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Listening to the first hour of so of "Redshirts" I was sure it was just another funny story, full of sly humor and sassy one liners that make me laugh the way "Fuzzy Nation" and "Agent to the Aliens" did. When I heard about the book on Scalzis blog and read the beginning paragraphs I was sure thats where it would go-and I'm fine with that. I love his fun novels. Everyone needs a laugh at one time or another. Except for the head banging "He Said", "She said" dialogue that Scalzi writes (which seems to drive we audiobook listeners bonkers), the start of Wil Wheatons reading of Scalzi's new novel led me to believe I'd laugh the evening away.
Then it got a bit serious. Funny, still, but serious with a strange twist that had me totally amazed at the concept. I had to rewind a chapter here and there because I was sure I'd missed something. I wasn't getting it all. As the novel got deeper into the left hand turn the plot had made, it didn't lose it's fun jauntiness but it did gather even more unexpected sober, tough thinking adding plenty of "I never thought about that before" to the plot .
Character development is ...well..odd because Scalzi has developed his main protagonists along a couple of different lines. Pathways I had never considered in many years as an SF reader and viewer (and listener even). It's good character development...we know the protagonists- we have known them for years, even decades of Star Trek and they never seem to change..but these characters are sharper, more developed and very clever when they analyze their situation aboard the Universal Union Capital Ship "Intrepid", flag ship of the galaxy. They have a captain who is completely J.T. Kirkian in attitude and language, a ships engineer, doctor...in fact all the standard characters we have gotten used to seeing-including new ensigns wearing red shirts. The ones who die on away missions.
I don't write spoilers so all this sounds vague but I want to encourage listeners to stick with the book through the irritating dialogue then listen carefully to the next few hours.
As for the Codas,I think they add to the book. I don't know how else Scalzi would have added the information..it wouldn't have fit into the body of the novel. And though it isn't really vital information it is lore that adds to the novel and incases our knowledge of the characters. Some reviewers on the Amazon site discounted the codas entirely. I think they are part of the book and it's an interesting way to insert this data into the book.
This is a book for SF lovers, Star Wars/Star Trek fans, ComicCon goers and generally those of us who grew up with Heinlein and Roddenberry, with Ray Bradbury (who passed away today at age 91) and Rod Serling, with Neil Gaiman and Isaac Asimov.
Scalzi fits in with all these guys, especially the early Robert Heinlein YA books, though theres nothing YA about "Redshirts".
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I've read (in paper form) several of McKinty's novels but this was my first of his audio books. I was pulled in to the story by the writing and narration.
Sadly one jarring note was Doyles narrative interpretation of North American voices-everyone, including the women, sound like 1940's mobsters. It was discerning and became a slight irritation. I know that the various US accents don't make much sense to Europeans but as a woman raised in the west, the same accent Doyle gave everyone took away from what was a very dramatic novel. Having a hearty booming midwest voice form the words of a weak man dying from AIDS was, to me, the most annoying of these accent malaprops.
Of course his Irish voices were spot on, as one might imagine and carried the book for the most part.
The plot is slightly convoluted but very McKinty in feeling. I could easily identify with Alex and even with John.The story arc was full of side ways sub plots yet everything came together.
If you don't mind having young western characters sound like Chandleresque mobsters this is a great listen and recommended.
I enjoy actually reading McKinty books myself so much that I'm not sure if I'll audio another one but this was well worth my credit.
This book really creeps up on the listener. Eric Dove's mild voice puts interest into the story as he details a typical family..some dissent due to not enough money and his band, two sweet little girls an interfering mother-in-law, a husband who can't really remember his youth and a wife who holds it all together.
At about 4 hours we start to get some of the history and as this short audiobook continues even more of the backstory on Jack is divulged.... and then horror comes out.
I listened to it one evening and wished I hadn't.
A good audiobook for fans of Stephen King in his early days.
The precept of this story should be exciting and offer tension and fear to the listener.
Instead I found myself bored out of my wits and didn't bother to finish listening-it was too obvious how it would end.
