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.
What a great story from Simon R. Green! I was a little sketchy about getting this because I have found Simon R. Green to be hit or miss for me (sadly more miss than hit but I LOVED all the Deathwatcher novellas but some of his other stuff just left me lost in space...) but I am glad I picked this up. I was laughing within five minutes of starting and immediately recognized John Keating from Gwynne's "Malice" which was also spectacularly read. Love Keating, loved this book!
It's not a romantic novel but a novel about the passion that drives people to work beyond what most people would endure to do that which they love most to do..to dance. And about the cut throat world of ballet, the ever present judgement, and envy, and love and hate that shapes the human condition, sometimes beyond endurance. I last read this book at least 20 years ago and was very pleased to see it available here on Audible. I enjoyed every minute of this story like it was yesterday. It reads relevant today even though it was first published in 1978. And Angela Goethals does a beautiful job narrating. I can't imagine feeling this was a wasted credit although there is a character that until the end is quite tedious and a few that are rather unsettling. But every story has those...
As in..."and here we see a lovely gazelle as it prepares to leap from danger" in very proper upper crust English accent. Very droll darling. Story is a bit of a snoozer too so I dozed a lot during this book. I DID finish it however but was uninspired. Overall: Meh.
The story was quite interesting and engaging however Luke Truan should A. NEVER try to speak in a British accent (he can't and worse starts a sentence with one but finishes it without UGH!) 2. Stop yelling, starting and stopping in odd, random and annoying places and C.Find another career path...please! His voice is pleasant enough (mostly) and he can read, but that's about it. It wasn't bad enough to make me hate him or the story but it was distracting which it should never be. I would still recommend this book though.
This was a terriffic story, within a story within a story. And the static and hiss in the background gave the narration (which was excellent) an eerie, haunting quality and created a richer setting for the mystery within. Reminisce of long ago radio drama, perfect for the reading of such a painful revelation, it created the perfect setting for the tale told by our "protagonist". Don't let the complainers scare you from this one, not as good as The Handmaid's Tale, but hey, few novels are anyway, and this one is full of amusing observational dialogue looking back on the mistakes made in an interesting life, as well as mystery and drama. Recommend!
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.
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.
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".
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