I was so looking forward to this book. I have been reading Nora Roberts for years. I may even have read everything she has published. I loved last years "The Search" and "Birthright" is my all time favorite. This one just didn't have it. Maybe I just had no interest in fire jumpers, I don't know. I just know it wasn't up to her usual standard. With that said, JDRobb's last In Death book, "Treachery in Death" was the best yet.
This book for me was a very pleasant surprise. I'm not typically a sci fi reader and I expected mediocre at best. I was hooked with the first few sentences in the book and didn't stop listening until it was finished. I then badgered my two sons until they listened to it as well. It was loaded with science, humor and the only fiction I could tell was the fact that NASA is no where near sending humans to Mars. I've listened to it now many times and my kids and I use "Watneyisms" frequently. Since I grew up in the 70's, I really appreciated Mark's comments, especially regarding Disco. It really does suck, lol.
The narration was top notch as well. IMO, this book was top notch. I haven't enjoyed anything so much in years.
I will remember the name of this narrator. It was awful. I think all the grunts, groans, sighs etc from the narrator might have ruined what little story there was, worth listening to, but I can't be sure. Don't get me wrong. The voice was fine. It was the sound effects that made me want to lose it.
It was an interesting history of The Mexican revolution and what it must have been like to live at that point in history.
I'm not sure I'd say this sequel surpassed the first book, Poison Study, but it was close. Enjoyed both books tremendously. Gabra zackman does a great job narrating as well. I'm really looking forward to the next book coming out next March!
This was one of the best stories I've listened to yet! Initially, I skipped over this book, not believing I would enjoy aa "fantasy" type story. It was a lack of new material that caused me to try this one and I am so glad I did. I've listened to both Poison Study and Magic Study several times already and have gotten my two young teens into it as well. Audio books are the best use of an Ipod in my opinion. My only complaint is that I now have to wait nearly a year for Fire Study to come out. Great job by the author and the reader!
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