This could be blamed on a lackluster narrator with few skills in interpreting the authors words or with an author who didn't write sufficient tension into the book. In either case, this was a short waste of my time.
I can't recommend nor will I bother with the second book unless theres a new narrator,
I might try and read it myself-if I see it at a used book store...but really, there are so many better books out there-why bother?
Yes-I know everyone love his narrations but, for me, I thought his best lines were as HAL9000. When it came to giving life to the human characters Hill's narration wasn't up to par.
Of course I've seen the movie 5 times and read the book several times..Because it is a favorite for me I though I'd buy the Audible version. It's wonderfully written and having Sir Arthur Clarke's prequel was so entertaining.
As I know the story well, I ended u quite disappointed with Hill's interpretation of it.
I'm sure all the Hill admirers will bast my review, but I can think of several other narrators who would have done a much better job.
I almost wish I'd been able to read these before starting the series..this Hunter/Hvam compilation of 9 short stories is filled with excellent glimpses into the pasts of Jane, Ricky-bo, Molly and Jane's growing friendship as well as being super stand alone stories.
I very much enjoyed learning how/why Rick got his tats-a scary story in in it's self. Jane's intro as beast to Angie-baby as well as 7 other stories.
If you've enjoyed the series but dislike short stories I encourage you to buy this. Hvam does her usual fantastic voice narration with sympathy and drama.
Enjoy! I sure did!
I'm not a big fan of vampire or zombie genre books but I've gotten very attached to the Jane Yellowrock novels narrated by Khristine Hvam. I've listen to Hvm on other books and she has a fantastic rangeof voices for characters..her male voices are excellent and all the women in the books are noticeably different.
However the one protagonist I like the best is BEAST, Janes alter ego. Beast, the mountain lion has actually grown as a character..it amazes me that Hunter and Hvam can give an animal such a great personality, not based on a joke like Oberon the Dog in Kevin Hearnes Druid series...for me Oberon lost his appeal quickly while I've grown to like beast more in each book.
The story ark also continues to grow and the series isn't a cliche romance with vamps liie others are. Yellowrock is a strong single woman who does love a man but their relationship is a small part of the entire plot like. I love how she has continued to grow thru sweat lodge memory trips with the Cherokee mother and daughter family who seem to be amongst her closest friends.
If you enjoy vampire stories and strong women protagonists, I encourage you to try this series..do start with the first novel--they build on each other.
If it weren't for Watneys F bombs, this would be a good family book..the excitement of the story builds slowly as Watney Macguyver's his way to survival after being left for dead in an emergency.
As the daughter of an aerospace engineer I wish my dad could have listened to this story..the science is excellent and the problem solving Watney and the JPL folk go thru to rescue him.
One of the best audio books I've heard on Audible. I seldom rate any book 5stars..it takes a pretty good novel for me to award 5 stars This well narrated story rates 10 stars IMHO
As much as I enjoyed On Dublin St I didn't get the same from the sequel. I never found Jo a like able character un the first novel and just couldn't connect with her weak dependent and whiny in this follow up. Nor did I ever get to trust or like Cam, the boyfriend.
Even learning Jos backstory, still I couldn't relate to her .
Narrator Elle Newland did a great job with the novel and Samantha Young does know how to write a great sex scene..in fact this book was mostly bedroom action and weak plot.
I really don't get the 5 star reviews for the novel..it isn't nearly of equal quality to On Dublin St.
3 stars to the story..average women's bedroom novel and 4 for narration..the author can do better.
Night Road is the story of a young girl who has spent her life in foster care until she turns 14. She meets twins her age, they befriend each other thru high school until one terrible night.
The narration is excellent and drew me into the story. It's one I'll listen to again, I'm sure. Well worth a credit-aimed at teens and young women this is a heart rending novel
Samantha Young writes great sex scenes and narrator Paula Costello did a very nice job of telling them. The journey of Joss and Brendan from casual relationship to marriage was a "listen twice" type of audiobook for me.
I enthusiastically urge women who enjoy romantic novels and graphic sex to spend a credit on this delightful story of an American girl in Scotland
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