I love the Culture series by Iain Banks and I love Peter Kenny's performance. Banks's world is interesting, fun and a little scary. Peter Kenny does a masterful job voicing a wide range of characters. The twin story lines, one unfolding in reverse, is a little confusing at times via audiobook and I wonder if it would have been easier to read. Despite that, I really enjoyed the story and the delivery.
The only thing that saves this audio book is a good performance by the narrators. The material itself is just awful. Full of inconsistencies, bad dialogue and illogical character decisions, Ex Heroes wrecks what could have been a cool world. I really, really enjoyed Peter Clines's "14". Ex Heroes is not up to par.
Here's an example of bad writing that stuck with me: I'm paraphrasing here, but it went something like, "The monster punched him into the air, but only for a minute.' A minute? He hit him so hard he was airborne for 60 seconds? Is he halfway to San Francisco when he lands? That's just poor word choice, but there are many more instances like that through the book.
The poor character logic is probably the worst part. One guy has the power of a small star at his command, but doesn't like to burn zombies because it's "icky." WTF? Get out there and light them up! Why are you not burning zombies 24/7?
Anyway, it is what it is and it's terrible.
I feel bad for Oliver Wyman having to perform this book. He did a good job with some truly bad material. The characters are cliche, the story is predictable. It's gun porn and the most banal action hero nonsense. The main character describes himself as perfectly normal... and then you find out he's an underground pit fighter, bouncer, marksmen with a fetish for guns. You know, like everyone else. Also, he's the latest in a long line of the "chosen ones" from every book since Odyssues. I was fooled by the rave reviews, but this book is terrible.
Not the best Culture book, but Peter Kenney continues to deliver. If you are a fan of the Culture series, you will enjoy this book, but it's not the best of the series. The audio performance is as good as ever by Peter Lenney.
Pretty boring. Illogical story. Decent performance. I don't see how this book is rated so highly either in SF circles or Audible. I had trouble finishing it.
A good solid listen. Its a little gory at times and a bit confusing in others, but I enjoyed the book.
A better book and then some sound remastering.
This book did not live up to the hype. The writing is filled with clichés and the story is predictable.
Most of it.
Absolutely! Peter Kenny gives a brilliant performance of a good story.
The story is good. Its a good for SF in general and a good Culture series book. I find, however, that's its actually narrator that keeps me riveted. There are points where I felt the words were not as good as the delivery. Great job, Peter!
I enjoy this series both because the characters occasionally do smart things AND because they often do very dumb things.
The information is interesting, but its a bit of a slog to get through. I had a tough time paying attention while driving. Certainly helped me sleep. The voice actor is a bit on the dry side. Reminded me a bit of Alan Greenspan.
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