I'm fairly new to the steam-punk alt-history genre but I quite liked this book. That's not to say that if you think about it too hard the book was perfect, but as an enjoyable listen, it was great. The narration was excellent. I really liked the level of technology in the book, seemed mostly believable enough. I have to say that the big confrontation scene at the end of the book was rather anti-climactic, but that's just me. I'm not sure that I will get the next books, certainly if I did, I'd try to find them on sale.
I really really enjoyed this book. It's a strange combination of genres, and I thought it was great. To say too much would be to give away the plot, but the synopsis isn't bad. The book is told from Bayliss in the first person and Molly in the third person, which was a little odd, but I didn't let it bother me much. The narrator was excellent for both. I also thought that the author did a superb job of making the two very different characters, completely distinct in how they told their parts of the story, a rare talent in an author!
I imagine that reviews of this book will be very divided. If you want to sit back and listen to the poetry of a twisting, convoluted plot (which I'd advise requires if not a small knowledge of philosophy, then a dictionary (or google) on hand), then you'll love it. If you don't like super elaborate descriptions and metaphors then you'll probably find this book bloated in self-indulgent excess. So be forewarned. If you don't like the first twenty minutes or so, don't go on. If you loved it (like I did), sit back and enjoy!
This book is excellent, and needless to say, Davis does his normally stellar job of narration, made even more incredible by his flawless handling of all the Thai and Chinese names. There isn't really a great way to describe this book. It's a meandering journey and I really had no idea most of the way where it was going, only that I loved the ride. It follows several different characters through turbulent events in a futuristic dystopian Bankok. I won't spoil anything else for you. Listen and love it.
Like many, I had seen this book series a few times and finally caved when it went on special one day. Pleasantly surprised, it was a great book! Be warned though, Correia has a very violent, gory style of writing and the characters take a real beating through the whole book. It's also pretty clear through the book that Correia is a real gun enthusiast. The book could have been half the length without all the intricate gun descriptions. If you liked this book you should definitely try the Grimnoir series and vice versa. Correia has a great way of twisting the stereotype plots and what you might expect to happen, although in this case, it took Owen quite a bit longer than I thought it would to figure it out.
This book had a great premise, the alternate history was well thought out and the politics were believable without being too complicated to follow. The mystery aspect was interesting although not as mysterious as the author might like it to have been. I had two problems with the book. The first was how it was told part in first person and part in third person, it just didn't really work for me. More importantly, the book ended rather abruptly and left me really unfulfilled. I know that in real life everything doesn't wrap up all nice and tidy, but these are books. I took a peak at the review for the next book, and it doesn't seem to pick up on the same story. The ending was disappointing. Other than that it was great.
Great, funny story about a girl determined to get revenge. Would be a great listen for any age, although the simplistic writing style probably lends itself best to a younger audience.
So I bought this book because it was on sale and (having bought the first one on sale and enjoying it well enough) I figured it was worth a try. It wasn't that the book was bad, more than it started out several plot lines (and carried a few on from the first book) but didn't really finish them. The first book set the scene and now this one is trying to get you to buy in to the extended series. Most of the major plot issues are not resolved at the end of this book, so if you don't like loose ends either don't get this book or be prepared to keep buying them. Honestly, all the parts that I liked about this book were done better in the first one, so overall I'd say I'm unimpressed. If the third book goes on sale, I'd say I'm unlikely to buy it.
This was a good book to listen to in the car, because I was never lost and I could usually guess accurately what was going to happen next so it didn't bother me to turn it off at the end of my commute and return to it the next day. That being said, it was a cute book, well written with interesting if rather cliched characters. I just wish that it had done something even remotely unexpected. Everything plays out exactly how you expect it is going to. Wheaton's narration was enthusiastic, he did a good job. Overall good but not exceptional.
Again, I'm not sure what I can say that a zillion other people haven't said, or you haven't guessed/learned from all the hype. I was pleasantly surprised by the continuation of the story line. Like the last book, it was well divided between events before and during the games. I particularly like that the author has stayed true to Katniss's somewhat flawed character and hasn't tried to make her anything more than she was in the first book.
Generally I'd like this kind of novel, where deeply conceived characters develop slowly towards a horrible finale. But I didn't like this book. As many other reviewers have mentioned, there isn't one redeeming feature in any of the characters. You really can't care about what happens to them. So, while the story seems to be building, it's really just dragging on and on (and on). Even the big finale seemed disappointing by the time I got to the end of the book. Kate Winslet does a great job narrating, and she seems to really love the atmosphere and the book. Unfortunately, her passion wasn't enough to save the book.
To say that this book wasn't what I thought it was going to be would be quite the understatement. It was neither a mystery nor a romance and there certainly wasn't any spying. I'm not sure what kind of genre to classify this book as. The mystery is really pretty bland. The only person in the book more incompetent than the main character is the person trying to kill her. It's extraordinarily predictable. That would be alright if it had been a romance novel with a murder mystery side plot, but there really isn't any romance to speak of either. If anything, I could maybe equate it to a poor pilot episode for a historical drama which is trying to set the scene for some more interesting plots. Personally, I won't be buying any more of them.
The main thing that drove me nuts about this book was the heroine. She starts out lying to her brother about why she wants to go to London. That goes badly. Then, on the shocking lack of success of her first lie, she goes on to lie to everyone at every possible moment, sometimes about things that barely make any sense. As you can imagine, the lies don't help any more in the middle of the book than they did at the start. I just wanted to reach into my car's stereo and shake her.
Bottom line: boring and mildly aggravating.
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