Lansing, MI, United States | Member Since 2014
Orson Scott Card is a master of detail. I'm not sure how much he wrote vs. Aaron Johnston but it had a full OSC feel for sure. Like all OSC books, the details of the story are delivered in painstaking precision. Sometimes too much, sometimes just enough. You definitely get to know the characters.
This book is just a build up to the Formic invasion but we do get to see a little action. The narration was good and the various narrators were good at their respective parts. The weird part was when you were used to a certain character voiced by a certain narrator, then all-of-a-sudden, a different narrator is voicing them.
A good story. It will keep your interest even though (as with most OSC books) it is drawn out a tad too much IMO.
a nice diversion from my favorite genre of SciFi. I liked it and it was fun hearing queer used so much.
I actually didn't realize this was a 3 book arc until I hit the end of book 2 and heard the music and was like,"Hey, what, what a minute!" Book 2 I thought was drawn out. This final book felt that way too a few times but not as much to me. There were some side stories of exploring the wallfolds that really was just padding, but I guess those could be considered stories within a story.
The time travel aspects are once again well thought out and explained, almost too much. I didn't really care for the mice much. I liked how it ended up for the most part, except the "show down" with mother and General Citizen. That seemed uncharacteristically rushed and unsatisfying. There was also a lot of detail about this great army they were training and I was hoping for an ass kicking battle but alas that was merely a mention.
So I guess in general I liked the ending but it just seemed he missed some opportunities.
I skipped getting this a few times because of the few bad reviews but I finally gave in because of the good ones. But boy, maybe you have to be a woman to like this - I don't think it is for me. Some reviewers warned about the shallow characters and I should have listened. I haven't even made it to the murder yet.
I got through two of the narrators (didn't ever hear the 3rd), the first narrator (for Rachel) did a good job, maybe too good! I know some people that are like this in real life and I avoid them like the plague; so why would I subject myself to the inner mind of this main character. Then the second narrator (for Megan) wasn't as good, but the character was just as neurotic and pathetic.
If you like female drama from neurotic, jealous, spiteful, and brainless women then get this book.
I'm going out on a limb here, but if you are a straight male then you probably will not like this book.
I'm not going to say it's a bad book, it all boils down to personal taste. This one did not taste good to my pallet so I'm cutting my losses early.
A nice clean quick story. Set in a town that I would never want my kids to grow up in. Some said the ending was predictable, and perhaps part of it was, but the actual killer did elude me. Now with hindsight in my favor I'm not sure how I didn't suspect it early on, but I didn't. But I don't do too many mystery/thriller books so maybe that was it.
I loved the characters, the plot, and the suspense. Mr. King proved again that he can write more than just horror. This has some horror elements but all believable - as in - no supernatural. It is just a good story about a psychopath, an ex-cop that loved getting drawn back into "the game", and some other interesting characters that round out a well told story.
This was my first book narrated by Will Patton. I didn't even know he narrated books but he has done a boatload. The first few minutes I wasn't so sure about his raspy voice but now I couldn't imagine it read by anyone else and his character voices were all great. He did a wonderful job IMO.
The previous book I listened to took me about six months to get through as it just didn't beckon me to listen at any chance I could get. I would listen here and there but many times music on the radio won out.
Not with this book!!
Gaiman hooked me right away and I wanted to listen every chance I could get. American Gods was only a tad shorter than my previous book, but I whipped through this one in about 10 days (and I mainly listen in my car and during workouts.) But I did add a few hours here and there with longer lunches or listening while doing dishes, etc.
I'm usually more a SciFi guy vs. Fantasy, but I've likes all of Neil Gaiman's book that I've read so far.
The voice acting and sound production was great and it was a good story but it took a lot of work to visualize it sometimes. It reminded me of driving my SUV with the kids in the back watching a DVD. I could hear the movie but not see it. So I got a sense of the story but sometimes didn't really know what was going on as I couldn't see what was happening.
I was assuming it was just different voices speaking the parts but that all the narration would be there - it was not. I guess I didn't notice "Adaption" in the title. If you were already familiar with the story that would help, but I was not, so there were times where I just didn't know what was happening.
After this I moved on to American Gods and gasped when I noticed that it was "a full cast production." I feared the same issue with a 20 hour book. Much to my delight that one had the full narration with the different voices. That was awesome and is what I was expecting here.
So - I liked the story but I would probably steer clear of a similar production in the future.
This is hard to put into words... The story was pretty good but I guess it just dragged on too long. It wasn't interesting enough to make me want to listen to it every chance I could get. It is long to begin with, about 21 hours; but it look me over 6 months to finally listen to the entire book as I would find myself not really caring if I listened to it vs. music in my car.
This became more evident to me after finishing this book as the next book I listed to (from OSC) I zipped through in a week. Then another, and another, as I was more compelled to listen - and found I wanted to listen to these next books; while driving, doing dishes, late at night, etc. This wasn't the case for Against the Tide of Years unfortunately. So I guess I'm bailing on the 3rd book. The thought and detail that went into the story is amazing and I liked the premise. I'm not saying it's bad, but for me it just didn't keep me on the edge of my seat.
I really liked the first book! The second book was a bit of a disappointed. Book three here was better however (but not anywhere near as good as book one.)
I know this is teen/YA so I've kept that in mind when listening to it. It's a bit hard for me to review because of that. For me... all-in-all I liked the series; but there were just some things that were too silly.
As I said in my review of "A Million Suns" the tone of the series seemed to change starting with book 2. I wished these final two books followed the tone of the first book which wasn't as silly - but again... I know the series isn't geared towards middle aged men :)
So for the teen/YA readers I think you will really like this series. For you older readers, the story is good, you just have to remember that it is teen/YA.
These are the same narrators as book two and I liked the performances a lot more in this book, especially the male narrator. His delivery of Elder was very flat in book 2. It was a little better in book 3 and his other voices were great. I really liked his Lt.Colonel Martin.
Yes, I knew this was teen / young adult going in. I really enjoyed the first book and thought it was extremely well done and crossed beyond the Teen/YA boundary to hold it's own in the more mature market as well.
I however was not as pleased with this second book. The whole tone changed a little bit making me wonder if an editor worked hard with Revis to make the first book appeal to a larger audience, but didn't work as hard on this second book. Its feel became a lot more teen based and the whole scavenger hunt thing didn't appeal to me that much.
Again, I know I'm reviewing a teen/YA book, so please bear this in mind with my review. If you are a teen/YA reader, it may very well appeal to you. But for the slightly older crowd (for me anyhow) I did not like this book as much as the first and it seemed to drag on.
The narrators changed also, which never helps with the flow of a book series.
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