Never thought I would get into it the Spider series, but it won me over, hook line and sinker, the story of Gin Blanco's retirement as an assassin, is great writing. Evokes the South, and the southern tier of Appalachia as a soup of timeless stories of the place, host of interesting characters and Spiders fight against local boss Mebb Monroe and her cohorts.
The collection of elementals and humans, dwarves, giants, and vampires form strange heirarchies of spiritual creatures in a way not depicted before. I am a guy who never thought I could enjoy "womans" fiction so much. Lauren Fortgangs narration is delicious. Sexy, dead-on accent and very funny.
I have a few criticism about the chain of causation in each story. But this writer
is somone to watch. I wish there were more in the series
In the beginning, I liked the story of the Captain Cody Riggs and his ship. The narrator did a good job of portraying a likable character and his friends a colleagues on the ship. In the end some of the battles do not add up, and that was a problem for me. In what seemed like a bid to create action and drama, he creates battles at the end that were not necessary to drive the plot or reveal the character of the protagonist. Great flaw in my book. I hope I can say that a writer who is talented ruined the book in my eyes. I will try one more. I hope it does not have these flaws
Novel starts out as a military procedural- an account of Vince Lombard of an earlier attack on a large space battlecruiser. In the beginning it is good, witty writing and dialog. I have questions of why he used flashback, he brings in a feminine military interviewer. The military in Lee's universe seem mainly to be men's men. Maybe that would be different in the future. My problem with the story is the battle. Marines taking almost suicidal attack on a battle cruiser would try to do as much damage as possible, to disable the ship, once proved hostile. These marines seems aimlessly moving from point to point, without doing much of anything. Why would they restore atmosphere? Had a real problem with the rest of the book.
So many of current sci-fi disappoints.
It does not have the energy and drama that I was led to believe by all the reviews. For one it is chick-lit. The romance- which by my standards is listless and tepid, are not conveyed by the text. I like a lot of romantic woman- centered science fiction or fantasy out there, but this does not represent the best. I was unconvinced and not moved by the characters, drama or writing. The book got better towards the end but it does not represent the best as shown by the stars. r
I was disappointed by the story. It seemed to try to be e everywhere as science fiction and social commentary and got nowhere by my standards. I was disappointed by many reviews with multiple stars since that was one of the reasons I bought it. I am a fan of Wil Wheaton and his work adds some gleam to this sorry material, but not enough to buy it. I wish I had seen a negative review and warning to not buy the audible book
I am shocked at the numerous reviews of this audible book. I love sci-fi
detective stories, comedy and mixed genres, but this chimera did not
have the success that I hoped for when i bought it. The writing is not funny,
story did not make sense, I did not enjoy it and believe the author did not pull it off.
The narrator was good, but when the story and writing are so bad nothing
can help it
I am of the opinion that a good story is and characters are a kind of architecture. Everything in the book hangs on them. The book opens with an old spymaster who lets an unknown man into his private office. The man threatens his wife and children in France, and he then is willing to give up his trusted assassin, The Gray Man. It does get better later but the falseness of this set-up in the very beginning affected my appreciation of the book as a whole. I have to confess that I hated the film, "The Dark Knight" for the same reasons.
I hate it when stories move by plot points and are not character and story-driven. Curt Gentry, The Gray Man is built upon the this precipice of a story that I could not muster much interest in reading or hearing it. It is like spy porn, everything is a setup for the money shot
I was hopeful that this was a better science fiction title. I have
not been happy. I listen to many titles and genres, but
the science fiction is particularly bad here at Audible.
I suppose it reflects the poor quality in the genre.
The writing holds up well until the hero, who is like
a cyber-equipped sleuth, whose is brought to
Earth to solve a crimeHuman . Bodies are rented- called
sleeves, and the hero is using a rented body.
When the detective Kovach sleeps with
the wife of the billionaire whose suicide
he is investigating I lost interest It seemed
unprofessional , presumptuous and kind of ruined
it for me
I found Space Captain Smith the worst book on Audible that I ever bought. It was amateurish, poorly plotted and a story that I had to struggle through to finally give up in disgust half-way through. I cannot understand how this book got through the Audible vetting process. I have bought over 100 Audible books and being number 100 is not a good place. The characters wooden, the plot hackneyed, the action not believable, the dialog ... trying to think of an adjective that describes the depth of it. Do not waste your money.
I like Jim Butcher. I always expect a big body count, and the voice of Harry Dresden, a modern man, a contemporary, or fantasy contemporary Hamlet. It usually works well. He is usually the voice of reason in a fantastical environment. In this book, Harry seems masochistic, flagellating himself beyond reason. He whines, and moans, bitches and snarls, without the inner toughness and sensibility that is so refreshing in the other books. When pushed to the wall, Harry takes the velvet gloves off and pow!, lets the bad guys have it in the kisses. In this book, his attitude gives no pleasure because our friend ruined our time with his psychodrama. There are some good moments, when he meets the faerie ladies of summer and winter in a Chi-town bar. In this book, Harry needs therapy, and JIm Butcher should give it to him, rather than subject us to it. Try another Dresden story. the narrator is great, sounds like the same actor who starred in the short-lived TV series, which is another reason to like it, but not enough
I am a guy that has become addicted to Audible books, both free and bought. I own many books now both fiction and non-fiction I loved the Rachel Morgan book before this one- Black Magic Sanction. It was witty and had great characters. This one lost me early on and I never recovered. Perhaps Ms. Harrison is not being edited properly. In a scene at an airport early in the book, There are seven comments that Rachel will not get on the plane. One would have been sufficient. It is as if the living characters of the previous book became cartoons, acting out their pre-assigned shticks, like Daffy or Bugs, and are not in a living story. I just did not like it or buy it and would recommend that this will be skipped. I will try some of the others and see if they are better
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