes in contact with.
His emotional journey that results from his personal investment with expatriates and native Indians, is a little flowery for my taste, but I still enjoyed it ans would recommend the book.
The narrator did an excellent job, I would look for other books he produced.
I listened to all these books in a row, the second and third moved a little bit slowly, but were worth it from all the character development that took up most of the books.
I have to warn the reader just getting started that you shouldn't get too attached to your favorite characters because you never know when they are going to get killed off in some dramatic unexpected fashion, but I guess there can be only one winner of the game of thrones in the end.
I'm glad I made it through, though now I'm just hanging on waiting for the next book to come out.
I've read Enders Game and loved the sci-fi classic, read the reviews for this book and tried it.
It was a clever version of Sleeping Beauty, but not what I expected from OSC, more of a teeny-bop love story
I heard a lot of reviews of this book and was pretty excited to read it before I saw the movie. It was an interesting concept, documenting the aftermath of a zombie apocolypse, but the endless stream of unrelated journalistic stories ended abruptly, just as it was getting a little tiresome. I was disappointed.
Not sure why they named the movie World War Z, as the story line did not follow any of the accounts in this collection of post apocalyptic news, but for once, I enjoyed the movie better than the book.
The characters, of course, are even better in the book. I got hooked on the show and turned to the books when the season was over. A lot more happens in the book than in the series, but the theme is just as dark and unforgiving.
I'm not crazy about Roy Dotrice's narration, but am getting used to it. I will definitely be moving through this series.
Who knew that presidencies were made and lost based on the issue of our apparently subversive space exploration agency!
If you like meteorites, extreme environments, espionage, scientific mysteries, wildly inventive schemes and plotting, and yes, even a little romance, then this book is for you. Brown makes some pretty loose assumptions somewhat based on science, but I still enjoyed the story.
This journalistic effort was an entertaining listen, but not the best I've read by Ronson. I like the fact that he narrates his own story, and think it adds to the performance.
The book seemed a bit like it was written for time series publication in magazines, going from one event after the other creating a sort of peak and trough effect for the listener, but a lot of background information is laid out in the book that I hope will add to the experience of the rest of the books.
The narrator was easy to listen to and I would recommend him.
Although I liked the first chronological book in the series (Prelude to Foundation) better, I enjoyed this story and can't wait to get in to the rest of the books.
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