I think this book might have been better in print form. I listen at work usually and this narrators voice was too easy to tune out. Then I would rewind to find my place and have to re-listen to much of this book. I could never differentiate the characters by voice or even accent, and there are American, British, and German characters throughout the book. The idea or synapses of the book is great. I can't really put all the blame on the narrator, because the story is full of holes, too.
The most interesting aspect of this story was the battery enhanced German soldiers and the Dr who made them. Too bad they never explain how the technology works in any detail. The story starts out as a few kids and the next you hear they are grown and have their "powers". They hint that a lot of kids die and never get any powers, but never name one or even talk about their teen years, etc. I wanted to know more about the Dr too. The least interesting part of this story and really boringly done, I thought, was the romance between the main character Marsh and his wife. Their storyline was insanely boring and could have been left out of the book entirely.
I liked the sound of Kevin Pariseau's voice, but I didn't think he was a good fit for this story. I think the narration would have been better coming from a European narrator. I really missed having accents for different nationalities represented
I usually go through 4 hours of audiobook in a day at work. This book had me rewinding so much because it didn't make sense, or have a flow to it that made it easy to follow.
I really wanted to like this audio book, but just couldn't enjoy myself with it. I think the author had a great idea and synapses, but failed in the execution. It came so close to being good, I think it could make a good action movie or comic book series. I might give the follow up book a shot if they do it as a prequel to fill in the blanks they missed this time around. If it's just continuing where this left off, I think I'll pass.
I'd rather have not listened to this one. I bought on a recommendation from my daughter. I had high hopes cause it started out well, but went downhill to the finish. Maybe I'm just too old (40, Male) to relate.
I'm not sure what's next. but I'm really looking forward to books like "A Memory of Light" and other sequels from my preferred genres of fantasy and science fiction from "The Grimnoir Chronicles", "The Lies of Locke Lamora" and "The Name of the Wind", etc.
This is the first I have heard Mike Chamberlain. I thought he was great, it was the story that didn't turn me on. I would definitely give him another chance as a narrator
Personally, no. The only advantage to listening to this was to warn my daughter that it wasn't worth finishing.
This might be a good book from the perspective of a younger reader, but to me it didn't hold a candle to other young adult classics like "Catcher in the Rye" or "The Outsiders"
Top of my list. The Wheel of time is by far my all time favorite series of books. Can't wait for Memory of Light to finally be released. And I'll be sad when it's finally all over. Fans of the series already know this is the epitome of good narration by Kramer and Reading.
The meeting between the Forsaken in the Blight/Malkyrie? What is this place and who are the creatures they vaguely describe? The Soulless? Gholam? Something new?
Accents, inflections, and they help you to visualize the look of a character like Tuon or Bale Domane. I can just see them in my minds eye as if I'd met them and knew them well.
Of course, such a short one I listened to it at work in less than one shift, then went to Tor's website and read the first chapter.
I can't wait til january when the full book comes out, to see if any of my friends or my predictions are even close to the real ending.
I would recommend this book to a friend, but to a lesser degree than the previous 3. the villain/monster in this book is just not as cool as the last three books. The narrator still does a good job, but there's not as much gun talk(which actually helped these books stand out) as the previous books. Owen, Mosh, and their Dad's "destiny" is being dragged out and needs to get somewhere soon.
The most interesting aspect of the story is the dragon! Too bad they spend such little time with this character, maybe he'll be back in the next book. I can't even remember if he dies or not. It's also fun to hear more about U.N.I.C.O.R.N. again, but Correia skims over it too little. Jason is a welcome return character from "Alpha".
Least interesting would be the new brown noser idiot in charge of MCB. I forget his name at the moment. The old guy in charge was a jerk but at least he wasn't an idiot. He wanted to kill monsters and at the end of the day do some good. The new guy is clueless and just about moving up the corporate/government ladder. Franks is sadly missing from the story too much this time around.
Probably the pocket universe in the German's room was the most interesting scene based on the description of the setting and the action going on. A close second would be when Owen and Franks go to the bunker in Dugway.
I guess I've heard worse. This series was one of my favorites, but The Grimnoir Chronicles by the same author but narrated by Bronson Pinchot are so much more interesting that MHI series is losing it's appeal. Maybe if they wrap things up soon with the Genesis Project, The Old Ones, and Owen or Mosh fulfill this prophecy to kill their dad and save the world. It feels like they Correia is starting to drag it out too long in my opinion. we'll see, the next installment could easily reel me back in. Perhaps Mr. Correia is using this one as a setup for the big finale? Let's hope so.
Despite my average rating of this audiobook I am still a fan of the author, narrator, and series as a whole. I will probably buy the next installment when it comes out. I am hoping the next one is a finale, because I think this can only go on so long before it starts getting repetitive and boring. Four books of build up is enough I think and if they bring all the forces of good together like Franks, the old Polish guy, Harbinger's ancestors, U.N.I.C.O.R.N, and all the international monster hunting crews into a massive final Battle Royale it would be a good, gnarly ending. We'll just have to wait and see!
above the middle. The story and narration were great. plenty of humor, adventure, and suspense. A goo balance of suspense and payoff, until the end. I like most Stephen King books, but once again he can't seem to give it a good finish...ala dark tower series. It is great while it's going, but leaves you dissapointed at the ending, no big payoff for hours and hours of dedicated listening, detective like fact finding, and paying close attention etc.
The Dome, Also very long and interesting, with a less than stellar ending.
All of the flatulence scenes. deep down inside, stephen king is still a thirteen year old, but I guess fart jokes just never go out of style. His elaboration reminds me of the "Barf-o-Rama" in The Body, or Stand by Me if you prefer.
Winter Heart of Darkness? I don't know.
I wish Stephen King would end his books as good as he did with his books under psuedonyms like running man and the four seasons, etc
Jeffery DeMunn does an excellent job as the narrator. His voice is clear with good pronunciation. And he does a good New England accent without sounding cheesy or fake.He may or may not be from northeast america, but you'd neve know from listening. I will definitely look for more books narrated by him.
I love it and respect when a single narrator can portray a different voice for each character, male and female, several nationalities, and keep it straight throughout the book. Every time Mr Pinchot reads dialogue, you can identify who's doing the talking, and he really brings the characters to life in my head. If you've ever listened to Correia before you know he loves describing all the firearms with passion of a real shooter and he brings that to this series as well but to a lesser degree, which to me is a nice change of pace and allows room for the brand of magic involved as well as how the magic affects the martial arts in this book. I feel this puts this series on a leval above monster hunters intl, which I was a fan of and led me to give this a try.
The story,plot,setting, and characters are improved over MHI, but my hat's off to Mr. Pinchot for stealing the show.
The villian, The Chairman. I love it when things aren't black and white. By defeating the unbeatable villian you risk running into a worse villian, then wishing you had the help of your defeated foe!?
Tie between Faye and Sullivan
Sullivan bring new meaning to "heavy duty"
Great, original book, with a good follow up with the second book. Like no story that's come before it.
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