Or, that the programmable computer was foreseen in the 1800's. What a story, what a journey. I enjoyed the history, the people, the story behind the story. What more can I say, read this.
It is an OK story with a teen age level action/plot. Here's the thing that gets annoying. Every character is some kind of super person. If the guy is a IT software guy, he got photo memory, is the best in the world. If he's an investigator he the best in the army with genius investigative capabilities. Of course the dad is a legend, a solder's solder. The other main characters are the fastest, most decorated, over achievers there are. Now, I don't want boring, just realistic. People I can relate to.
Not Don's best work. A good story has suspense and creditability, this one loses on the credibility. Neil's actions sometime just don't make sense. Hey, we've all lusted after a hot girl before. But I don't know anyone who would go the lengths Neil does for a hot girl he never met. Don should have had a better story there.
It's got potential, but by the time I was half way through I started listening to the 1st five minutes of the chapter and then skipped to the next. Sometimes I skipped whole chapters, and in the end, I didn't think I missed anything. Definitely well written and well performed, just not that interesting.
You've been warned. You'll drink coffee in excess, drive around the block a few times, take the long way home; the story is that good, the performance is that good. I was literally walking around laughing at times and choked at others. Andy writes with great imagination wit, and creativity. You are there with Mark Watney, the crew, NASA and everyone else the whole ride. I hope he writes another book.
Dont know how Don, who wrote such great works as Frank the Machine, Savages, the Dawn Patrol could strike out so sound,y. I tried, I really tried, but was do so bored by the story I just gave it up. Don't let this dissuade you from his other books. Like the great Babe, Don is a home run king and apparently a strike out one as well. It just happens.
I'm sure there a word for it, that feeling when you get to the end of this book. You've been on a journey on unexpected consequences. As the end approaches, you wonder, and think you maybe know, whats gonna happen. I could have stayed with the story for another 10 hours, but at then, that's not how things work.
This one is going to my favorites library. In a few months i'll listen to it again, jut to figure out what I missed.
Look no further. It might be intriguing to a 7th grader. The story line is weak and you always know whats going to happen. It's like listening to a grade-b TV show at 2am on Saturday morning...
You have to read this one to understand whats going on. But the story lacks the originality and pace of the 1st book. Let's see where we go with book 3
Classic Virgil, or that f*^%$#g flowers as his friends call him. Read it in sequence a the story make reference to other things going on in the prey series and prior Virgil serieses. This one appealed to the dog lover in me and made me thing of that Jeannie C. Riley song - Harper Valley PTA. Great read, enjoy it.
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