I read The Passage and was engrossed. I bought the audio sequel the day it was released at audible. I had a difficult time following the story line. It jumps from past to future and back like a game of ping pong. If you lose attention for a minute you find yourself entirely confused. In a print version you can flip back to find the time transition. In audio format it's difficult.
Although I love Scott Brick, the story is just too complex with too many characters. I expect the print version would be better format to consume this book. Normally I almost always like audio more than print. After 12 hours of listening I just put aside for a later date. Maybe when I am sitting on a beach with nothing else to do I will pick it up again.
I love the author's inspector Q series. I thought this was another in series. It is not. It is better. Highly plausible innovative theme that keeps you listening. With over 1000 books in my library I rarely find something that I would classify as innovative. This book is. Kudos to the author.
This book combines some good history (although characters are fictional basic story is true) and a spy thriller. You have your British MI agents, evil nazi spies, and even Hitler and Winston Churchill making an appearance in this book. The pace is pretty fast and you won't want to stop listening once you get into story. The basic theme is how the British fooled the Nazis into believing the plans for the invasion was at the major port of Calais versus at Normandy. The Nazis believed the ruse because they held their forces back expecting the real attack near the Dutch border. It never came and by the time they realized they had been fooled it was too late. The combined forces of England and America had a firm foothold in France. The book focuses on the building of hugh concrete piers that were towed to Normandy and sunk to create a man-made harbor. By the third day of the invasion troops and material were being driven ashore from ships in the Bay of Normandy.
This book has been out there for awhile, but if you like WWII books you will enjoy it. It is very similar to Ken Follet's Eye of the Needle.
The narration is quite excellent with single narrator having to do both Hitler and Churchill.
I enjoyed this book because I like the topic. It traces the evolution of cosmology from ancient greek times to modern times. Much of the book covers the three most famous scientist of their times. Galileo, Kepler and Newton. It does a great job explaining how the world evolved from a theory of the earth at the center of the universe to the universe as we now know it. The earth centric view was destroyed as soon as Galileo discovered the moons of Jupiter. The Earth could no longer be the center of the universe since those moons orbited Jupiter. The book also covers how Newton proved that the planets travel in an elliptical orbit about the sun.
This book is probably not for everyone, but if you like the subject of the history of science it is worth the listen.
It's hard to write a bad review of Hemingway based on the "legend" but this a tough listen for me. The basic story is good. I really knew nothing about the Spanish Civil war but this book made me do some research. In the end you get the idea of " and exactly what were they fighting about?" History has sort of proved that out.
The issue I had is the writing style. Its sort of odd. We would say "what do you think of me?" Hemingway writes this as "what dost thou thinkest of me? Do you think kindly upon me....."
I would rate this a book that you feel good about having listened to, but it is an ordeal. Kind of the same as having a high school teacher assign it as a required book. Probably a book you buy the monarch notes instead of reading it. You may feel the same about the audio version.
This book suffers from limited characters and a limited setting. The book takes place in a bedroom in a rural cabin, and there are really only two characters. For a 12-hour book it gets kind of tedious. The plot theme is unique; hold your favorite romance novelist hostage and make them write you a new book. The books starts off well, it's that just after 8 hours of the same thing it gets to be too much. Is he going to escape? What new torture is on the menu for the day? Etc. etc.
I am a huge fan of Stephen King so I hate to knock his books. He has much better ones (The Shining, Carrie, Bag of Bones), so this is slightly subpar. If you a super King fan, then I suppose listen to this. If you are getting acquainted to his books try some of his other ones. There are dozens more.
This is the "novelization" of the classic Hamlet by Shakespeare. Nothing new here. So if you were forced to read Hamlet in High School or College and hated it, you will not like this version either. True to its original, its dark, brooding, depressing and overwrought with Oedipal themes. Not to knock the original play, which has some of the best monologues in English language. This is exactly the same. "To be or Not to Be." " To Suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.."
