He is now on my watch 'short list' for print and audio.
The implication that the available workforce of certain regions are saught by some corporations.
He narrated as if he wrote the book himself and was speaking from memory. Adlibing along the way. Very natural sounding guy.
The author is an ambidextrous basher and advocate. True objectivity if there is such a thing is rare and refreshing. He does not let ideals get in the way of his very solid take on various issues.The book was deeply engaging and I wished for much more. The narrator was a great choice and completely natural for this book. I'm looking for more by Bageant, but sadly nothing. I hope to see some soon. He is definately on my watch list.
I missed a few key points here and there throughout the book while daydreaming. The book does require more than your passive attention to enjoy.
The WW2 part of the book was fun and I enjoyed the characters. The present day characters were far less realistic and shallow. The main story / plot could use some condensing and organization (sorting out).
There was more than one time when I thought to myself "hurry up and be over". It seemed to carry on in places. Maybe the abridged version would be better.
Performance was great. Audible producers seem to have a big stable of some very good talent.
Decent enough scifi for a youth audience. Well written although not much character scope or tech. Again this book is meant for youths.
Now I know what a space opera is. A normal Soap with laser beams and silver jump suits.
Although a nice big story. It was not really what I was looking for in a science fiction novel.
I may try this author again if I he wrote any real hard scifi books.
Implausible story. Alot of time spent on the high drama relationship between the protagonist and his daughter. This was tough to get through and quickly ground away at expectations I had for this book.
In hind sight it seemed many elements of the book were stereotypical. For example we have PTSD, unsigned divorce papers, East European mafia and so on.
The mafia boss was an interesting guy and I would have liked to know more about him, his history and life.
The Iceman was a well sequenced bio. Well written and narrated nicely. An easy to listen piece as each hit was like it's own story.
Some of the information was overly repetitive. Slightly bothersome, but not to the point where I would not recommend the book to anyone.
If you think you know the story because you watched the 2013 Movie, then think again and get this book. The movie is nearly fiction compared to this book.
In no way am I experienced enough in the genre to critique a Science Fiction title. I read science fiction for a couple of years way back in the mid 80's. And tried again 5 years ago with the Mars Trilogy (which I did not finish)The book delivers engaging Hard Sci-fi and solid Opera. It was satisfying in that regard.However, I felt as though the book had a Fantasy feel about it. For my taste I would have liked to learn more about the authors idea of regular people.The human part of this story is mainly focused on the Gentians. 6 million year old clone people. Although this span of time is required to tell the story, the hard sci fi describing this ability was lacking, convenient and not very thought provoking. Don't get me wrong. Much of the explanations of technology were fantastic.So when I say "Hungry for More" in my headline. I'm not talking about another book. I just wanted more from this one.
I will buy more from this author.John Lee is great (as usual)
The first book was a surprise. It was really engrossing. I have reviewed the first 3 books.
The author is being pushed too hard I think. I would rather wait 5 years for something of quality.
He still writes great characters. The narrator still does a fine job. But the story has lost it's momentum entirely.
I promised myself to stop listening after the first 3 books based on the reviews. I bought 4 an and 5 anyway based on hope. But the overall poor reviews are correct. The books are boring and drone on and on about nothing. Albeit I already voted with my wallet didn't I?
Many have commented on Burke / Patton combo. In audio book circles they most certainly must have made their mark.
If I'm ever in a hurry I just download the most recent Burke / Patton book and hit the road.
Don't even need to read the reviews.
All the virtues of a very good book are there. High end literature? No. But then that high end lit requires ones complete attention to enjoy.
These books are like going for a long walk in the bush with a talkative and interesting friend.
You still listen to everything your friend is saying, but it's not so taxing that you don't enjoy your walk. Or your friends jabbering for that matter.
The characters are absolutely fantastic. The story is a bit difficult to follow at times. The dialogue is engaging and you don't want to miss a single word.
The humor is genuine, very real and after the fact. I suspect there is much I missed.
I think I may have to listen to this one again to get the most from it.
Still I give this book well deserved praise for it's quality of the characters and the dialogue. The information on the limits and uses of technology of the times is fascinating.
A rich computer genius dies. But leaves behind a computer program or Daemon that tries to destroy the world after he is gone. No reason is given as to why he does this. All the Federal and local authorities are lead around like the Keystone Cops.The tech is very loose and sloppy science fiction. No regard to reality is respected. The narration is simply very bad. Press the "try me" button. Think generic tough guy, "He Man" on Saturday morning cartoons. Any young male in the book is automatically given a California surfer dude slacker voice and is described as looking the part.
I generously gave 2 stars for Story. The seed is there for a good story. But it's still sitting in it's little packet in the seasonal section at Home Depot.
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