Ishiguro at his very best and most accessible. This is a big departure for Ishiguro -- the narrator is completely reliable, and the story falls into the realm of speculative fiction. It gets one thinking about ethics and what it means to be human along the way, but the focus is the characters. Above all, it's a story about personal experiences and point of view, which is somthing this author conveys well.
I found the reader very effective. I'm quite glad I knew nothing about the setting ahead of time and got to make my own guesses, so I won't give anything away here. This is a novel that will stick with you and keep you thinking.
I liked both narrators, even though I don't think having two was necessary.
The romantic stuff is getting a bit trite. Clare is slips into cliché when anyone touches anyone. The earlier stuff suffered less from this problem.
This story has so many great ingredients - mad scientists, airships, a walled-off Seattle to prevent the spread of contagion. My only problem with it is the zombies. They aren't the mindless slaves of a mad priest or persisting in animation for more Starbuck's lattes, they just roam around wanting human flesh, even though they're dead from poison gas. I know this is standard movie zombie behavior, but I prefer my mythological beasts to make a tiny bit of sense in books. Still, it's well told.
Avoid this title if you can't stand not knowing how everything turns out. There really isn't any closure. You have to wait for the sequel for that.
I liked the narrator a lot - I prefer audio books read by actors. She's a bit like Jenny Sterlin, who read Doomsday Book.
A run of the mill character in a run of the mill sci-fi setting read by a run of the mill reader with a too-deep, lacklustre voice. It lacked wit and sparkle in my opinion. I was also pretty irked by hearing the non-word "irregardless" twice.
The story just seemed to go from event A to B to C without any point to it all. It's like a comic book story. Nothing is really resolved, the story just stops. I'm disappointed, because it sounded like something I'd like more.
This reader is truly inspired. He must a New Zealander, at least that's his narrator accent, but his Carribean, African, English, and American accents are completely convincing. Suitable for everyone.
If you liked The Amulet of Samarkand, you'll like this one. We get some of the story from Kitty's point of view and find out why she's part of the Resistance. Nathaniel isn't any better than he needs to be, and Bartimaeus offers copious sarcasm. Read by the fantastic Simon Jones.
This book ends after the first half of the story, which is especially disappointing, because it's so well-written and well-read. The second one isn't out in audio yet, so my only bit of advice might be to wait till they're both out to dive in if you can't stand waiting.
This is a really terrific reading. The story is funny and quite suitable for adults. I can't wait for the rest of the trilogy, and I hope Simon Jones will read the rest of them for us.
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