Others have said but I have to fall in line and say this book is amazingly good. The references to Dan Brown and William Gibson others have made is correct. It's a hybrid near future SF and a page-turning Thriller. I highly recommend this audiobook. It starts kind of rough in my opinion but trust me the more you read the better it gets. The bones of this story are solid. Enjoy!
Like the title of the book, listening to this audiobook is a journey in and of itself. The unabridged version is only 6 hours and I listened to it straight through with only a few interruptions. Hands down, this is most frighteningly realistic apocalypse story I've ever read. I found the story engrossing and the end left me teary-eyed. Great novel, especially if you are a parent.
Excellent story in a great historical setting. I loved the characters and shared the danger. This is the best audible book I've heard this year and will be looking for more of this author's works. The violence is graphic but I think it's good not to gloss over medieval combat. Otherwise, we fall into the danger of both romanticize it and losing the historical authenticity.
A solid fantasy story with a few small holes. Near the end the book I got worried as to how it was all going to end but the author pulled it out well. I'll be reading the Mistborn books next.
When reading Zelazny, you have to get the context in which it was wriiten, otherwise it just seems dated. Zelazny, Harlan Ellison and others were part of the "New Wave" of SF writers that ushered in a new age of SF to counter the post world war II "golden age" SF of the 1950s. Gone were the superhuman warrior heroes of Robert Heinlein and the rest. Now we had anti-heroes with human flaws and a more introspective/cynical world views. Having said that, Zelazny was still able to strike a balance between cynicism of the new and the romanticism of the old. This book, while not my favorite of his, still shows off Zelazny's power to blend Science, History and Ancient Myth. I also like the narrator they chose for this one. Good listen!
This is a very nice montage of audio. What better way to pay tribute a person than presenting their great work? I am actually going to start looking for books narrated by him. I've heard him in the Gunslinger series from Stephen King but will venture out a bit now.
It's sometimes hard for me to find the right blend of hard sf with great characterization. Wilson seems to be very good at doing just that. Characters in this book are not just stand-ins for a science exposition. Nor is this a romance that blurs the details of the science either. It's a solid story and great SF. I'd like to see more of his novels on Audible, especially Darwinia and the Chronoliths.
I've listened to a good number of business books but this is one of the most honest and refreshly humorous I've read in a very long time. For me it's the next step from what I learned by reading The World is Flat (Friedman) and Getting Things Done (Allen) in that it leverages the idea of globalization, automation and time management in order to get the most out of life while you can still enjoy it. I've already told all my friends about this book.
Elric of Melnibone is not easy to classify even within Fantasy. This is high fantasy with an edge. It's a dark tale but not without humor. It has some of the standard Sword and Sorcery elements but it is much more like literature than a swashbuckling tale. Moorcock doesn't write stories , he writes fictional histories. I've read and loved his books before so I was nervous about how this audiobook would sound. The narrator did a great job of delivering the material. Michael Moorcock himself gives us a brief preface that is fun to listen to but I was grateful when the real narrator started talking. One more thing, this what they called an "audio plus" book. It has music and small sound effects in the background at some portions of the tale. I found they matched the scenes they were used in perfectly. A well polished audiobook.
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