This was my first listen from audible. I had already read book 1 of the Legacy of the Force series and decided to break in my Audible subscription with book 2 and did not regret it one bit. The audion effects enhance the overall experience rather than distract from the story. The narrator does an amazing job of keeping things going nicely. My only complaint is that this is abridged. I'd much rather have an unabridged version of these books.
Gideon Emery narration is absolutely perfect in this entire series. Right from the first chapter of this book, Bob Howard is brought to life by Emery's subtle inflections and understanding of this character.
The story itself is about as clever as anything I've listened to so far. Having spent over 20 years in the IT industry, I found myself chuckling at the anecdotes that were spot-on in the IT world. Aside from this pleasant diversion, the actual story and characters are outstanding. However, if you're not overly familiar with the IT universe, several of the "inside jokes" might be lost on you. My wife found a lot of the technical references in the book to be annoying, but still enjoyed the book.
Please, Jim Butcher, stay healthy? We're only a little more than 1/2 way through your planned Dresden series, and there's so much more to experience.
Now, that aside, this was exactly what I was hoping for in this book. Great dialog, a gripping story, a few nicely placed story line twists, and an ending that just blew me away. Nice to hear Marsters back as the narrator, although I was one of the few who was fine with John Glover's performance in Ghost Story. I'm definitely going to go back and give this another listen in a few months as there were some parts of it that I need to confirm before the next installment, so that should give an accurate representation of my opinion of this book. If you're not a Dresden fan, go back and give the first few books a listen. They are more or less "stand-alone" novels up until around book 7, then they really fall into place as an ongoing epic. Cold Days reinforces that movement very well and has me salivating at the thought of book 15 next year!
I always get concerned when embarking on the final book in a series as I've been horribly disappointed on several occasions, a condition initiated by The Sword of Truth series and its abysmal ending. Well, any reservations I might have had heading into this finale were completely doused within about an hour of starting this book. What an amazing finish. Just enough twists to keep you guessing, and just enough predictable outcomes to make you feel comfortable.
If you have not started this series yet, I recommend grabbing it immediately, if only to have the pleasure of listening to this finish.
Not horrible, but man, this thing drags. How many times does Lewis think one has to hear about the in-depth, unique analysis of talent used by the A's before he can consider his point made and move on to a another subject.
It was interesting, but just seemed to be too dragged out and repetitive.
OK, after reading the blurbs and publisher's summary, I had to listen to this one. It did not disappoint whatsoever. The characters develop quickly and the story hits the ground running. There were several times when I was concerned I would end up wrapping my car around a guard rail due to laughing! The overall story is great, unique and absolutely wonderfully written. Will Weaton's narration was a concern for me going into this. I was afraid that no matter what the situation in the story, I'd be picturing Wesley Crusher experiencing the action. Thankfully, his performance shakes off that type-cast within a matter of seconds and the characters become themselves in no time.
Aside from being histerical, it's also a pretty moving story. Highly recommended for Sci Fi fans who know what a redshirt is without having it explained, strongly recommended to younger, more casual fans.
Just enough historical data tossed in to allow you to immerse yourself into the story and suspend disbelief, but it just seemed a bit empty at times. I'm not disappointed with it, but I wanted things to get a bit deeper into some side aspects of the story.
Been waiting for this one since finishing Changes last year. It didn't disappoint a bit. Yes, Marsters is missed, but Glover does a fine job and after a few chapters, his voice falls in naturally. The numerous freak-out reviews about having a new narrator are nothing more than the result of the natural aversion to change most people have.
The story itself is just perfect. A great return by the dead guy!
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