Great story. I can't even fault the narrator. Where the audio fails is in the editing. There's several story lines going at once which all converge in the end. The production/editing is slapdash which leaves the listener wondering exactly where in the story they are. Would've been a much better listen if the editor had employed pauses, or some other device, to signal the changes in story lines.
Margolin might mature into a very good writer one day. He has a great imagination and the ability to weave a good plot. Dialogue and character development can't be faulted.
His failures are subtle but brings the book from a good read to just something to burn time on an airplane.
He needs a good editor. Someone who can tell him when something's not working. A couple of places in the book, I winced. Nope. That won't work. If I can see that, why can't the writer? To be a good read, the author has to be at least a bit smarter than the reader.
He needs to stop writing from every character's point of view. I realize it's a popular concept, but you can't let your hero get lost in the mix. More from the hero, less from minor characters.
I like Harlen Coben. Some of his books are great. Some are stinkers. This one isn't great.
Scott Brick does his usual over-dramatic performance. I can tolerate that for good dialogue. This dialogue is just awkward. With Brick, it moves into painful.
It's a good plot, but the reasoning and action is poorly thought-out. The main character, a college professor, evidently doesn't have the reasoning skills of an 8 year old. I can't remember how many involuntary "D-oh!"s escaped while listening.
Save this purchase for the bargain shelf of a used book store.
...from this author. Interesting, engaging, and a bit like reading about your grandmother's secret life.
I'm not an animal person. If you are, this is a must-listen book. Even for us non-animal people, it's a great read.
I'd give it 5 stars all the way. Since I'm late to the party, I'll say it's still a damn good story. As with all of his stuff, it's more steampunk that scifi. But I like it that way.
I'm a huge Lisa Gardner fan. This is her best story yet.
Her ability to tell the story from a unique point of view. The way she includes characters from previous books, but with a different perspective, and most of all her ability to just tell a damn good story. These are the things that keep me always anticipating the next book.
A little different from his usual, but a great suspense story. The kind where you think "wow" and "hmmmm" at the end.
Completely science fiction, but a good story. A straight tale, but leaves you wondering if the author has a hankering for satire. A polyglot of all the good stuff in sci-fi.
First book I've heard by this author. Coming late to the series didn't hurt the story at all. It was a good read, a good story, but not fantastic enough to make me want to grab the other books. I might go back and read them, but I feel like there's enough in this one to make it unnecessary. I will be waiting for the next book, though.
Good writing. Great characters. A little bit unreal--enough so that you never forget it's fiction. Still, an interesting place to visit.
I liked this book a lot. Fast-paced. A character you can root for. A plot that will keep you guessing. It starts with a premise that's so believable that I had to go look it up. Every thing a good book should be. I couldn't stop listening.
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