I stuck it out for an hour, then gave up. Out of maybe a hundred audio books, I have quit only a handful in the middle, and one of them was The Passage. In the first hour we learn that men are usually violent pigs (except death-row inmates, of course) fraternity houses are just big rape rooms, women are abused angels, and global warming is steaming the earth like a package of peas. The author tried to man it up by talking about special forces carrying "gas recoil M19" guns. Sigh. If you don't know that "gas recoil" is an oxymoron, then you should not write about guns. Not to mention that M19 is a mortar, though I admit I had to look that up.
It is possible that The Passage gets better after the first hour, but I will never know.
On the other hand, if you think a day spent raising awareness about income inequality is more virtuous than a day spent shingling a roof, then you will probably love this book.
The parallels to the March Upcountry series are gratuitous. Despite that, it's a great story and I look forward to the rest of the series.
To predict whether you will enjoy this story, imagine the uncontested power of the Dark-Ages Catholic Church devoted to the goals of Greenpeace. If that idea intrigues you, then you will hate this story. If it makes you shudder, then give Armageddon a listen.
I'm 10 hours into this book, and I'm giving up. This is one of the least interesting stories I have ever encountered. Its Hugo and Nebula awards must be due to the affirmative action fad that peaked near 1993. I give it two stars only because the reader is good.
To be more positive, if you have a lot of time to kill, and you are fascinated by tense family relationships and mundane details of daily life in a bygone age, then this book might be for you. However, if you are male, you will likely find it unbearable.
This book is foreplay for Atlas Shrugged, but what foreplay. For me, these two books pointed out the pattern and gave me words to describe it. In reading other reviews, I am fascinated by the ingenuity of peoples' efforts to prevent other people from reading these books.
If you think Rand's books are too long then you are in good company, but you are trying to finish them too quickly. Don't be suckered by the gutless abridged versions, but instead try listening only an hour or two a day, while doing something simple but productive.
Making Money is one of the better Diskworld books, and that is saying something. Its a rare paragraph that doesn't contain at least one sentence that I would consider the wittiest thing I had said all day.
If you enjoy reading the King James version of the Bible then you might like this audiobook. However, if you are hoping for muscularly rational argument then you will probably find these lectures to be only cryptic and pedantic.
I thought I had outgrown Heinlein but I loved this book. If you "get" Ayn Rand you will find this story engrossing. However, if your heroes are Jesus or Che Guevara, then you may want to look elsewhere.
I am angry that this book, apparently the fourth in the series, became available before the middle two and was advertised as a sequel to the first book, March Upcountry. One of the best audiobook series ever, but now the middle books are ruined for me because this one recounts their stories in detail. Grrrr.
Great story, but listen to the other books first.
I have listened to dozens of audiobooks, and March Upcountry is my third favorite after Ender's Game and Atlas Shrugged. It was almost too good, tempting me to break my rule of only listening while exercising, and I was pleasantly angry when this story ended before I expected. You will recognize the (excellent) narrator as one of the teachers in Ender's Game. I am ordering the sequel now.
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