I highly recommend this audio novel but have one reservation. Blue tooth streaming in my car tends to drop off every time there is a pause in an audio. Between songs you don't notice it, in most audio novels its barely noticeable. In this one, however, it drops off each time they mention the name of the speaker. Not knowing who said what makes the story far less enjoyable. If you don't have this problem, ignore my review, the audio is brilliant fun over the iphone headset. If you do, well you've been warned so you might look for a solution before you buy (perhaps avoid streaming and run it directly).
The author has a way with words and the turn of phrase. Interesting characters but really not much of a plot line. The author says he was never one for chapters and it shows. Like Hitchhikers Guide it meanders about from quirky bit to quirky bit. All entertaining but not really getting you anywhere. I'll relisten to this again just for the writing, I just hope later Pratchet books have more of a story. Hated the ending. Had no issues with the recording quality that Audible is clear to mention. Narrator does a great job.
And it just felt flat, regurgitated meat from better books. Perhaps it gets better but I didn't make it far past the garbage shoot as it all felt too derivative.
The story is dull and the future unlikely. The narrator does a decent job but really I can't understand how this made the best seller lists and school reading lists. Maybe I'm missing something but I can't see buying any books by the same author again let alone watching the movie they are currently putting together.
I'm a big fan of Carl Hiaasen, at least his earlier books. This one never sat right when I first read it and now listening to the audio I've reconfirmed that impression. Hiaasen has always used familiar elements but never before has it felt so going through the motions than this time. The villains just didn't seem so villainous, the heroes were scum bags. Only the dog was really likable.
Carl Hiaasen must have a labrador because his descriptions are dead on. That is probably why he seems to have transferred over towards children's fair. His bag of tricks was a bit used up.
If you want to try Carl Hiaasen try some of his earlier work. Any of his earlier work.
It's not bad, but this is the setup for a long series and he spend a good deal of time discussing the political situation and how the technology works. I found the enemies plans a bit dull and the end resolution unsatisfying. I liked it enough that I'll try the next book at some point, hoping that now that things are setup he doesn't need to do it again and the story will thus be more satisfying.
His story more or less from the beginning told by the man himself. It feels like he's chatting to you over tea or a drink. The story is mostly linear but jumps about here and there to address the topic at hand and wrap up a character while they are fresh in mind. Feels very conversational that way. The man lived a charmed life (after a very rough 30 year start) and seems to have a really nice outlook on the world.
He really never has a bad word to say about anyone. I'm sure in private he might, but he has the class to avoid that sort of thing so if you are looking for dirty laundry you won't find it here.
The Elephant of the title is the part of East London he came from. Didn't know it was called the Elephant and he never explains why.
Yeah if you hate his politics you probably wont enjoy it but if you have followed the tea-party movement its a wonderful glimpse inside, and of the methods used to try to paint the tea-party in a horrid light. His outlining of those tactics are worth the price alone. I bought the hardcopy version for my mother after listening to the Audio version. Wonderful stuff.
Alan Cumming does a great job. This novel brings the story to life and makes me want to see the play again, and probably dig up the Nigel Trantor novel for comparison. Really the only flaw in the story was that cover art shows a castle a century or two out of date, still artistic license and all, that's a pretty tiny little quibble and certainly not enough to cost a star. If you ever wanted to know what Macbeth was about without the sometimes difficult shakespearean style this is it.
I'm an Adam Carolla fan. I listened to his previous book, listen to the podcast, and enjoyed his movie. This one has a lot of stuff i'd heard before. It was still interesting though, don't get me wrong, but he cut out some of the new material that is in the book and not in the podcast (about his interactions with celebrities) and I really would have liked to have heard more about that. Still if you like Adam's style you will enjoy this audiobook.
Loved all of his books when I was younger, now I see the repetition. He may not have the same characters in each one but often uses the same mold and the details used to show who is good and/or cool are generally the same. Anyway this one felt forced, as if he wanted to say something about the suburbanization of Florida but really didn't wrap a good enough story around it to carry the theme. The villains are bland and the heros are a bit bland. For Carl Hiassen this is probably his blandest. The narrator did a good job, he always does a good job. So if you like Carl Hiassen its worth it, if you've never tried Carl Hiassen don't start with this one. Nearly any other one would be better.
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