Escondido, CA, USA | Member Since 2004
I would have been another person.
I listened to the words, and made it about half way through. But I couldn't find a reason to keep listening. It literally had no hold on me. I don't think anything was wrong with the book, it just fell flat. I was surprised, because it was referred to me by someone that I trusted before.
Hold your breath
I first read this book back in 87 when it first came out, and it was my favorite book. I have read some great books since, but I still think this is my #1. I remember reading it, and it being a "can't put down page turner", until the big climax. Then I realized I was only 1/3 through the book. Again, the next big climax, and I was 2/3 through the book.I have always been a Niven fan, but not so much with Pournelle, and when Barnes joins in, I usually don't like the books much at all (Saturn Rising, no thanks), but in this book, they absolutely nailed it.I especially like the way the story gives voice to the thoughts of the Grendel. I almost made a spoiler there. I better stop now, before I let something slip.Just get this book, you'll love it!
For everyone that is a parent, and understands how dramatically your perspective on life changed when you became one, I think this explains the 5 star ratings, and the zeroes. The content is as the other reviews describe it (Mormon, common life, etc) however, it struck such a chord with me, I struggled between being unable to turn it off, and it having it wreak havoc in my mind. It has to be one of the most powerful books I have ever read. I am not an emotional person, but tears were streaming down my face when it ended.
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