This is the one that I originally started with about five years ago that brought me into the series. It is still a very entertaining story. There is violance, but it is absolutely necessary to the storyline. The gratuitious sex and bigotry have been really toned down and no longer interrupt the flow of the plot. I am anxious to start # 5.
It is all in the twist and revelation. Don't spoil it for others.
Most of her voices are distinct and easy to follow.
They don't invite me to "reality" farces because I don't make a fool of myself over every little thing. However, in the last ten chapters I had a hard time putting the book down, which is about as intense as it gets for me.
Once again the mood music covers the narration in places.
One of my all time favorites.
No favorite. It is a strange world and I can't really love or hate any of the characters. It is more of a package deal that requires all of them to create the story line. It is important to turndown your moral filter and appreciate the characters for who they are in the environment where they live.
Andy is right up there with the best I have heard. I don't have time to read, so without Andy, I would still be waiting to retire so I could get out my hard copy.
Been waiting a long time for Audible to add Chalker to the line-up. I fervently hope they plan to include the Well World series.
This is much better than the first two. Not a bad place to start the series. You won't miss anything memorable from the first two.
I have hearing loss from the war so some of the background "mood" music wiped out the narration. Also some of the soft or lispy voices were hard to follow.
The Feminism has been toned down as well as some of the irrelevant sexuality, but the main characters are still making obvious oversights and rookie mistakes to facilitate the "surprise ending" and create character tension that was more "you idiot" than "Oh my gosh". Much better than the first book except for the last hour of depicting the obvious. Thank goodness it does get better.
See the rest of the series.
I don't have time to read books, so if it wasn't on audio, I wouldn't have done it.
Disappointment at the stupidity of the characters. The main characters, especially Lindsey and Clair are presented as the eminently-superior-to-"man"-kind, but they make stupid assumptions and commit unprofessional mistakes. Lindsey's impetuous actions in light of her recognition of her total unpreparedness to act seems to be a departure from logic and any form of rudimentary training, to promote the ill begotten idea that if you are young and idealistic you should act without thought or planning and trust to providence to prevail based on your innate feeling of rightness. The story does indicate that she should have died an inglorious death several times, but the miraculous circumstances prevail to allow her another act of selfserving emotional stupidity. Thank goodness the series does improve. Although better than the first of the series, this is annother early work of development that dosen't contribute to appreciation of the more matured books of the series.
Annother one you can skip. Book three really is better and makes a good starting point for the rest of the series. Don't get me wrong, I have really enjoyed books 3,4 and 7, and will complete the series, but books 1 and 2 need some serious revision. If I had started here, I wouldn't have gone any farther, and missed some good entertainment as the series matured.
Fortunately I didn't start the series with this book; if I had I would have missed the entertainment of the rest of the series.Usually the first in a series is a standout and the rest try to live up to expectations. Not so in this case. Due to random circumstances, this was the fourth book in the series that I listened to, . Since I liked the ones that I had listened to so far in the series, I thought I should review the beginning to see if I had missed any inside information. Patterson must have gotten a consultant after this one, because as I said, "I would have stopped right here if it had been my first experience with the series".The premise of the plot is ok, but the glaring oversights, of these "top of their field" professionals, to facilitate the late identification of the perpetrator is most frustrating. Like Kevin Costner in JFK, I kept saying "Ask the question!" or "Do your job!". The plot twist at the end feels entirely contrived to prolong the pain and possibly redeem the story, but the scenarios presented in the body of the plot don't support it. It feels tacked-on out of desperation.The human interest inserts could have come straight from a Harlequin Romance. Close to pornography and totally irrelevant to the story, this aspect has been really toned down in the succeeding books.The over the top man-hating women's lib subplot was distracting and often disgusting. This was also toned down substantially in the rest of the series that I have read so far. I did find this aspect interesting from a purley analytical point of view, and somewhat conflicting, because all of the principles had obviously benefited from Affirmative Action to get where they were. That is, promoted over others with more experience and demonstrated competency. According to the prevelent philosophy presented as undeniable fact in this book, all of the male management chain including those that had promoted these women to their current positions and supported their careers, are evil and stupid, how does that work? This aspect of the book was a major irrelevent distraction.If you have a burning need to read the first of the series then go ahead. You will want to have your finger on the fast-forward button because it does help and you won't miss anything except Oh Oh Oh, and all men are stupid and evil. There is no carry-over information from this book that adds anything to the rest of the series.I recommend, "Give it a Pass".
This review does not reflect on her. She does an admirable job of presenting a substandard piece of work.
It is an entertaining story presented by a talented reader.
Most of the series.
Can't say, I don't have that kind of time.
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