I got this after reading Mr. Hager's "Demon Under the Microscope," which is one of the best books I've read in a long time. "The Alchemy of Air" isn't in the same class but is written with the same level of completeness and mix between science and social factors. Thomas Hagar has a great way of taking history and making it seem like someone is just telling you a great story.
I never knew the importance of fixing nitrogen and the large amount of roles it played. I recommend reading "Demon" first then this one.
I haven't read the print versions of any of Larson's books. So I can't comment.
Mark Boyett does a great job. While I still hear him as Kyle Riggs from the Star Force series he does a good job with all of the Larson books he narrates. While I feel his range has limits and he reuses voices throughout the books he narrates it doesn't take too much away from this series and after three books I can't hear anyone else doing these.
The battle at the end. It was more classic Larson than the rest of the series, although I did feel like it could have used more.
After the first two books in this series I almost didn't continue on to the third. I really like the Star Force series and Larson's new Undying Mercenaries is growing on me. But this just felt like it fell flat. Short books, not much character detail, plot lines that don't go anywhere and seem disconnected. But in this book things started to come together and make sense. You really started to get a sense of who the characters are and what their purpose in this world is. I can safely say after this one I'll see the series to the end.
As a plug if you haven't listened to Star Force give it a go. You won't be sorry.
Gaines/Bjorn is the man!
Star Force is the first series of its kind that I have listened to so I can't really compare it.
Yes. All the Star Force books, the new Steel World, and now the Haven series. I don't know how he would do with another author but he fits well with Larson. Although he does seem to have a finite amount of voices and you can hear then recycled. I can't image anyone else reading the Star Force books.
Yes, I'm really engaged in this series. I picked it up and haven't stopped yet.
Normally I'd say Riggs without hesitation but after listening to the one off with that focuses on Bjorn (Gaines) I'm really starting to fall into the Gaines camp.
He didn't play as big a role in this book but he is developing nicely in the series.
Hmm, that's a good question. I'd really like to see this hit film. Although I feel like with the length of the series and the depth that could be lent to the characters this would be better as a television series. Although, we have to be careful to keep away from Fox as they would probably kill it like they did Firefly.
Keep 'em coming.
I'm a huge fan of the Star Force series by Larson. What makes these books for me is that Mark Boyett does a great job of narrating. He doesn't have a wealth of voices and if you are a fan of the Star Force series you'll notice a few of those voices are reused, but he does a great job pulling you in and making you part of the story.
I'm still getting to know the characters but I'd have to say the McGill is not my favorite as you would think given that Larson's books often come from the vantage of a single character. I really like his commanding officers or his obnoxious friend Carlos. I don't want to say more as I don't want to ruin anything for you.
While I didn't "love" the scene and at it's place in the book it could be seen as a throw away but the scene when he first arrives in space and the air is leaking out of the ship. It really sets the mood for the legion he has joined and gives you a good idea of his overall character.
I thought this could have been done better and certainly more in depth but the first time McGill dies and is brought back. His ruminations on what the implications of the revival machine certainly had me thinking.
Decent start to a new series. It's no Star Force but I enjoyed it and will certainly give the next book a listen. If you haven't listened to the Star Force series I highly recommend it.
I love Tina Fey, I love 30 Rock, I like this book. I really enjoyed listening to this book. My only real problem with it was the quality of the audio recording. In many parts Tina would fade out almost inaudibly. Other parts it sounded like it was being recorded in a small echoing room. I expected more from this recording. Still a good listen to. I knocked it out in just two listens.
A great collection of Dresden stories and as always Mr. Marsters is top notch. I only wish there was more.
I have to admit that I had this book for a few months before I really gave it a chance. I started and stopped it a few times. Then I got caught in a snow storm while driving and had a lot of time on my hands so I dug in. I was not disappointed. This, along with the other books, was a extremely well written and narrated series.
It is lengthy, it is in depth, but it is worth it. And Simon Vance does a great job.
It's hard for me to write a review for a Gladwell book because I've liked everything he's written and this is no exception. His narration is top notch. If he ever stops writing then he'd have a great career as a narrator. Pick this one up, and all the others you can find. Just make sure they are unabridged, accept no substitutes.
This was my first Neil Gaiman book. I listened to it b/c so many of my friends raved about it. While in the end I enjoyed it. It took me a long time to get into and the end IMO just kind of happened. But I will be checking out some of his other books and he did do a good job of narrating his own book.
I picked this up b/c it had a Dresden tale. But it was less than satisfying and I have yet to find another story (I have not finished the book yet) that has really grabbed me. I'd skip this over if I had to do it again.
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