This book languished in my library for a long time. I'd have listened much sooner if I had known it would be such fun. I enjoy sarcastic humor, and there is plenty in this book. I even laughed out loud a few times.
If you are looking for a fun, quick listen with some plot twists, I'd suggest giving this book a try.
Many reviewers have raved that this is one of Kings best, so I thought I'd give it a try. I've read a couple other books of his and they have ranged from 3 - 4 stars.
I just don't get the appeal. This book was long and boring in places. It did have interesting characters, but it was Kings idea of a metaphysical nightmare and my idea of a lot of boredom punctuated by some interest here and there.
I was glad when it was over, which isn't an indication of a good book. There are better ways to spend this much time.
So an "innocent" virus unlike any other takes on a life of its own and controls all of our electronic stuff…including military drones, etc. Makes for some interesting action.
I was hoping for more of a tie-in to the prequel to this book, but it really didn't fill in many holes. ELOP was back, as was one of the characters, but it was 10 years later and not much backstory provided.
In all, it was not a book I would rave about to others, but it wasn't a wasted credit, either.
I liked this book. I liked the fact that the plot was convoluted, plausible and brilliant. Who can come up with this stuff? I'm a Grisham fan, but some books aren't as stellar as others. I'll put this one in the stellar category for the excellent plot.
These are some pretty heavy hitting authors, along with an excellent reader. Chinese cyber warfare is the backdrop for this cyber terror novel…though the US doesn't mind some good old fashioned bombs in the end, either.
Lots of action. I'd definitely put this into the category of a good read for a long car trip as the action won't have you daydreaming or dozing off.
I like an AI book that has a somewhat plausible premise. I guess I'm willing to believe just about anything is possible in cyber space. What I had some reservations about was the "meat space." When the body count starts to go through the roof, a book starts to lose me. I have to roll my eyes when multiple software moguls get killed off all at once and it just seems to be another day at the office.
Other than that nit, I will be reading the second in the series and consider this a credit well spent.
This was just an average book. Some good parts, some boring parts. Not a total waste of a credit, but nothing too exciting either. What can I say, the characters didn't draw me in or excite me.
This was another action packed, far-fetched gray man story. I definitely end up liking the gray man, though the plot in these books is pretty out there. They are, however, excellent to listen to on long car trips because the action is non-stop and you don't find yourself wanting to doze off because the pace is slow or the narrator drones on.
So, if you want to stay awake during those long trips, I recommend the gray man.
but still well worth a listen. What would the world be like after a pandemic? What would you miss? How would your values change? Even though this book is set in a depressing scenario, it is not necessarily depressing. It looks at how one man copes over the long haul. Worth the credit.
This is a good, solid read. The racing analogy, used throughout the book, is excellent and used very well. The dog, of course, is the star. If you love dogs and a good book, then I'd recommend this one.
Imagine my surprise! Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns were excellent books, but this one doesn't even come close to their caliber. This book jumps around from history to current, and within that, from family to family. I think I have about 2 hours left to finish the book, but it's just not worth the effort. I don't care enough about any of the characters to wonder what might happen to them in the remaining 2 hours of the book. Bummer.
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