This book demands attention from the reader/listener that I had to frequently skip back secs / mins to catchup on things which I missed or did not understood because I was not paying needed attention. Partially it is due to the nature of the book the way it is written, and a lot of it is due to narration. The narrator though otherwise did a great job, did finish one chapter of the book and start the next one seemingly in same breath causing confusion at times. I had to get use to this style, but once I was in synch, I had a great time.
Book has mix of great elements such as mage assassins making it an entertaining listen. Even though there is free flow use of magic, author manage to maintain the intrigue of such things while combining it with great character development. Characters are very well flushed out, and combination of interesting skill set makes the plot lines very interesting.
Book does demand attention as mentioned above that not everything is spelled out for the listener. Events are taking place which make no sense at the time gets explained as user continue to read through the book.
Book sets ambitious goal for itself in terms of complexity and quality, and I have to say that it almost achieved it. Though not easy to listen, it is very entertaining sometimes awesome epic. I plan to next book in the series when it arrives. I would recommend this book for seasoned epic fantasy fans.
This is hands down 5 star book.
This is an amazing book. Book captures the attention of the reader from the start and it does not let go till the end.
It is a survival story of an astronaut (Mark) who is accidentally abandoned at Mars. It starts it seems hopeless that as a reader I didn't see any hope for a person to survive any long period of time on Mars. But, as book progresses, Mark breaks down his needs and resources that would keep him alive. Book is written/narrated in such a fashion that I felt that I was with Mark on the desolate planet.
Author did a great job of describing the technical / environmental challenges Mark faced, and then the explanation of how these challenges were solved by Mark with his technical knowledge along with his ingenuity and courage. I really enjoyed how Mark figured out the storm’s direction: ) (trying not to give away too much)
Sense of humor is great as well. Mark’s comments about 70’s music to DND’s magic spell are outright funny to hilarious
More than anything, book describes what makes us human. Mark sets an inspirational example of human will to live and not giving up against tremendous odds. There is plenty of narrative about how humanity came together to help him get off the planet. What stand out is that being stranded on Mars was that Mark was not afraid of death, but rather dying alone.
I was cheering for Mark throughout the book, and I highly recommend this to seasoned listeners to new sci fi readers. Narration is tremendous as well.
Book has a very familiar feel to it, originally set by the trilogy, as author and narrator gets listener back into the same world with ease. Author kept the promise of giving an equally enjoyable experience to listeners regardless of prior reads. I can notice the Easter eggs that I already have read the trilogy where book was still fresh enough for me to enjoy. Book certainly will be a joy to read for the readers who have not read the trilogy already; however, I would recommend picking up the trilogy while waiting for the rest of the prequels to arrive that each prequel still enjoyable even if trilogy is been already read.
Book mostly about how Hadrian and Royce met or rather forced to work together. This arrangement setup by their mutual friend leads to insight about each of their characters and background giving a lot more depth to both of them. It did seem for little while that their friendship was forced upon them, and for little while it was tiresome to endure the banter between them (which is very small part of the book). For the most of the book, their interaction is very enjoyable.
Book also get into other characters which are not on forefront in other books. For example, there is a large sections of background story for Gwen’s. At times, it was surprising the amount of details provided for her story.
I loved the trilogy, and I would highly recommend the prequels as well. Narrator is a natural fit for author’s writing. In fact, I have read other books narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds by searching for other books that are narrated by him.
I look forward to the next book in the prequel as well a new series (whenever Michael decides to write it : )
The hobbit needs no introduction. It is a start of a series that changed the face of fantasy in profound way. It starts off as more of a children story than the movie have you believe. Starting with Bilbo, author establishes the characters and their limitations. Tone is lighter at the start of the book, but it steadily grows serious to a point that end of the book deals with serious politics and large scale war. Story is told from third person perspective and it works well with the content of the book. A reader can feel a sense of adventure that it was established because of the limitations introduced by author earlier in the book. Dwarves are funny and entertaining even through sometimes it is difficult to keep track of them and their personalities while listening to the narration. In the end, book has a message positive message of anyone (no matter how small) can make a big difference.
Narrator did a great job and I really enjoyed the book. There were plenty of songs in this book and they were sang quiet nicely by the narrator. Needless to say that book is highly recommended and will provide great entertainment.
I will be picking up the Lord Of The Rings narrated by same person.
I enjoyed the narration of 'Theft of Swords' by 'Tim Gerard Reynolds' so much that I tracked down other books narrated by him, and discovered countermeasure.
Book has very interesting premise about having two very strong individual with complementing skill set. One is technically great with computers where the other one is great CIA agent (more or less). Having these two individual working in conjunction made up for a very enjoyable read.
Book has enough threads of story line to keep things interesting and there is a lot of time spend on main character development that reader get to know the reasons and motivation behind the individual. Story flows well and has a very satisfying ending.
On slightly critical note, book seems to flow 'too' well sometimes. People who are bad and really bad and have no redeeming quality at times with just the right amount of correct reasoning and motivation. At times characters seemed stereotyped. But it is not bad enough to be distracting.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book and narration is great. I would recommend this book.
There is not best way to review it without comparing to the first book. First book started with the selection of youth to participate in hunger games which is shocking, and grabs on to reader’s attention. Second book however starts with the president having interest in Katniss. This topic takes up a good chunk of time in book sometimes being redundant.
Also, Katniss’ character does not seem to be as self assured confident young lady as we have come to know her in first book.
Story moves on to how her act of defiance for her love actually sparked a rebellion. President, in effort to crush the rebellion, tries to crush the symbols of rebellions which are represented by previous winners of hunger games.
