This was a fantastic listen! The narrator is one of the best I've heard yet on audible, and the addition of sounds and music really involves you in the story. I'm normally not a fan of abridge books, but this was well done. I read the first book in the series (you know, actually read it) and I thought it was frequently boring when it got bogged down in politics. However, this abridged book gets to the heart of the story. I will listen to the entire series now.
Despite the strange premise of this book, I really enjoyed it. Very inventive and it created an interesting alternate US history. I was a little surprised by how gruesome it was, though.That's not a bad thing. I was just surprised by it. I guess I was expecting it to be more humorous, but it isn't. Also, the use of period music from time to time was a nice touch. However, I didn't really like the narrator. He was a bit too robotic in his reading style.
OK, it started out well then seriously veered off the path. So unfocused. This book did not need to be so long. An editor--or a team of editors--should have tackled this book before publication. To mention this book in the same sentence as Tolkien (as Time Magazine did) is laughable.
I tried. I really did. But this is one of the worst books I've ever tried to read/listen to. So boring. Stephenson thinks very highly of his writing. The problem is he's not a very good writer. You'd think with a book this long he'd stumble onto some character development. Instead he gets wrapped up in minuscule details. This really needed an editor to cut out the fat. Maybe this book could have been salvaged. Maybe.
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