Just terrible. I don't even know why I finished listening to it - I guess because I have enjoyed some of Streiber's previous work and was hoping it would get better. It was saccharin, maudlin and redundant. The basic premise and driving story line, sans all the ridiculous Harlequin Romance-style details with repetitive and bizarre descriptions of bodily functions, odors, tastes and unnecessary lame sex, could have been summed up in half the time and to much better effect. This was supposed to be a sci-fi thriller not a sappy homily on love of family. I am actually kind of shocked it was so bad. I want to scream to get it out of my head!
Sounds as if the author was reading a collection of superficial and dated articles from newspapers, tabloids and periodicals - and read so perfunctorily! I could not listen to this book as recorded but rather skipped ahead from chapter to chapter hoping the content would improve – it did not. This recording seems like a naked grab at trading on this actor's then fame, to establish himself as an author (fail)… perhaps it worked for some but not for me. What a total waste of time and an Audible credit.
The narrative presentation is more like listening to a man reading a fairytale to a child — actually very superficial in reading style and content but I guess a decent overview. I was disappointed that it was really no more than a recounting of a succession of wars with little detail about the civilization of the Byzantium Empire. Also the author is the narrator and his sing-song reading style became very grating - I could only listen for short periods at a time — really; next time pay a professional.
I like Jim Marrs and up until now most of his books. He is also a very good speaker and a thorough investigator however this book falls very short of his usual standards and was a very big disappointment.
Firstly, there was not much new information here that Marrs has not already covered in his other books and secondly he really takes a right-wing libertarian turn that is quite off-putting. His complete loss of journalistic objectivity and preachy agenda promulgated throughout — just made it impossible to listen all the way through. I was looking forward to this book but now I wish I had not purchased it.
Ah... how satisfying, a wonderful thriller, thoroughly engaging, well written and the first-rate audio production brings it all to life - Roger Rees is just terrific. I wholeheartedly recommend this book. Now what new book can I read that will match this quality... I've been totally spoiled.
Salman Rushdie is in great form but for me this book is unlistenable in all but very short bursts because of the narrator's grating voice with it's sarcastic tone and almost hostile delivery. It is a crime because the writing is excellent. The book is short and I would much rather have heard the author's own voice especially since these are essays. The content deserves 5-stars but I can only give it one... I don't know if I will ever get fully through it and wish I had not purchased it.
I almost didn't buy this unabridged version of My LIfe in France because of all the negative comments in the reviews about the the narrator's horrible French pronunciation - said to be too distracting. Well that is just foolishness and perhaps down right snobbishness as well - Ms. Farr does a serviceable job with the French pronunciation and it's certainly not distracting. The book so far is an absolute delight and I highly recommend it. Ms. Greenberg who narrates the Abridged version sounds very good as well and may indeed do better with the French but I did not want to miss a word of Julia's fascinating and wonderful life story. Enjoy!
I bought this for the Science Fiction story, I was not expecting a long and really quite dull soap opera. So little of the narrative was about the time travel, aspect -really little and in the end that wasn't even very well done. Excellent science fiction is hard to find and this ain't it. This is the second time I have given this author a try and I find he is hugely over rated. I don't think I will buy a title by Koontz again. Note: I gave this one star because I had to give it something to post this review. It deserved zero stars.
Rarely is an audiobook so well read. In fact this is less like a reading than a full cast brought to life by the singular audio performance of Stephen Lang; truly terrific. Really well written. Thank you Whitely; we want more!
Gore Vidal is a master of the memoir. His book is so entertaining and informative, I find myself going back again and again to listen. And you need not listen in order - you can just drop in at any point and it feels like you are listening to Gore recount memories directly to you over tea. Fascinating! Highly recommended.
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