I bought this to add to my "enlightenment" category of Audible books to offset my "trashy" novel consumption. However, there are much better ones if you want to listen to great fiction.
Before you get this try
To Kill a Mockingbird
John Irving's Cider House Rules
John Irving's a Prayer for Owen Meany
John Stienbeck's East of Eden
All are much better listens than this. If you want Hamlet, watch Kenneth Brannagh's version. On audible also try his narration of Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.
Normally I like books set in Ireland with Irish narrators. For example, I enjoy the Adrian McKinty series. This book meets the first two requirements of set in Ireland (Dublin), and Irish narrator but falls short in many other respects. Almost all the major characters are portrayed as drunken Irish boozers on the dole. Dads' a drunk, Mom's a drunk, Sis is a drunk, etc. etc. Most of the dialogue is endless repetition of the same argument with everyone calling each other a F*##ing drunk, loser, etc. Half the story seems to take place in Irish pubs. If you were to remove every F-word from book it would be two hours shorter overall.
The story starts 30 years in the past with a teenage romance and then a murder. The rest of the the book is set in present day with flashbacks to the past. The whole plot line is rather "depressing" with no redeeming characters, even the major one Frank Mackey. He is a divorced dad who drinks too much, treats his ex wife badly and ignores his family for 30 years.
I could overlook this except the crime plot is the book is really weak. Not spoiling plot. There is no plausible motive to explain why bad guy does what he does. It really makes no sense.
So in summary this is sort of a B- book. Much better ones out there. If you want a International crime thriller read the Jon Nesbo books. This book is just depressing
The primary plot of this book is first contact with aliens via radio telescopes. This part of the book is interesting. However, the author, Carl Sagan, keeps diverting into subjects that have nothing to do with the major plot line. So it's part fiction and part non fiction. Although the subjects are interesting, such as Chinese Emperors of the Ming Dynasty, they have nothing to do with the plot. I just think the author (who had the famous TV show Cosmos) just liked to show off his knowledge.
Although this is science fiction, the book is set in the present. The lead character is in college during the Viet Nam War, which would put the present at 2000. The part with contacting aliens is conceivable, but the author all of a sudden has older people living on space stations. Basically retirement homes in space. This just comes out of the blue and throws the whole book off.
Typically I listen to books and fall asleep while listening. I then rewind them to the last part I remember. I did not bother with this book since it was rather tedious.
If you want to read science fiction, there are much better books. Or with Contact you can watch the movie on Netflix.
I have listened to several Adrian McKinty books and enjoy them all. The stories are typical police novels set in Northern Ireland. Most are part of a series, but this one stands alone. The main character is a "tinker" which I had never heard of before. It is a traveling community in Ireland who travel the country living in caravans (trailers). The main character leaves this life to become a private detective but he maintains the skills he learned as a Tinker including stealing cars, breaking into homes and shooting guns. THe last is not his favorite" activity, but will kill when the circumstances require it. At the end of the book he has to do plenty of that to protect a woman and her child.
What makes these books great for audio is the narrator. With a real Irish brogue, you feel transported to Ireland. He can do both mens and women's voices quite well. These books I am not sure I would read, but love the audio versions.
This is a great thriller with a major crime at the beginning of the novel which leads the lead character to revisit a crime in her youth. The first third of the book covers the lead character's recovery from a brutal attack from a serial killer. As a result dana suffers a traumatic brain injury and returns to her home time. As she slowly recovers, more and more of the past is remembered, As a result, she is able to slowly put pieces of the crime together.To describe it anymore it would give the plot away.
The narration is fairly good, withe the narrator struggling a little with the male voices. Never having read any of the author's books this was good enough to put some of her other books on my wish list. It reminded me of two other books I have listened to recently , Gone Girl and Girl on the Train. Most of the characters are fairly "normal" except for the criminals in the book so you can identify with them. Set in the rural midwest this is a classic American murder whodunit mystery
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