An excellent performance by Simon Vance, whose narrations I seek after no matter the book, now, this fourth installment of the Dune series continues the Dune saga several thousand years into the future.
Frank Herbert, the author, has a habit of getting his exposition across through the use of meetings and discussions, and this book is not only replete with them; it is bogged down with them. The entire book seems like a series of connected meetings, with Emperor Leto constantly and annoyingly trying to be as shocking as possible with his statements. After a while, it just gets old.
I enjoyed the book, however, but found it tedious at times and wishing some action would occur.
I was enjoying this book, until the author suddenly decided he wanted as many f-bombs as possible in the dialogue, then I had to stop. I admit to being somewhat of a prude, but the book was moving along so nicely until then.
The story is original and has a grittiness to it that I enjoyed. The characters seemed well fleshed out and engaging.
Rated 'R' for language.
I really was enjoying this book, but I'm a bit of a prude, so when about 2/3 of the way in, the author seemed to want to throw as many f-bombs as possible into the dialogue, I stopped reading it. Pity, because the book largely is about children, and I think my kids would have really enjoyed it. I turned it off despite the very fascinating story and delightfully original ideas about the future and the use of nano-technology.
Rated 'R' for language.
Both practical and engaging, with well researched ideas and plenty of stories, I found this book to be very helpful. The author has collected excellent stories from folks across the world who have started up businesses of their own. Each gives more light to the process, and in the end, the book becomes not only inspiring but practical as well.
In this second installment, Jackie moves from ship to girls boarding school, but still manages to get into all kinds of sailor's scrapes. The book is fun to listen to with Katherine Kellgren at the performance helm. I can't even begin to explain how amazing her performance of this book is!
I imagine that this is a book for young adults, but the content, at times, seems a bit beyond that at times; I'd feel just a bit squeamish, as I would have in the previous book, about some of the parts of this book, but they are handled sensitively by the author and peformer.
Overall, it's a fun romp, and the more Jackie Fabre the better in my opinion.
As always, Sanderson comes up with a very interesting world with its own very interesting types of magic and power. The result is engaging and creative and fun.
Mistborn by the same author, because of the well-developed use of unique magic.
The reader grew on me, and now I like him. One of the characters, especially, has kind of a surfer-type speech quality that is difficult, once started, to grow complex and deep as it needs to, but I liked his portrayal of the characters and the narration. He is also just a bit slow in his reading.
The description says ages 8 to adult, but I'm glad I waited until my daughter was 11 before listening to these stories. Some are quite scary and leave lasting impressions. Wonderful stuff, though! She's a real treasure!
We've heard this book so many times my kids almost have it memorized. The stories are endearing and the characters funny. Bill Harley keeps us interested and laughing at the same time. I highly recommend this to anyone with children, or anyone who enjoys a good story.
Larry McMurtry is one of my favorite authors, and this book doesn't disappoint. The characters were endearing and the story absorbing and in a true McMurtry way, sometimes shocking. I highly recommend it.
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