Ugh. This is THE only problem I have with Audible! No copyright dates to let you know when this book was written. I recommend research BEFORE you download.
This is a very good story if not a bit obvious at times but....
This book is dated, ...1980. And this is the 3rd book of Koontz. Things like the phone "ringing and ringing and ringing" but a cop and a screenwriter don't have the sense to take it off the hook? Especially when they start making out....mmmm.
The narrator does amazing voices and splits the characters up distinctively but I, (personal note here) hate when people pronounce their negative contractions like a high school girl. Didn't = did-dunt, couldn't = could-dunt,...
AND in the third section, about 1/3 of the way in, the recording goes blank for about a minute. Don't know what that was about but I'm calling to get it resolved.
That's really all there is to say. SO WORTH THE CREDIT EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO BUY IT!
Okay,it's an unnecessary review because everyone has seen the movie but let me tell you the same thing your friends are saying, THE BOOK (ESPECIALLY ON AUDIBLE) IS BETTER! The only "Ehhh" moments were when two upper teenaged kids were out in the woods or alone in rooms and there was NO intimacy. Author goes a little unrealistically prudish in these areas. Past, present, or future, hormones will rule teenagers!
There's a bit of time travel but that's about all the sci-fi this book has to offer. It gets very "Harlequiny" after that. Great build of protagonist and clever build on tbe antagonist, (although I thought the heroine spent an inordinate amount of time getting her tops ripped off) The author REALLY likes the Scotish folk. Good LOOOOOOOOOONG read.
This is a very cute romantic-comedy play with a great cast of characters Worth a credit and EVEN MORE AWESOME CUZ ITS FREE!
This was a terrific novel! It would definately make an awesome movie! Great character building and superior suspense. Very skilled narrator. I could visualize every character. The accents were amazing but the "squale's" voice was OUTSTANDING! This is WORTH THE CREDIT!
Okay, here's my impression for all the negative reviews of this book:
"This fictional book is so fake. I am a MMO programmer/player and this is so unbelieveable. I am gonna quit reading this fictional book because it's so fictional and I am going back to being an Elf Lord/Galactic Warrior in my totally believable computer game..."
GIVE ME A FREAKING BREAK!
This is a GREAT story!!! This is the first book I have read from Stephenson and I enjoyed it tremendously. It has computer game parts and real world travel parts and Russian mobs and Jihad terrorist and survival extremist and families and even romance. The narrator did an AWESOME job at the various accents (Middle Eastern, English, American, Russian, and Chinese) and gender roles. I will have to get some other stories from this author and this narrator!!!!
So a writer comes out with a best seller then sometimes the second book drops like a mud brick.
"Oh here's an idea, Let the bad guy be one of our protagonists' father" That's such a novel approach-(Star Wars)
Y'know what woulda made this book good:
Mr. "Sadistic Rapiist tattoo" got all happy about the middle of the book cuz he thought he had got Salenger. I even knew then how he could have nailed her. He never thought he was going to escape her blackmail so why not go to a major crime lord and say, "The next time you put a hit on someone, use my gun (which I know Salenger touched cuz she's always sneaking into my apartment), BUT first you have to kill ME in some sexual overtoned way and leave this "rape" video out to further implicate her."
But nooooo. Let's go down some inherent analgesic bizarro trail wth this bumbling Goliath who just choses to randomly shoot people and a crippled old man coming out at the end of the story and a head-wounded chick digging her way out of a grave...what the hell...and Bloomquist is still a tool. Salenger is so smart and she can't see perimeter alarms????
This book is so not worth a place as a "sequel". The characters are so different than in "Tattoo" and the author goes out of his way to be more James Bondish than Kalle Bloomqistish. 'Lisbeth Salenger and Lisalander...did anybody else see that?...mmmm
It does have some interesting information but...
This work is so repetitively redundant that it could have been done on a pamphlet. One of the authors' favorite lines seems to be "...as we discussed in the previous chapter".
"Misquoting Jesus"? Where did you get that ambiguous, inaccurate title? VERY LITTLE was discussed about anything that Jesus had to say. Most of the narrative was about scribes who copied the New Testament and the errors that were inserted into the Testament by mistake or on purpose. A good portion of the book also covers the fact that Luke copied, retold, and edited the Gospel of Mark.
The author repeatedly expresses that "We can't know what the Will of God is unless we know the original texts.". Then he follows that up by repeated telling us that NO original documents exist. In fact, the closest they can get to an original, is from 3 A.D. (Which this author calls "3 C.E.)
He gives quite a history of the known scribes of the New Testament and their efforts to assemble a canon. He sites one such attempt in an anecdote, with all the critism that it stirred up in the churches only to show that the guy was not successful. But then the author totally skips over the story of William Tinsdale. He also dodges the story of who might have written The Letter to the Hebrews.
Then at the end, Ehrman seems to do a total 180 and say that everytime we read any book, we can only interpret that book based on our experiences. He cites that, even now in this modern age, with The Bible editions being almost identical to each other, mankind has found a way to have mulitple denominations and forms of worship.
This narration was fair but not really worth even the sale price, I recommend getting from the library and skimming through it.
These aren't easily understood, stand-alone books.
The narrator needs some energy drink. If you want to fall asleep to a good book this is it. He has the voice of a bored high school science teacher. It seems he sometimes gets his characters mixed up as well.
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