Not really, no. By the end of book I was more annoyed than anything.
The Magicians and The Magician King are both enjoyable and I'm interested in the continuation of that series.
Not a fan.He does female voices well but he has an odd way of finishing sentences that started to grate on me after awhile.
No. There is not enough here to justify a sequel.
I enjoyed The Magicians and The Magician King so I figured I would check out this one. It's got an interesting premise and, given the tone of the other two books, I expected something similar with this. I was disappointed. I'd almost say the synopsis is misleading. The game, while taking up a good portion of the narrative, isn't all that important to the plot. By the end, the game is really superfluous to the overall story arc. And there are a few tense moments where you're expecting something to happen and nothing actually does. He builds a lot of moments that should have some kind of thrilling ending but they never materialize. The two man characters sneaking around in the dark, tension builds and then... nothing. They walk away with nothing at all happening. Once or twice that's okay but he does that in just about every instance. The other shoe that's waiting to drop does not only never drop, it doesn't even exist. No more is this apparent than in the ending. It's completely anti-climatic. All the energy put in to the game story arc has no bearing on the conclusion, the codex itself is nothing what you expect and it all boils down to family politics. If you're thinking of getting this book for some sort of supernatural thriller, don't waste your time. It's not a supernatural thriller and it's certainly not fantasy. Not in any sense. At best it's an uninspired novel of the garden variety fiction novel.
The premise of the book was interesting. The thing I like least was the execution. The ending was very underwhelming.
I read a lot of older Jack McDevitt but this is my first audio book of his. I've never read any of Resnick's work (or listened). I would consider this one not McDevitt's best work. It had an interesting story but there were several times during the story where I was wishing they would just spit it out. It dragged on for what seemed like forever, just to get to a lackluster conclusion.
James Marsters. He's probably my favorite narrator.
I'd have to say no. I might end up returning this one. I'd added it to my wish list a long time ago and kept passing it over in favor of other things until I recently made the commitment to clear out all the stuff that's accumulated there. Now I wish I'd kept passing it over. It's an entirely forgettable read and the authors took the easy way out.
This could have been a much more interesting book but instead you're left with a very long build-up and very little satisfaction at the end. And the narrator, Brian Holsopple, made everyone sound like a grandfather or grandmother. Everyone in the book sounded 65 or above. I thought the book was filled with octogenarians. Granted, there were a decent amount of old people that had small roles in the story, but old should not be the default for everyone.
Butcher tells a great story. This is a bit of a throw back to earlier Dresden novels where it has the feel of when he was still doing wizard detective work. And the narration by James Marsters is, as always, excellent.
Butcher has created a great world that is filled with intelligent and believable characters. You want the books to keep going just so you can find out what's around the next corner.
The long, incredibly technical explanations for the phenomena and science utilized in the book. The author sometimes goes on for what seems like two to three paragraphs about things that make no sense and little or no effort is made to explain or include the reader in to the physics of this universe. Late in a series I could forgive this, but as the opener, it's a poor choice. Also, the book is written in present tense, which I find an unusual narrative choice. I got used to it, but it was a little jarring at first.
Probably not, for reasons mentioned above. The "magic" in this book is incredibly hard to make sense of and the author either designed it that way or assumed readers would already know what he was talking about.
I did enjoy the narrator. Especially when handling the love interest's Scottish accents.
I normally don't use a credit on a book less than 10 hours and I thought I was in the clear on this one. However, the book wrapped up at just over 8 hours and what follows is a nearly 2 hour preview of the next book. I felt a little bit cheated.
I don't think so. To me, the book never seemed to really take off. I think I was expecting something bigger in scope than what I got, but instead I spent the whole novel inside the petty politics of one claustrophobic and drowning city with only hints of the bigger world outside. To be honest, I was bored most of the time. Individual characters showed hints of being truly interesting, but they got lost in the larger narrative.
It can be summed up in one word: meh. As with the book as a whole, the ending hints at bigger things, but fails to deliver.
I'm not sure if I have or not, but he did a good job.
It inspired me to feel slightly annoyed at the friend who told me to get it because I would love it.
No. At the end of the book I felt completely underwhelmed.
I'm currently downloading The Daedalus Incident. I have no idea why this is relevant to this review???
I wouldn't not listen to it, but I wouldn't seek out his books just to hear him.
Based on how it finished, no. The book seemed completely pointless by the end.
The book sets up some very interesting premises. I'm curious to see how it all wraps up.
That said, the book moves painfully slow, at times. I wouldn't say any of it was superfluous, everything seemed to have a reason, but there was a lot of time spent with not much happening.
And I agree with previous reviewers that the editing makes it a very hard listen. A lot of times I can multi-task when listening to an audiobook but not much with this one. Even walking to and from work could be a challenge as I had to pay close attention to scene changes or I'd miss them. There literally is no pause between segments.
The explanation for the state of the galaxy was an intriguing one and something I'd not heard before.
More distinction between character voices. Everyone has almost the same accent. Couple that in with the lousy editing job and you've got a recipe for confusion. Normally I love John Lee's narration but this was not his best work.
Pretty sure it has one.
Worth the wait.
I've been eagerly anticipating this novel since I finished the Desert Spear. This kind of agony is why I try not to start a series until it's completed but sometimes that can't be helped.
How Brett is able to keep the story going. The series has a pretty big cast of characters and it can be difficult to keep all of them straight, but he's doing a good job.
The ending gave me an extreme reaction. I raged, but for good reasons. No spoilers, but when you get to the end, remind yourself that this is only book 3 of 5. And try not to count the days until you have #4 in hand.
Definitely one of the more exciting and interesting fantasy series running.
As an intro to sci-fi no. While it's got a lot of good elements, it moves a bit slowly. But if they were already familiar with the genre but hadn't yet come across this one, I would recommend it just because it's considered such a classic.
Honestly, I wouldn't say I had a favorite character.
The main narrator, yes. The man who did the voice of Baron Harkonen, no.
No, it's a bit dry for that.
The multiple narrators was not used to full effect in this audio version. I never could figure out any pattern of when they brought in the cast to do the voices and when they allowed the main narrator to read all parts. There were times when I thought it would have been better to bring in the full cast to better capture the mood but they didn't, and then in shorter exchanges between multiple characters, they do allow the rest of the cast. And the characterization differences between the main narrator and the cast are wildly different and can be a bit jarring at times. Especially when they switch back and forth in the same scene. I wish it had been more consistent.
Yes, if they were looking for something to hold them over until the next Dresden book.
To my untrained ear he pulls off the accents rather well.
The Iron Druid Chronicles are a fairly decent series of books. They're light-hearted and the author doesn't take the subject matter too seriously. However, it's obvious that Oberon, Atticus' hound is morphing in to a Jar Jar Binks-type character. Mr. Hearne seems to have him say something every time he wants to go for a laugh and it starting to seem too convenient. There are just times when I wish for the depth of story and emotion that I get in the Dresden Files. Each time I've come up to the climax in the stories it's almost completely unexpected. I keep expecting more.
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