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.
I understand the need for a different narrator for this tale, but for the love of Pete he should know the correct pronunciations of key characters. It's a severe pet peeve of mine when narrators don't know the proper way to say words, it pulls me completely out of the world every single time. Thankfully Luke Daniels is perfect every time. This guy, not so much.
However, the story was very good.
These two stories are great. Think Benedict Jacka's Alex Verus series meets HP Lovecraft and the IT Crowd. There are two stories here, with The Atrocity Archives taking up the brunt of the book.
Unfortunately, Audible's chapter breaks do not sync up with the book's. This is a MAJOR pet peeve of mine, and merits the two stars overall. I had hoped the second book would have fixed this problem, but sadly no.
These stories are great. Think: OSS meets HP Lovecraft and The IT Crowd.
Unfortunately, the audiobooks strike one of my greater pet peeves: screwy chapter breaks. Like the previous book the audible chapter breaks do not sync up with the book's chapters. If I cared for this, I would still be using Audible through iTunes.
Yes. I have several books narrated by Davis (several other Star Wars books, Earth Abides, and the anthology Stories), and one other Star Wars book by Schreiber (Death Troopers).
This is, by far, the most graphically violent, contrived tale from a Star Wars book. With a subject like Darth Maul, I was expecting combat; but the sound effects and graphic descriptions of disemboweling was too much. Two, the narrative of whether Maul is referring to himself as his cover-name or his Sith name kept changing. I understand that other characters refer to him as "Jaganath," but Maul's internal thoughts switched between the two throughout the book. Three, Jabba a misogynist? I can see him as being anti-human, but the Hutts have female crime bosses, so it felt uncharacteristic for him to be sexist. Finally, Schreiber doesn't know the meaning of "decimate," amongst a few other grammatical errors.
Davis delivers another fairly solid performance, given what he had to work with.
Maybe, but only as a prequel/history of the character.
With most Star Wars books being high sci-fi, something like this atrocity really needs a warning in the description. I would hate to have a youth read this, expecting Star Wars and getting "Hostel / Gladiator.'
This book is great, if you want to learn the basics of social engineering for malevolent purposes.
Not do great if you're a decent human being.
First off let me preface by saying I was looking for a sci-fi novel, and a new series. When this books shows up on sale, I figured, "What the heck."
The plot was pretty good, until the end, when I discovered the climax of this story occurs in the next book. Also, the "romance" is portrayed like a teenager talking to a grown up about sex. In other words, a lot of dancing around the subject with vagueness and euphemisms describing the lovemaking. I would have preferred glossing over the whole sensual scenes to the drivel given here.
As for the narrator, she did okay for most of the book, and wasn't monotone or boring. Unfortunately, every single male part sounds exactly the same, and goofy to boot.
To sum up: 1. Story is good. 2. Sensual scene are vague and childish. 3. Narration is amateurish.
I was really looking forward to an in-depth look at the history of the (now classified as) dwarf planet. Instead only at the beginning and the appendices does he cover the history of Pluto, with both the discovery and cultural significance. The rest of the book is Tyson defending the his and the IAU's decision to reclassify the planet, through reading letters received and media response to the debate.
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.
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.
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