Having listened to Cascadia first, I thought that I'd go back and hear the original stories. I liked most of the stories in Cascadia (well some, anyway), so figured these would be as good. Boy, was I wrong! There wasn't a single one that didn't leave me flat and baffled. The narrators tried to make the stories interesting and hold my attention, but most of these tales were bland, boring and just plain silly.
I get what they were attempting to do here, but writing science fiction is more than making up some fantastic technology, and then spinning a yarn around it. Most of this just comes off sophomoric and dumb. As an example "3-D printers", that we are supposed to believe can 'print' a complete working copy of anything it can scan, from cell phones to factory machinery. Never mind the raw materials required, or the inner workings of intricate electronics, etc. Just scan it!
All in all, this is more fantasy than sci-fi - and not very good at that.
I'm sitting here, having just finished listening to this red herring, and I'm wondering just what book all of these writers of the glorious reviews were reading. This is a totally ridiculous book from start to finish. The plot was so unrealistic as to be laughable. No reasonable explanation whatever in regards to why the protagonist was hunting down Bart- "Oh, I said the name Bartholomew in my sleep? Well I better hunt this person down because he is surely trying to kill me!" What an absolutely stupid premise - surely not worthy of the time it took to write.
The writer of this piece of flak is surely not the same that has authored the Odd Thomas stories, unless this was written in the sixth grade.
Save your money for something else.
This is the first book I've read/listened to by this author. Never again. I couldn't even get through the second hour. Absolutely no character interest at all. NONE.
It reads like a ten year old explaining what he did at school today.
Mr. Hogan should write installation instructions for assemble yourself furniture - he'd be good at it, because his plots and story lines are very similar.
One of the worst I've come across.
Then... to make it an even more eventful listen, they have hired a narrator who sounds like he's never had a conversation before... stilted, stumbles over dialog.... half the time he sounded like radio DJ not a story teller...
This is BAD...... don't waste your money..
Listening to this was like listening to a very badly read audio of a very bad 50's B sci fi movie. Pass on this one!
...if it only had a plot. The more audio books I listen to, the more it makes me wonder just how little it takes to get published.
This was a rambling mess - a series non-sensical violent scenes cobbled together with characters inexplicably changing personalities mid-stream.
This is a testament to violence for violences sake - no story, no plot, shallow characterizations and painfully stupid dialog.
"what about the gun?"
"Oh, this gun?"
"Yeah, that gun".
"I don't know"
"What do you mean you don't know?"
"I mean, I don't know."
Don't waste a credit on this one.
..and credits. The writer needs to find a plot before trying to make it a book. The story was dull, rambling and had no real ending. This was a part of a series? Unbelievable that anyone would spend the time or money to publish such rubbish.
Not exactly what I expected, but I was surprised at how easily I was pulled into this story. I enjoyed it very much, even though this is not my typical genre. The narrator was very good and the cadence of dialogue was believable.
Some of these stories are good, some not so much. But overall an interesting read. If you are a dyed in the wool sci-fi fan, you may want to pass on this series. Most of these stories don't rate as sci-fi, and are primarily intended as thought-provokers with underlying social commentary.
If you are seeking good science based sci-fy I would suggest not spending the time (or credits).
Excellent read. Louie sure lived a charmed life indeed. The narrator was a familiar voice from many television documentaries I've seen, and was expressive and easy to listen to. However, there were a few mispronounced town names that were a little hard to swallow. You would think that someone would have caught these ( a tiny bit of research would have helped) - for example Ephrata, Washington was pronounced "ef' -fretta " instead of ee-fraytah". But overall this was a great listen!
I have not read any of Clarkes stories since I was a teen, and I must have forgotten just how shallow the charaters were, and how he has a way of just jumping through the story in huge leaps with little detail or explanation. This reads more like a summary of the story rather than a novel.
In the hands of a more skilled writer, this could have been a magnificent book.
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