Defining Diana is a hybrid, a mixture of mystery and SciFi. The mixture is about 70% mystery and 30% SciFi. If you like these type hybrids, then this is a great book. It is set in the future where there are a mix of cyborgs and humans. However, the book spends most of its time working out the details of a mystery. If you like those type books, you will like this one; if you are looking for a SciFi book you may be disappointed.
LA Plante knows how to write murder mysteries. They hold your attention until the last sentence of the last paragraph. Hicks makes the story come alive. She makes it authentic.
There are not enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe how great this book is
Yes, it is very well written. This book blends SciFi with mystery/thriller in a way that makes the story entirely plausible while holding your attention and engaging you in the story. It keeps you on your toes by taking you to the very edge in multiple dangerous situation.
Ken has a virus placed in his head which prevents him from jacking into the web. He knows that if he interacts with the WWW, he releases the virus yet the virus, in his head, continues to try to trick him into making that connection.
Ken. Ken is a geek who is very sociable yet extremely smart.
NSA in the next 10 years.
If you like SciFi and you like thrillers, listen to this book. I hope Jeff writes another one.
Absolutely. The actors bring a dimension to this performance that cannot exist in the print version.
It reminded me of Tolkien's books. The key characters pass into an alternate dimension where they carry out their quest.
James McAvoy gives an outstanding performance. He is so believable.
Never read the print edition.
MacLean was the best thing about this story. Her accent make you feel like you are on the scene. She is perfect for this book; perfect for a great many books.
First time listener but it won't be the last. I would like to see her read many, many more books.
It turned out that way; not a feeling I had going in. But, MacLean makes you want to keep going.
Story starts slow. I was 4 hours in before I became caught up in the action. Stick with it and you will enjoy the listen.
Near the top. Reginald Hill is a top mystery writer. The problem with his stories is once you start listening to them, you can't stop.
Normally I would say the Daiziel & Pasco series but this is way different. Sort of a cross between Ian Fleming and Ian Rankin.
I have not - my loss. Keeble makes the book come alive. He has the accent and diction to make you feel like you are living the story.
I would not characterize the reaction as emotional. Rather I think of it as one that holds your interest. For example, the central character likes to rock climb but is an accomplished spy, assassin, and financier. Quite a combination of traits.
Once you start listening you will find it hard to stop. I would allow myself several hours to listen once I start the book.
Ms. Coomes is an outstanding narrator and perfect for this story. Ms. Casey is a superb mystery writer and, in combination with Ms. Coomes story telling this story comes alive. One aspect of the performance I did not care for was switching the character that Ms. Coomes is representing between Rob and Mave. There is no difference in the voice so it becomes distracting. It is hard to tell who Ms. Coomes is speaking for. I would prefer that the narrator sticks to representing one character.
One very memorable moment is when Mave finds Patricia in the attic of a house that Mave and Liv broke into without a warrent. I don't want to give away the story but it will have you on the edge of your seat.
As I said above, Ms. Coomes is at least 50% of the success of this story. She adds the ambiance and, with her accent, you really think and feel like you are listening to Mave. She makes the story come alive.
It did not make me laugh of cry but it did keep me on the edge of my chair.
Great series. I hope Ms. Casey continues to add to it.
Yes. The first three quarters of the book leads you to believe the ending will be predictable and that you understand what is happening. You don't. Also, so many books have a storyline that does not comport with the narrator's style. This one has the right narrator for the right story.
As I mentioned above, this book is all about the ending. I don't want to give it away so just read (listen) it. You will not be disappointed.
The narrator is superb. You fell as though you are in England; you are walking the streets; you are hearing the crowds and the traffic; and you are asking the questions.
Not an emotional reaction but a psychological one. It was great!
Davina Porter made the listening experience marvellous. She has a tremendous repertoire of voices and accents. When the characters were in Scotland I felt like we were on the streets of Edinburgh.
A memorable moment is when the female victim returns to the train to collect her belongings. I won't say more because I don't want to spoil the experience or the scene.
As I said above, I liked everything about her performance but I especially like the accents.
I don't know if "moved" is the right term but there are many, many exciting scenes.
Superbly written and superbly delivered. If you like crime mystery you will not go wrong with this book.
Yes, This is the best compilation of cyborg and military sci-fi I have yet listened to. I love both and this book puts them together in five exciting yet unique stories.
I think the most memorable moment was in the first book where the protagonist is about to be crushed by a giant. When I was listening I thought I had bought the wrong book. Based on the first few lines, I thought the books would turn out to be fantasy which I dislike. However, there was a pause when the reader said let me explain how we got to this situation. From then on, the book was complete "on the edge of your seat" excitement.
The narrator was perfect for this series of stories. He has the exact pitch and tenor to make the stories interesting and easy to listen to.
Cyborgs in the 23rd century
I usually don't like compilations but you would miss a great book if you passed this one by.
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