To me this book was just average. I really wanted to like it, but so unbelievable and just seemed to fall flat nearing the end. It was fast and easy read, but not a book I was engrossed in or felt connected in any way.
There is something about the J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) In Death Series that I can't put my finger on. It intrigues me somehow. The format is repeated in each and every story and the characters never seem to lose their edge. Sometimes a character can become stale after so many books into a series, but not the In Death Series. Susan Ericksen is the voice of Dallas. There were a couple books I think she had a cold or wasn't into it, but definitely back in top form, because Peabody is Peabody, Dallas is Dallas and Rorke is Rorke. I don't know exactly why, but I am hooked! Oh I know because I have to know who the candy thief is! Anyone know if we ever find out?
I don't know why I just could not get into this as much as the other Harry Hole books by Jo Nesbo. I love his style of writing, love the characters, love the narration for all the others, but this one for some reason I just stopped about 3/4 of the way through and could not pick it back up. Same narrator, same characters, same writing style - so why I couldn't hold onto the story I just can't say. I ALWAYS recommend Jo Nesbo and the Harry Hole series though. I'll try again after listening to another book, maybe it was just my mood when I started?
I tripped across this book and then noticed that it will be made into a movie. If they get it right believe this will be a nice action packed movie with a great sci-fi edge with the right special effects. As for the book it was easy to listen to and the narration was spot on with variations to identify some of the characters and even female voice for easier identification of Ender’s sister. The hard part was believing that “children” at such a young age were performing the activities portrayed. In my mind when they would say an age I would conjure up in my mind more of a teenager. My 6 year old was trying to figure out how to tie shoes and spell and couldn’t imagine anyone at that age strategizing a battle plan or following directions in such a mature manner. Of course these children were “bred” for the task, but still came off a bit too young to me. The end I felt it was a bit hurried along to wrap up life with Ender. It's not in the same league as War Games, but close enough. The last 1.5 hours is Chapter One for the next book, so shorten the listening time for Ender’s Game. All in all I did enjoy it and found myself wanting to listen, which in my eyes is the mark of a good book regardless of some points I couldn’t justify, but hey it’s sci-fi!
I don't know that I would spend a credit on this book again. It was just OKAY. It was unbelievable and I didn't feel I really cared if the world ended or not from a book point of view. I did finish the book and at the end just said "Ugh-okay." It wasn't a book that I really WANTED to listen to and I prefer those that take me into the story. This one not so taken in as I was curious where they were going. Where they went was not very well thought out.
Happened across the series on HBO, and after the first couple episodes I was HOOKED. But nothing is as good as the book right? RIGHT! Although the tv series is excellent the book brings in all of the details and more. There are many story plots that combine to make the whole a perfect example of how writing should be done. The book can be brutally raw when it comes to life in the kingdoms, but that all that combines to make the landscape and environment their own characters. I find myself transported into the story and secretly hoping for some outcome that never fails to leave me surprised. I have really enjoyed this tale. So much so that I'm on Book 4 and have Book 5 waiting and still not tired of the tale.
It's been awhile since I've read a book that captured my interest and interested my mind. The science was believable and incredibly detailed. I was interested in the characters and truly enjoyed the way it moved from present to past and back, teasing the reader with glimpses of what was to come. When, oh my how did that happen? As always Scott Brick delivered. He is so easy to understand and his delivery brings the story to life. For me this was definitely a 5 all the way around. Just sorry I didn't find this book before now.
I really loved this story, the only reason I didn't give it a 5 was because I felt the last bits were a bit weak, kind of like it fell off at the end for me. Hurry go back, hurry write the ending...I don't know what it was, but up until that point, which was a long way into the story I was mesmerized and couldn't wait to listen.
I first tripped across The Snowman and really loved the story, so natural progression was to read this one. I think there were some parts that dragged on a bit more than The Snowman, but the book kept my interest to the very end. Very much worth the read for me.
Several stories for the price of one, the Chicago Worlds Fair, buildings and people behind it, as well as the serial killer. Not only are the people a character, but the buildings and grounds feel as if they are characters themselves. I found myself googling information and pictures about Holmes, the Chicago Worlds Fair and the people behind the creation of the grounds and buildings while listening to the story, and after. It brought me in and drove me to want to know more. It really extended the story for me. I will definitely read/listen to this book again and again.
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