I read most of Jules Verne's fictions when I was young (a long, long time ago). I particularly remembered that I had enjoyed Mysterious Island though I remembered little about the plot. I came across this in Audible and it was on sale so I took the plunge. It was a lot of fun, not too deep or complex, just a good story about a group that get stranded and use their wits and their absolute commitment to one another to survive, and survive well. If you've read any of his stories, you know they can get bogged down in details now and then and the language is stilted at times, but the story is very well done. And most important, for me anyways, is that I love how it ends. The trails they face are believable, complex, and make the last couple of hours very suspenseful. For those that remember the movie (which was ridiculous in my opinion) and have not read the book, it is nothing like the movie, which is a good thing.
The narration was good, not great, but good. Nice job with the various characters on the whole.
Not the best book I've listened to, but I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless. Great for young adults...
Nemesis pretty much continues after the last battle in Legion, the aftermath so to speak. Agent Franks is the focus of this story as we learn about his origin and his special skills through the course of the plot line. In a nutshell, Franks gets set up and some really bad folks want to create really bad monsters under the Nemesis project in order to "protect" against other bad monsters; an ends justifying the means type of thing. I've read all the preceding Monster Hunter books (Alpha by far my favorite) and Nemesis has all the elements that made the preceding books interesting. For me, it just did not resonate the way the previous books did. The epic battle between Franks and Earl because of a misunderstanding became tiresome. I actually advanced the book after a point to get to the conclusion of the pointless battle.
It was...ok, I guess. The story does resolve the current crisis and sets up for a sequel, but I am not sure how much more this theme can continue without growing really tiresome.
Having just completed book 5, the only criticism that I have is that there are times when the story tends to drag, which is not uncommon in such a long and complex series. Rand and Matt continue to mature though Matt's continue complaining gets tiresome. That said, how Rand transforms into a leader without losing his identity is very well done. The story continues to have its share of surprises and twists, including suspenseful endings obviously designed to set up the next book. There are several surprises in this book that are clearly designed to set up for certain events in the future. So far, a very satisfying experience. I am especially pleased that the entire series is available on audible, and that the same readers were used throughout. Very enjoyable indeed.
I am a huge Michael Sullivan fan but this story just did not work for me. It was interesting enough, but lacked the depth and character development that Sullivan's other works generally display. The story of a dying man who is smart enough to build a one way time machine and travel thousands of years into the future is a fascinating concept to me. I love H. G. Wells Time Machine. But the story line after our hero makes the time jump falls flat. The idea that a world that has in essence conquered illness and for the most part, death, but longs for individuality and uniqueness was difficult to swallow. I found it weird, or maybe disjointed.
The end was interesting enough that I don't regret spending the credit on the story. The reader was okay, not great. Perhaps if Tim Reynolds had read it...
The one truly positive aspect of this story is the narrator. I am a huge fan of Tim Reynolds (Ryira, Red Storm Rising...) but I will admit that I agree with some of the other reviews in that it is not one of Tim's best performances.
The story is more cohesive than its predecessor, Wool, and provides context for the first book, but I still struggled with the story. Wool presents the age old question "does the end justify the means" over and over again. The idea that the world was going to end anyway was a bit hard for me to accept as the basis for what eventually happened.
There are some very interesting moments and I found the bouncing back and forth in time and story lines well done, actually heightening the interest and suspense. We follow "Solo", who is introduced toward the end of Wool, through the crisis that was the basis for his current predicament, and clearly sets up for some kind of resolution in the last book.
The senator and his daughter present moral dilemmas throughout the story and while I struggled with how they justify what the did (do), it did make for an interesting story. It depends if you are an eternal optimist or cynical and pessimistic by nature. While I am the latter, I prefer stories of the former. This one is difficult to categorize.
It was interesting enough that I will use a credit to see how it is resolved but I could have done without investing time and credits in this trilogy.
Certainly an interesting premise. The idea that people live in these 100 story silos essentially below ground begs the obvious question - why?. There is little context for these silos. Apparently that comes in book 2.