So eventually, there are another set of hunger game involving all previous winners. There is a good time spent discussing clothing / make up / tv commercials .. etc. The games themselves do not seem to hold the same sense of life ending seriousness as the first book. In fact, there is a time when participants seem to be having a picnic during the game.
One of the weaknesses of the book is that it is mostly told from Katniss’ perspective. In first book it worked out ok, but stage is bit bigger in this book and book does not provide enough perspective from other characters that are taking significant actions. Therefore, at times, a lot of event that already took place just come to reader's attention when Katniss character learns of them. It is ok, but it seems a bit hand wavy strategy in author’s part.
Narration is acceptable at best. This book would have been great in Kate Reading’s voice that Carolyn depiction of Katniss does not seem to convey the range of emotions that author trying to convey. Worse yet, other characters’ portrayal sometimes seem cartoonish.
This is a 3 star book as a whole.
This is the last and best book of the series. Book starts with Drizzt living in cave trying to make sense of an alien environment. At this point, reader knows enough about the character to really understand how one might feel and experience when face with such circumstances. Author did a great job of actually going through a lot of detail about how surface / light / environment impacted Drizzt. A small thing such as weather change, which we might take for granted, was not well understood by Drizzt.
Since a reader could feel for the character, book provides a great sense of adventure as if reader itself is walking out to the world for the first time. For seasoned readers, it is a sense that does not easily achieved and I really appreciated it.
Once somewhat comfortable with his new environment, Drizzt tries to establish relationships which really back fires. These attempts and his appearance / race lends him in trouble. There underline theme of pre-conceptions people have and how they are quick to judge based on appearance.
His attempts to establish relationships eventually bare fruits, and his adventure continues in a different direction.
All in all, this is a good book with a great sense of adventure. Narration seems correct for this type of book, and story zips along at a brisk pace. It is a good 3.5 to 4 star book. I liked the book enough that I will be picking up the next book from the author about the character.
This is the second book in the series, and book begins with Drizzt's exile where he has chosen to exile himself due to differences with his family as well as drow society in general. Time away from any social interaction takes a deep toll on Drizzt's psyche which is discussed in a lot of detail. Author continue to flush out the character, and readers gets to know Drizzt at a deeper level. His thought process, his principles and decision making is been discussed in more details that book is more focused on Drizzt than his environment.
Book introduces new races and their cultures which provide more contrast to the drow society. Drizzt's interaction with these races provides good action and entertainment. Drizzt's friendship explored in this book also provides good depth that it is put to test as dark elves hunt Drizzt to appease their deity.
Narration is the same as the first book. Though, not the best, It is well done and does add to the experience.
I find this book to be better written and more enjoyable than the first one, so I recommend this book. I look forward to pick up the next book when it is out.
It is a quick easy listen with intriguing concept. The story is about a dark elf (Drizzt) upbringing in a society that seems to have a lot of unique elements. Story arcs around the struggle between various leading houses. Each house is led by a female cleric. This society seems to be dominated by females where males sometimes thought of as less capable and usually subservient to their female family members.
The struggle between the houses is not about a throne, but it is about being favored by their deity. Back stabbing between houses is actually promoted as long as it is done with certain precision. In general, it is described to be a very paranoid and cynical society. Drizzt growing up in this environment struggle with his inner voice and expectations from his family and society.
Book has enough elements to keep things very interesting from over all story perspective, but a lot of hack and slash along with strange dialogue between characters keep the book less than great. For instance, a female who use to be in leadership position will not have to put male in their place all the time. I would suspect a command would simply be accepted as a matter of fact.
Also, book lacks any sense of humor which is understandable that story takes place in a very dark and in an alien environment.
Narrator does a good enough job here. Narration is at the edge of being too dramatic, but it is tolerable. Overall, I enjoyed the book and I will pick up the next one to see where the overall story takes us. It is a good book, but not a great one. Recommend picking the book up when waiting for your favorite authors to complete their book :)
Book is entertaining, but it is not as focused on the demon war as the title indicates. In my opinion, things didn’t progress much until 7 hours left in the whole book where before it was about the political intrigue and cultural, religion, and cultural differences. It was interesting for little while, but then it became repetitive. I think that book could have been shorter by 5 hours or so. Also, I do not sense the scope of this book as large as it could have been that story discusses few cities. I didn’t get a sense that demons were a global threat (honest word).
On the positive side, it is well written, and narrated. Characters been flushed out and reader gets to know about them and their families (who sometimes do not add much to the story).
Fighting with demons seems to get organized from both cultures, and there is a slew of new type of powers / methodologies to fight the demons which keeps things interesting.
Readers do get to know a bit more about demons, but the book is mostly dominated by humans and not much more is learned about the demons. I feel that author missed an opportunity here that book would have been much better if demon hierarchy / methodologies / goals were discussed in more detail.
Both contenders to be the 'deliverer' finally meet on the last 30 mins of the book and then book has an abrupt ending leaving reader slightly disappointed.
Overall, it is entertaining, and I will read the next book in this saga; however, at best it is a 4 star book that narrator did a great job.
Technical details initially descried in this book about various algorithm / sw development / hw / hacking of phones .. etc are very well researched. I was very impressed how well author is able convey the information to the reader while still making it interesting. I can get into details, but it will get boring : )
Character development is great that user will get to know the main characters and their motivations by the end of the book. Book is pretty fast paced even with technical details it remains interesting. I would describe the story as very plausible fiction.
My only gripe (which is really minor) about the book is that antagonist were not as well defined as I would have liked. Mostly it felt like “they are pulling the strings”, “They are causing this”. Again, it is a very minor gripe.
Narration works well in the context of this book which has a military overtone.
I enjoyed the book, and I will be looking to pick up other books by Daniel Suarez that I am very impressed with the researched put into this book
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