yes. Scalzi and Dufris have better stuff published. Dufris isn't the problem here.
Yes, but I'll try to be careful how I pick.
This book although claiming to be part of a series did not have any of the characters from the first episode. It could be from a series, since it doesn't stand on its own like it claims to in the "flyleaf" of the purchase page. Its length is that of a "short-short", but it lacks both an ironic or unexpected twist that a good example of that style / genre should have. "Walk the Plank" lacks the wit and skill that one can see in nearly every short story by Saki, for example. I utterly disappointed in this 40 minutes lost of my life. Audible offered to take it back, but I paid money not a credit, so it's not even worth that effort. I plan to give episode 3 a try: it is projected to be longer so maybe Scalzi can put a story out there that at least shows as much respect for the audience as episode 1.
I was expecting better stuff because the first episode was really better and could have been followed up with something closer good if not actually excellent. The story has no closure. Sure, the audience knows what happened to a number of characters, but none of the questions for the colonists are answered. I am trying to avoid spoilers here, so I cannot be more specific.
Having listened to the whole series, I didn't realize the episodes were using the alphabet for episode titles. (Fair is fair: some of the alphabet titles were out of order in the different series.) So when Finnemore announced at the end of Series 4 that there would be only one more episode--Zurich, I finally caught on. It made me sad and impatient to wait for the last episode, but I tell you it is worth the wait.
In one consideration, listeners don't really want to start with this double installment; too many things are tied up which will mean less if people haven't heard the original incidents. But as Arthur (in the series) would say, "It's brilliant!!" Start here if you don't mind spoilers and just want to see if you'd like the rest of the series.
The whole Cabin Pressure series is surprisingly funny and humane. Worth the money if not the credit (I try not to use credits on items that are much cheaper than the cost of my credit).
I enjoy all the Leary and Mundy novels from With the Lightnings to book 10.
First of all, this is a good book--well-paced, with characters the reader will like and some the reader will (probably) hate. The plot is plausible and draws the reader along. And yet, the story is recognizable Scalzi. The main character is clever, outside of the mainstream for one reason or another. His thought processes help him to solve the puzzle of the plot, and his other abilities help him to keep himself & others alive.
So, although the circumstances are different from _Android's Dream_, the Scalzi update of _Fuzzy Nation_, and _The Human Division_, the main characters in each could be some brother or cousin of all the others. Still, they are characters readers will be glad to meet and watch.
I recommend this book. It's not philosophical; it's not emotionally deep. Nevertheless, it is entertaining and is an experience to be enjoyed, not a trial to be endured. Thus:
Entertaining, fast-moving adventure, fun and familiar characters, a good example of typical adventure.
With the exception of the mystery illness that forms a major part of the setting, there's nothing really new here. But many times, one doesn't want new, just tasty familiar--people still eat steak or tofu for supper even though they've had it before.
The dramatization is based on Walter Koenig's novel of the same name. In a "cd extras" interview at the end of the book, Koenig said that his original novel met with mixed reviews at its first publishing. Although I really wanted to like the performance, I am unable to do so.
The story, even with different actors for different characters was silly and incoherent. I was reminded of badly done Douglas Adams. Interestingly, also in the interview, his novel is compared to work by Adams. Koenig says that he hadn't read any Adams when he wrote the novel, but he was grateful for the interviewer saying his stuff is similar.
As Koenig said, his novel gets mixed reviews, so some, if not many, will enjoy this story of space alien invasion in which all the regular humans are killed at the first attack and only losers who were out of the way of the original attack survived. I am glad this was only $2.95, but I will be sending it back.
The Hundred-Foot Journey is good. Worth the time, small picaresque, some similarities with Life of Pi, only without the high drama of days in a lifeboat with a tiger. The Hundred-foot Journey is also significantly shorter than Life of Pi.
The narration was supportive of the book story and text. I enjoyed Neil Shah's different voices for different characters, and I was not offended nor put off by the French-ified English accents. (At least one reviewer was.)
I would have been glad for a little more detail in the episodes. Painful or tragic events are described at a distance, so this reader, at least, wasn't brought to damp, shiny eyes, much less tears nor sobs. At least one or two of the chapters would have been worth some real tears if the incidents had been shown more directly instead of reported by the narrator.
I may listen to this twice or not, but it was surely worth the first listen.
(I haven't seen the movie, but I imagine that will focus on a portion of the book rather than re-telling the whole thing. Stopping earlier, showing more details and having a simpler dramatic arch would make for a better movie that the book as a whole.)
[My headline is stupid because I couldn't fit it into 50 characters spelled out.]Returning characters are the best part. Although, Flint's character is rather inhibited by his concern for his daughter's safety.Still, it is a real-world constraint for his character. This particular novel fails to reach maximum entertainment because it has too many (albeit connected) story-lines in such a short space. I would have preferred the book better if it were longer and had more events / scenes / etc. like some of the earlier books.
Friends or anyone interested in tense plotting with interesting characters in a future (but not implausible) world should read / listen to this--Just not first. Read the earlier books to get hooked and drawn in.
Snyder reads this kind of book very well. I look forward to his earnest and intense reading.
I am re-reading the entire series in order again to get the feel of the epic continuity.
Although once the reader knows the ending, the suspense is gone, of course, nevertheless, I find that this series stands up very well to repeat listening. Nine books is a lot of credits, but if others are like me, they'll get value indeed for their credit(s) because these are books I come back to--in order or just grabbing a random episode that I want to hear again.
I would listen again. Actually I find all of Ms Willis's books that I have read worth the re-reading. This is no exception. I found I cared about the characters and what they were learning and doing. I also found the narrator is a good match for the tone and content of the story.
I enjoyed the mix of plot tension with character development. Some readers / listeners may complain of "pseudoscience," but I think the point isn't "Gee this might be true," but rather the point is, "I can see these people doing these things in this situation," and I care about them.In another vein, I think this story compares very favorably with "The Brief History of the Dead" by Kevin Brockmeier. If you liked that book, I believe you would like "Passage." If you didn't like "Brief History...", you may like "Passage" nevertheless.
I have listened to Clementine by Cherry Priest. I guess this compares favorably, because I didn't realize I had heard Dina Pearlman before until I looked at my library to see if she is there. Since I didn't remember her reading of Clementine, that says to me that she is unobtrusive enough as a reader that I wasn't distracted by her reading from the content of the story.
I did laugh at places in "Passage." I didn't actually cry, but there are places in the story that would be suitable for a "bitter sweet" label.
Once again, just to say I have enjoyed each Connie Willis book that I have read or listened to. I find "To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last" to be one of the most perfect books I have ever read (or listened to).
The narrator is great here, but the actual abridgement is clumbsy and confusing. Key events are referred to, but the event itself (e.g. the folk story of the man who couldn't marry because he was already married to another) is cut.
I love this story, book and audiobook. This abridgement, however is a painful and detracting cutting. I believe a good abridgement could be made, but this is not it.
I love this novel--I've read it on paper in one sitting three different times. But this abridgement is a hatchet job, it almost makes me weep! Normally I don't buy abridged books, and this is one for which I never should have made an exception.
I wish I had read the other reviews; I wish I had paid more attention to the word "abridged." But I was too excited to finally see this book available. Big mistake!
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