Poteau, OK, United States | Member Since 2008
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.
This is the book that never ends... it goes on and on my friend... This novel sounds good in the summary, but it is not pulled of... at least in the audio format. I just wanted to finish it because I used a credit. In a good story you want silence so you don't miss a single thing... this is not that good. There wasn't enough time to develop the characters well because there are so many main characters who have their own significantly involved story. I didn't really connect with any of them or care what happened to them. This is essential for a good story. I think the narration does not fit the content. The narrator has a more youthful voice (maybe due to 3 of the main characters are women?), yet the subject matter is ancient. The vast amount of research is nice, but I feel the author uses too much of it too often when it doesn't move the story along. I found myself wishing it would just end. Don't us a credit on this one. Similar books I liked are Monster Hunter. I hope this helps someone. Later.
If you like crime dramas, this one is pretty well done. The fact that the protagonist is just recovering from a heart transplant removes the amount of physical action in the novel, but the result is more focus on the details of the crime itself, which was good in this case. The book is obviously dated because everyone is having to "find a phone" and there was a painful scene detailing how to boot up a computer and open a file browser...haha. It's not gonna be in my top 10, but overall it was a page turner with characters you care about. I listened comfortably at 2X speed and the narration was very good. I hope this helps someone. Later.
Truth be told, a LOT of bad ideas have happened since this was written in 2011. I learned a few things that are really worth nothing, but remembered a lot that was funny. The most interesting thing I learned was the failed approach in the way the US taught kids math in the 60's, called NEW MATH. I really see similarities between it and Common Core Math being pushed today. Interesting... you need to look up New Math on Wikipedia... I probably wouldn't recommend a credit on this one... Hope this helps someone. Later.
In this novel, you can expect enough science fiction to make it interesting to sci-fi buffs, yet it is not the hyper sci-fi we find in current novels. There is no diving into the 'Why' something super natural has happened, it just did. In modern texts, I would consider some sort of explanation a must in a good sci-fi story, but considering that this text is 100 years old, I seemed to not mind that absence. It really is about the human heart's struggle to deal with one's immorality without going mad. The narrator performed well with a pleasing accent and I could listen comfortably at 2X speed. I would spend a credit on this one. For my favorite read on Audible, check out Ken Grimwood's 'Replay'. Hope this helps someone. 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.
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