of the area 51 series, excaliber has to be up there.
it's like the last 3 in the area 51 series.
i did eric's low, almost military-like voice. he changes his voice just enough w/ the other characters, but not too much to be annoying.
heavens no. who does that?
this whole series is well worth it. you have to pay attention to catch all the details, but i wouldn't say it's a difficult listen nor is it terribly "intelligent". it's kinda like watching "independence day". it's fun times.
if you liked hunger games, this has a very similar feel. i didn't love HG and similarly, didn't love this. it wasn't bad, there just wasn't really anything "wow" or special about it.
it might have been the expectation i had b/c i loved the ender series and the first shadow book, but i was so disappointed in this book. it was well written, but just not believable and i didn't "like" any of the characters. i can believe a child can lead a fleet to kill the formics b/c it's like a video game, but i just don't believe that teenagers can rule the world and lead armies, etc. 25 year old soldiers won't follow a 12 year old and 16 year olds can't order the launch of missiles. so the premise of this whole book wasn't believable for me.
sadly, i won't be continuing the shadow series.
if you enjoyed ender's game, you'll very much enjoy this book as well. the only things are that i found myself wanted to hear more about ender, but Bean (the main char) definitely has the depth to be a main character.
the ending was a little flat though. nonetheless, it's highly recommended!
i just couldn't do it. there are so many other more interesting books (ender series, daemon/freedom TM, the martian, etc) for me that i decided to stop and find a different book. i was really hoping to re-capture the magic of the Area51 books and plowed through book 1 and tried book 2, but there were just no good characters and the mystery wasn't interesting to me. i'm not sure what the book was missing, but something isn't there.
i'm not sure what is missing from the story itself, but even if you ignore the horrible narrator, this book isn't as interesting as the area 51 books. i wasn't a fan of the characters and the mystery of what was going on wasn't something i cared to learn more about.
mayer usually summarizes what happened in previous books, so perhaps start on book 4 where the narrator is decent.
i really liked the idea of the book, but there was something missing. i was hoping to re-live the awesomeness of "daemon" and "Freedom ™" as they are similar in concept, but "Zero Day" didn't seem to have good characters or depth. It's doubtful that i'll listen to the sequel, "Trojan".
it seemed like it was just a "good straightforward book" that you enjoy, but wasn't unpredictable or surprising at all. i enjoyed listening, but it wouldn't make my list of, "hey, you've got to read this!" there's still something missing from this series and i can't put my finger on it.
having said that, i'll definitely listen to the next book in the series when it comes out.
this book is well written and i get the feeling that i'm going to love the sequel, but the story of this book standing alone didn't do it for me.
i won't ruin anything for you, but it seems like very little happens in this book. it is pretty much a build up for the sequel.
one of the things that i didn't like was how OSC seemed to spend too much time reviewing what characters think. i usually like that stuff, but i found myself at times wondering why OSC felt the need to put so much in. you are privy to the decision process of some of the characters and it gets old because it didn't strike me as interesting or creative. and many scenes had a surplus of it. i'm not sure what to suggest in its place, but that's how i felt listening to it.
having said that, i'm still excited to listen to the sequel and i hope i love it as much as i liked the ender's series.
i'm not sure what it was, but the ending/explanation didn't do it for me. the mystery was pretty cool and some of the back story was cool, but it was missing something. the characters were only so-so and i didn't feel like there was a lot of personality to them. it's a decent book for sure, but not my favorite nor one i would solidly recommend.
the performance/accents of the narrator were perfect. the story was easy to follow, the characters were entertaining, the "martian" was hysterical and writing was clear. definitely recommend if you want a light & fun book.
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