Tom did a very reasonable reading of the story. He just didn't have a lot to work with...
I loved Heinlein as a kid. He was one of the authors that introduced me to SciFi, and later got me interested in science as a profession (which I have now done for over 40 years). I was excited to hear another book of his that I had missed as a child of the 50's. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I kept wanting to continue, because the banter between the hero and his new wife was interesting -- kind of. Unfortunately, it did not ring in the least bit true. Stories I prefer are those that are either SciFi or Mystery, where you are sucked into the environment, and believe you could really be part of it. This story never met that criteria, always feeling artificial and contrived. I stopped listening at about the 3 hr mark. No idea if it ever got better, but I learned decades ago that there are better ways to spend my time than to see if a bad book/movie might get better at the end... When all is said and done, I have to admit this was a bad buy, and I wish I had spent my credits and time on a different book. :(
This story was so intensely boring that I stopped after a bit less than 2 hours. Couldn't take any more of it... :(
I have loved Janis Ian's music since the early 70's and was hopeful about this bio. Unfortunately, it was almost entirely composed of how the world was hard on her, and how wonderful and brilliant she was in the midst of it all.
I have lived a somewhat tough life too, but learned a long time ago that very little happens to us that was not, in at least some level, a result of our own choices and actions. Janis may have had some hard knocks, but never takes any responsibility for her own choices or actions. That leaves me wondering how much else was exaggerated or more the result of her own than she would have us believe.
I still love her music, but am now a lot more jaded about the life story behind it...
I generally like Kathy Reich and her Scarpetta novels. This one was an extreme exception though. It seemed like Kathy was experimenting with writing a novel that used no sentence longer than 6 words. Many. Sentences. Were. One. Word.
About halfway through, the choppy writing became more noticeable than the story. In the end, it appeared to be a story with the only intent being to stop puppy mills. Laudable goal perhaps, but next time make the writing worth the end goal...
Though the reader was good, the story itself was boring beyond belief. I made the mistake of buying both this and the first book based on reader reviews. I worked myself to listen to the entire first one, but just couldn't get very far in this one before stopping.
The reader uses a sing-song voice throughout. Though better than a monotone, it has no relationship to the way real people speak, and sounds very artificial. I found it very distracting.
I was bored by the whole story. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but gave up about halfway through, and quit listening...
This storyline went on and on about the daily problems of wierlife, and the severe depredations of the plague. I kept waiting for them to take the obvious step and simply go back in time to stop the plague from ever starting (they "time it" a lot in this story), but instead they take little steps that are almost meaningless in the scheme of things.
Even at the very end (no details, to avoid a total spoiler), it is clear that a their ability to "time it" meant there was absolutely no need for the finale that was included.
Griggin takes WAY too long to get to the point, and adds at least twice the fluff needed for the story to evolve. If I ever get another book from him, it will probably be an abridged version. I'm guessing that might be better.
The reader did an excellent job, and it was easy to tell who was who, and to get the environment feeling of the story.
The story was intriguing. If the book were about half as long, it probably would have been an excellent story. As it was, I found myself bored most of the time, and started listening as background noise rather than really getting engrossed in the story.
Bottom line -- if you want to hear the story, try the abridged version. I pretty much always go for the unabridged version, but I think I will break that rule if I decide to even try another Griffin book...
This is a nice continuation of the original Dragon series from MacAlister, which I listened to years ago. At times it seemed to drag a bit, as though Katie were trying to regain her pacing, but overall the story was enjoyable.
Barbara is great at keeping the different characters distinct through voices, so we don't have to constantly hear who is talking through banal dialog additions. You start to relate to each voice as a separate person.
The story ended rather suddenly, A whole book leading up to a final world-changing battle that lasted just over 5 minutes left me wondering if I had missed something...
I really wanted to like this book, but it was just too slow and tedious. I gave up after about 3 hours, when it just wasn't going anywhere. The reader did a good job, but there wasn't much to work with.
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