A great fun conspiracy plot without a doubt. And better then even the Da Vinci Code, at least I think so anyway. The reader was also "most excellent". Grabbed this book simply because of the reviews and the sample listen...it's now an all time favorite. Even bought the hardback first edition...very recommended...
After the 20-min point Correia could have stopped and the story could have been fine. but after that point (not just the action which was fun but it was the characters I found interesting) the writing felt awkward and often contrived or even downright immature to adolescent. In fact that is it for me, this book was not about the characters, it was bullet porn (pointless descriptions of weapons and ammo) and the story felt not bad really, but also it was not captivating with far too many evil everywhere but the core characters were somehow immune. I also was put off by the poor to mediocre character development. OK, so for me, it was not a great story and perhaps not credit worthy especially given the series nature, sill the narration was good and I will give the 2nd in the series a shot but if it is just more bullet porn for Idaho survivalist sorts, it's all 1's for the ratings. Hey I like the fun "Son's of Gun's" TV series but I don't need weaponry descriptions as part of what is supposed to make the story good...I suppose Correia is just not the polished writer I prefer, or he needs a better editor.
First and foremost Wil Wheaton was an uncomfortable reader to try and listen to. I had two issues the primary was cadence of his reading/speech. Except at the end of a sentence or paragraph he spoke very rapidly with often garbled annunciation. It felt as if he was late for an appointment and trying to get done soon as possible. Second issue was he doesn't do a very solid job of differentiating the characters - as in his use of voices for characters was essentially nonexistent which when combined with the cadence makes for a listen which needs us listeners to concentrate more to follow the story. It's not as if is not experienced as he has read a number of titles here. I do think he could be a great reader if he could learn better tempo and to take the time to finish one word before starting the next. And also learn to do some basic voice types to help differentiate characters. (-1 star)
Now about Scalzi's take on Little Fuzzy. All I can say is I know why the estate of Piper "loved it"...Scalzi's version will drive most people to the original so they are happy to take the added sales of print edition of Piper's original (I know it's PD but some still prefer a print edition). There is very little about the Fuzzy's themselves in this book. It is almost completely about business intrigue, and of that it swings from overly technical or takes huge jumps of the shark. (-3 stars) The only saving grace of this Audible edition is it includes a very well read version of the ORIGINAL Little Fuzzy (+1 star for value added) as the entirety of "part 2". For that reason alone I don't consider the credit wasted. I do fell Scalzi has spent too much time consulting for Hollywood because his books feel more and more rushed and not well developed. Has Scalzi simply been assimilated by the big Hollywood money? He has, to my perception, regressed significantly from Old Man's War. Disappointing to say the least, he has been taken off my "always worth the credit" list.
Seriously this book is NASTY. :) But darn it, it's how college life worked! Beer, booze, bimbos and barfing...that pretty much sums this book up to me...one of the best credits I ever used.
Funny I found this book to be a bit of fun escapism yet I also enjoyed the subtle (or not so subtle) indictment of how we tend to treat (and/or judge) those we encounter every day.
Excellent reader too...
Belongs on my all time favorite list.
I like the story well enough but for me Spider Robinson is not experienced enough to read his books. The tempo of the reading was too rapid for me, though once I got accustom to the reading pace it was not awful. But I would definitely recommend this book to fans of the author. Well worth the credit.
It took me several reads of the book to fully "get it" about this story. Not that it was bad by any means. It was just so different and so much hapening that it took time for everything to sink into my aging grey matter...but finally I "get it" so we had to have the audiobook version...excellent reader and great listen. Well worth the download credit!
While not disappointed by this book, it was not as fun as Snow Crash. Still worth the credit...
We simply have not been able to progress beyond the endless profanity and vulgar scenes in the first portion of the the book. So, in all honesty we do not know if this is overall good or bad...but, are very disappointed by the experience...and it has been over 6-months we still have not gotten to part two of the three downloads...too bad...
We have had a blast with this title. The story requires suspension of disbelief, but then again don't the all? But, it also is a fun ride...we cannot wait for the movie nor can we wait for the next Robert Langdon book...and yes, it's a silly story...or is it? ;)
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