Several hours in to this book, essentially nothing had happened. Note that I'm an avid reader/listener of sci-fi, mystery, and literary fiction, and I don't mind a book that eases in to a story gently, but this book was boring beyond belief. It goes on and on about the main character being a "simile," part of the "hosts" language. Great, very clever. Now what is the point please, is anything going to actually happen.
It just didn't hold my interest, though I gave it several hours.
Anyone who doesn't mind the main character essentially changing their personality mid-book. People who don't mind characters escaping impossible situations with no explanation.
Yes, all three of those. Did you read the book as well, mysterious questioner?
Did the author go back and actually read the whole book? It seems like they wrote the first third (which was really good), then came back and wrote the second third a few years later without having read the old chapters, then took another break and finished the book in a weekend under some massive deadline.
Somewhere in the middle.
Yes, I like the Cleaner series, good characters, good story twists.
I will try to avoid them. I'd only listen to another one if it was a book I really, really wanted to listen to rather than read. His normal narration voice is excellent, but when he does character voices they are over the top, almost caricatures. "Tasha" in this book constantly sounds like she is whining. "Quinn's" voice is ridiculous. It would have been better to just read the dialog without differentiation, or with only minor variations.
Brett, get another narrator please.
Well, mainly I'm writing this review to convince people that they should listen to Lightning Rods the first time...but yes, I would listen to it again because it was excellent satire, the kind where listening to it the second time you are likely to pick up on subtle aspects you missed the first time.
Catch-22 and most of the books by Christopher Buckley -- the former because the depth and subtlety of the satire and the latter because this made me laugh out loud.
Both Joe, and the
This is a masterpiece of satire -- better than anything that has come along since Catch-22. Buy it. Listen to it. This is the first time I've felt strongly enough about a book to take the time to write a review, and my first 5 star rating in 6+ years of listening to audio books (i.e. I'm not one of those annoying reviewers who rates everything 5 stars).
I've read the entire series, and feel that this was the weakest by far. I'd go so far as to say that I really didn't enjoy it. Harry goes on, and on, and on with internal monologue that seems to be trying to be deep and profound but really isn't. And the two "surprises" of the plot are things that you can see coming from a mile away.
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