Orlando, FL, United States | Member Since 2006
So yes, according to this book, angels are the new vampires. What this story lacks in build up it makes up for in great action and some suspense.
When I first started this book I thought I must have missed something because it seems more like the 2nd book in a series than the first. There is almost no explanation of why things are the way they are or why angels are terrorizing our world but they are... and it's pretty cool.
The pacing is good as are the characters (once we finally learn about them). If you liked Hunger Games, Twilight or any of the other in that genre, you'll probably like this human/angel love/action story.
This was just a filler book until I decided what series from my wish list I would start but I really liked it and will make sure to seek out the 2nd when it's released.
I am a technology oriented person so this seemed perfect. Except that it wasn't. Bad narration and a slow story. I didn't finish it and don't plan to.
First off, I have LOVED the other John Corey books. I loved the plots (mostly) and the humor. Most of all, I love John and Kate. That is until this book. I've never rooted for the bad guys in a book so much as I did this one.
The book is 95% setup and 5% climax. In between is an incessant, horrible, forced string of Corey sarcasm.
Again, I have loved this character in the past, especially his humor. I don't know if it's just me getting tired of the same old jokes and reactions to situations or if this is really bad writing.
The last John Corey novel was outstanding and according to Nelson DeMille, was supposed to be the last. He even did an interview with Scott Brick about why he was not going to do any more Corey books. Seriously, he should have quit while he was ahead. This really seems to be a cash grab.
The only high-point was Scott Brick as John Corey. Spot on as usual. Sorry he had such bad material to work with this time around.
Let me just say that I HATED this book for about 3/5 of the way through it. Way too many times I found myself thinking "this is just stupid" or not understanding why these characters were doing what they were doing. I can't say it's "all better" in the end but it did get better and there were reasons why certain things happened in the story.
I generally like Dan Brown books. I think I've read them all and if you can get past the usual convention of "Nerdy but somewhat attractive man somehow teams up with stunningly beautiful and intelligent woman to solve a Scooby Doo mystery..." plot then you're on your way to liking this book.
Like all the Langdon books, it's equal parts plot and art history/religion education. The education part is actually, most of the time, more entertaining but there is a lot of talking among characters to get those points across.
Overall the pretty good latter 2/5 made up for the nonsensical first 3/5 and raised what was going to be a 2 star review to a 4.
First off, I have read and now listen to a ton of sci-fi and fantasy books. This seemed right up my alley but for some reason, I could never work up to caring about most of the characters or story line. Yes, there were some good set-pieces in the plot and some things that "worked" for me but overall, I found this book slow and tedious. I didn't make it through the 3rd book, just not willing to invest all the time in the parts I didn't like just to get back to the ones I did. Like Tom Clancy, Martin seems to like to interweave very dull, boring plot elements/characters with more interesting ones, almost as if the dull creates artificial interest in the better parts.
When you compare this series to something like The Way of Kings or The King Killer Chronicles, well, to me there is no comparison. Game of thrones has some sex, violence and I guess enough characters to appeal to just about anyone. The problem is that if you are like me, there is bound to be parts of this book/series, large parts where you are just not interested.
Oh, and add to that the fact that after 2.5 of these books, I still have absolutely no idea what they are about or where the story is going. I get the basic plot but it has to be more about in fighting between families and the change of the weather. Seriously?
I really liked this book. I bought the first 2 in the series when they were on sale and put them aside for a rainy day. I knew they were particularly popular with female readers and a genre I don't typically read (historical romantic fiction) but with so many good reviews, I decided to give it a try. I also liked Twilight (books NOT the movies) so I figured I may be more tolerant of the female perspective than some of the men I've seen that didn't like this book.
Overall, while I do agree that the narrator doesn't sound much like she should when reading the main character (she sounds MUCH older than Claire), she does such an amazing job with all the rest, especially the men, that it really was easy to overlook. Sometimes narration can make an otherwise good book bad. In this case it really helped me get through what was a very slow and (IMHO) boring start.
That said, once the story kicked in, slightly after 1/2 way in, it never stopped. For such a long series of books, I suppose it's ok to have a lot of character development and such to begin.
I really liked this book and I think those with an open mind probably will too.
I really like this series. I don't LOVE it but it shares enough elements from the Hunger Games and Ender's Game (two series I do love) that it couldn't really miss. That said, the story really is quite different from either of those two obvious influences. The society portrayed seems somewhat like Hunger Games, as does the fact that at 16 kids become involved in very un-kid-like activities but again, the comparison stops there.
It's a great series so far and I have high hopes for the last book.
I really, really wanted to love this book. I knew it used some interesting literary conventions. I heard it was great and decided on a whim to give it a try. This book is not in my usual genre(s) but it seemed to have enough going for it that I went for it.
Then I started listening to it. WOW, I don't think I have ever disliked a beginning of a book more. Having listened to well over 100 audiobooks, and being a great fan of Scott Brick, I figured I'd be ok with the "different" language I read about in the reviews. I was wrong but it wasn't just the language, it was the story. I just didn't care. It surely could be just me but I didn't care about this character.
That theme carried throughout the book. It's fairly common knowledge that the book is made up of different stories about different characters. It's really hard to like a book when you actively dislike most of the main characters.
I can honestly say I hated this book and that's a first.
It's not that I didn't "get it". I did, or at least I got the idea of the book and the way it was written. What I didn't get was why I needed to care.
I just wish I'd stopped listening to it in the first 15 minutes because as long as I kept listening, hoping it would get better, it didn't.
Daemon was great sci-fi thriller and Freedom continues right where it left off. Really these two books are one long novel split in two. That said, this book is a bit more philosophical than Daemon. I won't spoil anything but the story does end and the twists are fantastic.
This is one of the best "one-off" books I've ever read/listened to.
I love epic stories and this one is about as epic as they come. The characters are fantastic and the glimpse into the Indian culture is probably about as good as you can get without spending time there.
The narration is some of the best ever, and I've listened to nearly 100 books since joining Audible in 2006.
Lin and Karla are great.
Read this. As I just said to a friend of mine who I was telling to read this book; "It doesn't matter what it's about. Just read it. It's one of the most beautifully written, artfully told stories I've ever read. Oh, and it's based on a true story too!"
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