Ok, so this review is a little complicated. First, I must admit that the initial few hours were really hard to sustain. At times, I would completly zone out, because Gibson provided so many details in his descriptions and I didn't know what to do with them. However, after approx. four hours, the protagonist came across sites I had visited myself, and then it struck as to how well Gibson caught the nuances I was familiar with myself. After that point, I really became engaged into all the side-arcs that he launches himself into. The story itself is OK, but the book is really elevated by the amount of detail Gibson offers. He really breathes a level of realism into the narration that make 'Pattern Recognition' a worthwhile experience.
If you're not into lenghty descriptions and want a fast paced mystery novel, this book is not for you. However if you like stories rich in detail that capture life's diversity, this book will not only be entertaining, it will be captivating.
I can't fault the book, I actually liked its content. However, I do mind the fact that the producers of the audio title found it necessary to include musical transition, especially since this title is already abridged.
I highly recommend you find another publisher for this work, because what I listened to can only be improved upon.
I'm not sure what I enjoyed more, the witty remarks and comments of Al Franken or the way he delivered them. However, I do know that this book is the best political comedy I've read so far.
Of course, as many comedy books, by the time you reach the end, the comedic edge has been worn off to a certain degree. However, the first three-quarters make greatly up for this.
'Jennifer Government' is by no means a great book, but it sure is an entertaining one. Max Barry takes us on a great ride through a bitterly absurd future where corporations are so influential as to virtually replace governments.
The story is generally well paced. My only complaint would be that I didn't find out as much as I would have liked to know about Jennifer. However, I just saw that there is an unabridged version. Had I seen this earlier, I would have bought it instead.
For fans of fiction and action alike, Max Berry provides good, solid, and not-so-deep entertaining read.
After enjoying considerably 'Lying Liars', I was looking forward to Moore's book. My first disapointment was the fact that it is not read by Moore. Surely, I could have caught that when I read the book's description, but given Moore's documentarian background, I assumed it as a given. Initial negative impression aside, I did enjoy the first half quite a bit. However at some point after that, Moore derails in his rhetoric and instead of providing examples for his criticism, he just criticises. Somehow, I found the latter not nearly as enjoyable as the former.
In the end, I'm still glad to have bought the book, but it wasn't as good as I expected it to be.
I liked the premise of Ender's Game, but the story moved way too slowly. It's really too bad since there were some very interesting characters, but they didn't receive enough time. Instead, we get an almost day-by-day account of Ender's life. It works for the first few chapters, but eventually it becomes too much. I dosed off a few times while listening and found that I no problem continuing even so I had no idea what had happened for the last 20 minutes. Not a good sign for information density. Also, we are never really given an opportunity to empathize with our strange world. Making worrying about its destruction difficult.
It was really refreshing to read a mystery novel -- at least, kind of a mystery novel -- from this unique perspective. I felt the author managed to convey quite well the protagonist's different perception of the world. I highly recommend to anyone.
This book had been highly recommended. However, I must admit that I never really bonded with the protagonist. So, all of his fortune and misfortune produced no emotional response on me. The story was OK at best. Original in some ways, but generally slow moving and boring. In short, this book is not for everyone.
I like Tom Peter's view on modern business. However, I was a little surprised by how monotone his voice was for his own book. The printed edition has technicolor all over the place, but the audio version seems black-and-white. If it wasn't for Tom's message, I would have given it only two stars.
This book really shines by the quality of its presentation. Both authors did a very good job in conveying their material. I wish more books were as entertaining and skillfully crafted as this one. Definitively one of my most enjoyable listens. I highly recommend it.
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