I enjoyed the first book and, started to lose interest by the end of the second book. I hoped that the Third would bring some closure and it did tie up some of the loose ends, but not in a satisfying manner. The action was all second and third hand, there was a lot of time that the characters spent in a foggy fugue state that couldn't hold my attention. Even the climax of the book, the big battle with the Red ships was told in a boring dry manner. Finished, just finished, no need to reread it.
I had never read the Doctor Dolittle books before. I realize that this book was written a long time ago when these sorts of attitudes might a have been more prevalent. I was expecting a child-like romp with animals and fun simple adventure. What I got was, racial condescension and blatant racism. I did not actually finish the book, I stopped when the black man was mocked and swindled as he attempted to emulate the white man and tried to change his color so that he could have what the white man has.
I do understand that the story was written in another time, but so was Alice in Wonderland. It was extolled as a wonderful children's novel. I would not want my child to read this book, perhaps the series gets better. I won't know.
So this review is written more as a warning to parents that thought that Dr. Dolittle would be a fun children's book. Read with caution and explanations in hand. Ironically this is not at all similar to the movies starring Eddy Murphy (a case where the movie is much better)
Very disappointed in a classic children's story.
Exploration of Non-standard Living things
The wide ranging series of science topics that were covered while talking about life.
The Narration was amazing, Mr. Martin's voice is very similar to Rod Sterling's so I kept expecting him to say "in the Twilight zone"
There were several time that I laughed out loud, but fascination was more a descriptor for my reaction
I keep up on weird topics like SETI and Extremeophiles so I expected this to be a fun but not terribly informative piece. I was wrong! The author covered the latest information and coverd it in a quick but concise manner that kept me amused while informing. Well done.
I might read it, but I would not listen again, narrator was really very bad.
Interesting plot twists, and excellent Baddies.
Mispronounced words, awkward pauses in mid phrase, HORRIBLE Scottish accent.
Well written and entertaining overview of the origins of humans. Backed up by research and well explained. Excellent beginning text for the beginner, and enough in depth information for someone who has some knowledge of the subject.
This book started with an excellent anthropological view of the gradual change of gods over time. Then it became a book on Game theory, and a very round about justification with LOTS of hand waiving explanations on why it is okay to still maintain your current religion. It stopped being about evolution of the idea of gods and became why it is okay to keep the same traditional religion. After the countless time some game theory term was mentioned within a five minute segment, I simply stopped listening. Perhaps it gets back on track, in the third segment, and perhaps some day I will start with the third segment and check. Not likely though.
Enjoy the beginning.
This was a fun "origin" type story for Yorik and Leif, great background and I enjoyed spending more time with two of my favorite characters.
The story itself was very well written and entertaining in a very creepy way. Especially for anyone who lived through some fo the cold war, or enjoys HP Lovecraft.
The Narration absolutely killed the entire story for me. I had to go and read the story to get the emotion of what was going on.
Good story, Really poor narration.
A typical beginning with no real surprises, two teenagers set out on an adventure that the reader knows from the start will become a life changing event and cause them to grow in strength. But then the whining begins. The emotional drivel was only moderately annoying at the beginning but by the third book it is just absurd. Twenty seconds on a huge battle and then twenty minutes on bemoaning their horrible fate. Perhaps others will enjoy the emotional development of the characters, I became bored very quickly, I kept listening because I thought that the story had such great potential and could really be a great and exciting adventure story. Perhaps if it was a single book then they would have had to cut out a lot of moaning and emotional brow beating.
I usually enjoy Mercedes Lackey’s books. I don’t know what happened with this series.
Let me start by saying that I like both authors other works. This Series should have been a single book, perhaps two but by the time they got to the third book they spent too much time discussing the inner turmoil of each person. I understand that you need to know what is going on in the minds of the characters but seriously enough is enough. When the main characters are being attacked in what should have been an amazing battle scene, suddenly becomes a dreary lament (again) about the dreadful necessity to have to kill. There were lots of great creatures and dramatic situations that were sucked dry by the mindless bleating of the internal monologue of the characters. The self loathing and denial just kept going and going. I rarely find myself thinking that a book had great potential but was very poorly executed.
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