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Laljit

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  • The Night Eternal: Book Three of the Strain Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes
    Overall
    (1073)
    Performance
    (961)
    Story
    (969)

    It’s been two years since the vampiric virus was unleashed in The Strain and the entire world now lies on the brink of annihilation. There has been a mass extermination of humans orchestrated by the Master - an ancient vampire possessed of unparalleled powers. The future of humankind lies in the hands of a ragtag band of freedom fighters - Dr. Eph Goodweather, Dr. Nora Martinez, Vasiliy Fet, and Mr. Quinlan, the half-breed offspring of the Master who is bent on revenge. It’s their job to overturn this devastating new world order.

    Melinda says: "When Good Ghouls Go Bad"
    "Disappointing ending. Only buy if you must."
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    The third book was a significant disappoint. The Strain began with a premise of a scientific explanation for vampires that was only enhanced by two of the heroes being scientists. The third book, however, departs from this and almost seems to be a separate story given the disparate explanation for the vampire's origins in this book. Quite frankly, the third book ruined the trilogy for me.

    *SPOILER ALERT*
    There were hints of some spiritual aspects in the second book, but they could be shrugged off as medieval people attempting to explain the unexplained. In the third book, the authors completely abandon the scientific explanation and go for some biblical nonsense about archangels.

    Quite frankly, it seemed as if the authors didn't really know how to finish the story. They wanted to be different and attempted to write a Crichton-esque vampire story, but when it came to the ending, they weren't able to do so. Instead, they concoct a nonsensical origin story that then allows them to basically find a "Hand of God" ending.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3707)
    Performance
    (2657)
    Story
    (2671)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Fantasy writing at its best"
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    Abercrombie's story is brilliant with a setting that harkens to our own world, but with enough changes to not allow for too many direct links. More important than the setting, however, are the characters. Abercrombie's characters are living individuals who grow with strengths and weaknesses. The characters grow throughout the work. The story has the potential of cliches with savage barbarians and the graying wizard ... Abercrombie, however, deftly avoids cliches and creates a rich world with deep characters.

    Abercrombie writing skills are excellent. He paces the story well and describes settings, characters, and conflict with equal skill.

    Pacey does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life.

    Upon listening to this work, I immediately ordered the rest of the trilogy and plan to grab the rest of work. This is a MUST LISTEN for fantasy fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fear Index

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (221)

    Dr. Alex Hoffmann’s name is carefully guarded from the general public, but within the secretive inner circles of the ultrarich he is a legend. He has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that predicts movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions. But one morning before dawn, a sinister intruder breaches the elaborate security of his lakeside mansion, and so begins a waking nightmare of paranoia and violence.

    Ted says: "The Book Dan Brown Wished He Wrote"
    "Boring and Predictable"
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    The narration for the book was fine and well done; therefore, no comment on that.

    The story, however, was poor to say the least. Having reading previous work by Harris, I had expected better. For anyone who has ready any science fiction, the premise was predictable. Even so, it could have been done better. Unfortunately, and this is the second point, Harris does a poor job of characterizing the finance world. I am surprised critics have lauded his ability to describe Hedge Funds to the ordinary masses. The description of Hedge Funds, algorithm-based investing, and behavioral finance are done through tedious monologues that read like Harris did little more than read a wikipedia article.

    None of the characters are particularly sympathetic and you don't really care about any of them. More importantly, they just aren't very interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1768)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (653)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Deep Characters. Rich Setting. Great Plot."
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    Child 44 is probably one of the best stories I've read/heard in a long time. The characters and setting were deep and rich. Smith draws you into their lives, the paranoia, despair, and frustration of living and working in Stalin's Soviet Union. Although the setting and characters are the strength of the story, Smith doesn't use them as a crutch. The plot and story telling is well done and make it worth it. Definitely a must listen! I plan to get the rest of Smith's works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Market Forces

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    What do you buy and sell when the global markets reach saturation point? The markets themselves. Thirty years from now the big players in global capitalism have moved on from commodities. The big money is in conflict investment. The corporations keep a careful watch on the wars of liberation and revolution that burn constantly around the world. They guage who the winners will be and sell them arms, intelligence, and power. In return for a slice of the action when the war is won.

    Gary Godman says: "Good easy listen"
    "Tedious"
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    Having reading Thirteen and Altered Carbon, I had expected much from Morgan. Unfortunately, this story was a departure from his other works and not in a good way. The story rambled and lacked any real coherence. The book read like numerous short stories that the author attempted to weave together around the main character. There was, however, no attempt at creating an over-arching, unifying point. So many of these side stories could have been deleted from the main story. They didn't add to the character, the setting, or the plot.

    Unlike other reviewers, I also didn't find the characters particular deep or compelling. Rather, I had the sense that Morgan was confused about who Chris (the main character) really was. On the one hand, one could say that that confusion was a reflection of Chris's own confusion of his sense of identity, but the confusion in terms of plot, pacing, and setting would suggest that the confusion was a reflection of poor development rather than thought.

    Oh well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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