Yes. Bronson is a STAR reader. He makes an already good story spring to life. You feel like you are there. Bravo!
I almost didn't get this one because of the cheesy title and cover art. I'm glad I listened to the many great reviews because it knocked my socks off. I think fans of Dresden or the Iron Druid Chronicles will enjoy this. There is a lot of great imagination on display with an interesting take on revisionist history with supernatural powers and magic combined with a fast paced suspenseful story.
I really don't care about whether a book is perceived as high literature or not. For me it is all about entertainment value and I determine that by how much I look forward to listening to the book. I could have easily gone through this book in one sitting. That means 5 stars all the way!
Anyone interested in Astronomy and our solar system will enjoy this course. The topic is thoroughly covered in detail and is understandable for those who haven't taken a math or physics course in many years. I had learned all the material in this course in college many years ago and found this to be an outstanding review. I believe it would also be a great starter to anyone looking to expand their knowledge of our fascinating solar system. There is a lot of material to cover and he moves fast. What is great about an audiobook format is that you can rewind and re-listen if something blows by too fast.
Another epic battle this time involving the various creatures of Faerie. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Marsters is once again phenomenal. Can't wait for Skin Game.
I got suckered in again by all the high reviews. 5 stars??? Really??
This book would probably be quite enjoyable for early teens. It is essentially a comic book geared for that age group. If you like cardboard stereotyped characters and situations, cheesy banter, teen puppy love,... etc..etc you will be happy with this.
The unknown and unproven teen aged protagonist joins a group of veteran guerrilla fighters who immediately follow his plans for mission impossible and place him at the forefront of every mission. He is precociously brilliant and has a deep knowledge base well beyond his years and background as an orphan working in a factory. In the rebel group is an impossibly beautiful teen girl who is also an uber skilled warrior. He has puppy love and is persistently tries to impress her. She is cold at first but slowly warms up to him. There are conversations about there feelings toward each other while in the deadliest of situations. The other characters are all plug and play one dimensional stereotypes. The world they inhabit is not well thought out, many logic gaps. This small rag tag group of 6 people take on heavily armed outnumber opposition with superpowers and emerge without a scratch multiple times. You get the picture.
This isn't Mistborn which I liked very much. I think Sanderson is cranking books out too fast. This feels hastily slapped together. Not impressed at all.
I got through part 1 but just couldn't take it anymore and returned it.
Not as good as the others. Collection of stories Butcher wrote for various anthologies. Does not advance the main story plots at all. You could skip this one and not really miss anything important.
The best chapters were the POV chapters of Thomas and Murphy. It was fun to get inside their heads and understand them a little better.
Glad I finished this so I can get on with the rest of the series.
Marsters always gets 5 stars though. As others say, he truly IS Harry Dresden. I am actually going to read Ghost story in print because he isn't doing the narration.
Decent conclusion to the trilogy. The first 3/4 of this book are 5 star. The last 1/4 was only 3 star for me so I'll give it 4 stars overall. It just got too far fetched and became an action movie at the end.
I like the fantasy/sci fi genre for the imagination and ideas, not the action. When a novel breaks down to an overly drawn out sequence of shoot em up bash em down to reach the conclusion I lose interest. I always prefer an intellectual solution to a physical one. I also do not like the ending where a character quickly becomes uber powerful to solve a seemingly impossible situation. Both are on display here. I loved this book until the last few chapters. Still a pretty entertaining listen.
Pinchot is phenomenal as a narrator. Nuff said.
Admittedly this is some extremely difficult material which likely no one on the planet fully understands. The latest "theories of everything" are beyond bizarre and very confusing and almost impossible to explain without a lot of math and equations.
And THAT is my problem with this book. There is none of the math or equations necessary to help understand the material. The basic ideas are just dumped out without any of the proof which lead to them. We have no idea how all these wild ideas were derived and thus have no basis to judge their relative merit. As a science/cosmology buff I find this very frustrating.
If you want to learn about this stuff and see how it should be done go on Youtube and check out a free series of lectures from Yale titled: Frontiers/Controversies in Astrophysics. Fantastic lecture series.
This book just throws a bunch of crazy theories at the reader without any of the proof. Crazy ideas require a crazy about of proof to be believed and we don't get any of it here.
I give it 2 stars for that.
Changes. Yes. I'd say so. Where will this lead? Oh, the possibilities.
These are perfect audiobooks. Time seems to stop when you are listening. Commutes seem to flash by. A long run seems too short. Such is the fixation.
Marsters is magnificent. What more needs to be said?
If you are new to Dresden start with #1. Hang in there if you don't think the books are exceptionally because as the series progresses they become that.
It is a little repetitive but as a collection of graduation speeches that is to be expected. His tone is frequently dark and pessimistic but always thought provoking, although I don't always agree with his ideas. This was a free gift from Audible so I have to say it was worth the price!
Another outstanding addition to the fantastic Dresden series. These books really capture and hold my attention. Long commutes just fly by. I hope Butcher never stops writing them.
I am going to go into withdrawl when I get to the last book in this series. All the characters keep getting deeper and more interesting. The writing gets better each and every book. Good good stuff!
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