Great follow-up to Koban. A few good space battles and a sweet show-down between the third-gen Kobani humans and Krall.
The narration was great imho.
Overall, if you enjoyed the first book then this is good purchase.
Story- Interesting and entertaining plot. The pace was about perfect for my taste.
Narration- Excellent job by Patrick F. My only minor complaint was the cadence of some of the (mostly female) characters. The odd pauses distracted me for the first few chapters. I must have adapted or their frequency diminished because it didn't bother me for long. Other than that- fantastic narration.
Good mixture of action, politics, science, strategy/strategic planning. Count me in for the follow-ups.
If you're reading this then chances are that you are already familiar with the series. For me, Jack does a good job balancing details that bring the book to life- without bogging it down with inconsequential details.
The story itself is a pretty good one. I'm only halfway through but so far I'm enjoying it. Not quite as action-packed as some prior titles but the stage is being set.
The narration by Christian is as good as prior books. He has a good range of characters and IMO it adds to the story.
Overall, if you enjoyed the previous books in the series then this one is a definite buy.
I guess there wouldn't be much to read if the protagonist actually followed quarantine and didn't interject himself into the neighborhood politics. That said, I'm still disappointed and had to stop listening about half-way through. To go through all the effort to prepare and then blow off basic quarantine to attend neighborhood meetings and try to become a high-profile member just doesn't make sense from the prot.'s perspective. That in addition to the tedium that inevitably resulted from the fine-grained detail given regarding the neighborhood social scene and I was done.
Riggs' intelligence has been on a downward spiral (nosedive in this volume) for the last few book. For me, it hit the unbearable point during book 7. No reason for his decline has been given so perhaps it's unintentional. Regardless, the story has been ruined for me.
Mark Boyett's narration was excellent as I've come to expect. His character inflections provide a great color to the narrative.
Sad really, the story itself is very interesting to me.
This series of lectures was both entertaining and very enlightening. I found myself every bit as engaged with this as with most of the fiction titles I've listened to and not the slightest bit dry.
The info itself translates well for non-scientists. IMHO it gives the average person different ways of approaching questions and claims made by others - be it medical professionals, sales people or other individuals.
Well worth listening to.
Practical Buddhist wisdom interspersed with interesting life stories. I've listened to and read a number of other Buddhism books. This one is tied for #1. The cadence of the book for me was neither rushed or slow. The author's points are clear and well made. The content is well structured.
The narration was well done. Intonation was dynamic without being overly dramatic. I can honestly say that this is the first audiobook I've heard where I've not been annoyed at some point by the narration.
The story underlying the book- that of the author's journey from a stressed PR guy through self-employment to published author was interesting IMHO. The story didn't focus on the achievements themselves but were used to educate in the same way as his older friend with cancer and a poor career choice was: illustrating alternate perspectives and responses. I had no sense of a 'look what I did! how awesome am I!?'. That is somewhat surprising in retrospect, given the achievements themselves.
The moderation was also nice. The author didn't drop all of his material wealth (and actually argues against it) nor celebrating achievements. Believing instead that more good can be done from positions of relative wealth and power than those of a penniless man without influence. The middle road seems far more achievable to me than a more spartan existence and sounds like a still worthwhile goal for those starting out. To me this is one of the key strengths of this book. Your life doesn't have to be taken over or radically change to begin.
All in all, definitely worth the buy.
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