This part of the saga should have had a conclusion with the cliff hanger being a tease for the next book. I get the distinct impression that the author didn't put his heart into this one, he probably needed more money for his beer. Writting himself into the story was tacky and added to the impression that he wasn't stepping up to the plate. I've enjoyed all the other books even though there were many slow parts but this one took the buscuit... and my money!
No, but it has confirmed my suspicion that SK adds lots of superfluous text in order to bulk up the book rather than the story.
I have a long driving commute so George brings a lot, I can't read while driving! I like his voices and general tone and tempo, he does a very nice job.
Add the last couple of pages to the start of the next book (The recap is probably there anayway) and this book becomes redundant. It adds nothing to the overall saga and would not be missed. Don't bother buying this, go straight to the next book.
I wouldn't recommend the book because I couldn't listen to the narrator. I suffered through about two hours hoping the story line would distract me from the dreadful reading but it didn't. I will be asking for my credit back.
Couldn't tell you because, for me, it was unlistenable due to the boring drone of the reader.
In every way. For me, he was so bad that I couldn't get past about two hours. I listen while driving 40 miles to and from work but with this book I found I simply stopped listening although it was playing. He bored the pants off me.
I wasn’t going to buy this trilogy because intuition told me this was a childish story that would not crossover to the adult reader in the same way that Harry Potter did. I eventually gave in and bought the trilogy because I watched the first movie and found it to be a lot better than I expected. The first book more or less met my revised expectations, the second, less so. Having invested so much time I forced my way through this third book but almost gave up. In short, looking at the entire trilogy, I must confirm that my initial take was correct. The writing is juvenile and the characters become more whiny and pathetic as the story lengthens. Note I said “Lengthens” not “progresses”. To top it off, the reading is on the same level as the writing. I think girls in their very early teens might enjoy these books but it is beyond me as to why any adult, after suffering through these teen angst books, could sincerely write a positive review. I wouldn't know where to start concerning what would make it better. Maybe if the book was up in flames before I got to hear it.
She just wasn’t a good reader. She read the words, sometimes with the wrong emphasis, but didn’t offer any passion to enhance a story that desperately needed rescuing.
If you enjoy a book that uses language to paint a picture and evoke emotion, that makes you think, “That was a clever use of words”, don’t buy these books. If you enjoy books that you can’t put down or can’t wait to get back to, don’t buy these books. If you enjoy a book that has you seeking more stories from the same author, don’t buy these books. If you enjoy the narration to the point where you look for other books narrated by the same reader, don’t buy these books.
I didn't "spend" time listening to this book, as always I am a captive of traffic. It was an okay listen.
I listened to this because I really enjoyed Diamond Age by the same author. The Story was good but the lessons from the “librarian” were too long and repetitive. Worse, the premise is flawed, hackers do not read binary in the manner the story indicates… I wrote my first program back in 1969 and still code today. I used to write in mainframe assembler (assembly) and I was an ace at debugging memory dumps. These are not spewed out in binary, they are in hexadecimal. Unlike decimal which is based on 10, hex is based on 16 with “numbers” ranging from 0 to F with F having a value of 15. A hex value of “10” is sixteen a hex value of “1F” is 31, hex “20” is 32. See, just like decimal but you carry 1 to the left on 16 instead of 10 and this is how machine code is presented. Yes, we also know the binary representation e.g that same “1F” (31) above would be 0001 1111 in binary but I have NEVER seen any type of computer present code or data in that manner, only on TV. Clearly it would be counterproductive to present binary when hex serves the purpose.
Anyway, enough of the tech lesson, I hope somebody finds it a little interesting. Getting back to the book, the characters were interesting and the story would have been great if it had moved along a little quicker… get rid of the librarian!
Not wishing to give anything away... the great ending.
His voice was right for the book and although you might expect Swedish accents, his English character voices worked fine. He read with a nice pace and his female voices were excellent.
Well, I can't sit that long but yes. I listen in my car to and from work and never use my iPod anywhere else but this one had me disconnecting the iPod from the car and listening on the PATH train and walk which is the remainder of my commute.
I highly recommend all three books. The first one started a bit slow but was great. The second one was even better, starting at the pace the first one finished but this one is undoubtedly the best.
It is basically a rambling group of what I hesitate to call
It droned on and was too matter-of-fact with no passion. Actually, forget about passion, it had no feeling at all.
Does Audible give refunds? :-)
Near the top but mainly because of the nostalgia of hearing a book I first read in about 1964.
Alan because his character was expanded on more than others.
His voice caught the essence of the era.
I ranked this book highly because of the time in which it was written. This is a great story variations of which have been written, made into movies and made into video games decades after this original. The language is charming and even made me chuckle a few times when humor was not intended. The reader has to take the era in which it was written into account and recognise that the term
Dean Koonts? Yes, I love most of what I have heard from Dean Koontz. In particular, One Door Away From Heaven and the Odd Thomas books. This one was disappointing. Dick Hill? Not a bad read but his female voices left a lot to be desired, not as good as most male readers that I've heard.
To make this more enjoyable Dean could have moved the plot along faster and cut out a lot of corn. I just checked and sure enough, this book was written in 1986, almost 20 years before his other books that I've listened to. This does of course illustrate that Dean has grown considerably as an author. I will be avoiding his earlier work.
I can't read while I drive so Dick Hill brought a lot! As mentioned above, his female voice needs work.
Yes, look into reviews a bit deeper instead of relying on my own experience of other books by the same author. This book is not a total waste of time but of the dozen or so Koontz books that I've listened to, this is the worst. No doubt because it is one of his earlier works. I will now be avoiding his earlier books.
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