Yes, as long as they like the genre.
There's a great twist in the story when you realize what is going on for the first time. Reynolds didn't come out and say it, he just gave lots of little clues. Then all of a sudden it just tipped, and I had a great ah ha moment. Wonderfully done.
I could listen to John Lee read a book about dirt and would probably be captivated. He is one of my top two favorite readers. His voice was soothing and stayed out of the way of the action in the text, and he voiced the characters so that you knew who was talking without having to think about it.
There was maybe two times when I teared up, but hey, I'm an emotional guy.
Yes, for sure. I already went back through and listened to the other books again. The content is fantasy noire on a grand stage, and when Dotrice fleshes it out in his amazing vocals, I can't help but be enthralled.
All the scenes involving the Knights of the Watch. Love them!
When he reads, it's like I'm sitting around a campfire in the middle of a scary forrest listening to an old, grizzled elder recite the stories of the tribe. I don't even remotely get that when I read a text.
Absolutely the best sci fi author since Frank Herbert. I can't say enough good things. I did almost fall off my treadmill during one of the goofy sex scenes I was laughing so hard. So I wouldn't let my kids listen to it, but I loved the book as a whole! Huge universe, immense cast, great dialogue, political intrigue, mysterious events. Amazing stuff. I'll be sad when I run out of Hamilton books.
A very tedious telling, but an interesting action story nonetheless. The characters could scarcely do anything (save for using the restroom) without Jordan writing it down. I felt as if I was reading the work of an insane scribe who was forced to explode a story of 100 pages across 1,000. Couple that with his die-hard refusal to use contractions (even in conversations), campy dialogues, stereotypical characters with kindergarten shallow relationships, and blatantly obvious moral "dilemmas" -- and this made for one long and more-often-than-not boring listen. The only saving grace was the exceptional action.
Good book. The listen gave me a feeling of adventure and discovery, as if I was right there with the characters as they explored the new solar system. Loved having 1/2 the book from the human perspective and the other 1/2 from the alien. In addition, the political themes were mostly interesting and fairly probable (if not somewhat shallow and simplistic). Economic dialogues left a lot to be desired though -- the rhetoric dealing with high school level ideas about inter-society trade. That said, I still the book garners 4 stars because it succeeds at being a science fiction story foremost.
Loved how completely alien the Moties seemed.
On the down side, most of the characters were forgettable and interchangeable -- a process made all the more easy by the narrator, who sometimes didn't even bother to change voice between dialogue parts.
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