When the author, who is also the narrator, told me at the begiining that his childhood was uneventful, translate boring, that should have been my clue. There are so many excellent books out there, I would recommend not wasting your time and money on this one.
The basic plot is intriguing. The multi-billionaire creator (James Halliday) of the the first, and only, immersive online virtual universe (the Oasis), where many in 2044 spend as much time as possible due to their otherwise miserable existence, dies and leaves his fortune and company to whoever can finish a multilevel quest in the Oasis and find "the Easter egg". However the inane, childish dialog between the main (mostly teenage) characters made me want to quit reading this several times. The narrator, Will Wheaton, as the 15 year old Wesley Crusher in Star Trek TNG, had better dialog, and anyone who remembers this character would realize that's quite a put down of the writing in this book.
Halliday's obsession with early video games and the 1980s injects an avalanche of trivia into the story, too much in my opinion. Less would have been better. Again a good idea, poorly executed.
Forced to read insipid dialog, he did the best he could.
Disappointment that a good plot was ruined by poor writing.
I won't ever read this author again.
Even though I recognize that the protagonist of the story, Uhtred, is a pagan Dane, I am quite disturbed by the portrayal of Christians in this book and indeed this series. While there have certainly been Christians throughout history who did not live up to the teachings of Christ, these are the small minority, but in this series they are the norm.
Nothing by Bernard Cornwell
Not by the author, narrator fine.
"The Boy in his Winter; An American Novel"
The graphic violence
Using his far distant ancestor who was a hangman in Bavaria in the 17th century as the main charcater was a great idea but the story developed very slowly and was quite repetitive (I can't count how many times a charcter reminded us of the main plot elements). Overall can't recommend.
No, never if written by Michael Chabon.
Too much detail about the sex life of Kavalier (hetero) and Clay (homo) ruined for me what otherwise had the potential to be a great story.
No, while the basic plot mixing the world of gaming and international terrorism has great potential, the story is overly long due to the level of detail provided that often doesn't enhance the story.
Maybe, based on other works.
This is one that could be read or listened to equally.
Unless you are looking to kill a lot of time, listen to something more compactly written.
Loved the movie, could hardly finish the audiobook as not engaging at all.
Main issue the style.
I have long been a fan of Connie Willis and so looked forward to "Blackout". The basic plot of time traveling historians trapped in London in WW II during the Blitz had great potential. However it was a major disappointment as the plot progressed at a snail's pace. I didn't realize it was the first of two books so decided the second book, "All Clear", would make up for the agony of reading the first- it didn't (I can't count how many times that was said in these books). I should have been tipped off when in the introduction to the audiobook for "All Clear" the author stated that she loved doing the research more than the writing. I suspect that after all her time researching, to maximize revenue she had to make this a two volume story when the plot would better support a short story! Willis fans, skip these two and hope she does better next time.
This slow paced tale of the life two Scottish immigrants homesteading in the Montana mountains from 1890 to 1919 is beautifully written and elegantly read and worth listening to.
I think Follett's "Pillars of the Earth" is a masterpiece and the follow-up novel "World Without End" a worthy read. So when I was browsing for something light, I picked "Night over Water." The basic plot revolves around the Pan American Clipper that flew from London to New York and is set at the outbreak of WW II. I thought it had great potential and was very disappointed when it kept constantly degenerating into long descriptions of character X sexually stimulating character Y. These were not integral to the plot and I finally just quit listening. I'm done with Follett for good!
As someone who has spent two months a year in China for the last three years, I found Peter Hessler's first book "River Town" great as it brought the perspective of someone new to China (Peace Corps volunteer) as well as the perspective of the Chinese in Fuling (Sichuan province) who had not had an American resident in 50 years. His second book "Oracle Bomes" didn't enage me as much as the first but was worth reading, especially as it brought us up to date on some of his students from the first book. Now in his third book called "Country Driving" I got the sense that he said, "Well, what can I write about now?" and so rambled along the great walls, settled in a village and then watched a new factory town spring up. I wish I had stopped at "Oracle Bones" and can not recommend this last book.
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