Poteau, OK, United States | Member Since 2008
My first thought is that the publishers summary made me think the book would be different than it really was. It sounded like something enjoyable to young adults, but I found myself not caring too much once I heard the narrator sounding like a 10 yr old for the young adult parts. This really put me off for most all of the book. I was beginning to think all of the events taking place were not real but just the imagination of children and I was just about to return the book when the Dad entered the scene and gave the adult perspective that I needed to the story. Maybe in print I would read the scenes differently without the whiny voice of the narrator? Finally in the last hour or so something significant happens that invokes some real terror... I can finally say I have read some Bradbury, but I would not use a credit on this knowing what you know now. Hope this helps somebody. Later.
I stopped gaming with SuperNES and Wolfenstein 3D in the early 90's when I got my drivers license. Nevertheless I do get the online gaming concepts and I do have computer networking knowledge that helped me not get lost in the technical terminology contained in this novel. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT PORTS, IP ADDRESSES, VOIP and other basic terms are in the computer networking world are, I think you would NOT get into this book or enjoy it. It is really saturated throughout. The main protagonist is an older guy who is not familiar with gaming and it does help the author explain things, but I feel it is too much too soon for most people. This is part 1 of 2 and I am not sure if I will continue or not. There are a lot of loose ends and unsatisfied conclusions with some characters if I do not... however, most of the characters are ones I haven't become attached too so I don't care what happens to them. The narration is good and I could listen to the book at 2X speed fairly comfortable. Neat concept, but not sure it was pulled off. Hope this helps someone. Later.
This is practical help, not just theory and blabber. She offers online supplemental downloads to go along with the info in the book. It is short, to the point and motivating. She narrated it herself so you get her personality and humor, but it is read at various speeds sometimes and while you can listen comfortably at 1.25X speed, some sentences are spoken very fast. Overall, I would recommend for someone interested in writing. I also recommend 'The Successful Novelist' by David Morrell. Hope this helps. Later.
This book was interesting and at times kept me listening, but overall, it failed to contain a decent climax. I really notice a difference between older sci-fi versus the more recent stuff. It's not that it feels dated because of the writing, but the lack of any real suspense or (to me) significant danger that we now expect will keep me from recommending this one. One part had Enoch in conversation with his imaginary friends and I thought the plot might twist into something along the lines of Shutter Island, where he was in an insane asylum and all his alien friends were care takers and I liked that idea, but it never happened. It was neat to see the town engage Enoch because they all new he was old. The characters are somewhat interesting, but not enough that you really care what happens to them. This is a big requirement for a good novel. The narration is good and you can listen comfortably at 1.5X speed. If I would've known what you know now, I would pass on this one. Instead, I recommend 'Replay - Ken Grimwood', 'Lightning - Dean Koontz' and 'Schumann Frequency - Chris Ride' for the best I've read. I really hope this helps. Later.
I love time travel novels. If you follow my reviews you will see I have reviewed a lot of them Audible offers. This one is in the lower 3rd of that group. To me, I want a minimum of 3 things in a novel: 1) characters I care about 2) A good plot that keeps me guessing 3) A good pace with enough action to maintain my attention. This book is obviously dated compared to others I have read, which isn't always bad. I feel there wasn't enough time devoted to character development at the beginning, so I didn't really feel any of the emotions of the characters or care what happened to them. Also, it really lacked a decent amount of modern time travel theory. There was some interesting thoughts at times, but I feel nothing was explored or explained enough to be satisfying. There is a real lack of scientific vantage point. The characters quickly end up in another time, but the events that transpired in the future were really boring for the most part. It was heavy on social injustices and taboos but time travel itself was absent for a LONG time. If I would've known what you know now, I wouldn't try this one. Instead, I highly recommend 'Replay - Ken Grimwood', 'Lightning - Dean Koontz' and 'Schumann Frequency - Chris Ride' for the best I've read. I really hope this helps. Later.
