This book is the weakest book of Terry Brooks' I have ever read. I know he tends to reuse the same themes over and over but tell me how many books of his you know that involve, a boy who has two possible female love interests one he has known for his whole life and another who he has recently met, missing elf stones, and an invading army.
When I ordered this book I thought "Hey 3 hours of Iron Druid is better than 10 hours of something less fun." What I got was closer to two hours of Iron Druid and an hour of a random chapter of an upcoming Iron Druid I will buy when it comes out.
If two hours of a book are worth a credit to you go for it and enjoy!
The story of this novel offers great food for thought, how would humans deal with the discovery of a new intelligent species, how would corporate interests weigh when placed on the scales against the sanctity of a species right to grow in their own world?
This book provides an excellent opportunity to think about these questions and Scalzi's hero leaves you with an impression of truly weighing these questions for himself in the novel without ever simply spelling it out, this balance keeps the book from devolving into simple preaching about the expansion of a more powerful culture into the territory of a less powerful one.
I would also suggest reading Old Man's War by Scalzi.
I am writing this review with 3 hours left to go in the book. I wanted to write this to say to those who are reluctant to finish a series they may have spent upwards of two decades reading, it is OK to finish. I wrote this review without completing the last few hours so I could write this without my bias toward the ending showing up when I say, this is a good book. Many things are wrapped up, it does not feel overly hurried, which is good as this is the 14th book of a 20,000 page series.
The book is not without it's faults, sometimes the reading of some of the characters can sound a bit similar, but with such a large number of characters and only two readers I expect that was inevitable.
The story was exciting and I felt like most of what I needed from the final book has been delivered.
Sit back and enjoy and remember, there are neither beginnings nor endings to the Wheel of Time, but this is an ending..... Sorry I could not help it.
This book is pretty standard story quality for a Star Wars book. I cannot make it through this performance because of the constant background noise. I don't think it adds atmosphere so much as it distracts from the listening quality.
I don't know about anyone else but I would pay two credits for an Audible Frontiers rerecord by James Marsters. I have no idea how much it costs to record an audiobook but I would happily pay the extra $12 and pay two credits for a book series that I enjoy read by the same narrator I have listened to for years.
I have to throw my hat in with those who felt the reading of this was too poor to continue.
I want to admit that I read the book as a child before downloading it as an adult. I liked the book a lot; however, L. Ron Hubbard's style seems and is old fashioned and his characters are simple archetypes with the main character being perfect at everything.
Listen to this book of you want to hear a fun and silly story about a space man doctor who is several centuries old and his four armed servant (slave) who is dim, loyal and strong.
Also by L. Ron Hubbard is Final Blackout. Try it if you like this.
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