I don't normally take the time to sit down and write a review, but I felt it was needed in this case. The previous book (john dies at the end) was narrated superbly by Stephen Thorne. It was a surprise to me when I started listening to this book is full of spiders that the narrator had changed from an energized sound Thorne to a drab, slow sounding Nick Podehl.
It's always a little jarring when there are changes in narrators through a series of books, but this change was almost as bad as the change from Tim Curry to Lemony Snicket in A Series of unfortunate events. It really takes you out of the book.
As for the book itself, it feels like it's missing a lot of the crudeness that was added by John's character in the first novel. Some might have found that a little distasteful, but it's what gives John dies at the end a lot of it's charm. This book is full of spiders feels like it's been run through the filter press that's squeezed out most of the random banter and frantic jumping around that made the first novel great. There is hardly a mention of soy sauce in the entire novel.
This book is full of spiders is not the action packed sequel to John dies at the end. Instead it's more like a watered down episode of 24 with the word terrorists replaced with spiders. It takes awhile to get started and when if finally does, you're racing along on a bicycle instead of an awesome dirt bike.
Really wasn't expecting much out of this book. The cover and description didn't seem very compelling, but Luke Daniels is a pretty enjoyable narrator and the book was on sale for $1.99 so I thought I'd give it a try.
Turns out its a very interesting "there is no spoon" take on reality and the idea that you can change reality with a text editor is novel enough. Off to be the Wizard is a short and enjoyable book with a reasonable amount of good jokes and interesting plot twists to keep things going. I'll be keeping my eye out for more from Scott Meyer in the future.
I made it 20 minutes into this book before I had to stop. Nick Chamian's reading is horrible. What were they thinking, worst narrator change ever. I'll probably end up reading this book instead of listening it to on audible. Complete crap.
I really enjoyed Mark Hodder's Burton and Swinburne series and thought I'd give his other work a try. This book might, at some point, get better, but after listening to the first 20 minutes of mind numbingly uninteresting family history of an island that's hard to care about, I couldn't take any more.
If you find the Burton and Swinburne series even remotely enjoyable, this book is not for you. If, on the other hand you found yourself riveted by a book like Tess of the d'urbervilles, you'll find yourself right at home in this dribble.I have no idea how they talked Peter Batchelor into reading this nonsense.
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