Hope, BC, Canada | Member Since 2010
Although the narration is stilted with odd pauses, the story pulled me in. This post-oil earth is full of haves and have-nots, engineered bodyguards and corporate intrigue.
Dystopian future, parents who cheerful euthanize newborns…this is not a pleasant book and I would choose the "youth fiction" audience for it carefully and only after I'd read it. I was perturbed about the lack of a denouement and then I realized it was a series. I still don't think that excuses just ending with a hopeful sentence or two. Well written for sure and well narrated but didn't sit well with me. I guess this book is the grandmother of the Hunger Games books.
Very enjoyable story of a new doctor's introduction to rural Ireland and being a physician in a small village. Reminiscent of "All Creatures Great and Small" in an endearing way.
The plot is intriguing, I loved the narrator, but somehow the whole package moved a bit too slowly.
Palace intrigue, the introduction of new technology…I was hopeful about this book. I did manage to finish it but it was a bit of a chore.
Engrossing story told by Lady Trent, documenting her early life and fascination with dragons, culminating in a dangerous trip to distant lands to study them closely. Amazing narration, lovely story. I hope there are more volumes to come!
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.
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.
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!
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