When I was younger I would have really liked this story. Probably would have been my favorite, and I have read a lot of books from the fantasy genre.
This would make a good movie, but as it was, I a getting too old for this kind of sword and sorcery novel.
Some good morals were attempted at throughout this book. The writing was above average to excellent.
Impasse starts as an interesting legal thriller. The characters are interesting enough to draw the listener in, and I was sufficiently interested to listen to it, in its entirety, in only two days. Narration is well-done.
The story evolves beyond a legal thriller to included elements of outdoor survival, but eventually devolves into a gritty revenge story. The character development, in my opinion, does not remain true to form. I felt that the characters became someone else entirely (someone less honorable), instead of growing as a character, and that is the reason I chose to give it only 3 stars.
Police procedural that involves the IRA. I am not a big fan of Irish civil war books, but was willing to overlook it in favor of solid writing. Narration was faultless.
Interesting premise turns into a disappointing ending. Strong start flawed by weak ending. Devolved into too many cliches, too bad.
I expected a story something along the lines of: a scientist discovers an error in the numbers, and the comet will not actually collide with earth; scientist does; police officer investigates claims by other concerned party that scientist was killed as a cover-up; world continues to devolve into anarchy; novel wraps up with a cliff-hanger where the news is publicized by rebels and we wait to find out what happens in third and final novel.
What I expected was a follow-up novel that expanded upon the initial premise. What I found was a forced story that had little to do with the main Antagonist (the Comet), and a novel populated by u memorable characters.
Verdict: a poor follow-up
Hugh Howey packs a lot into this little short story.
If you don't mind paying for an hour and a half story, GET IT, it is a 'fun listen' with an interesting premise.
Reminded me of a Phillip K. Dick story... always something 'just a little different'.
"Why We Die" shows the makings of a great writer, but one that is not quite there yet.
This is an earlier Herron novel.
"Why We Die" has moments of brilliance, but is more heavy-handed (and even slightly depressing) than his later works. I have thoroughly enjoyed other books by Herron, but this one lacks the effortlessness and prose (and lightheartedness) of the Slough House series. If you are new to Mick Herron, I suggest trying "Slow Horses" instead.
Bentinck did a fair job narrating most voices, with the exception of the Antagonist: a surly bruiser with an unstable temperment. Bentinck was unable to evince "scary", and instead made him sound like he had a speech impediment.
Slightly depressing story. Ok characters. Solid writing.
The narrator was good, except perhaps some of the female characters. However, an English narrator with occasional Scotch accents felt all wrong for this Scandinavian thriller.
Reads like an old German fairytale set in an authentic Germanic village (replete with artisans and laborers), but includes modern amenities such as cell phones.
Narrator was great, I think he really made the words come alive.
There is something really enjoyable about Mick Heron's writing style. I'm not sure if it is the story, the slow build, the slightly off-beat characterization, or something else...but I seem to be pulled into the story eventually, every time.
I was somewhat disappointed when this. One came to an end. I suppose I knew it had to happen, but I was no less surprised when it did happen.
Perhaps a sequel? Hollywood can do it, why not you? Hehehe😚
Perhaps it is the difference in times and cultures, but this book moves at a snail's pace, and the plot remains unclear after several hours.
As an avid listener to espionage novels, and classic lit.,... this one is a dud.
*It doesn't help that the narrator sounds like Yoda when performing the main character.
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