ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States | Member Since 2006
With a honorable no-nonsense protagonist and cute furry (well, fuzzy) creatures, what's not to love?
I really enjoyed John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy as well as Wil Wheaton's reading. However, I have to echo another reviewer's comments about the overuse of "said." There are so many creative ways to help a reader (or listener) follow dialog flow that I can't get it. John Scalzi get's five stars for story creativity, but three for style and language mechanics.
Including the original was a great idea. I can see why Scalzi thought it could use a facelift, but I really enjoyed both the story and the reading, anyway.
Christian Rummel's performance is, as always, almost spot on. I can easily distinguish the voices, even the female ones, from each other. Not a minor achievement! If he fails to excel at any part of the performance, it's when the characters display strong emotion.
I won't recap the publisher's intro here. If you are considering this book, then you should just know that this is the last in the series, and wouldn't stand alone well. You wouldn't be totally lost, but the experience wouldn't be the same as if you start at the beginning of the series. Aside from the existence of hyperspace travel between systems, this is space combat with the normal laws of physics applied. It's also about political combat with all the laws of human self-interest applied. It's the story of humanity's attempt to end an internal civil war and deal with an almost unknown external threat.
I completely enjoyed this series and can't wait to start 'Beyond the Frontier,' which continues this story line for another three volumes.
Unlike Nesbo's Harry Hole, who I'm also following, our hero in this series is a bit of an ideal. I like that. I want to believe that some people are doing exactly what they were born to do, and with honor. If you, too, want to believe in the existence of people who are not petty, political, and self-serving; then 'The Lost Fleet' will entertain and inspire. There's nothing too deep here. Just an entertaining tribute to those who serve and a bit of exploration of how, under the right conditions, an entire race can lose it's way.
Our narrator, Christian Rummel, is excellent.
This series has finally started to grow on me. 'The Redeemer' is easily my favorite up to this point. John Lee is outstanding.
These books can stand alone; however, I recommend that you experience them from the beginning of the series. There are elements of Harry's life, and cases, that appear in several books before they are fully resolved.
If dark detective fiction is your thing, and you don't expect your heroes to be squeaky-clean, then Jo Nesbo just may be your new favorite.
I sometimes find high-brow victorian literature to be a little to slow and heavy, including Dickens, but 'Expectations' is a clear exception. I loved it. Simon Prebble's performance was captivating.
The worlds best and brightest behaving like children and arguing about mission issues that would have been decided long before launch. Professional astronauts and scientists refusing orders. I couldn't believe it.
Rudnicki was great, as always, but not even Stefan could totally save this one.
Book 3 is off of my future list.
I've found a new favorite series. From character development to action, you'll find it well done here. Get ready to deal with a lot of nautical terminology, but it's necessary to the realism.
I've read the debate over the narrators of this series. The books are available read by both Patrick Tull and Simon Vance. I started the series with Vance and will stay with him. I've sampled Tull's work on the series, and found it to be equally good. I agree with those who say that it is a matter of personal preference. You should sample both before starting.
Great story idea and fairly well executed. I deducted a star for preachiness. Some of it is essential to the story, but IMHO it's overdone a bit. Michael Page's performance was good, but didn't grasp my attention in any special way. If you like classic SF and Horror, but missed Wilde's contribution to the genre along the way, then it will be worth your time, but probably not a credit. I bought it for $0.99 by getting the Kindle version (free) first under Amazon's offerings of classics at low prices to introduce WhisperSync. At $0.99 for e-book and a-book, you can't go wrong. If you haven't discovered this secret, and read Kindle e-books, check out classics on the Amazon site. You'll find that many are very inexpensive or free and entitle you to the a-book for $0.99. It's a great way to add classics to your library
At the end of this novela, I asked myself the same question as at the end of 'The Old Curiosity Shop.' What was it about? Sorry, but I don't understand all of the great reviews. It just didn't do anything for me. Since it was technically ok, I had to give it three stars.
I've been less than impressed with a few of Koontz' Odd offerings, but 'Deeply Odd' reminds me of the charm and humor found in the beginning of the series. David Aaron Baker's performance is excellant. His voicings add greatly to the humorous aspects of the story. Highly recommended for a Odd fans.
You either love the Holmes stories or not, so it's really about the reader. I found Patrick Tull's reading to be just that, "reading" not "performing." For that I took away one star. I could hear no attempt to change voices for each character; however, since the Novella is written as Dr. Watson's documentation of the events (like the other Holmes adventures) this is not really a bad thing. You can just view it as Watson reading his own work. Anyway, I found it perfectly enjoyable and wholeheartedly recommend it to all lovers of the Doyle's "Consulting Detective."
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