charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2012
Yes. I am a music fan first and although I really enjoy Talking Heads and David Byrne I would not consider myself a huge fan. With that said this is a very good book for anyone who likes music and want to understand it more. It comes off as thoughtful and well researched, with a point of view. I recommend it highly with those caveats and parameters.
Well David Byrne is essentially the character here ....his viewpoint is fascinating. I like the fact that he is explaining why his artistic taste and choices are what they are. Whether you agree or not, it's interesting.
No but I thought he did a good job, well done Andrew.
Having been to CBGB's I thought it was funny how he clinically described that down trodden club. His focus on acoustics and performance context was something I never thought of when in that space.
There have been a few other good music books I have read recently "The Life and Times of Brian Eno" and "Love Goes to Building on Fire"; both were very good. I would put this book on that par. If you are fan of musicology, the process of how art is made, anecdotes about a localized music scene and insight into how music gets made this is a great book. This is not a revealing, personality driven book about the rock n roll lifestyle. It descries music as art. I really enjoyed it, and I am glad I read/listened to it.
I didn't read the print version....
This was a combination of several genres including military Sci-Fi, Space Opera and high concept storytelling. I thought it was well done and the the ending surprised me. There is going to have to be a 4th book in the series to resolve the story arch and I will listen to that book when it is available.
The Admiral Funny and poignant
The ending. I was shocked and fascinated at the same time.
I enjoyed this books. Solid, well written and plenty of action. Good fun!
I did not read the print version...
Solid, military Sci-Fi with some larger scientific and political elements thrown in - good story.
I thought he did a great job, I enjoyed his approach to the material.
I found the discussion of matter and the way it comprises the universe and can be manipulated to be fascinating. This book comes with a mini physics lesson, which is interesting and enjoyable.
I will read he next book in the series...
I thought it was a good story, the production was very good and it kept my interest. I recommend this to any fan of Sci Fi.
The story is a little more Military Sci Fi than I usually read but it had some solid character development and a back story that served the overall plot well. I enjoyed it and I am going to listen to the remainder of the series.
I thought he did a solid job.
I honestly think that many (if not all) members of the military exemplify the attributes of honor that are depicted in this story. I have a renewed respect for that viewpoint and I am glad I was exposed to it through this fictional story.
I would recommend it, somewhat of a light read with an action based plot but sometimes that is what you need to unwind from work and relax. I am going to finish the series and look forward to finding out how the Odyssey One fares in the coming war with the Drassein....good stuff.
I would. This is a quiet book filled with some big ideas. Most of the action occurs internally, so in many ways this is both a psychological and anthropological view of man and his place in the world/universe. I loved this book and cannot believe that I never read it before. I am glad I did.
In tone, but not subject matter it reminded me of the works of Ursula LeGuin, particularly The Dispossessed. Different subject matter entirely, but a quiet story where the action takes place within the characters and their relationship to society.
It also reminded me of some early Asimov and Ray Bradbury. This is an optimistic book and harkens back to an era when Sci Fi was optimistic as well.
He did a great job. He let he story unfold without hurrying and let Enoch speak in a contemplative manner that suited him perfectly/
"Movies Stink Read the Book"
Seriously .... this is a very well written book. Simak was a journalist by trade and it shows. The story is uncomplicated but it suites the simple nature of the protagonist and his situation. It reminded me of older Sci Fi that was written for the story itself. Devoid of fighting, hyperbolic action the story serves the intent of the narrative arch. This is not an action packed, page turner; it is a simple rumination on the human spirit.
I have to give Audible credit, they continue to release books that are not only popular, but speak to the rich history of Science Ficiton. I consider this book to be foundation to any fan or amateur student of the genre. Highly recommend.
Anytime a book gets you to think about what it means to live, I consider it time well spent. This is a creative and ambitious plot and I can understand why it won a Hugo Award. It was entertaining and thoughtful at the same time.
Very post modern. It is not only self referential but alludes to tropes outside of the story that any fan of sci-fi will recognize. Parts of the story reminded me strongly of Kurt Vonnegut in the way the characters spoke to each other, and the way characters represented the writer. I thought it was very clever in a way that might not be unique, but is not done that often.
There were hilarious scenes in the first section that I really enjoyed. This section draws you into the characters for what is very satisfying end section of the book. The narrator pulls off the Gen X bemusement in a way that added to the plot.
I thought the final coda of this book was excellent, and somewhat unexpected considering how the novel started. What started as a post modern farce concludes as a very touching rumination on what it means to be human. I thought Scalzi was very thoughtful and the work he produced was quite moving. I was somewhat surprised and very happy that I stayed with the story. It was worth it.
I could see how some people might not like this novel. It was "out there" at times. But if you have read Vonnegut or Swift, enjoyed Space Balls or Barton Fink I think you should listen to this recording. The narrator is outstanding the though the plotting is complex and post modern, the payoff is satisfying.
Yes. The production was great, the narrator superb and there were some audio "special effects" that added to my overall enjoyment. Well done.
