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 was so extremely boring that I could not get past the first hour. No idea how anyone could have found it interesting in the slightest...
Develop the characters more. Cut the length in half to eliminate irrelevent characters. Pick a different storyline...
Decent reading, but no differentiation in voice between characters.
The plot is so fantastical and unbelievable as to make this a very bad book. I am sorry I wasted both my money and time on this one.
I used to like the Temperance series. Not sure if the books changed, or my tastes did, but this was so boring I finally deleted it with about 3 hours to go. She go on and on and on and on and on about trivia that does not move the story forward at all, and seems to just be there for filler.
This is the first MacDonald novel I have read/listened other than the Travis McGree series. I was reluctant to try this, as often early novels of writers do not live up to later works. In this case, I was entranced during the entire book. I will definitely be buying more MacDonald books.
This narrator has to be one of the worst I have listened to. He made a good story boring. It became a chore to finish the book.
Though Peter's voice was not a monotone, it had no inflection that ever related to the story. His inflection would change at a pretty constant pace, whether a person was falling to his death or talking to his wife.
I used to like James Patterson. I might try other series by him, but Alex Cross is now off my list.
Charles was a monotone, dead performer. I will probably skip anything he is involved with in the future.
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.
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