Looking at my reviews, I noticed I was long on negatives and short on positives, so let me say that I really enjoy listening to Scott Brick. Every time I listen to one of his narrations, I feel like I'm on vacation at the beach - probably because that's where I first started listening to Audible books and Scott narrated the first book I listened to. Oh and the book was great too!
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Tor. She is the type of person we should all aspire to emulate.
The ending. This is one of those rare tales that has a very satisfying conclusion. I obviously can't describe what I liked about it without spoiling it.
Absolutely. When I absolutely had to put it down to sleep, I had the headphones back on before I even got out of bed when I woke up.
I'm beginning to find that my tastes no longer align with the majority of reviewers, so I didn't let the mixed reviews put me off. SciFi is my favorite genre when done right and my least favorite when done poorly (unfortunately, most of today's SciFi falls into the latter category). This is one of the best science fiction novels I've ever read.
More action, less bickering. More focus telling the story of the aliens and a lot less dwelling on the inanities of imposing 18th century notions of propriety on an advanced society. Senior officials who at least give some effort to sounding like adults rather than children.
Written for adults instead of children.
I will avoid all Christian Rummel narrations like the Black Plague. He sounds like he's 14 and his female voice acting is some of the worst I've ever heard.
I can't think of any I care enough about to say who to keep, much less who to get rid of.
I don't expect much from Jack Campbell novels - they're supposed to be light reading. This novel lowers the bar beyond what I can tolerate.
The book should have been titled "Star Wars: Darth Sidious", since most of the story revolves around him. That's fine with me, since he's a more interesting character in any case.
The things I enjoyed most about this Audible title were the voice acting and the parts that transport you back to Episode I to see the story unfold from a different perspective. The story does a good job of pulling back the curtain to allow the reader to see what's going on behind the scenes. The ending twists were especially satisfying.
What I disliked most was that Plagueis had a decidedly Snidely Whiplash aspect. I could almost imagine him twirling his mustache, had he had one, as he ruminates about the "Sith Grand Plan". Sidious steals the show in this book, but he is best portrayed in Matthew Stover's "Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith"
King knocks this one out of the park in the grand style of his early works and the narration is absolutely first rate. This takes the #1 spot in my favorite titles from Audible and has become one of my favorite novels - period.
I decided to take a chance on a new author (I hadn't read/listened to any of Joseph Finder's books before) and I'm glad I did. There was plenty of suspense as we wonder how Adam is going to get out of the multiple layers of trouble he's gotten himself into. The author's sense of humor is compelling as well and I found myself grinning and even laughing out loud as characters and situations struck familiar chords.
As others have noted, the ending is rather abrupt and the big twist was easy to see coming, but it was entertaining as hell.
Scott Brick, as usual, was a joy to listen to. I haven't had this much fun with a book in quite a while.
All female characters sound like old crones, even beautiful young women like Dany. I couldn't get past it. It destroys the sense of immersion in the story for me, so I stopped listening to the audio and started reading the book.
I bought this because several reviewers gave this a good rating and compared it favorably with the Jack Reacher series. I beg to differ. The plot is about as engaging as a staff meeting punctuated by long drawn out descriptions of traveling from point A to point B. There are action sequences, but they are few and far between and I never really developed any attachment to the characters, so the action felt flat. Only Dick Hill's dependably rich narration saves this from a one-star rating.
This narrator really draws you into the story. Outstanding pacing. Excellent character voices.
The narrator's tone reminds me of Donovan Patton (Joe from Blue's Clues) reading to pre-schoolers. As others have noted, the pace is a bit too brisk, not leaving you time to savor the passages and the high pitched delivery destroys any sense of menace or foreboding.
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