If you like: alternate history, time travel stories, The Sand Pebbles, empire building, Lemurs, naval combat, or any outrageous adventure, then listen to this series, you won't be disappointed.
Well written, funny, historically accurate (until time changes of course), a wonderful start to an SM Stirling style empire building adventure series.
Loved it, loved the narration, recommend it to all my friends and family, and now to you.
I've been reading Dresden since they first started, and later found these wonderful audio books. James Marsters is perfection, and really does inhabit every character in this series.
Over the series Butcher has built an array of elements that make Harry who he is.
This story strips them away one by one, and leaves Harry alone and with nothing left, for the final shocking page.
I can't wait for the next one.
I'm huge Stephen King fan. One of the things that he's best at is crafting am atmosphere. I grew up in small town Texas, as did my Dad. I missed the sixties, but I still recognized elements that I remembered. I got this for my Dad, eager to see if what he read matched with what he remembered from his childhood. And it did. From the taste of fresh root beer, to the high school sock hop, all of these rang true.
This was not the story I expected, and like most of King's worth, the long, steady run up to the denouement is engrossing and fulfilling, while the end seems rushed and a bit of let down.
So A+ for the setting, A+ for accuracy, A+ for a well told tale, A+ for time travel. B- for story.
I saw Clerks in the art house movie theater, after finishing up a shift at the video store, where I worked as a clerk. I've been a huge fan ever since. After following all his movies, and thousands of hours of podcasts over the years, there was no way I would miss this book.
Anyone who knows anything Kevin, knows he's a chatty mother F-er. There's not much in this tale that I hadn't head in one form or another from him. But it doesn't matter, just listening to him relating his life story and the lessons derived from it is heartening and inspiring.
Loaded with profanity, filth, self deprecation, pot-holes, and enlightening metaphors. Be prepared for a hard R rating, but you probably already know that
One note on the performance, I absolutely love how even while reading his own memories, Kevin still manages the occasional meandering side story and parenthetical commentary.
My father introduced me to Heinlein when I was a kid, and I've loved everything he's written. Time Enough for Love is one of those books I revisit every couple of years and get something different out of it each time.
The memoires of Lazarus Long are detailed, complicated, ribald, and enlightening.
All of Heinlein's work carries his voice very strongly. This one more than most.
If you're a fan of his work, give this one a shot. Be prepared though, this is an examination of love in all its permutations, and there's plenty of eyebrow raising combinations.
I first read these books in the 80's around the time of the mini-series. My memory was of amazing battles, tons of history, and some wicked characters. Re-reading these as an adult, I found the story a little pedestrian, full of clichés. Still great fun walking down memory lane with a series that led me to love affair with historical romances. One issue that distracted me, Grover Gardner also read the Shelby Foote Civil War History. After listening to hundreds of hours of that epic, his voice is stamped into my mind. Throughout the North and South books I would suddenly get confused as to which book I was listening to. Not a big deal, but it did happen multiple times.
This book reminds me of the Dune books. Complicated political double dealing and and vast tapestry of characters high and low. Not my favorite reader, but the material alone makes up for lackluster narration. (Besides, how can you blame the guy for running out of accents in a 33+ hour performance?) I eagerly look forward to volumes 2, 3 and 4.
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