I've listened to the first 6 books in this series and now feel I can provide a better perspective of this first book. First, if you are considering jumping into this series, you will not be disappointed if you do. Each book lays the foundation for the next, but all stand on their own merit. No cliffhangers, all wrap up nicely but clearly connect with the next.
I was quite confused initially with this story as it begins with a spaceship lost in space (literally). Eventually the humans that are left behind find their way down to the planet and finally meet the indigenous species, the Atevi. The time jumps are a bit confusing as well. Next thing you know after the initial chance meeting between Atevi and human we jump ahead about 200 years. Still, all backdrop for the more important elements of the story. If you are thinking about it, I don't think you will be disappointed. Buckle up though. It is a long ride through the entire series.
Pierce Brown is a master storyteller. His writing style combined with one of my favorite readers, Tim Reynolds, makes for an incredible experience. The story is every bit as suspenseful, gripping, and moving as the first in this series, Red Rising. I particularly enjoy how the story is written in the first person, from our young hero's perspective.
We meet many new characters, both heroes and villains, and experience some very moving moments as the rebellion continues to develop.
The only negative thing I would say about this book is the end, what a cliff hanger! If you are one of those that hate cliff hangers, you might wait until Pierce Brown releases the third book and read them back to back.
I cannot recommend Golden Son highly enough.
Tracker continues the Bren Cameron story and picks up were the last one left off. The Foreigner series has become a favorite of mine and the combination of Cherryh's writing style and Daniel May's reading make it a real delight. I've no idea how may Cherryh will write in this series (this is book 16) but I suspect there is still much to cover.
If you are reading this review and are wondering if this series is worth it, I don't think you will be disappointed. The story line is not complicated and generally from a single point of view, not parallel stories and multiple sub plots. It continues with the characters that have been previously introduced as the saga continues, but we see them as they mature, become more experienced, and develop close relationships in this foreign world.
If you are considering this series, the first book is confusing at best and not Cherryh's strongest work, but it does set the stage for the subsequent books. It is a fun series and most highly recommended.
The Creeps is actually book three of a three part series and each builds on the next, beginning with The Gates. The final two books are narrated by Tim Reynolds, who is one of my favorite readers, and does a great job with these stories as well. The stories are light hearted, very funny, and conclude very satisfactorily. If you are in the mood for a very entertaining and clean story about a young boy and his dachshund who get involved with some very unusual characters and some nefarious evil doers, this is for you.
Brandon Sanderson at his best. Brandon provided a seamless transition from the deceased Robert Jordan writing in a style that was difficult to distinguish from Jordan himself. There were some improbable moments as the last battle moved to its climax but overall was very well done. It was an added bonus to have the same readers, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, perform the narration of all 14 books in this series.
This final chapter (actually the final three books) in this very long epic was well crafted as Rand al'Thor prepared for the battle at Tarmon Gai'don against the forces of the Shadow. Rand, Matt, and Perrin's paths finally converge in the final book in a way that was very satisfying.
Having finally completed the entire series, it is interesting to go back and reflect on some of the more memorable events that shaped the lives of our main characters. I especially enjoyed Matt's character, which added just the right amount of levity to keep the story from becoming overwhelming.
If you are reading this review to determine if it is worth diving into this epic series, I would say that it is definitely worth it. Be patient. The story really meanders at times, and there are too many minor characters that are very difficult to keep track of, but the story resolves most of the loose ends satisfactorily.
I purchased this book only because I had either read or listened to the entire Percy Jackson series. The last two books were very difficult for me to get through. Not because I thought that Rick Riordan did a poor job, but rather I did not care much for the reader. The story itself is interesting enough but this story line could have ended a book or two earlier. A bit tired in the end.
I recommend the story for those die hards that have worked their way through the entire series, but not the audio book version.
David versus the Crooked Man. David is the main character, a young boy who loses his mother to sickness, tragically. Connolly's description of the death of his mother through the eyes of David was very touching. The story starts in earnest when David travels through a gateway in the garden to an enchanted world and battles his fears and his imagination. The story gets darker and darker as David continues his journey to the King who can hopefully help David return home. There are wolves that talk, monsters, evil men, and other characters that are sinister and have evil intentions.
The story is a blend of twisted fairy tales and adventures including adaptations from Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rumpelstiltskin. The reader is outstanding. Steven Crossley truly brings this story to life. It is not a long story, but is action packed and, as mentioned earlier, very dark.
There are some elements that are very thought provoking in this story including Roland's apparent sexuality which, to be honest, I am not sure really adds much to the story.
David grows strong and becomes a very brave young boy through the course of the story. He prevails in the end in a very satisfying way. Though the story meanders a bit, the end is very well done.
I enjoyed the story very much and recommend it. The reading is outstanding.
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.
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