After listening to Ender's Game, which I rated as my all time favorite, and then, "The Speaker for the Dead", which was "OK", but disappointing in comparison, I decided I'd give the trilogy a chance and listen to Xenocide.
Card devotes about 10 times as much ink as he should have to this story. The book devotes 90% of its substance to social psychology instead of a story. It becomes absolutely painful and I found myself hoping it would end soon and put me out of my misery. The book should have been a short novella instead.
The characters are annoying at best, and poorly developed. You find yourself not caring about any of them, except Ender of course.
The female readers are atrocious. The same whiney melodramatic voice reads Val, which is only just tolerable as it was in the first two, but now you have the most annoying voice in the history of readings with the "Hive Queen Voice". I would have rather listened to a thousand fingernails run across a chalkboard than listen to one more word from this readers mouth... unbelievable that they didn't change this after hearing the horrible performance in post production.
If you have ever played video games, this one reminds you of a book written from the basis of Dishonored or BioShock. The setup is a 1900's type world where a parallel technology path exists within the story that is more advanced than the actual 1900's technology.
Overall the story is a bit slow and dry at times, but overall, it's an interesting adventure mystery type novel with good character development. The narrator does a fine job.
Overall, it's off the beaten path (science fiction to some extent, but not quite science fiction if that makes any sense), but recommended.
In the Bernie Gunther series, Kerr manages to tell a story about Bernie in his pre-war or wartime life, and then jumps to Bernie's then current-day, after the war. The series progresses from just after the war up to the late 50's and early 60's.
This book is his best effort by far. Early on, the books were a bit hard to follow at times and it was hard to catch the story's flow over the gap in years. Field Gray nails it! It's a fabulous story with interesting characters and an intriguing story that ends up being a page turner!
The narrator, Paul Hecht is overall, a very good narrator and he does a fine job on this one.
Overall, this one is Highly Recommended! The series is likewise a recommend!
I have no idea why Kerr changed his formula on this book. The formula that he ended up perfecting by the time he got to "Field Gray" was to flash back and forth between Bernie's pre-war and war-time experience and Bernie's current day post-war life.
Kerr always linked the stories, e.g., investigated someone from his former life, ran into an old acquaintance, etc. They were a bit hard to follow at first, but for me Kerr became a much better writer as he progressed through the books.
Field Grey, for example was my favorite book, and this one digressed. I heard an interview Kerr gave saying that changing the style was interesting to him and sticking to the same old formula made it stale for him. I wish he would have stayed stale.
Overall I recommend the series, but this book is average at best, and sometimes a beating.
This book was recommended to me by a friend, and ended up being quite the pleasant surprise.
The book is centered around the "Google Earth" concept, where one of the vans driving around taking pictures of city streets and then projected into Google Earth to show the user the streets online.
The company here is fictitious and the story is a bit implausible, but the author makes it work and weaves a pretty suspenseful story that ends up being a "page turner".
The narrators do a fine job, even though there is no need for two of them.
Highly recommended!! A suspense novel that is a fun and enjoyable listen!
I simply could not get through this book. Granted I was only 1/3 into when I quit, but I will RARELY quit listening to a book.
I will try to go back and listen to this one again, once I have exhausted my hot list, but for now I am going to rate it a 2-3-1, only because John Lee is a fabulous narrator and brings it up from a 1.
I did not know who Greg Iles was prior to stumbling upon this book. I saw the good reviews, and the genre appeals to me, so I gave it a shot.
What a terrific book!! I have not listened to a book this good in a long time. It reminded me of a good John Grisham or James Lee Burke novel. It was that good!
I did listen to the second and third books in this series and the second one was a big let down and the third was much better, but not as good as this first effort.
Overall, I recommend the series!! Try it, you will definitely enjoy this one if you enjoy the genre!! Tom Stechschulte does a fine job as narrator on this one.
I very much enjoyed the first two book in this trilogy. The thing that made the first two books so good is exactly what made the last book so poor - CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!
It is simply amazing to me how this happened. The initial characters, who were obviously the parents and grand parents of the characters in the final book, were simply swept to the side, and the new characters were simply introduced as if their characters were already defined by the parents and grand parents.
Likewise, there was no real story line outside of the activities surrounding the historical events that occurred through the timeline of this third edition.
I am a HUGE fan of Follett and will anxiously await his next book. If you are a Follett fan, you still have to listen or read the trilogy. It's worth it, but keep in mind the last book just goes through the motions. I would also recommend any of his other books, most of all the Pillars and World without End books.
John Lee is masterful as always, truly one of the best narrators in the business.
While the summary of the story sounded interesting, the story itself was a little less than that. I am a big Adrian McKinty fan and certainly had higher hopes for this book.
Of course, if you like me, are a big McKinty fan, this becomes a must read. It's certainly better than the random average to poor book out there, but simply wasn't up to the standard McKinty type book I have become accustomed to.
I would highly recommend the "Dead" / Michael Forsythe trilogy, and the Troubles trilogy by McKinty, the Dead trilogy being my favorite.
Gerard Doyle does a great job narrating as he always does with McKinty books.
I have read several books on Patton, including one of the supposed "Bibles" on Patton, by Stanley Hirshson. O'Reilly and Dugard's book successfully touches on the relevant History influenced by Patton and likewise, the events he influenced.
Like other reviewers, I agree that not all the events have to do with the supposed Tag Line of "Killing Patton", but all discussions are relevant and interesting. While I also agree that there are no earth shattering new discoveries or new theories as to who killed Patton, if anyone, O'Reilly and Dugard make a pretty strong case that someone did in fact kill Patton as opposed to the accident storyline. I came away more convinced that he was murdered.
O'Reilly does a fine job narrating. I am surprise by the number of negative reviews on O'Reilly's narration. O'Reilly so much better than many narrators in the business, and that isn't even his business! He's much better than bricks like Scott Brick. He may not be my favorite. but he is well above average as a narrator comparing him to other narrators in the business.
Overall, highly recommended!! I have enjoyed all three "Killing" books by O'Reilly and Dugard.
Even though it is mentioned in the Audible Title, I did not realize that Mario Puzo did not finish this novel himself. It was completed in 2001 by his girlfriend, after his death in 1999.
I imagine when he started this book there had been little written about the Borgias, but since this book was finished, there have been a great many books on the Borgias, and of course the Showtime series, "The Borgias", which I highly recommend.
This book did bring to light a few interesting tidbits of History of which I was not aware. For example, in the Showtime series, they wrote out the younger brother Gioffre, so I was not aware he actually existed.
Overall I recommend the book and my only criticism (and it's a fairly big one for me) is that the book had an epic feel to it and it wrapped up far too quickly and in summary form. I can only assume that is because Carol Gino simply tried to finish it the best she could. I would be curious to know when she actually took over to assess my point as a valid one or not.
The narrator did a fine job and overall a slight thumbs up.
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