POSSIBLE SPOILER: I am a big fan of time travel novels and have read most of the ones found on audible. I discovered this title on a goodreads blog and decided to try it. I was completely shocked and repulsed by the abrupt and graphic 'pansexual' content (authors usage). In the author's note, at the end of the book, he acknowledges that he wants to live in a world where "sexual identity is irrelevant" and the quality of love and not the kind is what matters. The book is saturated with this after chapter 3 and ruins the time travel aspect. I feel this agenda should be made aware in some form to prospective buyers. This book belongs in the gay/lesbian genre. There is nothing about the subject of sexuality in the publisher's summary on Audible. It appears to be a sci-fi novel about time travel, but it is not really about that. I was really enjoying the time travel theory in the story and was able to see the loneliness of time travel, then at the end of chapter 3 and start of 4 the male subject of the story all of a sudden has a homosexual encounter with himself from another timeline. I quickly saw what was going on and skipped forward to the middle of chapter 4 in complete disgust. I almost quit the book. This was totally unnecessary and doesn't help the plot. If that weren't disturbing enough, the male subject ends up finding a female version of himself and he starts again with all the descriptive sex and sexual confusion that creates nausea to listen to. In fact he is aroused by her "boyish" features. Yuck. Skip ahead again. The author seems so confused and wants to avoid any concrete identification of sexuality. And the problem is that NONE of this stuff adds any needed material for the time travel plot. Also, I am not opposed to the author inserting his or her political and religious view points to some extent, but this author fantasized about creating a world where Jesus (who he finds is just a man) was never born because of the atrocities of the church done in his name. He didn't like the result of that world because of the effect on the English language. I'm thinking why not Mohammed instead of Jesus??? The narration is good and you can listen comfortably at 1.25X speed. If I would've known what you know now, I wouldn't try this disappointment. Instead, I recommend 'Replay - Ken Grimwood', 'Lightning - Dean Koontz' and 'Schumann Frequency - Chris Ride' for the best I've read. I really hope this helps. Later.
This book has the authors opinion on do's and don'ts of general writing (techniques). There is little about getting started and NO STEP BY STEP instructions, which is what I hoped for. You won't learn anything about writing software, publishing, or much about editing. Don't get me wrong, there is a LOT of good information in here, but its not very user friendly (at least in audio format) I would hope the paper copy would contain outlines that summarize the contents into a usable form. There is good information about belittling your reader, story pace and self editing. The author is a screen writer by profession, so expect a lot of his examples and references to be TV and movies. It is kind of funny how often Sawyer says, "This is a cardinal no-no..." and then immediately gives an example of an exception he likes really well. You can easily listen at 1.5x speed. The narration was good. I like 'The Successful Novelist by David Morrell' better. Hope this helps. Later.
The idea for this story is intriguing and it starts off well and has some good suspense. Sawyer explores some interesting scenarios through the lives of the characters overall, yet toward the end, it just doesn't feel that well thought out. I feel like maybe the author was under a deadline or something and just put a generic component to the ending. This wouldn't be at the top of my recommendation list, but it is worth getting if you really love time travel fantasy. The best time travel stuff on Audible that I have read is definitely Replay by Ken Grimwood, The Schumann Frequency & The First Boxer by Chris Ride and 11-22-63 by Stephen King. Hope this helps. Later.
NO SPOILER: The common traits I find in books that I really enjoy are, an interesting plot that keeps me guessing, characters that I really care about and good narration (for audiobooks). Ender's game has a good mix of narration that was enjoyable, but I don't find that I was too concerned about what happened to Ender or anyone else for that matter. We get to see inside his head pretty far, but for some reason, his struggles were not mine and that made a difference in my involvement. This book really lacked the nail biting suspense that causes you to shush everyone around you and stop everything you are doing to listen. Also, the insertion of children even caring about, much less being heavily involved in world politics was so unreasonable that it didn't add anything to the main point of the story. I understand it is fiction, but at some point it is too unbelievable to add value... in the same way it would be to write a story about a newborn leading an army to victory. The main part of battle school was interesting and all of the changes Ender goes through does keep you wondering 'What's the point?'. The ending is fairly satisfying and does make you appreciate the title of the book in new light. I would not recommend a friend to use a credit on this, however, I do not regret reading it. You can listen at 1.5x speed pretty comfortably. Hope this helps. Later.
CONTAINS SPOILERS: I really liked this last installment. I feel a lot of the unanswered questions in SHIFT were explored well. And the ending with Jules and Charlotte and the others back in the real world was satisfying emotionally, yet there is no way that everything that has happened in the 3 omnibus novels is just 'all over'. Some of my questions might have been addressed and I overlooked them, I want to know some things: 1) Why didn't the bomb go off? I know Donald was killed, but Charlotte supposedly had a remote, yet there is no indication that she did it. 2) What kept the nanobot cloud contained over the Silos in open air? Maybe the nanobots were originally dispersed by bombs and they wiped out man kind and sending people out to clean simply dispersed more in that area? 3) They were heading out 200 years ahead of schedule... isn't there some repercussions for that? 4) The diggers are overkill and unnecessary if you can just walk out. I'm assuming they made it into the story just to offer escape in that one scene? 5) Why no attempt to walk back in and rescue the other Silos? Was it too late? Were they all dark? 6) It sounds like the kids were using some of the fairground games and rides at the end, but I pictured them as too close to the Silos to be free from nanobots. Again, I would spend a credit on this because it was good to find out all outside was okay, but it did get frustrating at times.
This installment in the series gives us a LOT more to think about than Wool. I really enjoyed all the background foundation elements that come out in this one. It was faster paced than Wool and although some of the short lived characters are easily forgotten, the main characters' relationships deepen... but not all in a positive way. Definitely do not stop with Wool. Hope this helps.
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