I truly love much of Ted Dekker's writing. He's given me scores of hours of listening pleasure. While this one didn't suck, it also just didn't resonate with me. I found the story to lack action and intrigue and even dialogue...mired in thoughts and observations. The general premise is interesting, but I didn't find the whole story to hold my interest (although I did slog through), although there were definitely places where it was pretty good. I wouldn't be interested in hearing more from this series...but based on his track record, I will still buy most anything Dekker releases.
Regarding the narrator, Philip Hodges has a decent voice and is a somewhat capable reader, but he's very inconsistent and sloppy. He needed a producer holding his feet to the fire to make his performance what it should have been. As it was, I found his sloppiness distracting and felt that it detracted from the story...whereas a narrator should at worst be transparent, if they are unable to enhance the story.
I've never enjoyed Dick Hill's work...but sometimes the material made it worth tolerating his bizarre tough-guy affect. But the more I hear him, the more he just sounds like a caricature of a human being. And when the writing is as cheesy as it feels in this one, well, I'm just done. I enjoyed some of his Peterson's earlier work, but this felt like paint-by-numbers writing. I made it to Chapter 8...just because I was too busy to turn it off. But, as of now...stick a fork in it...this one's done. *sigh*
I've enjoyed Baldacci's work in the past, and wanted to like this one.
I felt that much of the dialogue (especially between the two leads) was sappy...pure drivel. Not worthy of my time. And while I have enjoyed some of McLarty's work in the past...I didn't enjoy this one. Especially his terrible character voice for the teenage kid and the computer sleuth. Cassidy was OK, but not impressive. Just felt like another day's work for the voices.
I nearly bailed on this a few chapters in...but ended up sticking with it. It picked up somewhat around Chapter 70. But there were just too many dead spots for me to recommend it. Pretty disappointing. A very average experience.
While I can't say there were twists and turns, I still really enjoyed the story...especially the knowledge of tactics and weapons. I have tremendous admiration for the men who serve our country in this manner.
Steven Weber did a rock-solid job of narrating. I've heard him before, and would be glad to listen to him read any day. There were a couple of niggling pronunciation issues that came up often (Kalashnikov and corpsman), but other than that, he was the perfect blend of articulation and accessibility as a narrator.
I enjoyed this one overall. I know it's older, because the technology seemed dated. But the character was likable and the story moved along well.
I'm not a fan of Dick Hill's narration, although I have listened to many of his works, including Reacher and others. His female character voices are pretty awful, and I feel like he's just generally got one gear...little texture and flexibility. He's certainly not terrible, but just not really my cup of tea. There are many, many others I'd rather listen to.
If you've read any nutritional books or listened to nutritional podcasts, you've heard this stuff before. Not saying it's not valuable, but it's nothing I haven't heard before. Maybe it's just not scratching the itch of what I need right now. The authors of this book doesn't seem to realize that many of us do not speak the language of food, or barely know how to prepare our own food...thus, statements like: "eat seaweed and mushrooms...live a little, go crazy" just completely fall on deaf ears. Also, I think the content here would have been absorbed better in visual form. Listening to it just isn't connecting with me.
The Pro: I did like the stuff about depending on God, rather than on your own willpower. This is NOT something you get with most other eating plans. I appreciated it, and it may well be my big takeaway from the book.
The Con: I found the narrator plodding and distracting. From odd pronunciations -- (exercise (eck-shur-size), strength (shtrength), impediments (im-peed-uh-mints) -- to a generally detached reading style, he became an issue for me. And a narrator should never be an issue, unless he is an enhancement.
I am already familiar with Rick Warren and Daniel Amen. I respect them both. I know less about Mark Hyman, although I have read some of his stuff in recent months. I think he's the reason I'm not connecting here. Probably just a stylistic thing.
I really enjoyed the setup of the story. Unavoidable nuclear war involving India and Pakistan, and dragging in their allies, China and the U.S. Putting that whole thing together was great. I felt that it became a bit more workaday thereafter. I enjoy Dewey Andreas (this was my 2nd) and will probably listen to more.
The narrator did a solid job. The voice characterizations were very strong...at least for someone who doesn't hang around a lot with native Indian speakers. There were a number of terms where I felt he missed the common pronunciations, but it wasn't enough to distract greatly from the story.
This is my first Koryta listen. Enjoyed it. Some fresh elements, and a story well told.
For me, Mark Boyett was a revelation. I guess I've heard him before (IQ84 and a couple others), but he hadn't stood out for me until now. Very solid on the straight reading, and exceptionally strong characterizations. I will definitely seek out more of his work in the future.
These man-against-the-world thrillers, of course, have a typical rhythm...which I generally enjoy, and this was no exception. This is my first Gray Man listen, and I enjoyed the character and the landscape upon which he is painted. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to another.
Jay Snyder did a good job with the narration, apart from some minor niggling pronunciation issues...such as the first name of the Israeli PM (read as ee-hudd...should have been ā-hoo-d). He has a pleasant voice and I wouldn't mind hearing more for him in the future.
This was a fun read. I am a sucker for a good superhero story, and it was interesting to see the supers flip roles and become the abusers and dominators. At the end, I still felt there were some loose ends not tied up, but still...I'd recommend it.
The narrator did a fine job creating and sustaining voices for all the major characters. I was impressed. However, the project desperately needed a producer who was paying attention. Way too many occurrences of the narrator missing the plain meaning of the sentence. A producer should have been there to say, "Let's take that one again."
All things considered, however, still a good ride!
I am always impressed when an author is able to create a fully fleshed-out world, and then has the communicative skills to pass that vision on to the mind of the reader. I definitely felt that occurred for me as I read this book. Set in a dystopian future, in the UK, this world is populated with Amaurotics (non-clairvoyants), but we spend most of our time with the Voyant (clairvoyant) segment of the population. We encounter an alien species who has been on Earth for 200 years and who are in complete control...cruel taskmasters who have little use for human life. The various types of gifting among the Voyants. And, of course, there is a restless spirit (our protagonist), who is unwilling to bend the knee to the powers-that-be (shades of Hunger Games, but of course, there were many before that as well). Frankly, had I been reading the physcial book, I'm not sure I would have fought through all the terminology. But Alana Kerr's narration was very inviting for me. It carried me through all the complexities and brought me along as a passenger tuned into the heart of the story. Her cool, dispassionate narration struck the perfect tone for such a bleak setting throughout, and she also handled a variety of accents with apparent ease. I'll confess that I love a Irish accent, so she charmed me with her delivery. I was quite surprised to hear that this was her first audio book narration. I look forward to more from her in the future.
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