I own this book in paper, mostly because of my hero Jim Butcher, but I enjoy several of the other authors as well, and this collection has some good stories. I bought the audio book because I like to 're-read' things and have a long commute everyday. Most of the people selected to narrate these stories were just not pleasant to listen to, especially for the Jim Butcher selection, which really was a disappointment.
I've been an Audible listener for years, and I periodically search for certain authors. Finally, some of Jack L. Chalker's work has appeared! Here's hoping to see the rest of the Dancing Gods, all of the Well World, and the Four Lords of the Diamond. Maybe even "And the Devil Will Drag You Under". Please?
This is a fun series, and much lighter than his other work. Great characters and that twist of body changing and self identity discovery. Two people going nowhere end up going somewhere they never imagined, learning about magic and the River of Dreams, and being tasked with an epic quest.
Chalker is classic Sci/Fi Fantasy.
We need James Marsters back as narrator. He may not have been the best at pronouncing some words sometimes (go back to the early books and listen to him say "Sidhe" LOL), but he got better and he IS Harry Dresden. I know this is just another in a long list of complaints, but it makes a huge difference.
John Glover just doesn't have the tonal quality necessary. I have a pretty good feeling that I wouldn't have liked him even if he wasn't just stepping in after 12 books with Marsters at the wheel.
The writing, the research, the people, the science. It's an amazing story, sometimes funny, sometimes tragic. Once in a while we have to realize that there are more people than the scientists behind the discoveries.
Yes, it's young adult fiction, so you need to understand and accept some things from that perspective. One review faulted the book for the slang, innuendo and the product placement....but story is told from the perspective of a nearly 16 year old girl. Spend some time with a group of 16 year olds and you will hear all of that and more! I found the narration to be pleasant and the story to be interesting and well told. I liked how Sawyer brought in other authors, books as well scientific and mathematical ideas into the story to substantiate the premise. It gives you something more to research if you are interested in the theories he presents.
Although this book is aimed at kids, Neil manages to create, yet again, a delightful story that adults can also truly enjoy. I'm a big fan of Neil's work (obviously), and my favorite thing about him, is that he doesn't write "down" to kids. Of course he eliminates the adult language and sexuality, but he keeps all of the intelligent, elegant writing intact. His delightful brand of creepy-yet-heartwarming storytelling is there no matter what age group is the target. Oh, and he deserved the Newbery Medal he won for this wonderful book.
The book really does have some good information on the historical New Testament. I am taking on faith that Mr. Ehrman is truly the scholar he says he is, and that his historical data does, in fact, reflect the information one would receive at a university when studying the topic. My problem with the material is that the dissemination of this historical information is only about half of the book. The other half is repeating, ad nauseam, the information presented, combined with a rather self-aggrandizing account of the author, his life, and his beliefs (which are also repeated many times). I kept finding myself wanting to shout "you said that already, at least twice, move on!" every 10 minutes or so. He really needed a better editor to cut out all the noise and help him stick to the topic, which would in turn have alleviated some of the need for him to constantly mention that he didn't have the space to go into each topic in more detail.
It was only because I really enjoy the story that I got through this. Plus a little bit of crazy optimism that it just had to get better, that someone else would take over the narration soon. Ellison's reading was frenetic and filled with irritating stutter affectations and breathless swallowing sounds that destroyed the continuity of the story and drove me spare. One can only hope someone else will redo this someday.
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