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.
The story was interesting although very dated (written in 1957, set in 1963 post nuclear earth).
Nothing needed to be done to change the story. I just have a hard time listening to female characters of this time period being as ignorant as they are frequently portrayed. The stay-at-home wife, Mary was particular tough to listen to.
When the navy commander places the bracelet purchased for his (long dead) wife in his shirt pocket and lays down with his hand on the fishing rod purchased for his (lost) son, it is very poignant.
It's worth it if you are interested in that early 1960's timeframe of total nuclear destruction of the planet and how the last survivors would utilize their time. That was an interesting study in how some people face the inevitable.
Most Sci-Fi books are lacking in an real science or problem solving scenarios. That's not the case here where the protagonist is using everything he's got to stay alive.
Perhaps Mark Watney is just a future Robinson Crusoe using technology and science to survive, but it's no less interesting when you are the only life form on the planet.
The narration was amazing! Just the right touch of sarcasm really brought the story to life. I felt as if I was hearing 'Mark Watney' as he was making his journal entries. Outstanding acting.
If only we realized everything we ever learned was going to be needed to survive long after we had taken the exam.
I can't wait for another Andy Weir novel. I read/listen to between 55-60 novels a year and I've done so for a very long time. The Martian has now moved into my top 5 list. It's that good.
I am normally a big Hugh Howey fan, but what the hay? This was a very interesting story line (as usual) but it felt fragmented and disjointed. I really could have cared less what happened to the main characters. Although Karen Chilton is a fine actress, there were just too many mispronunciations (three when I quit counting) for me to get past. These were not terms or character portrayals, just things a director or audio editor should have caught. What a bust, the two star rankings are only because I think there was potential for both the story line and the acting, but it just didn't cut it.
Something other than scifi/fantasy.
Mispronouncing common terms that had nothing to do with the story line or characters. She just blew it on the read and no one seemed to catch it.
Emptiness...why should I care what happens next?
Skip this one unless it's on the $4.95 sale rack and you can't live without knowing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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