Initially I was not sure where the story was headed, definitely a couple of false starts. Once our heroine is thrust outside the silo to perform the "cleaning" the story definitely picks up. Unfortunately the story bogs down at times and is a bit contrived, even after we find out that there is life out there and that silo 18 are not the sole survivors in this basically uninhabitable world.
Still not decided if I will continue with the next two books. While I did not care much for the reader, books 2 and 3 are narrated by Tim Reynolds who is one of my favorites.
The story ends well if not a bit rushed but sets up well for a sequel.
I thoroughly enjoyed book 2 of the Stormlight archive series. The story pretty much picks up where the first book left off. I did find that there were times in book 2 that I was getting impatient and the story dragged, but not often. Kaladin continues to develop his skills and is dealing with some fairly complex ethical dilemmas through most of the story. The king is still a buffoon, and Delenar virtuous and trying to do the right thing. Each character displays very human characteristics and emotions and dilemmas.
The series is so rich and well crafted that it is easy to lose yourself in this world of rock, storms, magic, and Good versus Evil. Thoroughly entertaining! Appropriate for young adults as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed Brandon's epic novel involving a world that experiences devastating storms, magic, intrigue, deception, heroics, and very well developed characters. I can't add much more that has not already been said by the thousands of reviews that precede mine.
The parallel stories are very well developed. I found myself intrigued following Kaladin through his self discovery of his powers and their source. The other main characters are also well developed. The depictions of the storms, battles, visions, interactions between characters are so well done, I actually found myself staying up late because I simply could not stop listening.
The reading by Kate and Michael helps enrich the story. I can't really say that I enjoyed one over the other.
Book one sets up the next in the series, Words of Radiance. I've already listened to both and can hardly wait until Brandon completes the third. An entertaining and highly satisfying epic story. Most highly recommended.
I have so enjoyed listening to the Foreigner series, even book 15. The book continues right where the previous book left off and takes us through the heir's birthday celebration, his 9th birthday. One would assume that Cherryh is not finished with this series. The light humor by the author throughout the story and Daniel May's narration and voices for the different characters is so well done. Between this book and the preceding book I listened to the first book and could really tell the difference in May's style.
The story is still enjoyable and refreshing. Always some plot to overthrow the current regime with twists and turns and Bren Cameron, our hero, to save the day. Some may tire of the series but I've thoroughly enjoyed each book. I am hoping this is not her last.
Still highly recommended.
The story continues... Bren continues to be pivotal in the story as is the Dowager and the heir. Well paced, still exciting. Thoroughly enjoyable.
First, let me say that the fact that this book was narrated by Tim Reynolds was a primary reason I took a chance with this story. I was not disappointed in the least. The story is told in the first person, which I particularly enjoy, and begins with a very dark and hopeless setting for our main character and his family and people. Even though our main character, Darrow, is only 16 when the story starts, I would hardly call this a young adult fiction. There are some pretty gruesome moments but nothing that is out of bounds.
The beginning is a bit clunky as the author is setting the stage for our young hero, and confusing at times if you let your mind wander. However, once Darrow's path is set, the story moves along smartly. As Darrow is faced with challenge after challenge, he learns about sacrifice, compassion, patience, and qualities that leaders must have in order to overcome incredible adversity. He learns...
Brown is effective creating believable characters, both good and bad, that are complex and struggle with life and death choices. There are some lighthearted moments which help ease the tension, but not many. I've read some comparing this to Hunger Games, which is a stretch I believe. Maybe some elements such as overcoming oppression and injustice but everything else is quite different.
Reynolds is at the top of the class in terms of quality narrators and bringing a story to life. Simply outstanding.
The story does end a little abruptly and clearly sets up the next story, but hardly detracts from the quality of the book. If you like epic fantasy yarns, and this one clearly sets up nicely for the remaining two books of this trilogy, you will enjoy this one. Most highly recommended.
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