I would raise some issues with Kolbert's over attribution of global warming to various climatic events and regional changes. The increase in global average temperatures due to human produced greenhouse gasses (and other actions like deforestation), is in the order of 0.2C per decade. This will produce changes in the climate outside our standard experience. While the overall trend of weather patterns and changes in regional variations should be detectable over a good chunk of time, the attribution of singular events such as Katrina to global warming is a large stretch. People spreading the call to action should walk the rigid scientific line otherwise you open yourself up to attacks of denial from the various sources of disinformation. So while Kolbert's message may be valid, many of her facts are quite fuzzy. I love the quote "Climate is an angry beast and we are poking it with a stick."
The story is told well enough, and is reasonable light reading. There are a huge number of missed opportunities for Koontz to make the story incredibly interesting, rather than harp on about describing relationships, or how various mechanisms make people feel. The contrivances at the end are painful, all far too tidy an ending.
Jeffrey Kafer performed excellently, however Talmadge Ragan really let the production down by slurring words and frequently messing up expression. Fortunately most of the book is Jeffrey.
If you read this book, there is a chance that you will never buy another Suarez book. Please be aware that this is most definitely NOT the book to judge Suarez by, his others are far more worthy of your time.
This book stinks of ultra cool hero worship which might appeal to a certain type of younger audience. If you are a fan of Brent Weeks then you'll probably like this.
I would carefully examine the reviews. This is the first "miss" for me out of 9 novels that I have read by Reynolds all of which were excellent.
I would hesitate to highlight the numerous annoyances of this novel because there are likely many people to whom these would not matter ... unless pointed out. To me "Terminal World" is such an inferior book compared to Reynold's other works, filled with grating contrivances and a completely unsatisfactory ending. I find it shocking that this was published in 2010 with numerous better books behind him, so the shortfalls cannot be put down to a lack of experience, but I suspect more to laziness.
Do not make this your first Alastair Reynolds book.
The average review rating should say it all. Please do not look at other reviews as what they point out will begin to weigh heavily on your perception and may diminish the experience of the story, which is outstanding, as is the narration. I highly recommend listening to this audio book first, then coming back and reading the comments.
I somewhat disagree with complaints about Dotrice; pacing and vocal range are more reasonable than most, although his rhythm is too pronounced sometimes. My sad tale would be that I think Martin is doing a "Jordan", as in Robert Jordan who would be too busy describing a scene rather than actually getting on with the plot. I started to get this feeling in the previous book and it seems to be spelled here pretty strongly. Things need to move along! However it feels like another two books minimum at this pace before a conclusion can be reached. The twists are starting to feel a little contrived. I hate writing this, I have been a huge fan of this series since it was first published.
While the story flowed reasonably, and was somewhat interesting, the overall plot was simplistic and a little too flawed for my tastes. I did listen to the end and appreciate what Bova was trying to say, and I do like the message and philosophical questions. Probably aimed at a younger audience.
This book follows smoothly on from another of Robert Harris' books: Imperium, which is also an excellent work. A wonderful historical story from the point of view of the dedicated slave/secretary of Cicero. Bill Willis is an amazing narrator, bringing extra life to an already enthralling story.
The story feels somewhat simplistic, clichéd and quite contrived, particularly as key plot devices regularly arrive without warning. However, once the games start the story becomes much more compelling. I can understand how some people may have issues with the narrator, but if you can get over it, McCormick does quite a reasonable job. I think Collins shows her roots as this would definitely gain more stars for younger readers.
This book concludes the Void trilogy: (1) Dreaming Void (2) Temporal Void (3) Evolutionary Void.
If you are new to the series then you have to start with Dreaming Void, if you can get it : "The Dreaming Void" seems to have disappeared from the Australian store but there it sits in my audible library.
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