I believe that there was a good story in there somewhere, but sadly I had a hard time seeing it. The author wrote a weak story, I am sorry to say, which is unusual for this writer. The last few he wrote have been very good and fun to listen to. Also, the narrator was not the right one for a Doctor Who story. I understand that the setting for the story is in New York City USA, but the characters of Doctor Who are from the UK and the accents need to reflect that. Unfortunately the narrator did not seem able to perform a feasible Scottish accent (Amy), nor a believable British accent (Rory and the Doctor).
That being said, it is a passable quick listen for when you are doing something around the house - like washing dishes - and don't want to have to concentrate too much on the action or the storyline.
I stumbled across this book while looking for something easy to listen to on my way to and from work, and consider it a very lucky stumble indeed. This book was fascinating from the first chapter until the very end, and I was extremely sorry for it to end at all. The tale of how this herd of elephants and this man who loved all things wild grew together to form a more synergistic part of planet earth was...well it was just down right breath taking. I loved the personal stories by the author about the animals he loved and why he loved them, but also reveled his familial stories from hearth and home (especially about his wife and dogs) as well as the admission that there was a great deal that he did NOT know when it came to the animals that he cherished. The description of the other animals (beyond the title elephants) on the preserve was in depth and very easy to picture in my mind.
The narrator was the perfect choice for this book. He was able to embody the "passion" of the author, which was deep and fiery, and made me feel as if the author and I were sitting around a campfire in the bush and hearing the stories first hand.
Perhaps someday I will get a chance to visit the wild life preserve and see the amazing elephants myself, but in the meantime, this book paints a good enough picture in my mind to believe I have walked beside the author and seen and experienced his adventures with him.
I have always been a fan of historical novels, but usually I steered away from ones about WWII. For me it was clear, there were good guys and bad guys and I knew exactly who was who in that war. However, I was wrong. This book changed my point of view. Not drastically, but enough that it gave me pause. Who were the German pilots? Why did they fly? Were they all nazis who blindly followed the "party" or did they have thoughts of their own? Did they have a code of conduct, acknowledge the Geneva Convention or was the goal to just shoot down as many planes as they could? What happened to them after the war?
This book was very addictive. I looked forward to each chapter and loved how the story isn't told from the "American's" point of view, this isn't his story. That isn't what it is about. This story is about find the human being, the person, behind the term Luftwasse and what it means to serve a "higher call".
My one regret isn't for me, but for the author. There is moment in the book where he talks about seeing a German pilot at an airshow and how the man was somewhat shunned, and how he didn't go up and speak to him. I regret that he did not. That man probably had stories of his own to tell; Stories that he would have liked to share with someone, a dignity that should have been recognized. I would like to have heard his story as well. Ah well, what is missed is missed and the only the wind hears its song.
This is a good story, and I recommend it.
I have always been a fan of the space program and the stories behind how those great men put themselves on top of a "bomb" and said "Light it up!" However, all we knew about the wives was that they were always smiling, always supportive, and nothing could get them down. Thanks heavens for this book. Guess what? They were human beings. They had their own dreams and goals and lives that we knew nothing about.
I enjoyed this audiobook very much. I loved hearing from their points of view how things did and did not work in both the NASA family and their immediate families. I respected the choices that were made by all the women, whether or not I agreed with them, and I am better for this glimpse into the world of women who were strong, if not stronger, than their husbands because they really had no choice. Well done.
First let me say that I have nothing against Ms. Eve. She is obviously a talented actress and is a good narrator, but just not for this book. I will admit that I really enjoyed Mr Quinto's reading of the previous Star Trek book , so perhaps I am a bit biased. The story is action packed, and unfortunately her version, her way of reading was distracting.
Having said that, let me say this, the story is good. I enjoyed the way the writer was able to fill in the holes in the movie, explaining or better phrased, fleshing out scenes that seemed to be missing something on screen. The descriptions were concise and vivid and I enjoyed listening to it very much. I will definitely recommend it to my friends.
