This is a difficult book to quantify.
Generally, when I'm listening to an audiobook and still find myself reaching for a magazine to read, it means that I'm finding the audiobook kind of dull. I found myself doing that a lot during this book, but I don't know if dull is exactly the right word.
The book is mostly exposition. There are characters, and it's a work of fiction, but most of the book isn't about telling the story of the characters, it's about describing how and why everything in the fictional world is the way it is.
If you've ever read State of Fear by Michael Crichton, you'll understand what I mean; essentially, you don't feel like you're being told a story about characters; you feel like you're being given a political/social/cultural message that has some characters added in an attempt to make the subject matter seem a bit less dry.
Given that the world the authors have created is kind of interesting, all the exposition isn't really 'dull', but it IS monotonous.
I liked the characters, liked technology, and enjoyed the idea of this future world, but I kind of wish I'd been shown rather than told. Still, it's not a waste of a credit, unless you're looking for an action-packed sf book.
I've been a very big fan of this author's work for a long time, so I recommend him to anyone I know who likes this particular genre. His books are interesting, well, written, and though fictional, do a lovely job of showing what the world was like during the war.
Worth a credit, worth a listen!
I often struggle with buying audiobooks from first time writers, because I've been burned way too often. Thus, I bought this book with really low expectations, and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
I think the best part of it was the choice to have multiple narrators. I found it exceptionally wonderful to listen to these three narrate this story, and what's more, it really complements the way author wrote each character both as they see themselves, and as others see them. That's a clumsy way to describe it, but when you hear it, it will make perfect sense.
I don't read historical fiction so that I can learn about history, but I really do enjoy being able to get a sense of a place and time other than my own here and now. This book does a wonderful job of taking you then and there, and shows you what life is like from more than one point of view.
Worth a credit, worth a listen, and looking forward to book 2!
When this book first came out, I somehow got the idea that it was about the Kennedy assassination, and was one of the author's essays, even though it was classed as fiction.
I am a moron.
Though the Kennedy assassination is the backdrop for this book, ultimately, this is King, probably at his very best. I've been reading SK novels since I was really, really young, and the thing that's always struck me is how easy it is to develop a "relationship" with King's characters, even the throwaway one or two paragraph characters (like Victor Pascow from Pet Sematary).
The characters in this book are ALL like that. They matter. I can't describe it any better than that. Even though they're almost all fictional, these people matter, and could really exist.
Probably the tiny little crossover with the book IT, where the protagonist from this novel crosses paths with some of the characters from that novel.
He was the perfect choice for this book. Perfect.
Both, at different times.
Worth a credit, worth a listen.
No. The problem isn't the genre, and really, the book had great potential, except for two things; one, this is NOT, by any stretch of the imagination, a technothriller - if that's what you're after, try Daniel Suarez' Daemon. The second issue, I'll explain later.
Luke Daniels did a fantastic job with all of the voices, particularly with Bub.
Frustration. The second part of the reason I think this book is a failure is that the pacing is really messed up, and the characters are a bunch of selfish morons.
The protagonist is a linguist who speaks 30 languages, but the day he shows up, before he does a single thing, suddenly the reason he's been called there evaporates. There is literally no reason for the protagonist to be a skilled linguist. He could have been a cook or an architect and the story would have been pretty much the same.
The way the characters are developed is pretty good, and the prose is also pretty good, but the whole book has the feeling of being hugely abridged; we spend the first half of the book learning who these people are and why they do what they do, and then they start dying gruesome, quick deaths. This only works if you are George RR Martin, and even then, it feels like a waste of my time.
Pretty much every single character there does something incredibly, irretrievably idiotic, tantamount to hearing a scream from the basement and going downstairs armed with a hairbrush.
Luke Daniels is a really great narrator; I look forward to picking up other books read by him!
It's probably in the top ten, and over the years, I've probably purchased about 400 or so.
I'm not entirely sure this IS comparable to anything. I suppose, if anything, it could be the bastard child of Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars and Packing For Mars by Mary Roach. Good (enough for fiction) science, a funny, interesting story, with a perfectly chosen narrator.
Not sure, but he does a fantastic job here!
If you've ever seen the movie Apollo 13, there's one scene where the engineers on Earth are sitting in a room when some people come in with cardboard boxes and dump them on the table and say "This is what they have on the spacecraft - make air scrubbers out of it." This book is essentially a longer version of that - problem solving your way off of a hostile planet. It is incredibly well done, and I've recommended it to everyone I've talked to lately.
Facts Are Fun!
I appreciated that the book was based on historical facts, but not dry and uninteresting.
Great as always!
Though this book is non-fiction, the facts are still so interesting that it's occasionally hard to believe that these things actually happened.
I don't think so. The book is great, and the narration is excellent, but it isn't the sort of book that makes you THINK. Several of the authors' other stories are worth listening to several times, because they're complex and layered, and you always hear something a little different the second and third times you listen.
This book isn't like that; it's satisfying as it is, but not complex enough to require a second listen.
The fact that this book was released in 1993, right around the time that cell phones first hit the retail market, and yet the technology in it feels very "now".
Being that I'm not British, I'm not sure how authentic any of his accents are, but to my Canadian ear, they SOUND perfect, and every character is distinguishable from the others.
The characters are shallow; the reader isn't given any reason to care about them or like them, or root for them. The protagonist is a Disney princess; she's saccharine sweet and frightened (for a good cause, I should add) but shallow as a pond.
I think the most distressing thing about the book is that it had SO MUCH POTENTIAL. The world is interesting, and the protagonists' powers are interesting. When a story has this much potential, and falls short, it's harder to deal with than if everything about the book sucked.
No, but I won't read any follow-ups by the same author. At first, I appreciated the fact that the story is about a scared young woman trying to find sanctuary, and that the world isn't full of supernatural characters trying to mate with humans. But nobody in the story is, in any way, likeable, except perhaps one abused little wolf-boy.
I didn't mind the narrator at all. I'd definitely listen to her again.
Not purchase any more books by this author.
A lot of people compare Jane Yellowrock to characters like Anita Blake and Rachel Morgan. On the surface, they're all strong women with supernatural powers. Dig a little deeper, though, and you quickly realize that Anita and Rachel hate themselves, hate their lives, and have "friends" who only really want to have sex with them. Supernatural urban fiction is a pretty shallow pond; it's all sex and power.
On the other hand, Jane likes herself, likes her life, knows she could do better, but doesn't let her angst dictate her attitude. In other words, she's a beautifully written character with flaws and ugly bits, and a great deal of honor. It's refreshing to read a story about a character who doesn't just flounder from bad decision to bad decision.
I can't say that I love her performance; she really hits the southern twang a little too hard; it should sound relaxed and laid back, but it sounds really hard and jarring. Other than her accent, though, her voice is perfectly suited to the character.
Well worth the credit.
I'm not sure. I think the book is wonderful, and the series is wonderful, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I've laughed and cried while listening to the book. That said, I'm not sure that anyone I know would love this book the same way I did, given that it's pretty long, and pretty slow.
Well, I appreciate that the same narrator is being used book to book. But I don't really enjoy Brick's narration of this particular book.
I don't always love Scott Brick; I'm sure he's a super guy, but he's so... breathy and has this lazy drawl thing going on, which I find incredibly off-putting. I've recommended a few other audiobooks he's narrated, only to hear "I couldn't even sit through half an hour of that droning voice!"
I don't know, sometimes, he's perfect for the story ("Word of Honor" and "The Company: A Novel of the CIA") but other times, he's just... not. This is one of the "not" books.
No, it's too long.
If you enjoyed The Passage, you'll enjoy this.
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