I let this book sit in my cart for almost 2 weeks before I finally decided to buy it. I wasn't sure if I could get around an Ender book with a totally different cast. I was very wrong. It has its fair share of action, a little romance and taboo and corporate scandal with some aliens thorwn in for good measure. The most enjoyable part was everything. I also find a few small but important parallels between Lem and Peter, who was my favorite character from the Ender and Shadow sagas. The entire cast gave wonderful performances.
It's George Carlin. Reading his material. Too me. It was all enjoyable.
I feel like no one who buys this book will be unhappy with this book. It is exactly as it says, George Carlin Reads to You. If you don't like his voice or his material, don't buy this. If you do, there is no reason to not buy this. One could say, "its just him performing his material, you get that with any of his CDs." The difference is that this is a reading of a transcribed book. Which means none of the jokes require the element of sight. My only complaint with comedy CDs is that you can't see them, and there are always periods of awkward silence and the laughter of the audience who can see the comic. This eliminates that element and is, therefore, superior to any of his studio CDs.
It captures the adventure of the film in its reading and gives me a better understanding of why it was abridged (something I don't usually like) with its introduction. Its a fun story that knows what it is and doesn't try to be anything else.
...it is a movie...
I grew up watching the movie adaptation and it has always been one of my favorites. I got this book to listen to at a job where I had a fair amount of free time but not enough to dedicate to a 12 hour book. I know this story very well and was happy to find that, just like the movie, the book knows that it isn't too serious but fun and somewhat cliche while still being entertaining. I know that the movie was based on this book, but that doesn't always mean that the story will be the same or as well mapped out. It is exactly like the movie, but is just as entertaining. Rob Reiner does a good job with the reading. This was worth it, for a short yet entertaining listen.
The beginning of this book really got my hopes up, starting with a young Altair, much younger than he is in the game series and it added a real touch of flavor to the story. Then the plot moved back into the familiar paths of the game. I stuck it out, hoping for it to diverge again but when it became obvious that it wasn't going to, I stopped listening. I feel a book like this should either be a direct translation (like the first two books) so that I can enjoy the story of a game I haven't played in a long while or it should add an entire understanding to the character that couldn't have been explored in its original medium (game).
I was hoping for a story that was meant to shine more light on the Assassins Creed universe, whether it was to focus more on the Brotherhood as it exists today compared to the Renaissance or to cover parts of Ezio's story that we didn't get in the games. Instead, we get a literary port of the game, with subtle tweaking. The narrator does a pretty good job, the accent is acceptable and the voices range enough to tell the difference between most characters. The story is still good, as great as it was in the game but it just wasn't what I really wanted. I have to give it a 4 star overall though, because I did buy and enjoy its sequels, complaints aside.
Tough call between Clarisse and Montag. Clarisse is just such a vibrant character and really gives Montag that big push but theres just not enough of her and Montag has some really moving moments in the later parts of the book.
This was the first book in high school I actually read and I had it read three times by the time our assignments were due. In a fit of nostalgia, I had re-read Catcher in the Rye, another high school book I enjoyed. In adulthood though I just find the book whiny and annoying. I wanted to see how my opinion of Fahrenheit 451 would change but I still am in love with this book. Christopher Hurt gives a wonderful performance.
The narrator did a wonderful job. His voice is perfect for the narrator, aside from the obvious accent his tone carries with it a sense that this is an average man who has done well for himself and is intelligent but is not as stuffy as "high society". His tonal shift when reading as the dim-witted yet intuitive soldier just fits the character. You can believe that while he has valid points, he lacks necessary skill to carry out an otherwise decent plan, based solely on the tone and inflections.
I have never listened to any of Vance's other performances but based on what I heard here, I would not be opposed to hearing them.
This entire book is moving. It is easily one of the scariest novels I have ever read (and later listened to). The helplessness of humanity in the face of the Martian invaders is terrifying. The heat ray is a scary weapon and it isn't too hard to imagine that if an alien race wanted Earth, this is essentially how it would go down. There is not a lot of back story but the beginning does cover a motivation for the Martians to come and invade Earth. Just as it isn't too hard to imagine Martians doing this to Earth, perhaps one day mankind will reach a point where we would become the invaders.
Normally I love H.G. Wells but this was, in my honest opinion, one of his weaker books. I find the concepts and the structure well done but I don't find that I care all that much for any of the characters, the only exception being the encounter in the forest after "the incident". The narrator did a good job but I'm hard pressed to say it was a great performance. I listened to it once and that was enough for me. I'll stick to War of the Worlds.
Heinlein is very quickly becoming a favorite author and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is second only to Stranger in a Stranger Land. I am a sucker for a good revolutionary tale and after listening to 1984 (for the hundredth time) it was a nice change of pace.
It did take me a little while to adjust to the readers voice. I listen to these books while I'm at work so I listen in seven to eight hour stretches. While James is a good reader, it took a couple of chapters before my ear adjusted to his pauses and inflections. All in all this is well read and a fantastic story. Worth the money.
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