Very good performance from the narrator, The story is pleasant enough. It didn't grab me as much as I'd hope, but that may be because I'm an adult and not really the target for this book. I did like reading books by this author back when I was young.
Ehrman writes about the history of the New Testament including its multiple sources, its inconsistencies and the politics of how certain texts were picked to become canon and were able to survive through the ages. If you're Christian, you owe it to yourself to learn more about the book that is at the center of your religion. If you're an atheist, you will be happy to find more ammo to bombard Christians with as they most likely do not know a lot about the historical truth of the bible.
I'm a techie and admire Mark's achievements in IT but this story was just lacking in interesting characters and story. You have two highly accomplished main characters that are almost perfect in every way and baddies that are so typical, it's so bland, bland, bland.
Maybe it's because I'm already immersed in IT, but it didn't give me any new insight so all the tech 'realism' had no value to me. It was actually downright annoying when the narrator started dictating long lines of computer code as that level of detail is very inappropriate for an audiobook. A description of the computer text would have been much more appropriate. I hoped that conversions from text-based novel to audiobook included such changes.
Unfortunately, I find Mark's blog on how to hunt for malware on the computer much more eye-opening than his novel.
I can understand the negative reviews but the "filler" examples on the advice were quite interesting by themselves (as those were things I would have liked to learn mystelf) and so I did not find them a waste. The advice on programming and yoga were a bit too descriptive, however. Code samples are not ideal for an audible book and should have been summarised. The description of yoga postures also requires a picture or video and not ideal in an audio book.
Great performance but story was nothing special. Another present-day heroine with attitude sent to past/primitive society with typical sarcastic remarks at the appropriate situations. Having read a few urban fantasy novels with female leads recently, the typical sarcastic attitude has been getting tiring, despite the great performances of the narrators. Whether it's the performances being similar or the heroine's sassy attitude or the first person perspective, or the combination of all three, which do tend to go together in modern style fantasy these days, I feel like the modern female heroine has consolidated into one personality. I haven't read the John Carter book but saw the movie. This book has such a similar plot that there isn't really any point. The other reviews made me so optimistic that the new take on the story would make it fresh, or extra witty, but it was all just too shallow. If it's trying to be a spoof, it failed dismally.
I liked the characters, and the story. The witty banter between the protagonist and his dog were amusing. What I didn't like was that the protagonist was much too powerful that there was very little uncertainty on his ability to get past any obstacle.
The narrator was fine but there were a few words that seemed incorrectly pronounced. I can't remember which those were and can't be bothered going back to find it.
The story and narration were excellent! Because of this book, I got my Audible All Nighter badge. I couldn't stop until I finished it in the wee hours of the morning. Bought the 2nd book soon after.
Okay, two hours in and I'm still waiting for anything interesting to happen. Too much backstory on characters that are just not interesting nor does this amount of detail seem justified. The narrator doesn't sound so great either. I'm giving up.
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