Mount Dragon is a nice little Summer listen if you want something light, yet somewhat compelling. The story is fairly straightforward, although many plotlines are forced on the reader at times. The character development is largely based on common life role stereotypes (Western Cowboy, etc), which is simple for the listener, but leaves a bit to be desired in the end.
While some story details are rushed and many technical details wildly unrealistic, the authors are surprisingly able to maintain a stable suspension of disbelief through the book. The flow of the story can be hitchy at times, though, so be prepared for a few starts and stops across the storylines.
The narrator's performance is solid, but was largely limited by the simplicity of the characters.
It's a nice little listen.
Despite actually having an interesting story, the novel is just intolerably Fox News-y political. It creates straw-men of city life from a "the South shall rise again" deluded perspective of individualism. Ayn Rand would be proud of the protagonist.
If you have a different world view than Sean Hannity, you will find it offensive.
If you are familiar with Connelly's other books, then this one will be somewhat disappointing. The pace keeps you involved and interested and the story is adequate, but Connelly keeps going to the same well for his denouement. These books are supposed to be somewhat formulaic, but this one follows the recipe a little too closely. The overriding thought I got at the end of the story was that Connelly was looking for a quick score with this one. He's developing his other characters in related books and I think this one was done on the quick so the Bosch franchise didn't appear neglected.
If you are unfamiliar with the series, then I think you'll like the book.
Len Cariou is an excellent narrator.
"The Scarecrow" is not Michael Connelly's best work, but is a quick moving and will entertain (even if just a little) fans of the author and genre. It's obviously been written to go to Hollywood as many of Connelly's more recent works seem to have been. If it does, it will make a B-grade thriller. It's an action flick in novel format. The character development is rushed and Connelly relies too much on his previous novels to back fill the relationships between the main characters. It's quite glaring at times.
The narrator had a lot of difficulty with proper emphasis and prosody. At times, I found myself asking if he had even read the novel prior to recording the narration. He spends too much time trying to make the novel darker than it already was by reading with a very phony tone of urgency. The effect comes off as inappropriately campy.
All in all, it's a worthy download if you want something quick and easy to digest. If you want more than that, then you likely aren't even reading this review.
After a great deal of buildup and considerable delays in the release of this book, I have been utterly disappointed with this audiobook. As a huge fan of the first two books in the series, I was hoping for a climactic finish to the trilogy. Not so.
Unfortunately, Paolini (a great young writer) has fallen into a trap. He seems to believe he can be the next Robert Jordan or Terry Brooks, but the current narrative just doesn't support the epic realms created by those authors. In his attempt to fatten the Eragon saga into Jordanian proportions, Paolini adds confusing and often pointless digressions to the storyline. Further, as a result of these curious convolutions, the story loses its basic drive and character schema. For example, Paolini attempts to add complexity to the character of Eragon, but loses sight of the fact that the epic hero needs to be a hero. So in this story, Eragon seems more the whiny adolescent than the savior of his world. It just doesn't work in this genre.
I am unsure of how Mr. Paolini can save the series after this dud.
This audiobook is an outstanding finish to a truly great series. Stroud does a wonderful job keeping the storyline clean and simple, which tends to be rare in this genre. The continuity of the world created in the Amulet of Samarkand and followed by the Golem's Eye is impressive (though a few anachronisms and errors pop up here and there).
The narrator is superb and has quite a range of voice/character allowing for a rich story environment.
Highly recommended for any fan of fantasy literature.
Every once in a while, you come across a book that sums up what you are feeling and codifies the craziness of today's existence. This book is just that. There really is nothing new here, and Gore will not blow anyone away with his summary of popular media and the undercurrents (and underworld) of the American political system. However, the fact that his comments are so dead on correct makes the book seem almost prescient.
The book is a worthwhile read for anyone, but particularly if you are fed up with the popcorn culture that pervades the American experience nowadays. It's a nice roadmap.
"Deep Storm" is a worthy summer listen. The pacing of the story is really what makes the novel so entertaining. I found myself waiting and wondering what comes next often in the book, which is an attribute of a well written thriller.
Scott Brick is a known quantity to most and performs in his typical, solid-yet-not-overwhelming narration style.
Worth the time.
Initially, I was going to give the book 2 stars due to its readability (well...in audio form). However, after getting midway through the book, I decided I couldn't allow the rampant plagiarism of Tolkien to go unpunished.
So, here goes:
If you choose to listen to this book, make sure that you have not read or seen the "Lord of the Rings" series by JRR Tolkien. If you have, then you will likely wonder after the first 3 hours just how bad the ripoffs could get. After that, to your horror, you realize that the rest of the book mirrors the Tolkien epic save for the character names.
That said, the character development is there as is the story flow. It's a good story. Problem: It is Tolkien's story.
Overall, I would recommend this novel to those who enjoy Ludlum's other stuff. The book moves along at a good clip and puts some effort into avoiding predictability. If you are looking for a realistic novel, however, this won't fit the bill. The story is a little far fetched when you think about it for a little over a second. But, this is not too much of a problem for readers. Realism is not what you should be expecting from this genre.
Not a bad listen. Try it.
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