charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2012
This is a very well written and tightly plotted story. Sanderson will undoubtedly have a long career, and write some very popular books. I could easily see Steelheart made in a motion picture with some level of success. He is talented and a professional writer whose accolades are well deserved.
For me however parts of this story felt formulaic. Parts Matrix, X-Men and Catcher in the Rye. This is not necessarily a bad thing since most science fiction and fantasy are derivative at some level. The familiar is comfortable. For those readers and listeners who are looking for an action packed, fast moving story you will really enjoy this book and I recommend it.I felt at times that the story line was targeted toward a younger audience, which Sanderson has successfully done in other series.
Megan. I really got a kick out of her not being impressed initially with "Knees".
He did an excellent job. Very well done.
I rarely do that...
I would not disagree with my other reviewers, it is very well done.For me, the story felt a little naive and the storyline a little "mass market".
I thought was fantastic, Great narration, well done story. Overall this was a very enjoyable listening experience. At times inspirational, at times moving, and at times I could only listen in astonishment. It is easy to be jaded about the modern athlete today. Endorsement deals, mega contracts, a seemingly lack of interest. Here is a guy who without any future goal of money pursued a dream and focused on the process. If you area weekend athlete you will find this story inspirational.
This is a very honest book. His life was difficult at times, but he overcame the only way he knew how, through hard work and dedication.
He did a good job. Jurek is a complicated guy. The narration brought come that fact. At times you might not like him in this story, but on balance the way he overcame is difficulties cannot be denied.
I really cannot do that on my schedule, but this is a story that you want to come back to. I had not been exposed to Ultra Running before, being only a marathon runner myself, but the characters in this community were fascinating to me.
There seems to be a renewed interest today in health, natural eating and grass roots sports. I hope this book helps to fuel that interest and gets more people involved in their local 5k, Spartan Race or marathon. It helped me keep my interest alive and reiterated why I got involved in these activities to begin with.
Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is not literature, and does not pretend to be. This is a a true life account of some remarkable athletes, and the beginnings of a sport that even today is pretty underground. I enjoyed it tremendously. Interspersed with accounts of the primary races, were short bios of the main competitors, and a thorough (if controversial) treatment of the cause of many running injuries. But fundamentally this is an amateur ethnography of a fascinating people in a remote part of the world that many of us will never travel to.
As an amateur athlete I am always impressed about people who play a sport for the pure love of the spore; because it gives them joy and enriches their lives. Ultimately this book describes that approach to athletics, although within the confined of a sport I cannot comprehend. To say that ultra-marathoners are a breed apart in an understatement, this books paints that picture perfectly.
It would be hard no to select Micah True, a hippie philosopher king who dedicated his life to something so obscure that he becomes the hero to many.
Fist off this is not a book on how to run. There are sections that describe the evolution of running shoes and design influences on training. What I got out of the books was to follow your passion, but make sure that passion is not motivated by money or fame. It you follow that path happiness is yours. This was not approached in a heavy handed way in the book, but McDougal painted this picture with humor and great story telling.
I have ready some criticism of this book and some of it is fair and some not. Sure, the author paints some characters in a Gonzo style that some might find a bit too much. I personally got a kick out of it. Others have said that some characters like Ann Trason were painted in a poor light. I think the author was fair to all, within the confines of a popular book. I came away with the utmost respect for Ann and others in this book, and lets face it, ultra marathoners can be a little quirky. It all made for a great read. I highly recommend this book.
A very good ensemble cast narrating this. Very well done. Similar in production quality to Dune, which I still think is the best Audible has done. This book was part horror story, part fantasy, part adult crime noir and part metaphysical treatise on what it means to be an American. This book takes on a lot and delivers. I intend on reading more Gaiman in the coming year, a good writer with big ideas.
Probably when Laura first encounters Shadow after her....well I will let you sort that out...fellow reader.
Shadow is one of the most memorable characters I have encountered in a while.
The overall tone where Shadow accepts his fate and follows through on his mission/job, I thought that was not only interesting but at times moving.
Great book. I was looking for something different. I had wanted this year to explore some fantasy novels but a lot of fantasy is targeted to the young adult crowd. This is decidedly not. This is adult fiction, dealing with adult themes within a fantastic, surreal backdrop. At times it reminded me of Kurt Vonnegut, and at other times of Dan Simmons (Hyperion). I would highly recommend it.
I would recommend it to anybody who cares about art, the artistic process or the artistic community in NY in the 1970's.
This is essentially a memoir of Patti's life during a specific time period, but it is so much more than just a historical description of her life. Instead it is story of young girl who needs to be an artist, and her process of discovery in becoming an artist. That alone would be fascinating but it occurs during a very vibrant time in NYC. The descriptions of Argosy Book Store, The Chelsea Hotel and other legendary landmarks read like a travel book. The people that populate her journey make this a snapshot of the era. Fascinating.