Star Wars fans, you know how you have questions about the gaps in the SW storyline...well, some of your questions are herein answered. Have you ever wondered what Han and Chewbacca were up to between New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back? Well, here are a few of the answers. Want to know why the Hutts hate Mr. Solo so much? This might help. Want to know why Lando wants to drop kick Han and Chewie into a Bantha pit covered in Sarlaac slime? This story might shed light on that.
The narrator was very good. He was able to VERY distinctly voice the numerous characters and there was never any doubt that he knew how Han, Lando and Chewie should sound. That was great. If you get the cadence of a main character's voice wrong, you will loose your audience quickly, but not here.
The story was fun, and intriguing. It had enough mystery to keep me guessing, but enough of "cannon" Star Wars to link the movies to what I was hearing. I was pleased with how fun the story was and I am glad I bought it. It will be a welcome addition to my listening library and I will recommend it friends.
If you like Q, and if you like Spock, and you have always wondered what would happen if the two actually met, then this is the meeting you have been waiting for. The two actors creatively pull of a "meeting of the minds" on a stage somewhere and what follows is just pure fun. Sure, there were parts that seemed a little stilted but you know what? Who cares?! The actors made it possible to see exactly what was going on just with their voices and it was worth every cent I spent.
I can't tell if the story fell short because of the narrator, or the narrator fell short because of the story. Previously, I purchased one of this author's books and thought that I would try another one. I was sadly disappointed. The narrator is not effective at differentiating between characters (though, there are many so that could be a factor) so I was often confused as to whom was actually speaking. I actually enjoyed the sections where it was true narration, because I didn't need to guess what was going on.
The story may have been interesting, but it seemed slow at times and it took longer than I expected (near the end) to actually get to the true antagonist. That was a let down.
All in all I didn't hate the book, but I do not believe that I will be buying the next one in the series. I think the chosen narrator was the wrong one for this book and a stronger one could have changed a mediocre story into an interesting one.
Karma is an interesting thing. Atticus has ticked off a lot of different deities and many other worldly beings so it would make sense that he would be wary of their attention, but wouldn't it also make sense to be wary of agreeing to help someone called a "trickster"? One would think. Atticus - Atticus...have you learned nothing?
As usual, the next story in this series draws you into a fun and exciting story that has twists and turns and Oberon-witicisms...and so many mentions of breakfast meat products that I was hungry for a good portion of the book. (ha) The story moves at a good pace so you never feel that you are getting mired in fluff or trivial things. And just when you think you can take a minute to catch your breath, something else happens that makes you want to punch a certain character in a black hat and blue jeans right in the mouth. (smirk)
I am big fan of this series of books, and of this narrator specifically. He is able to voice the numerous characters in such a way that you always know who is speaking at any one time. The storyline is clear, but has enough curve balls thrown in to keep you wanting more and wishing you could spend more time in your car so you hear the next chapter.
Ok, I admit it, I bought this as a lark based on the premise. I mean, c'mon, which trek'er hasn't said to themselves, "oh look, they have brought along a nameless guy in a red shirt,...say goodbye to that guy!" This book explains it. Along the way, in between me talking back to the CD player trying to guess what was going to come next, I laughed.
While I agree with a previous review that said the "he said" - "she said" was annoying, the experience of listening was enjoyable enough to over-come the annoyance. Having said that, let me say this, I will never look at a character on a sci-fi spaceship show wearing a red shirt in the same way.
I had fun, I think you will too.
First and foremost, I am a Robert Crais fan. I love his books, and therefore by association I am a fan of the audiobooks. This is a good story and you are always trying to guess what is going to happen next. I enjoyed it very much.
The only drawback....is Pike's voice. I don't know if I was wanting something else, or the narrator wasn't sure how to voice him, but Pike's voice is just off somehow. To me it sounded like a "gargling-rocks-I'm-Batman" voice and I just never thought Pike sounded that way.
Others may have a contrasting view, but I was just not at happy as I could have been. Having said that, I enjoyed the book and will definitely be back for more.
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