Baton Rouge, LA, United States | Member Since 2010
I've read every book Steven King has written and was thrilled with "11/22/63,"but seriously underwhelmed by "Doctor Sleep." Overall the story is good, but it takes a very long time to get going, so much so that I stopped and started a couple of times before finally finishing it. I enjoyed finding out what happened to the characters from "The Shining" and how they connected with others down the road, but I wouldn't recommend it.
The story in NOS4A2 is interesting enough, but it's far outshined by Kate Mulgrew's narration of it. I've heard many narrators, but none has ever seemed to draw me into the story like Ms. Mulgrew did. Combined with the original and intriguing storyline, I'm very glad that I purchased this book.
There are many aspects of this novella that I really liked, but what really struck home was the scene where Odd is trying to plan his next move in a meadow and starts sneezing and his eyes start watering and his nose starts running.
Koontz has always emphasized Odd's humanity, but somehow that scene made me realize that he's not a superhero, just an average guy with an exceptional gift who tries to use that gift to help others. It was comical and just made me want to cheer him on even more.
The only criticism I have is with the narration. Having read (not listened to) the first couple of 'Odd' novels, David Aaron Baker seems to be a perfect fit for Odd. However, since he has a voice that's in the mid-tenor range, it probably would have been best to bring in a secondary voice for the female who also speaks in the first person. It took about 20-30 seconds a couple of times for me to figure out which character was "speaking."
Other than that, I have no complaints and am extremely glad that I invested in this title. Thanks to Mr. Koontz for somehow continuing to give me hours of "down time" with a great cast of characters.
I'm really glad that I took a chance on this book - I was dreading some gay-teen angst drivel, but I think the author did a fantastic job of acknowledging the difficulties gay teens face while preventing those difficulties from stopping this "hero" from living a good life and, of course, being a hero.
Stan Lee provided the intro with an unconditional thumbs-up, and now that I've read it, I completely agree with his assessment. I very much hope that Perry Moore continues sharing his ideas with the world.
This is different from some of Thor's work, primarily related to the message on which he chooses to focus (privacy in America vs. foreign terrorism for most of his works). That's not a spoiler - there’s a quote from one Senator Church at the beginning that sums up that part of the theme.
Thor includes plenty of his trademark action to keep the story moving along while providing fascinating information about the concept of “privacy” in America. The action sequences are spectacular (and, warning: addictive!) and the narration complements the story perfectly.
The content of this book is presented in a manner that I believe would be friendly to people without a serious background in physics - I only took a minor in physics in college with no formal coursework in quantum mechanics, so I think I can make that judgment properly - and the notion of quantum information theory is something that relates to everyone's "everyday" life. However, the narration is annoying in a way that's hard to quantify - almost too conversational at points that should be more serious, something just "not right" for the subject matter. Still worth the listen in my opinion though - I've listened to the whole thing twice in fact..
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