Hope, BC, Canada | Member Since 2010
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith delivers a masterful performance, creating distinct voices for the many characters in this engrossing story of a family secret that isn't easily unearthed. The characters were likable, the plot twisty and the future an interesting vision of a post climate change earth. I could have enjoyed a bit shorter denouement, but well worth the listen.
I rushed through this series and found myself not unhappy to do housework because I could listen to the book.
I have been seeking strong female characters and this book had them, as well as alien intrigue and a satisfying explanation of the complexities from the prior books.
I didn't start listening to this series at the beginning which may be why my rating isn't a bit higher. I enjoy the time travel premise very much and enjoyed the parallel plague stories.
Dragged on a bit for me, but I will listen to the rest of the series.
I am fairly certain this was written on a dare…"I bet you can't write a book that in the first chapter someone dies from …."
I will listen to anything Wil Wheaton narrates and I loved other Scalzi books, I was a bit worried about the seemingly junior high opening of this book but I was caught up in the story after I met Robin, the pet store owner. The dialogue between Robin and her escort was rich and the plot twists don't disappoint.
I almost didn't listen to this book after the first 10 minutes because the narrator seemed so out of character with the characters…a sweet female voice using profanity…I didn't mind the profanity, it just grated because it was incongruous. The attempts to lower her voice to male timbres didn't work for me either. I had forgotten to download another book, so it's all I had and I slogged through. The story dragged, it seemed like there was a chapter missing in the end when we skipped from one character to another without any link. Wouldn't recommend it.
It's probably just me, but I could not follow this story. I suspect there was something about how the words appeared on the page (indented? italics?) that would have helped me follow what was happening. I started it over several times thinking I would "get it" but I had no luck. The story sounds so interesting. Your mileage may vary!
Book 1 avoiding delving into the politics and context, but Book 2 dives right in. The characters continue to intrigue. I loved Bobbie and Avasarala. Their idiosyncracies and relationships were fascinating and fun. And the ending....will definitely finish out this series!
Will Schwalbe introduces us to his extraordinary mother, Mary Anne, through the books they choose to read and discuss as she and they face a devastating diagnosis. We learn about Mary Anne's work in refugee camps, her philosophy of life, her only regret (not being able to see her grandchildren grow up), and her drive to organize everyone and everything around her. It was an honour to meet Mary Anne through Will's memories and Mary Anne's stories. And the books! Each book opened up topics of conversation that allowed Will and his mother to discuss what truly matters in life.
I'm a nurse who specializes in care of the elderly and this book is a real gift!
The juxtaposition of Miller, the washed up cop, with Jim, the impulsive officer-turned Captain creates an engaging tension throughout this book of grand proportions. A war that could involve the entire solar system, a plague that could wipe out humanity...I was very glad I wasn't "seeing" this book as the descriptions were vivid enough in print to suit my taste. The detail is just right: a focus on the characters and the challenge in front of them and not a lot of politics or background to bog it down.
When Harold Fry starts north from his home in Southern England believing he can save the life of his former colleague who is dying far to the North, we have no idea of what will confront him or the wife he leaves behind at home. This gentle tale of what transpires is excellently narrated and beautifully composed. I've walked across England crosswise and the author captures much of what a really long walk will do. This book is an exploration of what some gerontologists describe as a necessary task towards the end of life, to explore what it meant and come to a sort of peace with one's own actions. Worth a listen.
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