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Well, that's not entirely true. I should start by saying that I don't read many non-fiction or health books. However, I saw the author on Jon Stewart or Colbert a few weeks ago and then I saw the book was selling well on Audible so I figures I'd give it a shot. To my surprise I found myself engaged and invested in the book, from examples of corporate greed to studies on human nature. The writing is phenomenal and comes at you like the good, hard-hitting journalism that it is. My initial criticism was the repetition of certain key words and phrases, however I came to feel that this served to hammer home points and familiarize the reader with certain industry vocabulary. I also developed a new way of looking at the nutrition information and ingredient list on my food. The narration keeps pace with the writing without sounding flat, and that is all you can really ask of a book like this. 5 stars does this book justice, it is not an inflated score. I would rank Salt, Sugar, Fat as one of my top books of 2013 without hesitation.
In a heartbeat. I think that I came in with such low expectations that the book caught me off-guard. It a a solid and entertaining time-killer with decent and authentic characters. When things get crazy the book really takes off.
How to say this without ruining anything? The airlock.
This book flows well. It is a good spring/summertime read and you should be able to knock it out in 2 or 3 days. If I could change anything it would be towards the end when things get "other-worldly," I would have reined that in a little. It's a good 4 star book that I would recommend.
This novel is long, let's get that out of the way first. That being said, it is well worth the investment. I read this over a year ago and it still sticks with me. Very good narration overall, very good characters, and as stated in the title, ENGAGING. You will stay wrapped up in the storyline, even if some scenes drag on for a while. The characters are, as another review has already said, uni-dimensional... but you'll get over it. I think Simmons has a truly unique take on "Vampires" to the point that the term doesn't even really describe the monsters of this story. This is not for fans of Twilight, then again neither is any decent "literature." This is not exclusively for fans of the monster genres either. I would even dare to say that some of the purists wouldn't like the direction the author went in this novel.
Bottom line: For 1 credit this book is well worth your investment. Enjoy.
Put simply? It sucked. Hard. Like a million-dollar space-age vacuum. Suuuuuucked. I like thrillers; this isn't thrilling. Spy novels? Sure. This is not a spy novel. This is a former employee bitching about her former employer. If I wanted that I doubt that I would be buying an audio book which implies spy-stuff. False advertising.
Uhm, there was no story. The main character was worthless and has a miserable life and hates her job. The end.
Possibly, the narration wasn't terrible itself. It's just hard to separate the performer from the material.
Absolutely none. Not one. And the fact that there are so many 4 and 5 star reviews SHOCKS me. This is a waste of time, pure and simple.
If you haven't gotten the picture yet: This is bad. Avoid.
Obvious homeage to old-school Star Trek hooked me (as you apparently) and got me to buy the book. Past experience with Scalzi/Wheaton in Agent to the Stars left me expecting decent, but fun, writing and top-notch narration. That was basically what I got. You'll see that there are some cool formatting things that Scalzi does to break up the story and show various perspectives and not just once you'll think "Oh, there's more?" It's fun but does slow down at times and never has you at the edge of your seat. Worth reading to say you read it; you won't regret spending the credit.
Ready Player One comes to mind because it too takes it's material from nerd history/culture. This is not Ready Player One however and could not hold a candle to that marvel of modern nerd writing. Seriously, if you are reading THIS and have not read THAT just stop right now and go check it out.
OK, still with me? Cool. Now go ahead and read Redshirts and forget that I ever compared the two. You're welcome.
That's a tough one. I will say that undoubtedly I enjoyed him reading from the Blog-rant section the most. That was good satire.
You know what? Just maybe. As someone who doesn't reread books (exception: Ender's Game) that would normally be a straight no. As the title says though, the book was fun.
Scalzi has his own style, which is a solid plus. Wheaton narrating is another plus. I've read two more collaborations between them since and I'd recommend them to any nerd/geek out there.
Wheaton is solid. I'd have to say he's one of my top 2 or 3 narrators. Digging deeper into that, maybe it's confidence or comfort? The stories he reads go down smooth like Guinness and leave you wanting one after another.
It would be indy and low budget with unknown or small time actors. Can't think of a good tagline though.
See, that's the thing. I've read three others: Fight Club (obv), Survivor, and Diary. I loved them.
Didn't care for the performance but the material was pretty rough so that probably didn't help.
Uhm... not really. It didn't catch me at all. I just found myself thinking: This is dumb. This sucks. What? Why am I listening to this? Oh look, something shiny! It's a quarter! Wow, this is an interesting quarter. Why is there talking in my ear? Oh well, must not be important...
Sorry to anyone that loves this book, but it just wasn't for me. Waste of a credit.
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