"Steelheart" by Brandon Sanderson. It is a direct story, with some social commentary. Strong, likeable characters and a mass market style that I enjoy sometimes. I could see his being made into a movie at some point. I view this literary approach as a "beach read" at some level. This is not a criticism. This book was written to be entertaining and Suarez hit the mark.
I have never listened to him before, but he did a great job. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to him again. Very well done.
Not sure its that type of book, though there were some scenes when the lead character is imprisoned that were a bit uncomfortable. Nothing extreme, or salacious and it is needed to set up the remainder of the plot. Parts of the book felt a little bit like YA (Young Adult) to me. This book is written in a fast paced style, where action is more important than emotional impact at some level.
I would recommend it. I enjoy reading contemporary Sci Fi and this is a good example of the current genre. It focuses on physics, which I found intriguing to think about (and do a little physics research on the side), so in that way it was thought provoking.
Everything. The story, the characters, the performance, the production. I thought it was one of the best purchases I ever made at Audible.
It just proves that a story does not have to be overly complex to be terrific. This is fundamentally a basic concept, a man is marooned on Mars. But how that simple concept is treated, developed and how the story unfolds is what makes this a memorable SF tale.
I think when somebody does a great job you cannot imagine anyone else doing it. R.C. did that in this performance. He "was" Mark, with all the wisecracks and intelligent descriptions of what he was encountering.
Tough question. Overall I had trouble leaving the story, I finished it pretty quickly. Even though the story was contrived (all novels are), I wanted to see how Mark was doing, to check into his status and his challenges. I found myself emotionally invested in something that was fundamentally a fictional story. I think the best story tellers do this; they get you to suspend your disbelief long enough to lose yourself for a while. Overall this was one of my most enjoyable Audible experiences.
As an athlete and Martial Artist I found The Martian very inspirational. Though a fictional tale it reinforces the basic concept that makes us all human. If there is hope there is the chance that obstacles can be overcome, so you keep trying and keep positive. Mark's unflagging determination is what separates greatness from mediocrity, and its something we all can do to some extent in our everyday lives. You never give up.
Yes. William Dufris is tremendous. I loved his work on the Old Man Series and this is even better.
This is a bit quirky but I thought he did Jezebel very well. Jesse is the conscience or voice of reason in the story and as dramatic device he brought out the importance of this character in a clever way. I am always amazed when narrators do a great job, because it just seems so difficult to do. Dufris hit the mark on this and every other character.
There is an even level of quality that I enjoy from a narrator. I want the entire story to flow together over the life of the novel, Dufris delivers on that fundamental yet important characteristic.
No I typically spend about a week per book, in my car or at the gym.
If you area fan of Sci Fi Asimov is almost required. Many tout the Foundation Series as his watermark and I am one of them. But the Robot Series, of which this is the first is so clever, so archetypal (in the Sci Fi cannon) that it should not be overlooked. It links the Foundation Series to the novels (Pebble in the Sky, Currents of Space, etc.) and provides insight into Asmiov's Galactic Empire concept. If you are a fan of the genre this is a seminal work. Keep in mind this was written in the early 1950's, but with that context it is even more mind boggling to me that Asimov can weave a story that still stands on technical merit. This series is a link into the past but like all good Sci-Fi it discusses timeless issues and values. This is not Shakespeare or Thoreau, but it is entertaining and thought provoking. I highly recommend it.
It is hard for me to write a review of a Kurt Vonnegut book, I am clearly not a literary critic, but for me he is the most under appreciated writer in the American literary tradition. This book, his first, is just fantastic.
Within the Vonnegut library I would say Sirens of Titan, another early book with big ideas.
It is interesting that all the Vonnegut books on Audible have been done by different narrator's and all of them have done a great, great job. Rummel handled the material so well I cannot imagine any else doing it better. Just great.
Paul Proteus probably but Kroger and Finnerty really cracked me up....sometimes it is hard to tell (when really Vonnegut) if you are imagining his characters or the subsequent one's that recent writers ripped off from him. These are archetypal characters at times and it is difficult not to love all of them.
Thanks Audible, well done.
No, but that does not diminish the fact that this was a very good series. Modern Sci Fi in a Golden Age coat. Great characters, well plotted with big ideas about humanity, relationships and the ability to find truth in a tough universe. I really liked it.
John Perry. But I say that with some trepidation. Jane Sagan, Zoe and the rest of the characters were people that I was interested in and to me that is the sign of solid characterization. John Perry here is the character that you came to rely on, both in terms of action, intellect and the emotional arch of the story. I will miss him.
I thought he was spectacular. I don't know honestly how he did it. He brought life to the characters and enriched the story.
No. I typically listen to Audible in my car and at the gym. But if a book really grabs me I will take it home and listen in my office. This book was one where I just did not want to stop listening. This is true about the entire series. A wonderful story with great characters and a clever plot.
This book has gotten good reviews. I agree with them and highly recommend The Old Man's War Series Books 1-3. Fundamentally however this is classic space opera with some conventional plot devices. So if you are into classic Sci Fi, I think you will very much like it. I am glad I finally got around to it on my Wish List.
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