I've read Haldeman avidly for years, and his early stuff (the "Forever War," the "Worlds" trilogy, "Tools of the Trade," etc) stand the test of time.? The last several years, though, I 've picked up each of his books with dread (but hope -- that's what makes me pick them up in the first place).? With the possible exception of "Camouflage," which wasn't bad, my dread has been confirmed.This was not a good book. It was pretty bad.? To be fair, though, I have to admit that it's the first of his books that I've listened to, and the reader was comparably poor ... maddenly poor.? I made it through the whole thing only because it's Haldeman -- I love this man's early writing so much that I'm willing to take the chance every time a new title comes out.? Sadly, I'll probably do that until one of us kicks the bucket -- that's how good those early books were.? Now, if he comes out with something even close to what he has demonstrated he is capable of, all will be forgiven.? I'll put up with a lot of not-good books for another that I'll enjoy more than once.Sadly, this book is not it.? This book is as far from it as a book can be.? If you want to experience the writer Joe Haldeman can be, pick up something he wrote in the 70s or 80s.
This was HORRIBLE and unfunny. And it wasn't because it offended my religious beliefs -- I don't have any. I could see why the idea behind this book seemed funny, but I have no idea why it got this far. It clearly doesn't work.
I tried "Lamb" because I loved the author's other book, "A Dirty Job." That was a clever book. How did the guy who wrote that book turn around and write this thing? I don't know.
This is a bad attempt to meld SF and historical military fiction. It doesn't work at all. I try to finish the audiobooks I start, but couldn't do it with this one.
This author's father could write a decent historical novel, but this effort is no evidence that Jeff Shaara can. I generally like history, but this didn't do it for me. The writing is unimaginative and predictable. I couldn't even finish it, and I try really hard to finish audiobooks I start.
I gave up on this more quickly than any audiobook I've ever had. Poor writing, clumsy dialogue ... just awful. I will listen to a lot of dreck for longer than I should in the hopes that an author gets his feet under him, but it was so obvious here that that was not going to happen.
I made it through several hours before I threw in the towel. While I generally love time travel books, this one is ponderous and slow -- the characters repeat everything several times, even the most mundane questions and details. None of the characters is even remotely likable; a few are tolerable.
And it's supposed to be the year 2060 (or so) and no one has cell phones. Characters spend inordinate amounts of time and energy trying to get hold of each other. I can suspend disbelief with the best of them, but how could the author have failed to anticipate the ubiquity of cell phones when she wrote this thing? Tedious.
This is one of those insidious audiobooks that was not so bad that I stopped listening, but -- when it was over -- I wished it had been.
Also, three-quarters of the way through, I realized that this is the first book in what is obviously going to be a trilogy. Because I don't plan to read on, there's no closure.
It might have been a better book to read, than to listen to. The reader himself was very good.
This is essentially a detective story set inside the Soviet Union near the end of Stalin's reign. You have to suspend disbelief with regard to some of the plot twists, but it's well worth it. In addition, the setting -- a communist state with higher regard for appearances than justice -- is like another character in the book. Be warned that the story involves the murders of children, and it's a little gruesome.
It appears that this book is the first in a possible series with the same protagonist. I'll listen to those that follow.
This audiobook is the funniest laugh-out-loud listen I've ever had. The content was wonderful -- it probably would have been a good book to read -- but the narrator adds a lot to the audio version. This book is so great it may make you want to listen to something else by the same author. Don't do that. Moore's "Lamb" was awful in all the ways that "A Dirty Job" was terrific. I don't know how it's possible that the guy who wrote one could go on to write the other.
I listened to this for the first time 5-1/2 years ago, and I am on my knees thanking god that enough time has passed that I can listen to it again.? I have heard many, many excellent books over the years, but "The Company" remains the best.
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