I was dubious of this story from the summary but the fact that it is narrated by Steven King himself caused me to take a punt. I am glad I did as this book, in my opinion, is possibly the best book Steven King has written. Confusing and strange at first but immensely compelling and delightfully involving. Although Steven King doesn't have the voice presence of some of the more popular reading artists, the fact that it is his own work he is reading adds to the overall effect and makes this one of the most enjoyable audible books and stories I have listened to.
Incredibly well thought out and written story with exactly the right amount of characterisation and emotion to maintain the focus of the story. Although set in a science fiction environment, this story is about people and their actions in the widest possible context and will be enjoyed by anyone who likes a good story.
This (and the others in the Ender series) is one of the best read (and in parts acted) audible books I've enjoyed.
If you like Sci-Fi you need to listen to this book as it is one of the seminal and defining works of Science Fiction.
This would have made a good and entertaining short story and possibly an OK teen horror movie but as a full novel it doesn't work. Rather than endearing you to any of the characters, the overly extensive characterisation just serves to bog down the story. Even ignoring the extent to which you are asked to suspend disbelief regarding the main events and activities I found myself not caring what happened to any of the characters but, rather, I found myself just grinding to the end of the story to finish it - vaguely hoping that some sort of explanation would be forthcoming.
These are enjoyable stories but Tim Curry's narration make them special.
I continue to be amazed how William Boyd is able to write books that seem almost autobiographical from the point of view of their main protagonists when each one is so completely different from the others. I've not seen a repeated theme in any of his books and each one is an independent masterpiece of fictional history and thoroughly involving stories.
Restless continues this pattern but with the twist of running two concurrent, related but historically separated personal stories. A hugely enjoyable, clever and entertaining book read superbly with emotion and attention to the flow of the author's prose.
If you like good stories then choose this one.
This book is a fun and entertaining adventure story based on the best traditions of hero, nemesis, love interest and dodgy, unexplained science. It's a good listen and adequately presented but clearly follows the adventure-mystery template adhered to by the likes of Dan Brown to structure the story rather than ploughing its own furrow the way authors like Steven King and William Gibson seem to succeed in.
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