There's an inherent risk in trading your credits for stories. This story was failed risk.
Normally, with a printed book, I give the author three chapters. I listened to this story for four plotless hours...it was naught but of a description of a woman wandering around war torn Mumbai, searching for her husband with flashbacks about how they met.
I became impatient to hear the author wander somewhere near a plot, so I skipped ahead to the second part of the Audible book. I found the material there uncompelling as well.
I fail to see how this story could be put in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category. It seemed to me to be a project from a Creative Writing class that lived too long. There was lots of sensual description, but little story.
I tend to buy stories that are over 10 hours in performance, but The Omen Machine was a mistake. One indication is that if I fall asleep during the story and wake up 90 minutes later and I can still understand what's going on, I think the story is moving too slowly.
I couldn't finish it. In good conscience I did due diligence to listening to the story - but it failed to keep the human mind alive, which is what I am equipped with. The overuse of the word 'prophesy' was another one of the author's tics. Perhaps when the editors read it silently, the word didn't irk. But when read aloud, it's obviously irritating.
Curious phrasing and emphasis by the narrator and a bit overplayed. Of course, the length and plodding pace could have overtaxed his talent.
The premise of the story was interesting, which is why I bought it. In the beginning, the characters were quickly established, the plot and premise were set in motion -- it appeared as though it was going to be an interesting fantasy, but eight hours later, I was crawling out of my skin waiting for something to happen.
I dislike writing negative reviews. Perhaps it will be a warning sign for another from wasting a credit.
Among all the audio books I've listened to so far, this Diverse Dowsing Beyond Boundaries was meh.
I was listening for instructions on how to dowse. I suppose the various dowsers did supply the information and it was up to me to go out and try, but it appears to me that the book is simply the audio track ripped from a video about the author.
Not unless there was more compelling material.
I would listen to this again. Since the Amber series was originally written, I've probably read all the books every couple of years. I like the voices of Corwin and his son, Merlin -- just the right amount of anti-authority and wiseass. Zelazny constructed a world that was fun to explore as a reader. I've been a fan since the '70's. I wish I could have met him before he died.
Wil Wheaton did a good job with Merlin and the other characters in the book. If I had been his director, I would have had him read some of the passages differently. But that's because their voices are so deeply embedded after reading the series so many times.
I was merely gratified to find Zelazny's Amber series selected as audiobooks.
Finally, after all those dollars and all those hours I made it to the end of the Dark Tower/Gunslinger series. It was long, which is why I bought them. The pacing really sagged occasionally. King can be passive/aggressive, when he's trying to create suspense. . .just frustrating. . .move it along, Steve. He also takes a particular perverse joy in beating up his characters which I found gratuitous most of the time.
I guess Steven King wanted to depress me. He did. I won't be buying any other Steven King offerings, even if they're a long audiobook series.
George was very listenable and talented.
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