But probably not for everyone. I personally enjoy a good yarn with some blood and guts and well placed vernacular of the foul sort. Makes me feel like I am not alone in my world view of "things that really %^$# me off". A different sort of story and the reader did an excellent job as well.
If the primary charactor had not sounded like Keanu Reeves high on pot in a Cali night club, the narration would have actually been decent. Everyone else sounded just fine really and it didnt distract from the story. Which by the way was very good. Buying the next one now!
I am unashamedly admitting up front that I have not even started to listen to this version (as read by the only person who should ever read this series, the awesome Roy Dotrice), but also I spent two credits (TWO) on an audiobook that I already own because (and I mean no offense to John Lee as I enjoy his interpretation of many books and series and respect him as a narrator) A Feast for Crows (for me) just sucked rotten eggs as read by John Lee as in my head I wanted to hear the characters voiced "correctly" not to mention the names and places pronounced correctly as done previously by RD.
OF COURSE the entire series is STELLAR and I highly recommend all of the books (as read by Roy Dotrice) and I look forward to it's conclusion with MUCH ANTICIPATION!!! Please DO NOT be put off by the earth shattering price of 2 Credits-- this is still a reasonable price for the quality of the literature IMHO.
The premise that the US could be completely shut down by EMP is a frighteningly real one and some of the scenarios presented in this novel are exactly what would happen. However, this is a poorly written novel at best. S.M. Stirling's post-EMP world was far more realistic than this tripe, although it really didn't touch on more complex medical issues like diabetes. At best this book would be great for the poorly educated to get a general idea that they should maybe keep more than frozen food on hand and perhaps educate themselves on older types of insulin that retain a much longer shelf life without refrigeration. Otherwise boring and unrealistic (impossible to starve to death in less than 40 days if on rations of 900-1200 calories per day--for real). Sorry. Pretty lame. This doesn't scare me the way it should. In my mind it is much, much worse in many ways and better in others. Check out "Dies the Fire" right here on Audible. Although technically not EMP as it also made other things happen it is a much more likely scenario regarding public reaction, especially initially.
How can anyone who has read Jane Eyre (or ANY other Bronte novel for that matter) call this depressing tale of a group of petty, misguided, abusive, intolerent and hostile people "the greatest love story ever"? I am confused. Maybe its because these people are more "realistic" in their view? I have no idea, what I do know is that I felt little or no compassion in my heart for anyone in this tale as they all came off as ugly, petty and self centered. I have no idea what the literary powers that be proclaim about the book, I am sure it is adored for its bleak outlook on 18th century life but I think a book can be bleak and still give us sympathetic characters we can actually like. This one failed miserably and should more accurately be described as "what can happen if you are black hearted and evil, or a selfish petulant brat with ill luck and think you know what love is".
Warning: Once you start this series you will want to read on. Action packed and intelligently well written, this book (and the rest in the series) moves along at a good clip and left this reader satisfied with both the pace and the rich detail. And bravo to Todd McLaren, one of my favorite readers (only the man who read Altered Carbon so brilliantly could bring this violent saga to life so beautifully). Well worth your time and credits. Not for the overly squeamish or the too young however as there is a great deal of violent detail--which was completely appropriate for the premise of the story. Enjoy.
Don't pay attention to the reviews telling you this is too preachy---this guy knows exactly what he is talking about and hammers home the concept in a way that is respectful towards the men and women who spend their lives protecting this country. This is an awesome read, a topic that certainly is plausible in today's ridiculous climate of nasty political division and it made me want to cry. I found it difficult to turn off when I needed to. Great job by the reader as well. I have listened to many of his narrations and he is fantastic. He has read many of OSC's books as well as the Prince Roger MacClintock series by David Weber and John Ringo and as far as I'm concerned he can read any military action book and turn it into an enjoyment.
This is an intelligently written, superbly read, fast action laugh out loud trip into the world of Hero Protagonist that must be read at least twice in order to catch all the delicious details. Definately adult themed (high school or older) but a gread read, a great ride.
This was a beautifully written, beautifully read, and translated book. I enjoyed every laugh out loud moment (there were many) and was entertained from start to finish. This book reminds me to appreciate the privelage and joy I have recieved through my many years of diligent (and sometimes obsessive) readership. Don't believe the naysayers, they can only be readers looking for television style appeal. This book has heart and soul and Jonathan Davis is the bomb. I actually found this book by looking for other books he has read after listening to "Snow Crash" (another excellent selection).
I was wary of this series because of some comments by other reviews specifically regarding the "gay" theme of the novels, however, it was very tastefully done, and you actually find yourself wanting the relationship to succeed. The story itself is engaging and truly entertaining, you find yourself liking the characters and there are more than a few laugh out loud moments. I myself appreciate long stories because I get attached to the characters and the story and I don't mind the stretch over several books. While not as good as George RR Martin's series, it is an enjoyable, uncomplicated read. I also liked the reader, despite his limited voices. I think him perfect for the story. To me, the simplicity of the story verses Martin's does not warrant a complex variety of voices. Hope this helps!!
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