I have been a fan of Laurie King, but this story was a little bit too over the top graphic for me. Yes, what war and trauma do to people has a profound effect on them... but there were places where it was traumatic just to listen to it. I liked the narrator, though... well presented story.
As I listened to the first part of this book, I kept experiencing deja vue... I was sure I had read something like this before! Much to my surprise and delight, I realized that I had read the first chapter in a Sci Fi magazine. I was really delighted to hear the rest of the story in the entire novel.
This is one which, for me, was not complete until I had heard the subsequent novels, all equally good.
I liked the narration, once I got used to the slower pace of the reading. I listen in the car on my commute, and have been caught up in the story from the first moment I recognized the first chapter.
I do have to say, I also had to get used to the author's writing style... so much of it was in present tense.
But a good way to spend my time, I have enjoyed all three of the novels.
I really liked this story. It was long, but the detail that went into it needed that length. I enjoyed the characters and their viewpoints. I liked how the story moved along even with so much detail.
The narrator was able to help me distinguish the characters well without being campy. He was easy to understand and I liked his voice.
I love Carl Hiaasen. His stories are fun, creative, and don't go so far that they creep me out. I love how he ends chapters and thoughts.
I also really liked George Wilson as narrator. He has a great voice, and did a wonderful job of painting the story's picture for me. He pacing was not rushed and there were pauses between thoughts and changes in scene. Very well done.
The narrator was fine, he did great at managing the characters and helping me see their different personalities. I listened into the 7th chapter and it just never engaged me. I usually really like period pieces, too... but it just put me off somehow. I would return it if I could, but waited too long to give it a listen. Moral of the story: listen to your oldest purchases first.
Loved the narration! The story was okay, with the best part for me being the insight into the Indian culture. But the story was really full of swearing and had lots of gory fighting scenes and beatings... and it never seemed to stop.
I finally heard all of it. between the two books, it was loooong, but I had to hear the end of the story. This is the end of the story begun in Pandora's Star. Like it, the narrator was good but had terrible sound mixing in that the volume was all over the place from very quiet (almost inaudible) to quiet loud... needing frequent manual regulation of the volume while I listened to it.
It is a good story, and most of the characters' loose ends are tied up by the end of the story. I am not going to tell you how it turns out, but I liked it ;)
One thing to consider... IF you are a sensitive listener and are easily offended by sex scenes and/or swearing, there are parts of these books which may bother you. Some of the characters swear a lot... and morality is different in the world the author describes.
Just so ya know .
This is a good story read by a talented narrator. That said, it does take some adjustment to the variations in volume that occur in both this and the sequel. At first, I found it annoying, but once I adjusted to turning it up or down I was able to get past that part.
The story has maintained my interest, but be wary if you are sensitive to swear words or sexual scenes... lots of swear words and sex... but I guess that sells books, huh.
It is worth a listen, but the end requires you to go on to the next in the series to gain some closure. I am not quite done with that one yet, and am interested to see how all the many subplots turn out and all the loose ends are resolved.
Ok, so the story is not exactly politically correct... in fact, parts of it might be offensive to some... but it is a great story when considered in context of the time in which it was written and I could, though the help of the narrator, see what was going on.
Her inflections, vocal range, changes in timber made each character come alive to me, and I enjoyed it all... every bit of it.
I would recommend this for anyone.
This book and Tina's reading of it were great. I found parts of it interesting and parts of it so funny I laughed until I could barely breathe. I love Tina's wit and intelligence, and, of course, delivery.
I would love, in fact, to hear her do another audio book. I have recommended this one to lots of friends.
I loved this story and the narration that brought it to life. I found myseld frustrated because I kept wanting to talk about it with someone and I didn't know anyone who was reading it! I have since recommended it to several people.
I will be listening to this one again for sure... it's long but I couldn't wait to get back to it daily.
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