It isn't a Discworld novel and it doesn't have much of that trademark Pratchett humor that we love so much, but the characters and the story are still definitely Pratchett. I did miss the laugh-out-loud moments that I usually enjoy with a Pratchett novel, but still I enjoyed the book. Briggs did an excellent job of narrating, as usual.
I don't usually listen to books with (mostly gratuitus) bad language, but if any character ever had just cause to curse, it is Mark Watney. At first, as I listened to him rattle off math stuff I didn't care about, wishing he'd cut to the chase, I thought I would be bored to tears. But I was soon caught up in his dilemna and wanted to know what he would do next and how would it all end. The character is geeky and humorous and more entertaining than I first expected. I'd happily try something else by this author. The narrator did a wonderful job, as well.
I can't give a proper rating to the story itself, since I didn't finish it, but I can say that it wasn't interesting enough to make me want to suffer through the narration. I usually avoid books narrated by Scott Brick (which isn't easy since so many of them are) but I love Michael Koryta and had already listened to everything here that wasn't narrated by Mr. Brick. I thought I could get past the narration if the story was good. Unfortunately, with an audiobook the narration is just as important as the story and I just wasn't enjoying this at all. If you are one of the many that like Scott Brick, and you think things like the Russian Mafia are interesting, you will probably enjoy it. I do recommend any of the Koryta books read by Robert Petkoff.
This may be an interesting book but I don't think I can finish it because of the narrator. He speaks too quickly and runs all of his sentences together. I even tried playing it at half speed, which I have never had to do before, but it is still intolerable. He then sounds bored and the sentences are still run together with no breath in between. It is exhausting to listen to and very hard to follow. I might try this one in print, because I do think it may be worth a read.
I can't give a real review of the whole book, because I couldn't get past the anti-Chritian rants in chapter two. I'm just leaving this as a heads up for others who don't like that kind of thing in their reading material.
Creepy enough to give you the shivers without ever being gross, like the best kind of campfire tale. I enjoyed the characters and the story. The narration was excellent.
Creepy without being gory or actually scary, kind of like the old Twilight Zone shows. I consider this a good thing. This one is not as good as The Cypress House or The Ridge, but worth a listen. The narration is excellent.
This starts out fine but the closer you get to finding out what really happened, the more ridiculous it gets. No one is stupid enough to believe what the women in this book apparently believed. No one. I usually like the Inspector Wexford books but this one was a waste of a credit. I only gave it 2 stars because the narrator was good. It is rather annoying, however, that they are using so many different narrators for the Wexford series. They really should stick to one for the whole series.
This book does not end, it just stops. Nothing is resolved, no questions are answered and there is no sense of closure. It seems more like an interesting dream than a story. There is interesting imagery and things you'd like to find out more about, but nothing is really tied together. Nothing means anything. There is no real story, just the imagery.
Also, the narrator sounds like the guy who narrated the TV show Pushing Daisies. He's quite over the top, which works for this book, but some people will definitely not enjoy listening to him for this long.
This was a little too gory for my taste and the endless minute details given for every weapon mentioned in the book (and there are a lot) makes it seem more of a guy book to me. However, the story was interesting enough to get me through all that weapons minutia. If I was more into monster stories, I'd happily continue with the series. It's not my thing but if you like monster killing madness, you'll love it. The narration was excellent.
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