Perhaps this would have been better in paper. I've listened to about an hour and a half of this, and I won't go further. The main character is supposed to be in her 30s, but the narrator sounds like a petulant 13 year old who can't say anything without a sarcastic slant. The male characters all sound female, and what I think are supposed to be British accents are terrible.
As for the story: the heroine's personality and behavior are inconsistent, but oddly certain thoughts are just repetitive. There is lack of creativity, and the characteristics of the future are forced and trite as are the relationships. It's as if the author couldn't let the world just be discovered. It's thrown out of the bag, uninspired, boring, and lazy.
First, great story, great narration.
Now - I've read most of Stephenson's books. When I finally got to Anathem, I just couldn't hang. It seems the words are just there to attract more words... words words words. His past lengthy books had substance, whereas now they seem to include irrelevant non-interesting tangents and the story is sprinkled in. Or maybe I'm just growing impatient. Either way - Reamde seems a great story, but the needless attention to irrelevant detail is too much, and at times completely unbelievable in the context of a story. Who is going to spend hours going through the history of internet computing to some mafia guy who just wants his $? And why is it that a foreigner knows some English idioms, but can't seem to remember to use pronouns here and there? It's all just a bit forced. In short,
I like the story, but can't listen to it for how long it takes to get through some time-wasting detail. I'll have to read this one so I can skip parts. Yes! I admit, I skip some words here and there in books.
Well, I did start to listen to the Dark Tower series, but I wasn't thrilled with the narrator and never got passed 2 hours. I never read the other books because as a kid, the films scared the sh*t out of me, and I knew books were, well, more effective.
So anyway... this one didn't seem a horror story in the way my inner child remembers King stories.
I will admit, I was not thrilled with one of the major plot points in this book because I thought it was just redundant and lazy (Sorry Stephen King!). But without it, the story wouldn't be the story. And after a little bit, I bought it hook-->sinker because the characters around it are just so good. I also thought "Holy moly, how many people have to [spoiler] before the story starts!?" Nevertheless, I was pleasantly captivated by the story and looked forward to long car and bus rides.
The narrator does a fantastic job of distinguishing characters, and really evokes emotion with each. Definitely a top narration. Cheers to Raul Esparza! I was also captivated by the character development and the interpersonal relationships King dreamed up. I was mildly unsatisfied with the [spoiler] of the villain, but it's not a huge deal. The conception of the [spoiler] was creative and unique, and I sort of wished it wasn't only part of the end. But I know the story really isn't about [spoiler] but about the people of the town. AND SMACK, that really happens!? I mean, it's alluded to, but really? I really like authors that just go all out like they promise, and Stephen King does. Probably like he usually does, but I wouldn't know about his previous books. So I downloaded The Stand, and saved the Dark Tower series to read in print. No, I still won't read Cujo no matter what.
This story is so captivating. While the narrator for Ender is great, I cannot stand the woman they chose to narrate Valentine. Sounds like the world is ending in every painful word she says.
This is pretty bad, and I feel like I wasted money. It's overly pedantic. Other reviews have it right with this being a cheapish romance story badly cloaked in fantasy. The narrator does a good job, but doesn't save the story. The integration of history and urban fantasy is obviously contrived, overdone. I can't finish it.
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