Please don't get this book! I've been a Laurie R. King fan for years but with this latest iteration of Mary Russell, King has jumped the shark. Jenny Sterlin's wonderful reading can't save this plodding, pointless bore of a book. If it were possible to give negative stars, I would. Most of the book consists of Mary complaining about something or another (shut up already!). No sleuthing or detective work every really takes place (once she looks around someone’s room), Holmes does absolutely nothing except play violin. All the drama is confined to a few paragraphs at the end – which are not worth wading through all the pointless detail to get to.
I was looking for my next great listen and decided to give Peace Warrior a chance while I continued my search. It did the job. Yes, this is not a resounding endorsement. The story is straightforward, uncluttered with depth or complexity. Grant Justice is the ultimate warrior who dies in some future conflict. Some 600 years later he is revived to fight again. During the time before his reincarnation, Earth has become a pacifist's dream and so naturally, only a violent Justice can save the day. Will he save the day? Will he bring Earth's alien foe to it's knees? I'm giving nothing way in saying, "Yes, he will." The book entirely predictable, mostly due to conditions the author sets up in the story. A pacifist Earth doesn't need much of an alien presence and so not much is required to achieve victory. However, the narrator is well suited to the book's main character and so is a great help in making a mediocre work easy to listen to and so pass the time. (Would really like to give it 3.5 stars for an overall score . .)
I came to Into the Black after finishing Jack Campbell's books and I confess I was looking for more of the same. Naturally, Currie has his own style and at first I was disappointed. However, I stuck with it and was glad I did.
The story begins with humanity's first excursion into deep space with faster than light travel and its discovery, reaction to another humaniod species. While, initially, my reaction was "Ya, right!" I realized that the mystery as to how this improbability came about is one of the continuing themes in the series. Currie includes space, fighter, and ground combat in his novel and does an excellent job of all three. The characters are well rounded and you become invested with them.
My only quibble is with the narration. Darcie doesn't always get the right emphasis. However, the plot is engaging enough to get you through the times you might cringe a bit at the reading.
I confess I can't review this book in isolation. My reaction to it is colored by Rosen's first book which I so thoroughly enjoyed. What I found so interesting by "All Cry Chaos" was it's interweaving of two genres (mystery and chaos theory). This brilliant combining of mystery and science is missing here and is probably the cause of my disappointment.
In truth, The Tenth Witness is probably an ok book in its own right: the predictable story of Nazi war crimes and their lingering legacy. Indeed, the historical aspect presented here was one part of the book I did enjoy. However, for the first few chapters I was totally lost. The only connection to Cry Chaos was Henri himself but as an almost altogether different character. Perhaps I missed it but I can recall nothing in the first book that refers to his start as an engineer.
The characters are new and the storyline so disconnected from All Cry Chaos I struggled to find a context. I think Rosen would have been better served to continue from where his first book left off so as to further ground Henri's character and include references and hints to his past before Interpol. Then a journey into the past could be more smoothly accomplished.
However, if you can come to this book afresh, without the burden of high expectations placed by the first, or better, without listening to the first, you may find this an enjoyable ride.
When deciding on a new book and author I generally read both the positive and negative reviews.After reading a negative review on this book I put it on my electronic shelf (I'd gotten the book via an Audible promotion) and let it sit there for several months. Finally, I took it down with some reluctance after accepting one reviewer's negative take on the hero's addiction problems.
I was pleasantly surprised to find I loved the book. Hughes has created a gritty but credible world with characters and a plot that grip you and find you wanting for more. I've since gotten the next two books in the series and am eagerly awaiting the next.
I'll not review Jordan's writing. If you're into the story this far you are obviously a fan. I will however review the sound editing. This is the WORST recording of his books, or even of any book to which I've ever listened! The sound quality is good, the narrators are excellent but the editing is terrible! Sentences and even whole paragraphs are repeated. Gaps/pauses are frequently too long. How could such a hack job even be put out there? I would send it back under Audible's return policy but then would be with out this book. Audible, demand this book be fixed and then give us the corrected version!
What a breath of fresh air! To say "I know," in the context of theology, is a form of idolatry. Understandably this is not an idea that will fit well with conservative and evangelical Christians. After all, the basis for various denominations is "we have insight into 'truth' that you don't." We "know!"
Rollins destroys this assumption brilliantly. That been said, it is not necessary to agree with everything he says to appreciate this book. I purchased this book based solely on the subtitle "Breaking our addiction to certainty." During the first chapter I started to wonder. Rollings makes a big issue of a sense of loss that we all feel, is at the core of our being, and has something to do with the birth experience. Well, maybe, and as my teenager would say "Whatever!"
Once past that, however, I became captivated. I would urge all believers to read/listen to this book. Yes, it will make you uncomfortable but it will make you think.
Any new fantasy epic bares the burden of being compared to Tolkien and Jordan. Given this hurdle I was not expecting to like Brandon's entry. In looking at its length, I wondered how I was ever going to make it through. Brandon's world in this book is so new and strange, unlike anything I've read before, that I began to believe my fears and hesitation were justified. Am so glad I hung on long enough to start to feel grounded in his unfamiliar terrain.
This is a masterful work. Reading and Kramer are wonderful. After 45 plus hours I was still disappointed to reach the end. Book two is too long in coming! Do not hesitate to use a credit on this epic (what a bargain!). If you find the footing unsure, the world too strange, stick with it. You'll be glad you did.
I was looking for something new to listen to and got this based on the reviews. I swear, anyone who gave this four stars or more doesn't know good a good story if it slapped them upside the head! One reviewer even described it as "Tolkienan." What?! The writing lacks depth, the characters are wooden and one dimensional. Even my 14 year-old son found it boring. Lacking anything else at the moment to listen to I plodded through it. Then, stupid me, knowing I had a long trip coming up, I got the second book in the series. My mistake, I got five minutes into it and realized I just couldn't plod through it. I deleted it and broke out my Sudoku book. If you want true depth read Tolkien, Jordan, or Sanderson.Unfortunately, their quality is hard to find.
Five minutes into this book I realized I couldn't listen to it. Sorry Audible, for me, I had to stop the recording and run out and buy the physical book. This book is one to savor, to linger over and contemplate, to write notes in the margins. But for those who can absorb the profound through just listening, this would be a great use of a credit!
I have no regrets having the book in both formats for now that I’ve read the paper version, I can now go back and listen to it on my iPod and learn even more.
I have now listed to the complete series and can say without reservation that I enjoyed them all. If you’re looking for a good ride without any expectations Jack Campbell delivers. His attention to detail in space warfare along with realizing the limitations of gravity and distance is remarkable. Plot lines are straight forward and interesting. There is no pretense of deep philosophical meaning or intent, just good fun space opera.
If I had one minor negative comment it would be that humans advanced enough to travel faster than light should also have figured out how to communicate instantly over vast distances as well – quantum entanglement. After all we’re in the process of doing this now in the year 2013. Nevertheless, these books remain a very good ride and I look forward to more.
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