We last saw Harry's world a few minutes after Dresden was shot (at the end of Changes) in a short story from Murphy's point of view. This story ties in bits and pieces from several earlier stories allowing us to see a bit more of some minor characters & people only mentioned in passing. It is an awesome treat! Harry being handicapped by certain conditions forces him to stretch his imagination to some interesting results.
Moments of reflection offer insight into Dresden backstory. I especially enjoyed his retelling of days with Justin and his confrontation with a demon. Both of these stories have been mentioned before, but they are now fleshed out.
To those who are whining about the change in narrator: John Glover does a fine job. He seemed more transparent to me than James M. ever did. Don't get me wrong, I liked the job he did on the previous 13 recordings, but his pronunciation of certain words were so off from American English that they pulled me out of the story. I didn't have that problem with John. He did a fantastic job..though I did picture Lionel Luthor once or twice during the story. ;)
I think people are a little too hung up on the narrator to realize this is about Harry Dresden. It's not as though James Marsters played Harry on the Dresden Files. James had the annoying habit of mispronouncing words (runes is not a homonym for ruins, neanderthal, and a slough of others).
I guess I'm a little more used to this sort of thing. I think there were at least five different narrators on the Sword of Truth series...and even the same narrators would change character voices and pronunciation of names between books. Sure, Lionel Luthor....I mean, John Glover should have listened to the series first so he'd know what type of voice the previous actor used (I was a little annoyed that Carmichael sounded like an old man when the narrative put him in his thirties).
The choice of narrator wasn't a good fit. I looked at other books the actor has read and think that the non-fiction and detective stories would be a better fit for him.
The story is an interesting one. A teenage sociopath as the protagonist is a daring concept. The characterization of the villain made him hard to completely demonize.
My only complaint was that the editor didn't correct Dan's grammar. I was mentally correcting it as I was listening and that can be quite distracting.
This book started off really interesting. I was enjoying the story up until the point that they started travelling through space and the author started explaining the science behind things. Yawn! I made the mistake of thinking that this was fantasy....and the first quarter of the book was. My mistake for not know that David Wolverton writes both fantasy and sci fi under the same nom de plum.
The information is good. If I were at a seminar learning this, I'm sure I'd find it invaluable. I find reading it extremely dull. I'd tried reading the book before and couldn't. I have been listening to it for over a month and am not even half way through it. I have to reward myself for listening to a chapter by listening to a podcast or a work of fiction. This likely says more about me and my lack of living the principles taught herein than it says about the book. So, as the car companies say--your milage may vary.
Yet another great Scott Harvath book. I liked the new police officer character who was introduced to move the domestic part of the story along, which surprised me as I usually don't like new minor characters taking too much of the storyline, but it worked in this book. Getting some of the story from the terrorist perspective was also well done. I'd like to see some of these characters play into future stories.
The Troll's and Scott's love interest storylines are furthered during this book. A new multi-national likely nefarious organization is introduced (if they were in previous books, I don't recall) at the beginning of this story. I suspect they will play into future plotlines.
Other than that, it's what you expect. Scott busts some heads, terrorists try to do bad things, Scott tries to stop them, people die, and the world is just a little bit safer at the end of the book than it was in the beginning.
I'm a meat and potatoes guy, always have been. I can count off the vegetables I will willingly eat on one hand. I think vegans are all wacked-out, hippy nuts! Now, having said that, in the past month after reading this book I find that I have drastically cut back on my dairy consumption, I have only had beef a handful of times, and I am eating a more vegetable-based diet. I don't know that I'll ever go vegetarian, but I will definitely be more omnivore than carnivore.
This book does not try to bully one like Skinny Bastard and it isn't all new-ageish like Dr. Weil's 8 Weeks to Optimal Health. Facts are presented with minimal commentary by the author.
This book takes a look at the dangers of our asset forfeiture laws in the USA. In fact, after the story is over the audiobook continues with an author interview where this topic is discussed in depth.
I found this story to be rather complex with several themes or sub-plots. It kept me quite entertained through out the whole book. As always, Koontz creates a complex villain whose twisted logic leaves you praying that nobody like them really exists.
The Covert One series has become one of my favorite series. I enjoy the characters and the storyline. While I think some of the plot devices get a little far-out there, I still enjoy the story.
This book explores the amazing possibilities of a DNA computer; radical terrorist groups; and megalomaniacs. What more could one ask for?
My only complaint with this audiobook is that you can't see the graphics from the book. Glenn talks about things from Global Warming to Blind Dating with a no-nonsense approach. His use of humor to show fallacies in the "conventional wisdom" on many social and political topics is refreshing.
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