In an audiobook, more than the story, the narrator has to tell it well.
In the old days, story tellers used to wander between villages with stories of Heroes and Gods.
They were legend. Their narration was SO good that it has followed us down the ages.
To me, Jesse Bernstein represents the very few of those dying breed. The other being Ray Porter.
He truly likes Percy Jackson and you could see the characters leaping off the book into your car.
Guido, Blackjack, Tyson, Annabeth and Hades: To me they are as real as the NY Subway or the traffic in Chennai.
The Narration. Duh !
ALL of his Percy Jackon books. Each one is extremely good.
When Hades arrives to the Battle.
Audible: Please, Please use this narrator well. He's one of the very few Gifted ones. Listen to your customers.
It's a miracle that we haven't had an accidental full-scale detonation of a H-bomb.
The author tears apart the myth that the military has the utmost safety standards for building, maintaining, storing and transporting nuclear weapons.
Heck, if I run my business the way the military runs its nuclear program, I would be in jail, for a long time.
The author clearly documents the stumbling way the military went through arming the nation to the teeth with dodgy nuclear weapons with a safety record that was criminally insane. The fact that none of those responsible have been prosecuted clearly shows the military-industrial complex power and reach.
Bureaucracy that refused to adopt higher safety standards, refused proper communication protocols during Korean and Vietnam wars, the battle between military and civilians over who should control nuclear weapons, and the stupidity of Lemay who got branded as a Nazi even though he fought against them... all are laid out bare.
I shudder to think what would have happened if an accidental detonation had happened. Heck, if such a thing had happened after 9/11, the US would be at war with nations that had nothing to do with it.
Nuclear safety is a myth.
Excellent story, good narration.
Story is linear and tight. But not rushed. Especially the infighting between countries over an AI,
The author is not alive. So there is no next novel.
The book starts off very well. But ending was hurried and unbelievable.
Very good performance by narrators. Could feel the bright heat and light of the fierce blue sun and also the orange glow of the deep red sun.
Each actor is narrated well, especially the scene with Liquid Oxygen.
The book itself seems meandering too much. It takes random walks into past and leaves us stranded there for long time.
"Awful" Arno's side of story.
This story has more shocks than before. The sudden becoming of a Widow and the death of a soldier whom we gotten to like.
Narration is good and has improved.
This series is as good as Worldwar series.
We see the perspective from an American in Berlin, two jewish families in Berlin, a Czech sniper using an anti-tank weapon as a sniper rifle, an International, an infantry company led by Awful Arno, Theo Hossbach and his Panzer III, and Stuka pilot.
Also is the Russian view from Ivan, and others.
This tale is engrossing, funny and gives an insight into Spanish civil war that I did not know.
I bought this with some trepidation.
Usually adaptations are not well narrated or have a proper story.
That is not the case in this.
The story is really good and explains a lot of details absent in the movie.
Imagine the movie to be a preview trailer of this book.
Plus the narration is good and engrossing.
A book is only as good as its narration.
Ray Porter starts off very well, but as the plot dilutes and convulses, he loses interest and moves to a more mundane recital. Towards the end, he sounded happy that the book has ended, not with a bang, but with a whimper.
14 has no role to play in this book. Apart from making astronauts of Nate Tucker and others, it has no role to play before or after.
The novel starts with the premise of LOST and when I heard the spinning compass, I was eagerly looking forward to more thrills. Sadly the author crashed it and it burned.
It ends up with nothing of significance.
Nick does a brilliant, engrossed narration of a well-written story.
I was fearing for the end, lest it may be a sad one. Thank God, Manel did not end it that way/
He has given hope to the Lawyer.
The story is different from similar ones in following ways:
1) Its NOT set in USA. Its set in Spain.
2) Its not all Gung-ho like Morningstar Strain or Peter Clines ones. Its more personal.
3) Characters are less.
4) Surprises galore in both pleasant and unpleasant ways.
I assume Audible has something against this author: why else would they use such awful narrators to narrate Bob Mayer's stories?
The story is excellent, especially starting with King Arthur being one of the Alien factions.
But the narration is like sand in a tasty meal. You want the meal, you eat the sand too !
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