little york, new york United States | Member Since 2013
This being the second book in the series i expected a smooth transition from the first but was thrown off by the female narrator that opened this installment. This jarring start was quickly forgotten as the action picked up. the author tried to build suspense by switching between story lines and the narrators did a good job with their respective parts. However, i felt that some of the portrayals were a little flat as characters faced mortal danger or revealed haunted and traumatic pasts. Finally, i am concerned that as these books continue the main character #4 seems to be increasingly whiny and at times during this book i found myself hoping that he would suffer a horrible fate at the hands of his enemies. I have moved on to the third book and am hoping for better but i am afraid that this series has already peaked.
I was initially struck by the confined nature of the world being introduced in this novel, but as i continued to listen the world became infinitely more complex and vast. The broad array characters within this story were each believable and well developed in their various roles regardless of the length of their contributions to the story. I enjoyed the range of perspectives offered beyond those of the main characters and felt that each of these added extra nuance and perspective to the overall story.
I felt there were some loose ends that were inadequately addressed over the course of the story. I was especially intrigued by the radio contact with other silos that was not addressed at the end of the story and hope this thread gets picked up in the next installment.
Finally, the narration in this book something of a disappointment at times i found the narration to be screechy and at others whiny neither of which made for easy listening. That being said the narrator did try and differentiate between the characters and this helped with the various characters who were introduced in the text.
This books was full of great detail and historical interest but I was ultimately left feeling that it lacked any sense of purpose. Perhaps this was intended on the part of the author as a reflection of the characters seeming drift into obscurity but the general lack of suspense or climax made it difficult to maintain interest.
The narration was solid although here again the mood remained flat and struggled to lift the material.
At first this book did not seem to match up with it's predecessor, which despite the well written material made it a little difficult to relate. This initial disorientation was quickly put aside as it became clear how the books in this series meshed together. As this book moved forward i found myself becoming increasingly absorbed into the lives of the principle characters and the world that was being created/recreated. I was especially struck by the scenes revolving around the entry into the silos. As the the story progressed i was impressed by the intricacy with which Hugh Howey had woven seemingly minor details into the grand plots and intrigues that continued to run through the narrative until the last minutes of the story.
As for the performance i generally preferred it over that of the previous book and felt that the performance was solid overall. I did find moments of confusion when some characters were not as well differentiated from other but overall found the narration easy to follow.
This book sets up and interesting third book and ultimately did a great job filling in some of the spaces in the previous book, that on first listen this writer did not realize were there.
I wasn't sure what to expect of this book, but found it to be both life affirming and haunting. There were parts of this story that I found to be lighthearted and easy going but just as I started to settle into these sections there were sharp turns that left me pondering bigger questions. There were sections also which given their bleak content proved to be very life affirming and served to highlight the many things that we have to be grateful for in life.
Perhaps the most troubling part of this audio book was the essay after the book itself, which was read by Tim O'Brien. I this essay O'Brien discusses his ongoing thoughts of suicide and difficulty readjusting to the US after the war. Beyond this though he highlights a very timely theme concerning how we treat veterans and how we may be better able to ease this transition. This essay was written in 1994 but foreshadows many of the difficulties our current veterans are having as they return from wars in Iraq a d Afghanistan.
I bought this book expecting a star trek parody but was pleased to find that it was so much more than that. Although this book focused on a group of "red shirts" and appears for a while to be a simple parody it quickly moves beyond that and in acknowledging its erstwhile source material offers a much more interesting perspective on science fiction television.
I expected there to be a villain in this story for the first third but as the story unfolded it became rich with interesting detail that built into a much more complicated scenario involving time travel and other machinations that I will not reveal. Needless to say, an apparently simple solution proves much more complex in this well crafted tale.
There were times when I got a little confused with some of the characters, in part because of the brief role some played, but overall this was well narrated.
I listened to this story in December and over Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed the twist on a festive theme. The characters in the book were vivid and suffered real consequences despite the fantasy theme of the book. I enjoy Kate Mulgrew's narration of this story and felt that she did a nice job differentiating the characters from one another. Her slightly gravely tone offered an a nice touch to the antagonists character.
I let the story itself did a nice job of raising questions of morality despite it's seemingly obvious good guy/ bad guy premise. There were times when listening to this story when I found myself sympathizing with one of the "bad guys", but when it came to the conclusion I was left in no doubt as to the malevolence of that same character.
The world created in this story was well crafted and I found myself wondering if there would be more stories from this world as I felt it was rich ground for further exploration.
At times though the story did slow and I found myself wanting it to pick up the pace. That being said I enjoyed the conclusion and felt the pace picked up enough at the end to not only keep my interest but left me wanting more.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story which despite some cliches managed to avoid the pitfall of the last book in this series. I felt that Roy Porter continued to do a great job portraying ledger's voice as well as his attitude. Porter also did well presenting the few accents that were required from some of the supporting characters as the story went on.
The premise of the story saw the return of an old character and and intertwined well with the previous two stories. I was concerned about the introduction of a new female character and was pleased that this element of the story took some interesting twists of it own and did not end up in the bedroom of the hero.
I felt that the religious theme of this book also added an extra dimension to the typical action thriller premise and gave this book additional intrigue that, when combined with the secret society idea may not be the most original but was developed well so as to leave plenty of room for expansion in later books.
Overall this was a solid action thriller that kept me wanting more and gave further insight into the world of the DMS.
So this was the final book of the series and i have to say it was a pretty good ending overall. I enjoyed the story and felt the characters, although woefully underdeveloped carried the story. however, toward the end of the story two of the characters turned and the cause of this was not very clear. both characters dies after being shot but came back as Zombies. I found this somewhat disjointed. Additionally, had the author spent more time expanding some of the alluded elements of his story's world this could have been a much richer story.
This was an enjoyable, but predictable story that failed to fully explore many of the characters and develop all the plot lines fully.
This was a fair follow up to the first book, but had the same flaws as the first book also. The characters were poorly developed and some plot lines seemed to be dead ends or lacked subtlety that may have offered a more complex story.
I enjoyed the battle in Lincoln Kansas as it was the onyl significant Zombie action in the book.
I found the moment where the captain remained with his ship to be poignant.
I would probably not listen to this book again as i found it, despite some interesting twists, to be fairly standard genre fair.
Mr. Davis did a good job narrating this story but the frequent musical interludes offered nothing to the overall production.
Overall not a bad story, but many of the characters and plot points have been seen before. The reaction of the government at the end of the story was, at least I hope, overly dramatic and seemed out of proportion to the rest of the story.
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