Cow Hampshire | Member Since 2008
I've been a fan of Frost's books for a couple decades now, so I was quite pleased to see on on Audible.
The story flow is a bit formulaic, but I like the characters, conspiracies and suspense. It has particularly good geek appeal. And, despite these seeming lukewarm words, I found it engaging and thought provoking.
Mostly, I just got hooked and can't wait for the next book in the series.
I have to say that I HATE fantasy, but I LOVE Harry Dresden. Leaves me open to a lot of "I told you so" sniggering from my friends who are fantasy fans.
Well Dresden is worth that indignity. I love the characters that he builds across the series, I love the humor, and I especially love Bob and the choice of Marsters as the lector.
I've been listening to these out of order, and each one, including this one, have left me sitting in the car listening, long after reaching my destination.
This, or any of the other Dresden books are well worth the expenditure of a credit. Just do it.
I listened to this one all the way through, only stopping once for sleep.
It was a delightfully entertaining, and well woven narrative, read by probably the greatest new reader that Audible has to offer.
Ok, the story itself depends a bit much on suspension of disbelief, but as mind candy goes, this book is guaranteed to calm any sweet tooth. Scalzi can spin a yarn like cotton candy. Light,sweet, and a very special treat.
This book's plot is a bit thin, but you barely notice because the story is told so well, that the actual plot seems secondary. The narrative is delightful, snarky and entertaining. The characterizations are great. This book is definitely a "15 minute detour on the way home" book.
But the best part of the book is its narration. I think Wil Wheaton is my new favorite lector. He is an exceptionally good match for the book itself, but beyond the fit, also turns in a masterful performance.
What can you say? This is distilled Kevin Smith, and virtually everything he's liable to talk about. The guy is a great story teller and in the process, lets you know more about him than most people are willing to disclose to their friends. Of course, all of this is surrounded by really crude, infantile humor, so if you don't like that, don't go there.
If, as I do, you do like that, best get some astronaut diapers before starting on this one.
This book struck me as something to listen to if you're in the mood for some Larry Niven. It pretty solidly delivers on that, albeit not exceptionally so.
Semi-thought provoking, but feels rather dated (anything more recent that concerns life extension always seems to trot out telomeres, and this doesn't). Doesn't detract at all from the story, though.
I wouldn't mind some sort of sequel, which is to say that it seems to leave itself open to one, but I honestly don't know Nivens' bibliography well enough to say whether there is one.
The narrator is the same who's narrated the last few Niven books I've listened to. Does a decent job, and has more or less taken up residence in my mind as the "Voice of Nivens."
Seems like Cook's written this story a few times before. Formulaic and predictable. At least it's Cook's formula, and not derivative.
Maybe not as good a story as the previous two in the series, but it's always delightful to return to Boss's universe. Time well spent.
I just never realized that anyone else thought so.
I have read the original, bad translation two or three times, have seen the original movie about five times, and the "has little to do with the book or original movie" remake more times than I'd like to admit (one).
It is outstanding that a new read and translation has been done. Listened to an hour so far; love both the translation and the narrator.
Thank you, Audible, for bringing this one to us.
What's the audible equivalent to "I just couldn't put this book down?"
This was that.
I just want more.
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