Unbelievable, poorly crafted story. We have to hear the author drone on about nano-tech for 5 minutes before we can hear the book. The story starts out okay, but then moves directly into unbelievable. The dumb protagonist suffers repeated damage in one day but continues to show no signs of harm. At the end of the story, the author assumes we are too dumb to have figured things out on our own and goes into boring explication. The narrator can't keep his voices straight, and the background noises of flipping pages (or something simiar) are really annoying.
I love action-adventure fiction, but this didn't cut it for me.
Asimov is always great, and I really enjoyed this story. He has a very creative vision for time travel and the type of situations it could create. However, the narration was very painful for me to listen to. The narrator sounded like he was reading the dictionary.
I devoured this story as quickly as possible. It is an adventure story with some mild fantasy elements. The story is quick moving, with lots of surprises, and the author has constructed a deep underlying story that is gradually revealed here and in the sequels, which I am currently listening to. The narration was very good, too.
If you want to understand the main actors in Washington DC, the debt ceiling negotiations, or the state of the Republican party, you should listen to this book.
Most surprising: Who comes off best in this novel? Joe Biden - who would have ever guessed? 2nd runner up -- perhaps John Boehner?
Obama's lack of political skill is clearly displayed. I think he is really more of an academic stumbling around in the world of politics.
Eric Cantor and his Tea Party fellows are revealed as completely intransigent, preventing any actual progress being made. The problems inside the Republican party are shown in Speaker Boehner's inability to whip the votes of his own party. (And that happened again in late 2012 after this book was released.)
Neil Gaiman is simultaneously one of the best authors in fantasy and one of the best narrators! This short book has reminded me of his talent, and I will be making it a mission to go back and listen to his books that I have not yet read. He is able to quickly lead the you into an immersive experience, and you will not want to stop listening to return to the real world.
The book kept my interest, even though it is a long, drawn-out story. However, then it just suddenly ends, with no resolution, which I found unacceptable. I imagine a sequel is coming, but now that I've been burned once, I'm not sure I'm willing to take a second chance. I don't mind books in a series (I can't wait for the next installment in Karl Schroeder's Virga series). However, each book must stand alone and come to a reasonable conclusion.
The narration is great. I think I could listen to Scott Brick read the telephone book and enjoy it.
I'm a Koontz fan and have been reading his material for 20 years. I usually love anything he writes -- my last listen, Odd Thomas, was great. This time Koontz gets obsessed with some not-so-witty dialogue in the first of the 5 substories. In addition, the reader, although energetic, was not my favorite. His reading during Jimmy's grandfather's predictions in the beginning was almost enough to turn me off to the whole book. I almost wish it had after dragging my way through this one.
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