Removing the "...said" at the end of nearly every piece of dialogue.
I've listened to two others (Android's Dream and Fuzzy Nation), both great books.
Complacent, unmotivated, telling
I nearly stopped listening due to the redundancy of the dialogue. The sarcastic wit and tongue and cheek humor were missing.
Editing would have really helped. I realize this was a combined serial story, but the writing was so amateur it was laughable. I'm hoping for better luck with Old Man's War.
We have a wonderful herd of elephants at our local zoological park. Knowing the family ties, it still doesn't even come close to the descriptions given in this story. I felt like I was on the reserve and I knew these magnificent creatures.
The authentic nature of the story telling made me feel as if I were on the reserve watching this herd. The animals had personalities, intelligence and most importantly, felt as if they had souls.
Simon Vance is the bomb of story telling. All of his characters are memorable and I listen to as many of his recordings as I can.
The tragic turn toward the end of the story with a 'lone' elephant was particularly moving. I felt the author's pain during, and most especially later in the story when he discovers the reason behind the behavior of the elephant in question. (Trying to avoid spoilers here.)
I am a very active reader/listener; consuming 50-60 books a year. This book has moved to number three on my all time best books list. I have already downloaded his later story on rhinos. I can't wait to listen.
Wrapped up Dahl's life rather quickly in the end.
Yes, fairly good given the large number of characters with minimal parts.
I did have to google several people mentioned just to see what they looked like given the descriptions in the book.
I would have enjoyed the story more if there actually had been a story. I felt I was listening to a long list of people who showed up at places and hoped something would happen. I was rather disappointed that it read more like a thesis than popular press.
I loved Saul. He was endearing, kind and courageous.
I don't believe I have heard either before, but they were amazing.
The title is a little off putting, but it fits.
Although there is a great deal of violence in this book, it’s required to make the story work. The connection made to the characters keeps you coming back for more. Dan Simmons really knows how to craft believable characters and create story lines that are out there, but so believable.
Don't get me wrong, l love a good long story, but this was ridiculous. Let me echo the book's most annoying theme with these simple words, 'Where was the editor? Where was the editor? Where was the editor?" Redundancy, repetition and recap seemed to be the reason for the exhaustive length. Was Justin Cronin paid by the word? Either Cronin ran out of things to say or the publisher felt he had earned the 'per word maximum payment' because that’s how the book ended; it just stopped. I wanted to like the characters but there was never enough to truly engage the reader into cheering them on. I just kept looking at my count down timer wondering just when this book would end. And then it did, the story just stopped. I kept alive the vain hope that things would finally tie together and there would be some sort of resolution to the various plots; there wasn’t. Perhaps with the strong hand of a good editor there could have been some promise here. I was hoping to discover a new author, but I'll just pass on Mr. Cronin. There are too many great books out there to waste you time with this one.
If I had been reading the hard copy of this book it would have long been back on the shelf collecting well deserved dust. Excellent narration was the only reason I finished listening to this tedious tale. Had I lived during this period of English history, I would have preferred the life of the "less connected" for it sounds like the gentility should have succumbed to early deaths due to boredom or writers cramp from the extensive correspondence that seemed to be the center of their existence. How many pages must the blithering narration of Miss Bates gone on time and time again? Ah, forgive me for this review is beginning to sound much like Miss Austen's prose...endless.
This was not what I was expecting when my ipod rotated to the "next book" on my list. Having just experienced a sudden and unexpected death in my family only the day before, it was a struggle for the first 90 minutes. I decided since the book was short to finish it up while doing my housework. I'm glad I stuck it out. I think the book was cathartic for the author and it allowed me to think about how my family was dealing with death having lost three members in the past three months. If you are prepared for this type of book, or you are needing to not feel "alone" in your grief, then this is a recommendable listen.
Well written and heart wrenching, "One Second After" truly brings home the horror Americans would face if we were caught up in our own worst nightmare; life without modern conviences. The characters are well written and I found myself drawn so deeply into the story I felt their pain. I found myself in tears at various points in the story and it became a major discussion point with my husband each night. He can't discuss his own work with me, but suffice it to say he has had us keeping emergency water, food and supplies for years. I've even drawn my chemistry students into the discussion since the topic is so relevant. This is a must read book for anyone living in a modern society.
This story picks up some 1400 years beyond Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained. Once again, Hamilton weaves seemingly individual stories into an epic tail across a vast universe. His writing is rich in vision, texture and imagery and filled with unforgettable characters. Happily, some well established characters from the previous novels have not yet uploaded their consciousness' and are around for yet another tale.
After seeing that there are no other Peter F. Hamilton novels available through Audible.com, I searched the author's website for additional titles. He is a prolific author yet many of his works are not yet available as audio books here in the US. Perhaps this is something that will become more readily available in the future? I have no doubt many Audible listeners would be thrilled with additional titles.
I love serial stories but this isn't one of them. In a typical serial, the main plot objective is resolved, but the underlying conflicts which have become of great interest still need resolution and the reader's interest has been piqued. We need to know more;give us that sequel! Not only does this book ramble along introducing a wide variety of characters with extensive back stories of their own, but the same plot devise seen from more than one character's point of view is needless (and endless) in this story. When it almost seemed that the various story threads would unite and the climax was intimate, the book ends. I don't care enough to listen to the next book in the story; it's too predictable. I was so hoping to find a new author! Oh well...
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