MESA, Arizona | Member Since 2010
It's nice to see James Marsters return to Jim Butcher's Dresden files, after 12 books any other narrator doesn't just seem right. In this outing of the The Dresden Files, Dresden is finally having to deal with the aftermath of Changes, and manages to lay groundwork for future Dresden novels. It's a nice pace to start to ramp up after a slower Ghost story. I cant wait till the next installment.
I'll admit from the start that I greatly enjoy most if not all of Scalzi's work, so it's probably no surprise that I'm here to sing praise for Lock In. I wont rehash the plot synopsis but I will say that I found all of the characters to be solid "people", all of the not so future tech to be believable, and the plot was solid the whole way through. Scalzi does fall into the occasional telegraphing trap if you're one of those people who "breaks down" a story as you read/listen to it, but nothing incredibly blatant.
After the story there is a great added bonus an "Oral History" of the Lock In disease that was almost as fascinating as the actual story, If you liked World War Z, than this is extra fun just for you.
while I have access to both versions through the audible promotional deal I listened to Wil Wheaton's narration first (I imagine one day I'll come back and give amber benson a shot) and his narration was great, he avoids the pitfalls of monotone narration without becoming a caricature.
All in all I'm very satisfied with Lock In and hope Mr. Scalzi will return to the setting because I can see lots of potential there.
Storm Front is a book that excels at nothing, The story is mediocre, the narrator hasnt gotten his grove down, and the character is rough around the edges for all the wrong reasons.
But, it's just a beginning. Literally Jim Butcher's first published book it shows, both in lack of polish and in potential because it's a bedrock that the much larger Dresden series is built on.
StormFront is a necessary listen that isn't fantastic but gives you a starting point to measure the obvious growth that Butcher, Marsters, and even Dresden go through as the series progresses.
Into the Storm, is a beginning of a story without an ending. Which , given the following 6 books already written at the time of this review is apparent. It feels as though this was a book that was written and forced to be broken up so you don't have the "decisive" victory to conclude the saga of the internal narrative inside the the broader Destroyer men story.
Had I Listened to this when it was the only book in the series I would have been disappointed. but knowing there is (quite a bit) more to come I feel it makes a good foundation for an epic tale.
To the Narration, William Dufris is an excellent narrator with a limited range of distinctive character voices (to my ear 3-4 male, 1-2 female). However his ability to keep his voice active makes him easy and enjoyable to listen to.
A fun jaunt into the meta, but a bit of an over the top ending. The Codas however were some of the best parts of the story.
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