There are so many interesting future-tech ideas in this book, it is a shame that there is no story to tie them together. There is excellent character development, but unfortunately that is all there is. You keep wondering, "Where is he going with this?". The poor storyline is coupled with a terrible narrator. The womens voices are so poor, it is almost laughable. He does a great job with the men's voices, but can't seem to master the women. It would have been better if he did not give them any kind of accent at all instead of trying to come up with a Eastern European and Chinese accents that sound totally fake.
Brett has a very narrow concept. I don't really think the concept is capable of supporting an entire series of books. Book one seemed pretty slow after a while. I was not able to go on to book 2.
The story seems a bit slow. I understand character development and so forth, but it seems like Sanderson went into this with the idea of writing a really, really long series and is having trouble finding enough interesting ideas to fill the pages. It might pick up in the second book, but for the time being I'm exhausted just trying to get through this one so I'm going to sit out for a while.
If you have not read Sanderson before I would recommend the Mistborn series over this one.
Will Patton was the perfect narrator for this story. His voice is easy to listen to, but he has several great "character" voices too. The narration is done by the main character, and Patton's natural voice is perfect for the part. Somehow he manages to be both endearing and a little creepy at the same time.
King has successfully provided some closure to the Shining, as well as add a whole new sub-plot. This is not a nostalgia-fest but instead a whole new creepy story with enough ties to the old story to be both familiar and suspenseful at the same time.
All of King's books have been top-notch in both performance and story, and Doctor Sleep is no different. One of my new favorites. Oh, and yes there is enough loose ends for a follow up... (Please?)
I would barely call this science fiction. It is more of a tale of two rivals over a woman, part of which story just happens to be set in the future. Rather than use a variety of very interesting possible sci-fi concepts to enhance the story, they are treated as throw-aways. It is almost as if they are in the way and the author is trying to write around them.
On the other hand he becomes obsessed with some common concepts, like political theory, cigarettes and sex. His constant reference to cigarettes is very distracting. It is difficult to believe that every character in the future is so addicted to tobacco and that it is somehow necessary to describe in every scene which hand they are holding it in, who gave them the cigarette, who lit it, even what direction the smoke is blowing!
I really tried to stick this one out, hoping it would get interesting, but the characters are one-dimensional, the story is plodding and uninteresting, and overall the feel of the book is one of depression and dreariness.
This is a story about nothing, with characters that are vapid and forgettable. No one was likeable, and several times I found myself wondering how long I could keep listening to this worthless dribble.
At one point even the author asks the question "Why are you still listening?" Only at the very end does the story become somewhat interesting, but the characters are still pathetic. I don't think it was worth all the awful dialog and slow-moving non-existent storyline to get to the end where there was a little bit of interesting twists.
Buy at your own risk.
This is a fantastic story, well written and very clever in its implementation. Nice narration, excellent voice affects.
It is difficult to say much about the story without giving it away, so I won't. Just buy it and listen. Oh, and be sure you don't have anything else to do because it is very hard to stop listening once the story gets rolling!
Because the story is so tightly written, with a small group of characters, it could easily be made into a movie. There are a couple of places where good special effects would add to the already good story. While my imagination is doing a great job filling in these gaps, I'd love to see what Hollywood could make of it. There are plenty of references for fans of certain historical figures and early horror writers too...
Too bad there isn't some way to keep this gang together and solve some more arcane mysteries!
Wow, I thought Daemon was exciting but Freedom really picks up the pace. A lot of Daemon was spent in character development and background of exactly what the Daemon was, but with that out of the way the author was free to concentrate on pure storytelling excitement, mixed with a healthy dose of intrigue and conspiracy. A few ultraconservative capitalists out there might find some of the story offensive, but most of the premise is pretty believable. In the end, the good guys win and the bad guys get theirs, and along the way the adrenaline runs pretty high. This would make a fantastic movie and I hope someone in Hollywoodland picks this up.
If you like the cyber-punk type of stories like William Gibson, but would rather read something more anchored in today's society, Daemon and its sequel Freedom fit the bill. This is a great concept novel which does not take too big of a leap of faith to believe. I thought I might not like it, but within a half hour of listening I was hooked. The only reason I did not rate it 5 stars is that the character development is a little slow and it is tough to figure out who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. There are a couple of characters which are developed, but then no more time is devoted to them and that was a bit disappointing. Overall, though, it was a very exciting read, well narrated, although I would have picked a different voice for the main character of John Ross.
There is without a doubt some fantastic concepts introduced in this book which should have allowed the writer to create a SF masterpiece. Unfortunately, that never happens. The brilliant concepts instead become mundane and are forgotten. None of the characters are actually likeable, and there are so many side plots, it is difficult to keep a coherent plot in your head. By far the worst, however, is the narration. Granted, you have to suspend belief when a man reads a woman's voice, but this narrator was so amateurish about it it was laughable at times. The award for the absolute worst portrayal of a character however, was the use of a Mike Myers aka Austin Powers voice for one of the main characters. Really? You couldn't have come up with something better than that?
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