Mr. Pohls examination of humanity in the form of Robin Broadhead wrapped up in a Sci Fi classic from the 70's is as home today in our computer tablet and smart phone world as it was back in 1977 when it was first released in print. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this Hugo and Nebula award winning book and it re reminded me of why I took up sci fi reading all those years ago. Gateway was one of my favorite books from my teens and now as an adult and with the help of audible and Oliver Wymans expert reading of the voice of Sigmund, Robinette and all the others gives real vision to an already excellently written story. I had forgotten the subtle emotional and psychological nuances between all of his characters. Years before sophisticated computer programs Mr. Pohls artistic telling of the story of Gateway and it's computer generated and real life flawed personalities will make you smile and is a story you will not want to put down nor soon forget. I digested each of the Heechee saga books in turn and actually parceled out bits and pieces of it as to not get done with it too quickly. You must savor this trilogy like a fine wine.
I have 2 other books that I consider perfect they are in order The Passage written by Justin Cronin and 11-22-63 by Stephen King. My follow ups are Roboapocalypse and World War Z. Now that you know a little bit of what I like, I can tell you that The Twelve (Currently listening to and almost finished) lives up to the well thought out story we were used to in The Passage. Where his first book introduces us to some of the main characters we have grown to love and miss in the twelve Justin takes them all (including some new lovable ones) to new levels. His balance and descriptive writing coupled with Scott Bricks voice lends brilliance to this followup novel on so many levels. LIke the first book i find myself partaking in the listen in small tasty nuggets not wanting to make a gluten of myself and find myself on the last page too soon. Justins writing is compariable to the great Sci Fi writers (or Horror) of our day and i recommend this followup book immensly.
Very similar to his first book but gives you much more bredth and width of the story of the years after year Zero
He does not so much change his voice between characters instead adding subtle inflections in the voice to lend credence to the character in question.I could not ask for a better narrator.
Maybe Peter Jackson to find out more about his family, particularly his brother and his feelings towards Amy.
YOU gotta listen to this book.
The story was ok from a sci fi point of view and cleaverly written but not what I was expecting as an avid Trek Fan from the 60's, I certainly expected red shirts to die in this novel and they did but to be "written off" so to speak from a 20th century writter as the premise for the book did not sit well with me
Only those non die hard Trek Fans, i may be wrong since i read so many good reviews about the book (and the reason I listened in the first place), it just did not sit well with me and this was my first Scalzi novel
PG-13 rated Ensign Wesley Crusher
No the story is not well written enough for this, no way would i want to see 20th century writers fill the story line for a psuedo star trek universe
As many people wrote the book is well written and cleaver but if your looking for trek-esk sci fi adventure this book is not for you.....and I could of done without the codas...
I like Jonathan Maberry and his action packed and scientific based stories.
It's multiple stories so its not a full length novel. I might have enjoyed listening to one file extended out just a bit but I understand why the book was written or at least published in the form that it was.
Ray Porter is up there with some of the best.
No maybe 3 sittings
For those of you that are wanting to tie up some loose ends in the Joe Ledger Series this book is for you, but if you did not listen to the first 3 stories prior to this book, you will be lost.
Well executed. Extremely well narrated. The story is weaved together tightly like a Pendlelton Wool Blanket (for you northwest folks) abosolutely no holes. I am not quite done but I would characterize Jonathan Maberry on par with Stephen King (I just listened to 11/22/63 which was one of my favorite epic novels this year). He obviously studied currrent events, terrorist cells, government agencies and Joe Ledger is a tough guy that you can like, he even has some flaws.
Gault (or Galt) for his exteme ideals, Joe Ledger for being the tough guy that even goverment adgencies have to like.Finally Church for his stoic demeaner.
Ray Porter brought the characters to life. Not sure if he narrates the other Joe Ledger books but his take on each character both male and female was flawless
Grace, because she is obviously a well educated Brit with good looks and probably has a story or two to tell
I rate this book up there with Stephen Kings 11/22/63 and The Passage from Justin Cronin for the character development. I cant wait to listen to Mr Maberry's other books. I just started reading every Zombie Novel I could get my hand on and I think this one even surpassed World War Z which I am sure I will get critacism for my Zombie Blasphemy!
Top 1 or 2 books
The Character development - I found myself wanting to know more about Jake/George and could not wait to sit in my car and listen again.
At first I did not like his voice, but as the story developed and I began to hear just how well he developed the voices and inflections for each of his characters from old crusty Al to the Jump Rope Girls to good old JFK himself he was awesome
The past is obdurate
The best book I've listened to since The Passage by Justin Cronin - you have to read or listen to this book. I was a child of the 50's and 60's and most of the history that Mr King brought to the book took me back to the past as well. I don't read many Stephan King Novels but this book clearly puts him as one of the most endearing and best authors of our current century. His writing style, choice of words, syntax- everything about this story was clearly well thought out and I am glad he waited all these years to rewrite or finish or complete this epic tour de force. Thanks Mr King
Character development and relationships are well written and made me want more, more, more
The Passage for the same reasons as above
No one scene is good or bad although there are parts that made me say YES out loud and others that made me say NO!
I have not read many King novels nor listened to them but I must say that this particular book hooked me in about 3 chapters and got me wanting to listen morning, noon and night. I have not finished yet so I hope I am not dissappointed in the ending but the story thus far has been stellar.
I was hooked by Comac Wallace and his narrative excerpts of accounts on humanities struggle with Rob, as the machines are called in the robot war depicted in this book. Then I heard that it would become a movie by Spielberg and Dreamworks and knew I had a hit book in my hands. Just an hour into this excellent listen and the narrative of the "Big Happy" loosing his mind and attacking an average ice cream and yogurt jerk made me me cringe and laugh. I immediately starting telling my friends about this book. It is an excellent read. Daniel Wilsons intimate knowledge of robotics (He has a PhD in Robotics) gives a first rate sci fi adventure full of all the cool stuff we sci fi heads are looking for. Savor the book, dont waste a chapter and get it now you wont be dissapointed.
What can I say - the new Novel by Justin Cronin lives up to all the hype. It has something for everybody: Action, Fantasy, Sci Fi, love, Drama. I am on my last part and I find myself piece mealing out my listning sections a small amount at a time as if it were water from a canteen on a long hike. Justin Cronin weaves a tale that cannont be contained just on the pages it was written but comes to life in your head at the expert hands of Scott Brick whos narrative voice and inflections seems to breath life into each character. Listen to this audio book no matter what genre you like. You will be taken into a world of chaos and wonder. I loved it! and I am not even done yet!
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