I have always enjoyed the novels of Jules Verne. While not a scientist by training, his writing includes enough technical detail (perhaps too much, at times) to make the story very believable. What I enjoy is being able to listen or read stories from this era. I feel it is important to keep the story in context. Although published nearly 20 years after the U.S. Civil War, Verne does a good job of portraying the public face of civil behavior at the time. The caring yet always appropriate relationship between the main characters does not fit well in a RAP society where caring has lost its meaning to many.
Having said all that, Verne's story lines can become tedious when he does into detail on botanicals and phylogenetic classifications. Even so, that is his style and his work influenced many scientist.
As for Mr. Clark, the narrator, I felt he did an admirable job considering that Verne's writing (originally in French), is a struggle in translated works.
I read this book several times in the past and was curious how it would work as an audio book. I enjoyed it -- more than I thought I would.
I think I must have missed something. The "critics" say this was a fast-paced story. My lord, it was painfully slow. The biggest issues were the characters and their interpretation by the narrator. There is no emotion in the way the characters are presented, and Marty, who is always whining, is really annoying.
I suspect this belongs in the juvenille fiction category, although I may be insulting this age group. It is written and performed (it seems to me) for a pre-teen audience. There is no emotion. The story takes so painfully long to develop and most readers would already know what's coming. Each step of the story is predictable.
I am really curious who "they" (the critics) are. I no longer trust any of the first 20 reviews given on any book, which is a real problem for something that is new.
I have this story a rating of two stars. I guess I was feeling kind.
Jefferson Mays does a terrific job of navigating this complex story and bringing all the characters into reality. Corey's book had a slightly different dynamic than the first two books, involving more psychology and philosophical perspectives. It was exhausting -- especially the last section. Great listen in all respects.
I enjoyed the first book in this series, but this one, the seond one was better IMHO. The characters were better developed. The narration by Mays was excellent, allowing you to feel that you were hearing more than one person. Nicely done! There was some referencing needed to the first book, so I am not sure if the second would make as much sense if you had not read/listened to the first.
I have not been a follower of the Fargos, but since this is book 5, I would have to assume there are at least four others. The focus on the Mayan codex that is the initiating cause of this story leads to the adventures of the Fargos. Reminds me of the old stories of Nick and Laura Charles. Regardless of how difficult the situation, the solution appears, either self-generated or from outside fources. The story is good, if you don't want to think too much about it (which was exactly my reason for buying the book). Scott Brick does a good job in narrating the story. I'm not sure I want to follow the series, but you won't get stressed out over the seemingly impossible dilemmas that befall the main characters because you know that they will always get away safely.
14 by Peter Clines is a most "unusual" story, and I did not expect how things worked out.
The reader, Ray Porter, did a terrific job and I could easily visualize each of the main characters by their unique voices. This had to be very difficult because there are a half dozen (at least) important characters, and maintaining the qualitative differences between their voices was very well done.
The story took a long time to develop, but I was intrigued as to its direction. I suspect one thing, but the final direction was unexpected.
I will willing to suspend disbelief, and I try as hard as I can. The final story line was really stretching my disbelief factor, but the characters kept me well engaged. This was definitely a story worth listening to -- for me. It was strange, and I love strange. As Bill Murphy's character (Phil) in Groundhog Day said, "Anythng different is good." There are so many series and stories that are just boilerplate. This is not. It was different at many levels, and I will check out other books by Peter Clines. I definitely will see out Ray Porter as a narrator.
I always enjoy the futuristic "space marine" type stories. I love gadgets, and they always seem to have the coolest gadgets around. These are stories I enjoy just to relax. Nothing too deep.
I have read or listened to a number of books by Ian Douglas, and I had forgotten how he frequently goes into long discussions about things that do not seem to be necessary to the story. They are obviously interesting to Mr. Douglas as he provides a lot of information, but in a written book, you can simply skip large sections without losing the story or important content. This is harder with an audio book.
I like this story, but I only gave it a 3 because probably 10% could have been left out. The performance was OK, but not great.
I read this book in hardcover a long time ago and forgot most of it. For me, the most memorable character had been Tom the Builder (at least that was the character I remembered most). I also have a fascination with European cathedral design.
Listening to this book after all these years was pretty much like starting at the beginning. I enjoyed the terrific characterizations and the story lines that sometimes took decades to come to resolution.
My only qualm with the story was the final concluding resolution between Jack and Waleran. It was not believable considering Waleran's long history.
I strongly recommend this as an escape, although I got so involved with the characters that when bad things happened, I got depressed. :-(.
I am a Follett fan and this is very different from his thrillers. Take a week, disappear, and listen.
This was a terrific story, and Wil Wheaton did a terrific job of bringing Wade to life. I felt like I was there. Fortunately (or unfortunately :-0), the names of the games and the songs and the other trivia were also things I experienced in my own past, which made me feel quite a bit the geek. Good guys, really bad guys, a story that stated on track, and a love story that ended the way I hoped. Great job on everything, team!
The first third of this audiobook was absolutely excellent and made me cry in parts -- and I don't cry often.
I have read most, and will continue considering his writing.
This reader was one of the most adept I have every heard. Challenging characterizations to deal with, but he is the high point of this story
The book is too long to listen to in one sitting, and you would be an emotional wash clothe.
The book is written (it seems) in three parts. The first third is terrific and the characters are rich and vivid. The second third of the book is tedious, and Jake's obsession with Oswald begins to wear thin. The last third of the book becomes bizarre with an ending that is "cute" if not predictable. I could have thought of a couple of better endings that would have knocked the socks off of the reader -- Jim Bah!
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