More a historical novel than science fiction, Galileo's Dream covers the latter half of Galileo's life. While there are some action scenes this is not an action novel. And while there is time travel and alien intelligence, it is more a novel of about Galileo, his scientific ideas, and Vatican politics. If you make it through the twenty hours you will gain a understanding and an affection for this flawed genius. It does go on for too long. It could stand being about a third shorter. But I would recommend it for an entertaining introduction to the life of Galileo Galilee.
MacLeod Andrews does a decent job with bad material. I would listen to him again.
Disappointed with the generic pedestrian writing.
Hell is Empty is definitely one the best audio books I've listened to this year. The book initially struck me as all action with the characters we grown to know sidelined. But then the action turns into something more. It turns into some kind of journey through hell. Though hell is a frozen mountain. And hell has a seven foot tall guide that may be real or just a hallucination.
The Walt Longmire series is usually very down to earth. Hell is Empty may not be as firmly rooted in reality but I will listen to this one again.
If you liked the ending to the last episode of The Sopranos you'll like the ending to The Passage. I have to assume there is a second volume coming. Other than the cliff hanger ending I did enjoy the book. It works great as something to listen to on a cross country car trip.
Except for the Elmore Leonard novels that have made it into film, this is my first of his novels and I am looking forward to reading some of his other books. The story is fast and entertaining. Robert Forster's reading of the novel is as dry as dry gets. Imagine a no nonsense kind of guy telling a long story. It takes a while to get used to his pacing and his subtle sense of humor. After a short while I found myself thoroughly enjoying his deadpan delivery. I can see where other listeners may not care for his understated performance but I've listened to the book twice.
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