This book has always felt a little rushed to me, since there was a lot of work to do answering the questions and resolving the story lines. I suspect Zelazny had a lot more that he wanted to say but was constrained by the length of the books. There are four or five fragments, written for fanzines (back before the Internet, remember? Actual paper?) by Zelazny that add fascinating details to the story beyond what is resolved here. Whatever, it is Zelazny, and therefore it is masterfully done. Wheaton gives a performance to be proud of in a very busy and complicated narrative.
Michael Pritchard does a fine job as always. Archie is at top form as are all of our old friends. One last confrontation with Inspector Cramer caps off the story well.
I'm finishing my eighth time through. This is a critically important book. I only wish Goldberg had narrated it himself.
The only reason I gave the story four stars instead of five is that this feels like a first novel, which of course it is. If I hadn't started on the Grim Noir Chronicles and thereby encountered Larry Correia as a mature, experienced writer, I wouldn't have noticed the little things that make this feel like an earlier work. This really isn't important. Correia knows how to write a rollicking page-turner, and there's enough of that here to satisfy anyone. The Grim Noir books are darn near perfect, and Bronson Pinchot's performance is absolutely amazing. This first Monster Hunter book is fine, and Oliver Wyman's performance is splendid. Since I know that Correia only gets better, I know I'm going to enjoy the rest of this series.
The second series of 5 Amber novels adds immensely to the depth of Amber as a world. The character of Merlin is excellent, a computer geek trained as a sorcerer...what's the difference? Wil Wheaton performs the voices perfectly.
The author does a very good job of not taking sides. He doesn't portray gun enthusiasts as nuts, nor does he display anti-gunners as extremists. He is down on the NRA but I agree with some of his criticisms. He picks one of the most respected experts, Massad Ayoob, and spends a lot of time with him learning what self defense is all about. I do not agree with many of his suggestions or conclusions at the end of the book but they are not presented in a hostile or argumentative manner. All in all he has navigated a minefield skillfully. He clearly wanted to present as truthful a history of the Glock firearms as he could, and it would be impossible without putting it in the context of gun culture. A very, very difficult thing to pull off without sounding partisan. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to hear the facts, not just someone who agrees with their point of view.
The performance was businesslike and professional. The subject is such a potential minefield, it would be easy to detract from the character of the book, and Mr. VandenHeuvel does a very good job.
Remarkable from many aspects. I learned a lot. This is more about people than firearms, and that's what matters.
I know it by heart of course, and I have the audio of the first five books that Roger Zelazny recorded (the tapes were discovered a few years ago). Nothing can match Roger's recordings in sentimental value and in accuracy, but that doesn't detract from Wheaton's performance.
Roger Zelazny was a poet so the structure of all his work is subtle and delightful. Best of all, he can never resist a good, horrible pun. One of the best is here in Merlin's second hellrun: "It was just one damned thing after another."
I thought it was splendid throughout. However there is one punch edit that was not removed!
Thank you very much for bringing us these performances. Please do some more of Zelazny's books. Someone could have a lot of fun with "A Dark Traveling," the one voiced by a kid in a magical family who is just figuring out that he's a werewolf. Whatever happened to "Lord of Light?" Was there a rights problem? I thought Victor Bevine's performance was one of the best I have ever heard.
The book is excellent and the performance is amazing; I'm on my third listen and bought two paper copies for gifts. I have read a lot of history and written some books about aviation, so I am sensitive to any false note or fakery in the hardware. There are none. Quite the contrary; the author gets the aircraft and firearms precisely right. I cannot help but love a story that makes John Moses Browning an action hero!
This is not one of my favorite RZ books, but even his least is light-years ahead of others' best, and all are worth re-reading. I found the narration excellent, just right for the quirky, world-weary Nomikos of many pasts. I am amazed at Victor Bevine's talent. He did a splendid job. If Audible produces more Zelazny books with Mr Bevine's narration I will buy them immediately...I sincerely hope they do. "Roadmarks" or "Jack of Shadows" would be wonderful.
Narrated by the author herself, and beautifully done. I listened once for entertainment and have gone through it three more times to get a grip on all the facts. Things I never knew about the Ripper killings, the Dreyfus case, even the Stuart queens.. wonderful.
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