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Coughlin

Water Valley, Virgin Islands (U.S.) | Member Since 2009

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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10636)
    Performance
    (9619)
    Story
    (9705)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Ugh."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If DB's first two novels seemed similar, but had an engaging variation in their background research, this one manages to copy the formula, without enough historic research to compensate for the terrible re-use of plot.

    Does a main character, whisked away to help solve a potentially world-rocking crisis, paired with a single, attractive, unavailable, and surprisingly key player in the drama, with lots of running from historic location to historic location sound familiar?

    The core story of this third iteration has enough content to fill a very short novella. The number of times the same information is repeated by different characters to stretch the story, or the poorly built suspense that is limply carried long after the surprise is obvious, makes for tedious listening, despite the skilled reader.

    If you're a one trick pony, phoning it in seems doubly unfair to the audience.

    11 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11611)
    Performance
    (10827)
    Story
    (10835)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Pleasantly surprised"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wil Wheaton is a very pleasant reader, does not distract from the story with over-dramatization, and is in tune with the story to match his reading to the plot/timing of the narrative.

    The story is interesting, excellent on the character development, interesting single-perspective approach, and a quick-moving plot that does not sacrifice detail to keep the momentum. (The amount of detail is sometimes astounding.) Very though provoking throughout, at a specific story-twist level, and at the conceptual/overarching foundation of the whole story.

    All the components of a really good science-fiction novel.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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