This book was a failure for me. The pace is just too slow, hours go by and nothing happens, I abandoned after a serious attempt, and considering that the whole thing runs for about 20 hours. The main idea behind seemed interesting, centering on english magic, and a couple of magicians in an age where magic has almost disappeared. But the narrative is convoluted and full of unnecessary turns and flourishes and as fluid as molasses. I am an obstinate reader/listener but this one put me off for good.
The opening of this book was intriguing enough; the earth has been invaded by technologically superior aliens, who did not blow everybody to smithereens, but just occupied the planet and let the party go more or less as it was, changing the bagel fillings and stuff.
The heroine is presented with skill enough to somehow allow a bond with the reader to form.
Then comes the alpha male incredible handsome alien. OK, the stereotype has been used to exhaustion, but I ride along to see what happens next.
The plot reveals the vampire angle. Crap, not another alpha male vampire novel! Said I to myself, and was sorely tempted to drop the effort of listening altogether, but well, since I was already on my commute, I plodded along a bit more.
Some sex scenes appear. I'm always open to good erotica, but here I was surprised to notice that the sex descriptions, albeit being very explicit and carefully done, left me absolutely cold. Maybe a personal fluke, I mean, I like sex as much as the next person, but this one didn't manage to incite in me anything but a bored sigh. Go figure.
Then the rest of the plot somehow comes along, the vampire angle is thankfully not emphasized, and a mildly interesting emotional conflict on human/alien love/hate master/slave perspective begins to unfold.
At this point my attention is already elsewhere. I might finish this book when I have nothing better to hear, while my next credit drops. I made the mistake of buying the second book, after hearing just the initial chapter, and since it was down-marked to a couple of bucks, but I would not have done it if I had waited enough.
On the technical audio side, the reader does a nice job. I liked her voice and she managed to read the sex passages gracefully, not always an easy task.
This is a well researched book, that while focuses on sexual human behavior, touches many other human traits during evolution, such as war and agression, cooperation and the overal impact that our culture might have in the research of our own selves. For an example I liked, they discuss how the victorian values and traditions biased the way Darwin reported his findings, and how his writings were censored to remove ideas offending the common beliefs of that time. The authors clearly name many controversial themes that are deeply ingrained in our cultural behavior and challenge their pertinence to what being human really means.
I loved this book. The narrative is really fluid and the narrator does such a great job that it was like listening to a friend telling a real story, the book part became completely transparent. An amazing first novel, I look forward to read more from this author. Definitively recommended.
I had been searching for some good bird song recording for quite a while. This is exactly what I had in mind. The tracks are between 2 and 5 minutes, no voice over comment, just the bird singing in a high quality recording. There are 40 different bird songs showcased from all over the world. The record is truly great.
You will hear some amazing sounds in this compilation.
Thank you, Audible, for making available this wonderful material.
I am a great fan of Frank Herbert, but my first try of his son's and Anderson's work failed absolutely to impress me. I had avowed myself not to try again to read the books of these guys, but learning that this one was based on a script by Frank Herbert himself, and that it gave a sort of closure to the series, I decided to give it a chance, against my previous impression.
Wrong. Wasted credit. I really wanted to like this, but I could not stand more than a few chapters before my attention faded and I just dropped it. Maybe these guys are not bad, but the quality standard set by the father makes for an abysmal difference in the storytelling.
On the sideline, Scott Brick is a great reader, and I have greatly enjoyed other books by him.
I am rather new in this genre, but I find that Larsson is a master storyteller. Indeed, the story starts a bit slow, with background info and descriptions of the people involved without nothing really striking happening, but this works well to build the scaffold of the story, and once this is ready it shoots out like a rocket. I could not stop listening to the third part and heard it in one single sit (into an untimely hour). Kudos for Larsson.
Simon Vance delivers a decent job, he is not my favourite reader, but he never bothered me or distracted my attention from the story, so I take him as successful.
The very end of the book is one of the best closures I have read.
All in all, full marks for this audiobook.
This audio was a nice surprise, as I got is without knowing what to expect from it. The message is very direct, the explanations very clear and straight forward, and the results immediate. The book provides a guided meditation to contact animal spirits and ask for advice. I had already been through some regressions to past lives, which are a bit similar in technique, so it was somehow familiar for me. Definitively interesting and worth the dime.
This "channeling" book is my first experience in such a kind of material. While the main message is interesting, and it touches many relevant points about mankind, the emotional stages of the human, and inner development, sometimes it rather misses the target, especially with the "scientific" explanations given. A mixing of DNA with the chakras is still unpalatable for me (well I'm a molecular biologist), and the idea of a 12-stranded DNA chain, while interesting, is mashed up with electromagnetic vibrations and energy descriptions that sound badly cooked up, I would have expected these aliens to be more thorough on their science, or more cautious on their use of it. I would have not minded if this were presented as an analogy, but some depictions of our DNA are just ludicrous. Still I enjoyed the book, and it touched some interesting points worth being meditated upon.
Even tough I am only halfway through, I can already say that I enjoy this book a lot, the story flows well, and the plot line is very interesting. The main theme is magic, somehow akin to the Harry Potter world, but yet completely different. Recommended.
The only drawback that I have about this audio version is that at the end of each audio chapter there is a sound like a loud bang followed by 7 seconds of something like static or white noise hiss. Unnerving. This puts me off every time it happens, I have to remove my headphones and curse a couple of times before continuing.
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