Didja ever wonder what was going on in Montival while Rudy and the gang were on the sword quest? Me neither. (12 hours of that) . Dies the Fire was a really fun thought experiment. Hard Sci-fi and swashbucker and whatwouldUdo post-apocalypse thought experiment. I even enjoy trying to use my undergraduate physics (quantum mechanics and Boyles Law) to explain the "change" Macguffin to my friends. The 2-followups set the hook ...or maybe I actually just skimmed the food porn in the first four books (advantage to print). Anyway, I'm still enjoying the ride. But the ride IS getting slower. Makes me wonder why he's spends time recapping the origin stories (like sequels usually do) because anyone still here at book EIGHT was surely here from the beginning. Worth a credit for emberverse fans. If you're new, head for book one then decide.
It sounded so great too. Obsolete ship and washed up captain redeemed, a British naval point of view (and accent) to entertain ‘mericans. If you are a military sci-fi fan you’ll be disappointed. Nuttall just does not have the science chops to get the reader into that state where one can believe the military scenarios are “real” enough to create suspense. That would be forgivable if he could write better dialog for the very wonderfully flawed characters. Nope there too. Also, I have to think that the author was molested by a journalist. If I had a Kindle, I’d do a text search just to see how many times the word "reporter" comes up when the worst sin he can generate for them is allusions to stupid questions. I lot of wasted electrons there. I want my credit back.
Admiral Fluckey was clearly a great submarine commander and what he and his crew accomplished in the later part of the Pacific war is extremely impressive. The story makes a for an interesting listen if not a particularly informative one. My disappointment stems from the fact that there is so much interesting tech in a submarine but we hear very little about it. The book needs a few paragraphs devoted to the tactics, technical equipment and people used to solve the geometry problem of hitting a distant moving object with an unguided torpedo. He actually spends more time discussing the decoration on their celebratory cakes than he does talking about how they evaded depth charges or use sonar. Overall, a disappointment. I’m looking for a WW2 submarine memoir written to help me understand a bit of what the crew and their gear actually did to accomplish a highly complex mission using nearly steampunk tech.
The Hammers Slammer's story Choosing Sides also appears in the David Drake 3-story anthology "Paying the Piper" A good story, but not worth buying twice. Bummer. I really wish ALL of the Hammer's stories were on Audible rather than semi-secret repeats of some of them.
The Honor Harringon story goes 5 hours and almost nothing happens the entire time. Unless you like stories about military office politics skip it.
Flint's Belisarius story was entertaining enough to make me look into the series from which it's spun. Also the dual narrator scheme makes use of the "audible" in a nice way. So...I guess I don't feel like the entire credit went to waste.
The story is Jason Bourne meets James Bond meets Steven King meets Xfiles with dialog by Raymond Chandler. The deal is…the reader so AMAZINGLY effective with first-person tongue in cheek that you can completely suspend disbelief and not even care that what you are reading is just preposterous beyond any excuse. One of the most fun listens ever and I have 200 items in my audible library.
The long slog to nowhere in book 4 was such a letdown compared to the excellent 1thru3 that I went looking for spoiler reviews to decide if book 5 was going to pay off on the investment. (reasonable assumption if books 4&5 were supposed to be one book right?)
Hilarious review of book 5 at Amazon iced it for me. I am out.
Look for review title "Twentyfour Characters in Search of a Story" (review has 1100+ "helpful" tags)
...on the otherhand, if you select books based on minutes per credit...
All the bad narrator reviews almost dissuaded me from buying volume 6. I am glad I bought anyway. Don't be put off by all the hate on Stephen Perring. I'll grant that his vocal shifts for characterization are more subtle than some of Cornwell's other voiceover crew. I loved Tim Pigott-Smith's shifts to a brilliant scots brogue in the "Archers Tale" and John Lee's Uhtred in Book 5 was wonderfully over the top. But Stephen Perring grew on me as I listened. This whole series is written the first person voice of an old Uhtred recalling his glory days. I think Perring's approach actually works better in some ways to make it an authentic Uhtred voice that matches the book's intent better than a one man cast-of-characters would have.
I'll take a seventh helping please
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