This is a tale with great ideas, and reasonably well-written, but lacks pace. Most of the characters are not particularly likeable, and the performance is average; little more. I feel that it would have been better off as a short story.
This has become a permanent fixture on my iPhone, along with Catch 22. While there is a goodly amount of science in it, which may not appeal to some. It's written with such economy and wit that it becomes accessible to anyone.
Weir is not only clever, but a talented story-teller. Kudos to him. Also RC Bray does a magnificent job, with great characterisations and excellent comic timing.
Do yourselves a favour and grab it now.
I found this book tricky to listen to. I sense a great story and profundity, told through well-written English. However, the narrator speaks as though it was a 1940's newsreel, and the characterisations are poor. Seems a shame.
I think I might read the hardcopy version, as I sense, especially towards the end, that I was missing something extraordinary.
This was recommended to me by someone to whom I'll be returning for more advice! It's a darkly humorous take of fraternal assassins in the old west, and chronicles their journey to their latest quarry in gold-rush California. Sometimes strange, but not in an inaccessible way - think more Coen Brothers than David Lynch.
William Hope's modes of speech are superbly evocative; and should be award-winning if there is any justice. Just a brilliant listen.
I'd recently stopped reading fantasy, but this was recommended to me. I grudgingly accepted, and was more than pleasantly surprised. The story moves along at a superb pace, and Paul Hoffman's characterisations are sublime.
Definitely give this a go!
I really liked this... one of my favourite so far this year. I especially like the scenes that take place in 1962 - they're believable and humorous. The narrator is especially excellent for these phases. The main character is wonderfully sympathetic (if that's your thing!), and it's all very easy on the ears.
I had only two quibbles... the book seems rushed towards the end, and perhaps a little overwrought. Secondly, I've given Edoardo a 5-star review for his reading, but beware a wince-inducing Irish accent in the earlier parts. Fortunately, it's only in it for a while.
All-in-all, though, a definite recommendation - well worth the full purchase, not just a credit!
Many people, even fans, would suggest that Burke too often rips off himself. This is evident here, but he is such a masterful writer of character and dialogue that, despite the recurring themes, I didn't want to stop listenting; particularly in the second half.
Patton's narration, as always, makes it compulsive listening. If you've never listened to/read Burke, maybe choose something else (his previous one, Feast Day of Fools, although a sequel, is an amazing book - it can be read stand-alone with no problems).
This volume adds strongly to Burke's canon, without introducing something especially new. Absolutely a must for fans at least.
This book defeated me, I am ashamed to say. I do most of my audio listening whilst driving, but this requires you too pay too much attention, and thus, while driving you lose important plot points, for two reasons:
1) There is a lot of tech within the book, and diluted time due to near-light speed travel on ships, and there is a lot of scene-shifting within chapters, which leads me to...
2) Other reviewers have alluded to it already, but it was a bad move not to have some sort of pause or audio-cue when scene-shifting between chapters. What happens is that John Lee (whose other stuff is ok, in my opinion), moves between scenes without taking a breath and you completely lose where you are whilst driving.
Shame I have to give it up, it's supposed to be a classic series. But them's the breaks.
I could have sworn this book was written by a woman, but there you go! Amor Towles channels Wharton from time to time in this very-well written period piece. Some may consider it a little slow-moving, but please stick with it: the second half moves a little better than the first.
Rebecca Lowman gives a fine performance too. All-in-all, a welcome addition to my Library and well worth a credit.
This is one of the best, and most fun, spy-series on Audible. Barbara Rosenblat is an wonderful reader, whose male characters are always believable. They are pretty much a product of their time, but Gilman always has sympathy for the regular natives of the oppressed countries Mrs. Pollifax visits.
Start with this and move on to the whole series - there is perhaps one so-so book in it, but the rest are all great!
Lovely story, well read and with a goodly amount of humour - well-researched too.
Lorelei King, as always, is an absolute champion - I just love her voice characterisations. Really lovely stuff :)
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