Thunder Bay, ON, Canada | Member Since 2010
Managed to finish it. Pretty fast pace. Was rolling my eyes a bit at the teen girl - teen boy dialog but only because I didn't realize it was a teen book. Not at the level of the Hunger Games but not bad...
The same old Zombie formula. Reviews were promising but the book was disappointing. Top notch narration. This was the first book I listened to that was narrated by Sean Runnette and the performance was most eloquent.
Audio & Performance - It requires effort and dedication to listen to this particular audiobook. Probably comparable to reading a book printed on grey paper where every word is a different shade of grey.
Many reviewers have said it before me - there is something wrong with the audio. This is hands down the absolute worst recording from Audible I've personally listened to. I went as far as re-downloading the lower quality version, hoping that down-sampled file would correct the volume levels but it was as bad as the high quality. I then reported this as "faulty" audio to Audible who inspected it and found nothing wrong with the file. (A little concerned there an "audio" focused company could not hear the "audio" problem.) I am sure they have not read all the complaints here. Voice volume fluctuations in this recording can give you headaches it's so bad. It sounds like the sound technicians made an error and tried to fix the recording by filtering out the noise so many times they screwed up the audio royally in the end. Many reviewers said that they had trouble following the characters and all the subplots partly due to the poor audio. I could not agree more. I believe it is even worse if English is not your native language such as myself. I was straining to hear and fiddling with the volume the entire time. As for the narrator, John Lee is usually pretty good and I have listened to at least 4 other books narrated by him but audio issues aside his performance here is less that stellar - for obvious reasons though - this book drags on and on and on and on....
This brings me to the book itself. If there was a 2.5 star option I would give it 2.5 stars. Some great ideas but poorly executed. A few good parts. Too many uninteresting characters and too much detail being introduced until almost the very end of this very long book - the whole thing reads like a 35-hour first chapter. I didn't really loose track of the subplots or the characters but every-time the story introduced a new character and a new world or a new branch in an new tree - I rolled my eyes and wished there was an abridged version. The entire book is not flowing well, it's choppy and riddled with poorly developed characters. Is this the author's debut piece? I don't know. Sure reads like one - lot's of maturing needed. HOWEVER, there are sparks of briliance; some subplots are great and some ideas thought-provoking. There is a few good sci-fi hours in of listening here.
The book ends abruptly. The author probably just split the stack of paper in half and called the first stack the Pandora's star. It does not stand-alone as a complete story nor is there a satisfying conclusion; it's like turning a page and expecting more and seeing the closing credits instead.
I finished it but I though about quitting the book many times. If there were no audio problems and if the narration was done by someone else, the overall experience would have been a lot better - probably a 3-star book. John Lee is great in the Pillars of the Earth and similar books but sci-fi might not be his strong genre.
I started this book, then stopped and after listening to a number of other audiobook I returned to finish this. Am I glad I did. This is a beautifully crafted story. One of the darkest books I've listened to. Robert McCammon may have been inspired by Steven King's The Stand as there are many similarities between the two but this is a much better story. Once the book picks up pace it is almost impossible to stop listening. Highly recommended to all post apocalyptic, sci-fi and perhaps even historical fiction fans. I also like the title of this book; quoting "a metaphorical phrase for a final gesture, effort, or performance given just before death or retirement"
With all 3 books i felt that the middle was a little dragged out but the second half always built up to a satisfying climax. I wish authors of series would completely skip the unnecessary repetition of the main plot line they feel readers need to hear again in order to keep up with the story. We're not that stupid. I most enjoy series with little or no repetition such as the Game of Thrones or the the Passage by Justin Cronin; what a joy to zip along with the plot without the fillers of dragged out recaps. Back to the Gibraltar Stars - once the plot recaps were over and the story picked up pace, the conclusion to the series was highly sanctifying. Performance was OK, but not at the level of top narrators.
I gave Old Man's War 5 starts all around. I loved the first book, it was one of the best sci-fi's I've read. I was very much looking forward to the next book in anticipation of much of the same. Witty and funny John Perry is gone to be replaced by a Jared Dirac, character so uninteresting it was painful. What a disappointment. Boring, dragged out story with a nearly complete absence of humor and the imagination of the first book. The only reason I might purchase book 3 is because John Perry is back.
Not as good as the rating made me believe but just interesting enough to keep me listening. A solid 3. Narration is good.
I've listened to many sci-fi novels but none was as good as this one. (i mean a true sci-fi flick - starships, aliens, etc.) Great story, characters, witty dialog, new refreshing ideas, interesting science (fictional and actual). This book has everything, humor and sorrow included. It gets a little too militaristic and action-y as times which personally enjoy (Bernard Cornwell fan) but the story has layers so even action scenes are intertwined with story layers and subplots.
Refreshing, highly entertaining and fast paced.
Narration by William Dufris is flawless.
Already purchased book 2!
Absolutely fantastic continuation of the Passage. The best post-apocalyptic books ever. I cannot wait for book 3.
This book and its sequel are one of the best books I've ever listened to/read. I am writing this more then 1/2 year after I finished the passage and I still think about the story and the characters. Loved the poems and all the "classic" quotes in the beginning of some chapters. The writing is eloquent and Scott Brick's performance is outstanding. These books have become a standard by which I measure other books and a search parameter when looking for other listening ideas.
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