This plot was conceptually excellent, but the manner in which the story was told was arrogant and IMO the author missed an opportunity to explore an interesting idea. I'm a fairly bright person and I've read science fiction since I was old enough to read. But, I was clearly not in this author's intended audience.
The narrator took a little getting used to. She read well and added a nice layer of texture to the story, but something about her intensity reminded me of Captain Janeway.
This is an excellent book to use for a drinking game. The rule was more than 4 syllables take a drink. Word of caution: Since there are so many wonderful polysyllabic words in this book you can avoid a second listen if you pick just one. Dodecahedron worked well.
the best I can give this is "meh". The content was OK for the most part, however parts of the story were too esoteric to interest me (I really don't care about the 5-string open tuning). I like the way Keith Richards portrayed himself and addressed his relationship with the Stones and Mick Jagger. I probably would have given it three stars had it been read by someone else. Johnny Depp's pacing was off; you could tell where the sentence broke on the page by the way he read the text. Joe Hurley was difficult to understand and he wandered in and out of really odd accents. The book would change viewpoints, and the listener wouldn't be able to easily pick up on that. It would usually be prefaced by "Let's let so-and-so tell that part" and at the conclusion, the story would switch back to Keith Richards' viewpoint and the listener wouldn't have any clue that that had happened. I found myself backing up to catch the transition. It created a disjointed listening experience.
Books 6 and 7 aren't published in audiobooks until April 2010. I've heard 1 thru 5 - I'll just skip to book 8. Skipping ahead didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story, but it's clear that things have happened in Harry's live that would have increased my enjoyment of the story. There are a number of references to previous adventures (that I hope will be covered in 6 and 7) that would have helped me understand, not necessarily what was going on, but why it was happening the way it was happening. All that aside, I needed a Dresden fix. This is a thoroughly entertaining story, and I'll get to listen to it again after I've heard 6 and 7.
Anyone who has enjoyed reading about Miles and Ivan and their adventures will love this book. Each story about Miles has told bits and pieces of his parent's story - enough to support whatever Miles is doing at the moment but never enough to get to know Arl and Cordelia. This story delves deeper into their characters and how they met. We also get to know a little about the Sargent and understand better why he was the way he was. Coming into this series backward, it's nice to see that Miles is a composite of his parents. Had I encountered this story before any of the stories about Miles, it would have been less interesting. Part of the fun is to look for people who you know are in future books (like Arty Mayhew!).
This is a romance novel, and not very interesting past the hole in time. The two main characters spent a lot of time in bed, or talking about going to bed, worrying about why things didn't work in bed.
What saved this story was the narrator. She was wonderful. She brought what life there was into the story.
I wasn't expecting this to be presented in this manner, but it was well done and entertaining. It was definitely in the spirit of a Heinlen story.
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