Her resiliency, dedication to her calling and single mindedness of purpose make Patti an inspirational character. But this is not a story of fame, or the famous people she meets. She comes across as a humble, truth seeking person who needs to create an understand the world of ideas.
Not sure a movie would need to be made. But I do have suggestion. Go back and listen to those first 3 records she put out in 1970's again. You will hear them with greater depth in terms of poetry and context. I would also suggest listening to her new materiel which shows that her searching is far from over.
A big component of the "punk"movement was that everybody could be a musician or artist, that it is within us and we should not be discouraged by lack of talent. All of us can create and realize a vision of art that is within us. This book captures that concept beautifully. It will inspire you to pursue your own muse not matter what it is. I thought it was the best audible book I have purchased yet. Humble and inspirational.
It harkens back to a time when Sci Fi was full of big ideas that can be traced back to Clarke. The big idea in this book is a touchstone so that a description of quantum physics can play front and center to a story that attempts to define our future and ultimately our past. I enjoyed it.
There is hard science in this book, make no mistake. I enjoyed the fact that it make me think of physics and gave me incentive to investigate concepts central to the plot. Additionally, thought written in the 1980's, the political intrigue in the book is somewhat timeless. I thought it was a smart and clever book.
I have not. I thought he did a good job. He portrayed the different characters with different voices well.
The ending. Though I saw it coming, it was fascinating and sets up the next book very well. Well done.
This book requires your attention. There are many different characters, some with similar names in a setting that is very different. It can get confusing if you don't keep track, so be prepared to immerse yourself in "the stone". I like this genre of Sci Fi, and I will read the rest of the books in the series.
I would. It is a combination of space opera and military sci fi written in a straightforward style. The characters are unique an engaging and overall I found them interesting and a great way to forward the story. The story is not ground breaking or awe inspiring, but it i solid story telling with a message that I enjoyed.
My favorite character was the overall tone and tenor of story that spoke through all the characters. Fundamentally this is a meditation on Tibetan Buddhism, both in philosophy and the delivery of the story. This is unique in military sci fi and space opera and I enjoyed the approach and the characters.
The final scene when "the way" is realized by the main character.
No, I typically listen to books in my car. However I listened to this book pretty quickly, it was that enjoyable.
William Dietz has several books in the "universe" he has created. I intend to explore other titles. Interesting writer, with good ideas and a penchant for action. Glad I found him, thanks Audible.
For me good books are defined by characters I am interested in. This does not mean I have to like them or their actions, but I ultimately have to be interested. Cherubino and Adam were interesting characters that made me want to continue to listen adn find out how they could possibly reconcile their complex relationship and the environment they find themselves in.Good story, good characters. Highly entertaining.
Adam cannot catch a break yet carries on....I also enjoyed that Al;ex Hughes is female writer, which I thought brought an interesting element to a genre that is often male dominated. Knowing this enhanced my enjoyment of the storyline and the characters. Though the genre can be sometimes conventional, her handling of the material was unconventional. Well done Alex Hughes, I hope to listen to the next installment real soon.
I though Daniel May did a fine, fine job. He was credible with the different characters, which made them stand out. I like it when a narrator does this, it enhances the story and brings additional life to the characters.
I could see this being made into a movie. I think alot of people would enjoy it...I would not be one of them. I enjoy books more than TV or movies because they act on your imagination more.
If you are not a listener who usually reads police or detective stories give this a try. It's good Sci Fi within a clever detective "who done it". Adam's struggle with substance abuse puts an additional layer of emotion the story that at times is heart wrenching, and will make you look within yourself for answers. I highly recommend.
Absolutely Well written, tight plot, well drawn characters. Totally enjoyable..
Hard not to say Adam. Great character. For all his flaws, he is a likeable guy caught in a tough spot, even though he got himself into it...
Just great. He does the Cherubino character terrific.
"Don't Go See the Movie! The book is better"!!!!
I personally have never seen a movie that was better than the book so I am prejudiced with this question.
I really got lucky when I picked this series. Thought I would listen to something new. I am glad I did, Alex Hughes is a great up and coming author. I love her writing.
Probably not again, but I will listen to the next 2 books in the series.
I would say at the end, the way the book was tied together. Poignant and clever.
Fantastic job. He captures the regret of the main character without making you feel sorry for him. This book was surprising to me. It is part film noir, part X Files but it does not feel derivative. It feels familiar, enjoyable and the characters feel like new characters. It is dark but the crime scenes are not gruesome or uncomfortable. The author hit just the right notes and I look forward to the next 2 books.
I rarely do that but I did find myself listening to it when I usually don't listen to books. This indicates that I was involved an entertained.
I am not someone who listens to crime or paranormal books. I am a Sci Fi fan, but I thought I would try something new. I am glad I did. The characters are great, which is ultimately what makes any book worthwhile for me. I found myself invested in the characters, the story was interesting and the narrator was fantastic.
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!
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