This is an interesting world, and the ideas at play in this book are fascinating. The idea of politics being played in some future, where the rules of the game are pretty similar to today, was interesting only in seeing how the characters internalize the game. There are questions about value and your value as compared to the others around you. What makes a person special, or just Azi. And some ideas were wonderful, for instance I do wish I could just go in and get new tape, so I could do a new job or learn a special skill.
At the beginning of the book I was a little worried it would all be politics, but as the characters develop I was mesmerized. My husband on the other hand just never cared... so while I get why it was a Hugo Award winning, my husband didn't get it :o)
I do recommend this book if you love science fiction and have some time, as it's a long one.
it was really good - but I almost never listen again to nonfiction
gotta say - the narrator!
the youthful exuberance inherent in the writing
definitely - but life does tend to get in the way
if the other 3000 reviews haven't gotten you to get this book yet, nothing I can say will tip the scale - too bad, it was very nicely done.
My third Jo Nesbo/Harry Hole novel, and so far I think it's the best. I am excited to read the next few books. The story is complex, there are several themes, the obvious one of the murders and who done it, then the politics of the police and what's going on there, then lastly Harry's life and relationships with those living and dead. These themes are woven together into what was a wonderful read. I do think this book could be read independently of the other/earlier books, but it did help to have read the Redbreast and even Nemisis (though that one was hard to listen to).
This was a very interesting story. Overall I completely enjoyed this book. But, that said, it was a little confusing. Going back and forth in time, and all the names to keep up with. I had to get onto Wiki to figure out who was who at one point, as I has lost the characters names. I don't often get lost in books in that way, I have been busy in my real life and maybe it was only hard because of life... but, again, it was a little confusing to listen to. I think I may have enjoyed reading it, as it's easier to follow names if you're reading them.
All this said, I love Harry Hole, he is a great character and Jo Nesbo's writing style is wonderful. This is the first Jo Nesbo book I have read and I am onto the rest. A really great story and a great storyteller.
Ok, it seems that the other reviewer were correct. I think if I had heard Thor Knai first, it wouldn't have been so bad, but I didn't, I listened to The Redbreast first and Robin Sachs is really really good. The biggest problem was the switching between some sort of Norwegian accent, a Texas accent, plain American accent, back to a poor German accent. These accents really were problematic because they sort of took you out of the story. If it had been read in a plain American accent it would have been fine.
The story was really good. As long as I could sort of disconnect from the voice and just listen to the words I liked it. But, this may be a good one to read yourself.
I fell directly into this book and it carried by the whole way through. I really enjoy the character Kvothe, and his epic journey. He does seem to be able to do everything, but he isn't perfect, he fails at times, he is humbled. But, there is humor, interesting insights, and a fun story. I recommend.
It took me a while to get into this story. But, once I did, I really enjoyed it. It's the hero's journey and the writer does a good job bringing in humor and excitement. I would recommend.
I think I said it all in the headline. I seriously love this book, I enjoy the characters, and the story.
I enjoyed Tana French's writing style. I also really enjoyed the story. Some people haven't liked that the first part of the story about Ryan isn't resolved with an answer, but I don't see that it needed to be. I think it was really about the trauma and how in some ways it locked him in a adolescent stage, affecting his judgements, to include his judgements of Rosalind and Cassie, both adolescent. Based on the outcome of the second part of the story, the first part just couldn't ever be connected, and life often doesn't connect all the dots.
I can see why this was a award winner, it's all the patho's of human relationships. I read it for a book group and I didn't finish it, I just quit caring. I didn't like any of the characters and they were living lives that I wouldn't wish to share for any amount of time. I didn't like Shakespeare's version any better, for what it's worth.
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