A bit of a fragmented story. Story arcs start but never resolve. Characters are the focus for a long period and then not mentioned again. I'm a Brin fan, but this really wasn't his best work. Worth a read/listen but likely won't blow you away.
The premise had potential (even though it was 'The Last Starfighter' reboot), but the story ended up just replaying set pieces of a dozen other books. Don't expect any depth to the story. Ridiculous things take place and the best rationale the author could come up with was "science & stuff happened". The characters were satisfied with the ridiculousness of it all, but I was not.
About halfway through the book I found myself checking (hoping) if it was close to being done. If you like mildly entertaining stories, with little explanation of events or circumstances, and no attempt to make things even slightly plausible, you might enjoy it. For me the incongruities built up to the point where I could barely finish the book.
Performance was average. Nothing special, but not bad either.
The beginning was ok, but as soon as the author started attempting to paint a view of the future, the silly explanations made the story fall apart for me. A space fighter was described as rolling down the tarmac... out of another space craft. Personally, I'm not sure nasa would approve of using tarmac as a building material within a spacecraft. An alien race that evolved to be nearly 100% genetically identical to humans was interesting... who all have western names and everything from every day life we have (newspapers, bacon, beer, etc.) but they were fascinated by our music. The author made no attempt to create another culture, etc. Humans just got stamped all over the universe conveniently. I guess it would save on costume costs for the tv movie version.
This could be a series created for the early sci-fi channel. It would of been cancelled after 4 episodes however. Could also work as a cartoon mini-series.
Really enjoyed the content of the book. Exciting stuff. Can't wait to put what I learned here to use. The author (and narrator) was very good as well. Very well read.I ended up having to buy the book as well. While listening was nice, it was the sort of content that I really needed to think about and ponder. While I thought and pondered (ok, maybe daydreamed...), the book played on. I found myself having to stop, back up, and play stuff again a number of times. For content like this, I find that reading the book is necessary for it to sink in. Your mileage may vary. :)
This was a brutally honest and very intimate book about Richard Hammond's accident and especially, his recovery from severe brain damage. He did have me laughing at times, but this book is not a reflection of the silliness that is at the forefront in Top Gear. That being said, it was a very enjoyable read. I gained many insights into what suffering and recovering from a brain injury may be like. This book would be helpful for anyone with loved ones who have suffered similar injuries. It would enable them to understand what they are going through a bit better.
In the end I would have to say this is also a love story. You could really feel the emotions from his wife's voice, and could appreciate the love, support and patience exhibited by everyone involved. This was a very candid, intimate, and touching story.
Richard himself narrated the chapters in the book that were from his perspective, but the vast majority of the book was read by his wife Mindy. (And very well narrated at that).
I read the story ages ago and with an upcoming road trip decided to re-read it via audio book. The story itself is quite unique, and while the science in it seems strong, the story felt a bit thin and jumpy. Not my favorite from these authors, but still good. The narration was excellent. If you are a Niven and Pournelle fan and can't find anything else that excites you, this would be a worthy listen. The story however isn't nearly as satisfying as Mote in God's Eye or Lucifer's Hammer.
This book contains a bit of background history on North Korea, as well as a number of portraits into the difficult life there. Hard to imagine what the people went through, but this book provides vivid descriptions of the harsh and tragic life people there are forced to endure. The material can be a bit dry at times, but overall was very interesting. Amazing places like this can still exist today. North Korea was never high on my list of places to visit, but I had no idea how bad it was. So sad.
As a number of reviewers have mentioned, the narrator is a bit breathy, but it didn't take much away from my enjoyment. Overall an interesting book, with good narration.
I have enjoyed the WOT series, but honestly, I felt it was starting to drag in the last few. However, this latest one was amazing. Without question a WOT book, but with wall to wall action, insights, and ever building action (with less ramble). This was my first audiobook of the series and it was excellently read. One of the top books of them all.
The series had started to wear me out, but this book re-engergized me, I can't wait for the next ones. Brandon Sanderson is the man.
Great book, especially if you are an IT geek. It is very refreshing to have a technology intense book where the author actually has a clue that doesn't make you cringe every time they mention something technical.
Interesting story that gets you interested and keeps you there for the full story. All in all a great technical/mystery/thriller with compelling ideas, interesting (accurate) technology, and interesting characters.
It was very well read using a number of voice actors. Highly recommended in audio or paper form.
Note that the language in this book is pretty coarse, and things get fairly graphic at times.
Not much happens until about half way into the book. The first half is a series of disconnected vignettes with no obvious protagonist, storyline, etc. Some of the ideas presented are interesting, but not really explored or developed.
The story picks up eventually, with a series of protagonists emerging, and something approaching a story line. All in all it was just ok. It was well written, but suffered from just dropping us readers into the middle of events and a world without any kind of explanation or discussion on why we should care.
If you enjoy eclectic writing and obtuse plots and characters, you might enjoy it. For me, it was just 'meh'.
Not much to add about the story. Very good character story. Odd situation, people behaving badly, etc. As per usual King creates terrific characters and great dialog. This audio book stands out because of the excellent reader/performer. This isn't your typical boring read of the book... the story is performed! The reading really made the story come alive. Highly recommended, even though it is pretty long.
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