I've long been a fan of Mr. Gaiman's writings, and moreso when he narrates is tales. This one's end sneaks up on you so masterfully that a second listen is required, and just as spooky.
I am thrilled to see Mr. Gaiman continuing to publish new tales that he narrates, and I'm happy to see him still working with charities.
There is a standing belief that fiction authors should not narrate their own work. This is one of those cases.
I really wanted to like this story, I did. But the monotone narration, mis-pronunciations, and mis-characterizations (i.e. reading "he said excitedly," but not speaking with excitement) was laughable.
The story was entertaining, and I listed to the end, but it was grueling and painful; and I could only listen for short periods of time.
Probably. I'd want to share this with friends and family, and if we were on a road trip, this would be one of my first choices to bring. It's not only a good tale, but also stresses the importance of updating your PC to curtail malicious attacks.
The tech talk throughout the book is spot on. With the author's pedigree, it's no surprise, but to hear is spelled out is both eye-opening and frightening.
Mr. Heller brings an almost news headline feel to the story that stresses the urgency of the subject matter.
Having never really listened to a End of Times / "ripped from the headlines" audiobook before, I was on the edge of my seat throughout the book. I also was reinspired to update all aspects of my PC, for fear of infection from malicious software.
Two qualms with this book:
1. While most tech terms are defined when brought up, the reading of "code" was too much. The first time was nearly 5 minutes, and there are a few other code readings later in the book. It may be great for a programmer, but not for the average reader.
2. Too many chapters. This book has nearly 80 chapters, most not even 10 minutes long. Hopefully in the next book, Russinovich condenses the chapters a bit.
Yes. I had bought Good Omens by Terry Prachett & Neil Gaiman and loved it, but this, not so much.
I had always heard Discworld was a good setting, so I thought I'd start at the beginning. Sadly, it was not. Lesson learned. The echoey intro was truly annoying and impossible for me to understand. Also, I kept falling asleep throughout the book.
Doubtful. While I don't have a problem with most British accents, his cadence puts me right to sleep.
That's not really for me to say. It's my understanding there are already many follow-up books. What would really benefit this book is a new narrator.
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