I can't remember when a book has disappointed me as much as this one did. In the first two books the author developed characters and plot lines that were original and interesting. In this book the monologues, dialogues and mental monologues drag on and on. You could skip the first half of the book and miss nothing at all. Then when the final battle comes in drags on and on in such confusing detail you reach the point where you don't care anymore who wins just as long as it will get over. I finally ended up listening to hours of it in the background as I did other things. It's as if the author has fallen so in love with the world he has created that he is rapped up in minutia that only he could care about.
This is one of the better Black Jack novels. I've read or listened to all of them. The overarching concept of both series is creative an holds our interest. The action scenes and battles are usually well done. But they all share two problems that keep them from being great. First, the dialogue is often too verbose. Second, is it just me or does Black Jack talk and sound just a little too much like Buzz Lightyear? 😎
Judging from the other reviews, I am in the minority on this book. I think it's time for the author to either reinvigorate this series or move on. Most of the book is uninteresting and unnecessary dialogue. I finally started listening to most of it in the background while doing something else -- and didn't miss a thing. Much of the commentary was unnecessary, redundant or over the top. It would be interesting to know how many times we were told that Adelle is a deadly shot with a pistol and that Tovera is a deadly psychopath. Enough already. We get it! We are repeatedly told what a great Navigator and Captain Daniel is, how great the crew is, how much the crew respects Daniel, how faithful they are to Adelle. On and On with fawning hyperbole. Many of the details are unnecessary to the plot or setting. We don't need to know what the frequency of the radio signals are. There were several times the action was intersting for a few minutes, but he managed to make the battles and negotiating mildly interesting but never exciting. This is the last of the series I will read or listen to.
Grisham is Back. Almost. Michael Beck was masterful with his reading. The timing, inflection, various voices were outstanding. The plot was outstanding -- from start to finish. But the book was longer than it should have been. It slowed down in the middle. The final third of the book frustrated me because the author was so obviously over-working the plot in an attempt to create suspense. The way the interaction with Seth's brother transpired in the hospital, the missed flights on the way home, getting thrown in jail with no ability to bond out, these were all too transparent efforts to create a cliff hanger of an ending. Other than that, welcome back to one of my favorite authors.
No but it certainly has turned me off to this series
The title is poetic irony. For we see relatively little of the Ghost Ship and it doesn't much impress. This would not be a good entry point to the series. The author makes little effort to explain what has already transpired. It will take a while to figure it out what is going on and why.
The book is definitely for those who are more in touch with their feminine side. Lots of time spent on relations, family ties, what to wear, dancing, etc. There is relatively little action. The reader has a pleasant voice and represents the women well. However her attempt at Father's voice is --- well??
Skip the narrow minded judgmental rants about people to the right of Michael Moore
No. This is one of my favorite genres. It has just turned me off to this author
Where to begin?
I thought this book would be my introduction to an enjoyable series in the same vein as series like Joe Grey, and Chet and Bernie. Was I ever disappointed. This is the first time I can remember listening to a book where I could not eventually come to admire at least something about the main character. She is a sarcastic, dissembling, manipulative character with an arrogant disdain for just about everyone she encounters. Her only redeeming quality seems to be that she says she never lies to her friends -- which is also a lie. The plot plods along so slowly that I had to keep reminding myself what the mystery was that she was trying to solve. The two main characters seem to be a thinly veiled rip off of Stephanie Plum and Ranger. The only difference being that I like Stephanie and find her to be funny. To make matters worse, the book is a running diatribe against Republicans, Christians, conservatives and right-to-lifers. They are all portrayed (in a very narrow minded, judgmental way I might add) as narrow minded, judgmental, mean spirited hypocrites. I wouldn't want to pay money to endure this kind of continual rant in a venue like this against Republicans or Democrats.
After listening to nearly all of the first story I decided I better check the reviews before I wasted any more time. It's a good thing I did. I will not be finishing it. In the first story the Republican Party and international corporations have caused global warming which caused the destruction of much of civilization. So the heroes are environmentalists living in trees in the northwest. Al Gore might enjoy it, but not me.
I have read or listened to all of the Belgariad and Elenium series. They were outstanding.Based on my past experience with David Eddings and all the the 5 star ratings this book received I purchased it. I have suffered through 4 hours of this book and I don't think I can stand any more of it. First, you need to start a spreadsheet of all characters and locations. I am confused about who is whom and where is where. Then there is the reading. The reader sounds like he is swallowing his tongue every time he pronounces a name. I have listened through 4 hours of absolute drivel about this kingdom and that kingdom and this person and that person. Does it get any better than this? if so, how much more do I have to listen to before somebody does something interesting?
The way he garbled all the names.
boredom and confusion over all the names and locations
I recently purchased Fire Jumping" to see why the author is so popular. I was so disappointed with it that I never finished it. Although There were bursts of beautiful word smithing, in the main, Fire Jumpin was like a profanity laced Harlequin Romance.
Then I read all the reviews of this book that said, "Roberts is back." So I thought I would take another chance. I am so glad I did. I enjoyed this book as much as anything I have ever read or listened to. Julia Whelan does one of the most masterful readings to be found on audible. I am especially impressed with how well she did the men's voices. If got to see what other books she has read. As to the book, the pacing. the description of the surroundings, the cast of characters, the character development, the prose are all outstanding. The dialogue is as good as it gets. Makes you want to take a vacation in the Ozarks. Well done!
I've been a fan of Reynolds, but 16 hours into this book I finally gave up on it. Most of the book is taken up with an irrational and unbelievable cat fight that last for decades. Reynolds seems to be more interested in coming up with a novel (pardon the pun) concept than an interesting or entertaining plot.
All of it
This is the very best Fantasy series I have heard or read.
It made me laugh and cry
The descriptive prose is outstanding. The dialogue is tight and witty and never became boring or confusion.
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