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Tuiliq

Salt Spring Island BC | Member Since 2004

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  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • Deep Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2072)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (687)

    Former naval doctor Peter Crane is summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below on "Deep Storm", a stunningly advanced science-research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The top-secret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to an ancient mystery.

    Tom says: "Must Read"
    "Not much suspension of disbelief"
    Overall

    I wanted to like this book. I've enjoyed other titles by the same author; his collaborations with Doug Preston are quite a bit of fun, in spite of their shortcomings.

    But I just couldn't get into this one. Part of it may be my background in physics and the time I spent working with the Coast Guard; neither the science nor the marine details are particularly convincing, and I was distracted from the story by constant realizations that the real world just wouldn't work the way Child describes. And the characters didn't help, either: they were shallow and predictable, with no real convincing complexity or credible human detail, right off the back lot of a B picture.

    I had to struggle to reach the end, I'm afraid.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3941)
    Performance
    (2816)
    Story
    (2852)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "If you are over 14, skip this one."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Cassandra Clare and/or Ari Graynor?

    Definitely not.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Good Omens (Gaiman & Pratchett)


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ari Graynor?

    Alyson Hannigan.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It was as dull as could be. Weak logic, unsupported reactions, and childish writing were all highlighted by narration that sounded like a valley girl with too much gum in her mouth. Bad writing, worse casting.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't finish the Audible version, but I did manage to get through the print edition. A juvenile story without many redeeming qualities is made unpalatable by dreadful narration. If you are an adult and want to venture into this book, borrow a paper copy. It is to Twilight as Twilight is to Buffy: a pale copy of a pale copy ... weak-minded and childish, taking advantage of entertainment trends without any subtlety or cleverness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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