Beaverton, OR, United States
A poor plot combined with unnecessary sound effects make a hard to stick with listen. From the first (where we hear the sound of a boat) to the end this is full of the kind of sound effects I remember from the old radio days...but not done as well.
The plot drags on and on and isn't helped by the narrators. It took me days to get thru this-I like to finish the books I buy but this novel--gawd--it isn't worth buying.
I usually enjoy Baldacci novels-though this and the first novel in the series are the first books I've bought as audio....I can't decide if it's the pacing of the plot or the terrible add ons of music, the ocean, the speed boat, guns shooting etc etc.
I wish producers would read reviews and understand that most of we readers dislike the sound effects.
I can't recommend it...not worth a credit.
Finally finished this YA Dystopian series. I was let down at the end but thats the nature of dystopian stories, isn't it?
Although this particular novel is the weakest in story arc of the 4 in the series, Luke Daniels, narrator supreme, does some of his finest work here.
I started the series particularly because I had decided to listen to more novels narrated by Daniels, who I think is one of the top male narrators working these days. I became engrossed in many ways because of Daniels wonderful ability with voicing and emotion. Each character has a strong voice..though when "Oberon, the dog's voice" out of Kevin Hearns "Iron Druid" series shows up attached to a teen aged kid it can be discerning.
Iron Druid is another long series that Daniels gives voice to. I have to admit I'm not nearly as intrigued with the series as I was at the beginning, but thats not any fault of Daniels.
This is the second time I have followed my instinct and listened to novels narrated by favorite voice actors-George Guidell is another one who could read me a menu and I'd listen!
Worth a credit if you've followed the series-no place to start though...this needs to be listened to from Book 1 in order for it to make any sense.
This second installment isn't as spellbinding as the first but is a have to listen if you've started the series.
Shusterman has a way of writing his characters that brings them to life. (Poor pun there and unintentional). For a YA dystopian story there is a great deal of sophisticated yet traditional teen angst in this book. The characters are the misfits of their towns, for the most part and are full of anger for the way they feel they have been treated.
Recommended if you're into the series.
I'm on a Luke Daniels narrating kick..I listened to and panned the first book in this series but really enjoyed the second one.
The author tightened up his plot and really developed likable characters with good development.
You have to read the first one to make sense on this one-too bad, but, just maybe, worth the 2 credits. Luke Daniels can do no wrong!
I love Guidalls narrations...lately I've been listening by narrator rather than author..if you can't stand a narrator, why bother with the listen,right?
However, even George Guidall wasn't able to turn this average spy story into a page turner.
Don't waste your money on this.
I purchased this on sale and am glad I didn't spend a credit on it. Whle I might not return it, I wasn't blown away.
I found the protagonist a bit fluffy and the probable bad guy sleazy.
Can't highly recommend..there are many much better novels out there.
Purchased this when I noticed it as recommended..I had caught an evening of MASH episodes and decided to listen to the book while I refinished furniture on my deck...
A fun listen with all the familiar characters..Reilly is still my favorite.
Ideal for MASH devotees-recommended
What a wonderful novel. I purchased the large mass market book at the Portland, OR. Audubon Bird Society in "Wildwood" one day when I ws taking my grand daughter for a hike. When we read about the adventures of sprue and Max in the very area we were hiking, grand kid got very excited..my reading wasn't fast enough!
I really prefer the paper version of Meloys fascinating story, however having someone else read it was just fine. You miss the wonderful drawings however, so I'd encourage your purchasing copies of the book if you plan to share this with your children.
As a Portlander, knowing the Forest Park trails as I do makes the read even more fun..you might read this with a map of the ares--Maloy is spot on with his descriptions of the area. We were on Swan Island last week and I pointed out the Bluffs to grand kid and she was excited to see that it was real! I predict a "Wildwood" Tour one of these days
Great to share-but do buy the book too. Drawings and not to be missed!
As a 71 year old who lived thru the years of coat hanger abortions, no birth control and giving birth @ 17 and unwed to a child I had no business trying to raise, I had very mixed feelings about this YA book. I hope that women's rights are never put in this position and have marched and strived to allow women to make personal life decisions, such as are not allowed in UnWind.
I think, that at some time. every parent of a teen might wish for a way to just send the hormone driven creature someplace else but the idea behind this novel horrified me more than Hunger Games did for some reason. The child I had at 17 is now in his 50's and a great adult. I'm happy I didn't have to make a decision for abortion myself, but believe that is a women's right to do. I have to admit that, there were times when I could have retroactively followed UnWinding but, of course, it isn't available.
I purchased this because I really enjoy Luke Daniels narrations, though this isn't one of his best it is an excellent example of this talented voice artist. At the beginning I thought I'd bought a real loser however I decided to follow the directions of the reviewers who encouraged readers to keep listening and after a few hours I was engrossed in the story.
I encourage all readers who can keep an open mind to listen to this novel-or read it , whatever you wish to do. Consider how things were in the 1950s and never allow this kind of situation to happen.
A truly dystopian novel..and recommended.
I purchased this book because it was on sale AND narrated by Luke Daniels. As others have mentioned, Daniels can read the phone book and entertain me. He's the kind of narrator who canl lead me to a book I might not have been interested in previously. Reading the reviews, I was going to not purchase this Scalzi like story except that Daniels narrates it and , damn, he's one good narrator. Did I mention that?
"Enlistment" is, sadly, a John Scalzi rip off-and Scalzi frequently admits to following in other SF writers footprints. Enlistment was so similar to Old Mans War Old series, but isn't nearly as well written't ......OMW was a great series and Enlistment is so-so.
Andrew, the depressed welfare kid who hasn't ever had anything of quality in his life, is a young version of Scalzi's "John Perry" an aging man who traded his failing health and senior citizen boredom for a new mutant body and opportunity to help save human life in the galaxy.
As there are only 2 goods so far in Kloos series we shall see if it continues to follow OMW. If so, I'd recumbent just buying Scalzis novels..they are excellently written, much better than those 2 that Kloos has written.
Except for Luke Daniels..I'll gave this 4 starts simply because Luke Daniels has the ability to make any book into an excellent one.
I've been so disappointed with the past few NR books that I was hesitant to buy another..however this book is Nora Roberts at her best.
No triplets with powers, no cool cop or haunted house her..just a good mystery/romance in classic Nora Roberts style.
I found the story arc excellently crafted and the protagonists believable. The plot was nicely contrived and the villain excellently bad. I really enjoyed this listen and recommend it to those who are NR readers as well as those who are new to her work-this would be a great place to start!
Buy it and ENJOY.
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