Well, now I'm hooked. This book is good (if you like the genre) and gives a wonderful background to the first book, Bitten, that Kelley Armstrong wrote in the Otherworld series. You could actually start the series with this one.
As a Sherlock Holmes fan, I found this book to be disappointing on all levels -- the narrator and the story. I respect Derek Jacobi as an actor, but I think him a poor choice as narrator for Sherlock. The voice he chose for Holmes did not suit the charactor and I found it hard to listen to. Female voices were nonexistent -- everything sounded the same. On the story level, I didn't feel that I was listening to a Sherlock Holmes mystery. Sherlock did not behave as I would have expected. Where were the disguises? Where was the infiltration into the criminal network? I am 3/4 into the book and ready to return it -- I can't get past Sherlock Holmes' voice.
I can't imagine Atlas Shrugged 5 hours longer by another narrator. It was way too long anyway, but at least Christopher Hurt kept the pace going. 40 hours in the story seemed finished and predictable. I perservered. The end of the story WAS predictable. This book could stand a good edit.
Just when I thought the story was predictable, the revelations started coming and didn't stop until the very end.
A book like this reminds me of how fortunate we in the U.S.A. are to have freedom of thought and expression. I suffered thru the first hour trying to understand the author/reader, but then Ayaan Hirsi Ali's autobiography took off -- and I am glad that she did not hire a professional reader. Her accent served to draw me in deeper as she described her family, her religion which turned radical, her country, her clan -- well, her life. An inspiring book from a woman who I hope will live a very long life with a dash of happiness thrown in.
John Scalzi has joined my elite list of top science fiction authors as he has apparently done with so many others. I started with Agent to the Stars and, after listening to Fuzzy Nation, am ready to indulge in his multi-book series. Reviews count, credits cost. Scalzi has had over 1,000 people submit reviews per book, and his ratings are higher than 4.5 out of 5 -- that should tell you something. It was Wil Wheaton's fabulous narration abilities that brought me to Scalzi. It is Scalzi's writing that has made me a fan. If you love science fiction and are looking for a good book, you need look no further. As a bonus, you will actually receive two books.
Fuzzy Nation downloads in two parts. Part I, narrated by Wil Wheaton, was Mr. Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation -- his rewritten update of the classic, Little Fuzzy, written by H. Beam Pipper. Part II is the original Little Fuzzy, narrated by Peter Ganim. I don't need to tell you the story, just get the book. There is humour, suspense, twists and turns, courtroom drama, an adorable "sentient" alien species, and just downright good story telling. I enjoyed being able to compare the two versions. Did I have a favorite? They were both good, but I'm giving the edge to the dog.
Download this book!!!! Download this awesome book and don't hesitate. If over 2,000 people have and the ratings are almost a 5, that should tell you something. It is a rare book that has me hooked within two pages. It is rarer still when I can't stop listening or even go to sleep. If my MP3 player hadn't just lost power, I would still be plugged in. The reader, Wil Wheaton, is absolutely perfect. The story is outstanding, or maybe it is just pushing my nostalgia buttons and showing you how old I am. Whatever the reason, the story is believable, sweet, part fun, part evil, written to perfection, and had me hooked within two pages. After listening to 100's of audiobooks, it is a rare find.
I needed a good laugh, and Tina Fey provided just that. This may sound strange, but I downgraded the rating because she was overly humble. Will I listen to this recording again? You betch' ya.
I am a big Neal Stephenson fan and will continue to come back for his latest publication. I generally love the way he develops his characters and storyline, although he does have a tendency to be "long-winded". That is what happened in Reamde. By the fourth hour (really, not sure of the time elapsed, but it was probably longer) of gun shooting and slogging thru the woods, I just wanted it to stop.
It was pleasant listening to Rob Lowe and realizing that he can not only act, but can also write. I didn't feel like I was discovering any shocking information 'tho -- maybe I'm just jaded.
If you haven't read the Ender's Game saga and are starting your introduction to the writings of Orson Scott Card with The Lost Gate, this book should turn you into a bonafide fan. I couldn't stop listening and can't wait until the next book.
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