It may have very well been over a decade since I last read Anne Rice. So long away from these characters, I find it hard to feel for them the love that Anne Rice does. If someone is new to Lestat's world, then perhaps binge reading / listening to the entire series at once would make this book rewarding.
Sadly, I've had this audiobook for over a month and I've only made it 2/3s of the way through so far. The narration is done well but the overall "feel" is plodding and just.. well.. boring.
Perhaps it is Rice's attempts to make too many things feel "grand" in the story, as if we are being taken on a Disney style "on rails" ride through her land of enchantment.
Or maybe it is the non-American accent of the narrator. To my American ears, it is too easy for his British accent to sound pretentious.
"Prince Lestat" comes off as curated museum of Lestat's world and not an engaging story.
The biggest problem with this book is that it gives you nothing to really care about. The characters are forgettable, the stories don't quite connect well enough to make it a "novel". If you can get this for free, I'd say give it a listen, but I wouldn't recommend paying more than $3 for it.
A very good balance between super hero sci-fi and human interest. Hopefully there will be more books in this series / universe.
First off: I'm a Peter F Hamilton fan. I've read or listened to everything he has produced. This novel, at least in audio book form, just doesn't measure up.
In a word: forgettable.
You'll want to read/listen to it if you are a fan, but if you are new to Hamilton and are well read in regards to modern sci-fi, you won't be impressed by this. Save your credits.
This book, while set in the Ringworld universe, has very little Ringworld in it. None of the actual story takes place on Ringworld, it is only mentioned as background and side-story for what I'll call "The Flight of the Puppeteers".
Tom Weiner gives an even, consistent performance.
Nothing sticks out in my mind regarding this story. Basically, if you are a Ringworld fan, you need to listen to (or read) this story just for completions sake.
It's definitely listenable and mildly entertaining, but I sit here a month or so later and can't really recall much about what happened.
I really expected more from Niven / Lerner.
Being a different story.
Something that is actually hard sci-fi or space opera.
Possibly. It isn't Wolfe's fault... she had to read the story she was given.
The whole book.
Listening to Sagan's inner dialogue is about as horrible as attending some sort of female only poetry slam. She is too "clever" in her self assessment and just comes off as dry and uninteresting. Maybe the hour of the book I didn't listen to redeems it, but I'll probably never find out.
The audiobook starts off with Scalzi telling how this story came to be. It was an additional prize for whoever bid the highest $ amount over $5k for a charity fundraiser he supported. Sadly, that is exactly what it feels like: the "free additional gift for our most generous sponsor". The literary equivalent of a NFL themed clock radio.
Redshirts and Agent to the Stars are SOOOO good, this was such a huge disappointment.
I don't listen to audiobooks twice.
Obviously Scalzi's "Redshirts". Both are sci-fi with a hollywood tie-in. Both read by Wheaton.
Just that if you are looking for a good place to spend a credit and you like modern sci-fi, this is it !
It's a Laundry Files universe story.
The particular plot of this story
Sounds too much like a fast talking film noir detective.I kept waiting for him to say
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