This is a meticulously imagined and researched supernaturally themed alternate history of some events concerning the Cold War. The description above does a great job of laying out the scenario so I won't try. They story is told in flash backs and nothing is spoon fed to listener/reader. The characters really take time to unfold. It helps if you have some understanding of the time period but it's not necessary. It helps if you are patient and willing to re-listen. The reader does an awesome job and handles voicing the different characters admirably. Very impressive considering he has to pull off American, English, French, Russian, and Arabic accents as well as portray a female character and an arrogant stutterer. This is probably the most dense and difficult to follow of Tim Powers novels. If you find a lot of description and historic detail boring, this book probably isn't for you. If you are looking for something original and well read, then please be my guest. So far it doesn't seem that Audible has really done much to market this book and author. That is really a shame and a crime as both are excellent and worthy of the attention of any discriminating lover of fantasy.
MLaaWTZ was funny, exceptionally well read, and had some worthwhile philosophical insights to convey. Allison McLemore earned a place as one of my favorite narrators because of her work here. Unfortunately the rest of the series did not deliver for me. Each succeeding book was shallower than the last, veering further and further into straight up romance. The follow up novels inspired me to use the Audible return function. Something that I rarely do. Granted, being a middle aged dude, I may not be the intended demographic for these stories.
The Passage is a very good apocalyptic action horror thriller. Scott Brick, however, has chosen to read the entire 36 plus hours as a tragedy, which is just plain mean. Scott brick is a good narrator and if he had chosen to take this tone with an H. P. Lovecraft or Edgar Allan Poe collection I'd be all over it. The Passage requires more diversity though and, in my eyes, Brick's narration detracts from Justin Cronins work. The producer could use a good talking to for letting it slide as well. The fact that Brick narrates the sequel won't stop me from buying it but I'm not looking forward to 26 hours of his greasy sadness.
Very well done. One of my favorites of the zombie genre. The fact that this novel takes place in Seattle makes it even better as that is MY town and listening to this while out walking in the Queen Anne neighborhood spices things up a bit. El Sid = El Corazon..... Been there often in it's many incarnations and can totally see a zombie outbreak happening between it's hallowed halls.
WARNING: THIS NOVEL CONTAINS SEX. POT SMOKING, AND THE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL, ALONG WITH THE USUAL GRAPHIC VIOLENCE ONE WOULD EXPECT FROM A ZOMBIE NOVEL. If it were a movie it likely be rated R. If any of this bothers you, save your credit and spare the rest of us AND this fine piece of zombie fluff your negative reviews.
There are a lot of positive reviews popping up in support of this rendition of the Chronicles Of Amber. They are well deserved. Very original and at times very funny. The narration is excellent.
Roger Zelazny also wrote an excellent novel called the Lord Of Light and it was available through Audible in the not too distant past. Right now it is unavailable. As much as I am loving Amber, I think the Lord Of Light might be better and I encourage you all to request it as it is definitely in my top 5 and it should not be lost in the shuffle of publishing rights mumbojumbo. Request on, faithful readers/listeners.
Overall I was not disappointed by Berserk. It was not perfect. There were some annoying snags here and there. One of my favorite features of the story was the bumbling, idiotic "Professional Soldier" who just kept screwing up on so many levels. Very refreshing after reading a Joe Ledger novel or two.
I love Stephen King and right now, THIS is the story that I return to the most. Great ideas concerning the worlds beyond our five senses. There is a dissonant music score that I feel is tastefully done and completely appropriate to the story. I LOVE IT!
Yes. This book deals graphically with a truly horrible subject. However it is also about hope and optimism and taking control of one's life. There is bright light at the end of this tunnel if you can make past it the half way mark. There is also humor to be found once you get done cringing in horror. Good luck!
I am about a 1/3 of the way through Carrion Comfort and I'm enjoying it quite a bit. It's well read(especially the parts read by Laural Merlington) and interestingly detailed with some excellent character development. WARNING: This book contains descriptions of sexual situations
If you are looking for conclusions, I am sorry to say you wont find many of them here.
Songs Of Ice And Fire is huge. Book four opens up perspectives previously unexplored and is definitely worth your time either here or in print form. The big problem here is the narrator, John Lee. He starts out horribly with too much enthusiasm and does not sound as if he did enough project research. He seems to hit a stride about half way through and does a passable job to completion. The original narrator, Roy Dotrice, did an amazing job on the first three installments and if he were to reread this one I would likely buy it again. now I eagerly await the final installment, A Dance With Dragons. Hopefully due mid July 2011.
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