Action. Intrigue. Pacing.
There are too many great moments to choose one. The plot, characters, subplots... It doesn't get any better than this.
Porthos. His refined accent seems to contrast with his rough character.
Too many to enumerate.
I have always been a fan of Robert Heinlein. I especially loved Stranger in a Strange Land. However, now that I'm older, I think the dated style that Heinlein used is starting to grate on me. This one is done in the noir style of Raymond Chandler, et al. But his cutesy banter between men and women wasn't even realistic in the forties, let alone today. It appeared often enough that I got tired of rolling my eyes and searching for a way to skip past it in the audio-book (too bad they don't have a Skip Forward button!)
Also, the Everyman Yankee (AKA MacGyver) who can do the most random things that 99% of people can't do (and serendipitously progress the plot) has become less believable as I have grown more experienced. For example, how many readers can really pick a lock?
The story is pretty good, and the narration was quite good. But I guess I have just outgrown Heinlein. :(
My first foray into the Starship series, and very enjoyable. Excellent characters and action. The narrator was also quite good. Two thumbs up!
Really an excellent story with very few flaws - most of which are my own personal peeves. It starts in the mines of Mars with the hero being an average Joe in a pretty horrible setting, making the best life he can. He is thrust by forces largely beyond his own control into the role of the Rebel. From there he is spirited away to the Underground where he is enhanced mentally and physically into a superhuman. And FROM THERE, he is spirited into a training ground for the leaders of society, which is a medieval battle royale.
Pros: The future setting is fairly believable in most ways, being a throwback to the Victorian Age in Europe. The protagonist is a believable, flawed Everyman with well-developed supporting characters. The flow of the plot is believable and (sorta) logical, to a point. The action as the story progresses is exciting, and will certainly keep you turning the pages. And, the ending is a logical pause between this, and the next volume in the series.
Cons: Some of the plot points come out of left field, like why the love of his life martyrs herself in a pretty senseless act, showing incredible prescience of her husband's later role in the rebellion, with almost no rebellion visible.
Also, having the hero transformed into a superhuman is too convenient for me, and not necessarily critical (in this volume) to the storyline. Finally, I dislike starting a book, only to find out when I finish it that this is just the beginning of a series, and has no satisfying ending. And the subsequent volumes are not even published yet! Knowing that ahead of time, I probably wouldn't have started it.
IN SHORT: A very good story that moves pretty quickly, has lots of action and twists, and is very well narrated by Mr. Reynolds. I had a few beefs with it personally, but overall, enjoyed it a lot!
I have read and listened to a lot of science fiction over the years, and this one is truly old school. Not a space opera. No wild speculation. No aliens or worm-holes. It takes a scenario that will likely occur within the next twenty years, a manned mission to Mars, and then speculates on what would happen if the mission were aborted and one soul was left behind.
It uses basic science and some clever engineering, and basically weaves together a compelling story of trial and triumph. I've heard that this may be optioned for a movie deal, and look forward to it. Unfortunately, the book has so much wonderful detail, that I'm sure no film will be able to do more than gloss over the high points.
In short, an excellent story, well told, with a very good narrator. Well worth it!
Probably not, but only because I think I got everything out of it that I could. Is there a Part II?
Michael Corleone. Very sympathetic, and yet ruthless.
This is the first I've heard with more than one narrator. I liked that the one reader didn't have to stretch for many different voices. All sounded quite good.
Now I have to go back and watch the movies.
I don't know who might enjoy it. It meandered around with an overly long exposition, and after 3 chapters, I simply couldn't wait any longer for something to happen.
A John Scalzi book. Funny, thought-provoking - I always enjoy him.
It was OK, but nothing in particular that I would complain about.
Might have been going to somewhere interesting. It just took too long.
She has a hard time with mens' voices. They all sound like she is hurting her voicebox trying to go into a too-low register, and apparently she feels that all men sound rather gruff.
NOOOOO! OK, it has a little (very little) kinky sex in it. Yes, I'm a guy. Yes, that interested me. But it's packaged in a romance novel - never a genre I have enjoyed. Many romance novels are erotica, and this was in that category or I would have deleted it within three chapters. Worse, though, it was a coming-of-age romance novel. In other words, a romance novel written for teen girls. (Sigh.)
Therein was my quandary. It's a teen romance novel with pretty explicit sex. So it was obviously not written for fourteen-year-old girls (I hope.) The target audience was... young (adult) women? In that sense, it was almost insulting. How many repetitions of "this Greek God," or "he is so...HOT!" can one take? I was rolling my eyes more than the heroine was.
And, according to the author, every unmarried, adult woman feels guilty about having sex. (Wearing the horrible, pink pajamas for a week afterward.) Really?? In high school, maybe. But, in college? Apparently, I've missed this undertone in modern sexuality.
I'm guessing (or hoping) that the subsequent Shades Of Grey installments dabble more into the B&D side of sexuality. But I can't bring myself to go through another romance novel. In the end I felt cheated and insulted.
Women: from what I gather, this is a novel that most of you will really enjoy.
Men: pass on this one. As erotica, it's pretty tame.
Yes. Interesting story, and a lot of backstory that was not in the film.
The details of how the plan came to together.
His voice is consistently whiny. I've heard the same in another book he read. It really gets annoying. Also, his tendency to over-enunciate the last "s" in houseguests. It's like a college drinking game where you want to down a shot every time he says, "HouseguestS."
A tough call, but I'd say it was just as good.
Reminds me a lot of William Gibson, but Gibson's voice is very, very dark, whereas Stephenson injects a lot of humor in his descriptions and dialogue.
Delivering the pizza and getting lost. Very funny.
One of the signs of his talent is how he weaves a plot out of Assyrian and Babylonian languages, throws some biblical references in, and it is impossible to determine what is factual and what is shear fantasy. You know there is a kernel of truth in there somewhere, but it is all so seamless, who can determine where his imagination kicks in? Really thought provoking.
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