Overall this isn't a bad book...the narration was super. Jonathan Davies doe a great job at bringing each character to life.
where i have a problem is parts of the story. For example (not giving away any story here) our Hero (Ponter) accidentally travels through a portal to a parallel universe and the 2nd or 3rd thought out of anyones mouth is "oh he must be from a parallel universe'"...i don't know, maybe, just maybe you explore a couple of other concepts first? And did we really need to experience a characters sexual assault? This did not enhance the book one bit for me, as a mattter of fact it diminished the story...i still cannot see where it fit into the story at all.
Also, i am really bored & tired of authors who feel the need to lecture us on all of the ills of modern society and worse: on our violent & foolish history, by having some fictional visitor bemoan, chastise & condemn us for our actions. it just seems a cheap shot and i expected more from a Hugo nominee....maybe i won't use these Hugo's as a basis for my choice of books anymore. I know i am not going to bother with any more of this series.
Fantastic, wonderful, perfect! Need more accolades listen for yourself.
Seriously, I am a life long fan of the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. I have read them in text 6 or 7 times and I am VERY happy I listened to this version. Tolkien is not on THE master of story telling but a king himself with his flowing descriptive prose. Robert Inglis does an absolutely superb job with the naration and where you may not agree with his choice of tone or timber for a specific character you become so lost in the story you accept them as real and he becomes those characters.
I recommend this book and this series over anything in the Audible Library. I did not want it to ever end! And i know i will listen again!
If you want to feel like you are listening to the characters on the "Big Bang Theory" on TV then this book then this is for you. I enjoy sci-fi, but I do not want to have to keep up with something that sound like a 20 page word problem that requires an MIT degree to comprehend.
When reading (listening) to another/modernized Robinsin Crusoe book, the story and characters better be darn compelling! These are not... well, not enough to get past the monotonous, endless math and science you must endure... (paraphrasing: "the human body requires xxx amount of oxygen to survive 18.765 hours & i can generate yyy litres per day, this leaves zzz that i must come up with..." this goes on & on & on. My mind would start to wander & then i realized i haven't been listening at all. it is as though Andy Weir is just plain showing off with the ability to mathematically devise survival techniues to keep our hero alive.
We now know how many calories we need to survive 400 plus days, how many litres of water and oxygen are needed for short jaunts and long treks...we now even know how to make the oxygen! really boring stuff.
Some of the characters are interesting, but most are just part of the back story and you couldn't care less.
There are some very interesting elements and a few thrilling chapters but through a lot of the trials our hero must endure i found myself sayig;"oh, c'mon now!"
if you love engineering problems and all the minutia required to solve them, you will love this book. if you are like the rest of us with "B" level math skills, you will want to keep your finger on the fast forward button!
Once again John Scalzi almost completely satisfies and yet once agian he disappoints.
The reason I keep trying is because I loved the first few books in his "Old Man Wars" series... but after being utterly bored by the ending of "Red Shirts" and now somewhat let down by "Agent To The Stars" I may have to give up beliving that Scalzi can maintain my interest.
Like "Red Shirts", this book have a very interesting premise and an interesting beginning but then just trails off. UNLIKE "Red Shirts", the ending doesn't drag out for a third of the book. But when listening, unlike reading, one often wishies you can skip or skim faster.
As usual Will Wheaton is wonderful. He really has that sort of snarky, frat boy, devil-may-care but "i'm really a good guy" persona down pat. However, i must say, after you are about half way through you really get tired of the one-upmanship, who-can-be-the-most sarcastic dialog Scalzi seems to thrive on.
Though it doesn't sound like it, overall I did enjoy this book. Most of the characters are interesting and engaging, the overall story is compelling. I just get frustrated when i see a fabulous idea get over shadowed by other negative issues.
I highly recommend this version of this story. I admit i am a bit biased here because htis is one of my favoite books, but i can say i have very high standards as a result.
This book did not disappoint.
Rob Inglis does a masterful job with characters coming to life.
The only negative here is that when listening to a book you must endure all of the poems & songs.
otherwise i highly recommend this book.
Most of the story.
In a pinch i would.
Heck No! Let sleeping dogs lie.
I was really disappointed. other reviews i read implied this was a great book. i was looking forward to an exciting Space Opera. What i got was a basically silly and boring. you know it isn't worth it when through out the story you keep thinking "oh come-on now!
some of the characters were a little compelling, and yes, i did finish it but I would only recommend this book as a last resort.
This is the kind of book i would reseve for reading as i am sitting on the beach...watching the kids, listening to the surf and oh yeah half paying attention to the story. at best it is mediocre.
I just don't understand how this series keep selling. Being born & raised in NJ, I decided to listen and I suggest you don't bother. Any shore memories this book sparks or happy images you have of the "Jersey Shore" are far outwieghed by a plot line that tries to be tricky & shocking but is actually obvious & almost dopey.
The naration is poor; i think they are trying to come off as wry & funny but rather, they sound whiny and annoying. Each and every one of the characters are weak stereotypes, the story is contrived and, well actually ridiculous at some points.
I didn't take away all of the stars because there a couple if moments in the book that kept my interest. in the end i can't recommedn the book and i will surely not contionue with the series.
This book and listening experience has to rank in my top 10 Bar None!
The vision of the future with all of its potential for good and dangers as put for by Dan Simmons can only be described as genius.
I have always rated audio books by the level of excitemet i feel when getting into my car and by the amount of time i will sit in my driveway when coming home because i want to hear what comes next! when it came to The Fall Of Hyperion i almost lived in my car until it was done. Which by the way was a long, long time. If there is negative concept with this book it is it's length. 3/4 of the way through you wonder if it will ever conclude...and yet, you want to know what happens with each and every character.
To describe this as an Epic story is an understatement; I think it almost borders on spiritual.
It is clear that Simmons has a fantatic grasp on some very diverse fields. He lost me about a dozen times with various concepts of quantom physics and time travel; he interjects poetry with excellent timing...he even seems to understand the machinations and theories of the Catholic Church!
His descriptive prose is so spot-on and yet so flowing and beautiful you really feel you are seeing his visions.
I highly recommend this book. Please note: you cannot read/listen to The Fall Of Hyperion without first taking on Hyperion...By the way, when you do make sure you look for the Wizard of Oz references!
I have to admit i am NOT a big fan of the fact thet every Sci-fi/fantacy story has to have 30 sequels. So i started off with some expectations that i would not be completely satisfied by a books bearing "Book 1" as part of it's title...By the end that was not a big problem because most of the story is well wrapped up.Overall i enjoyed the book; the story is interesting enough to complel the listener to want to hear more. I was drawn into the characters more than what they were doing, and Donald Corren does a very good jod job af bringing them to life.The reason i deducted "stars" in my rating were more nuanced. I do not feel any author needs to write with so much description that i feel i am reading a technical instruction book but i think Dietz falls rather short explaing the various Cyborgs and some of the science untill too far into the book...i kept feeling like i had skipped a book where things were better set up. Also certain relationships (no spoiler alert needed) border on the ridiculous; one moment we are mortal enemies the next we are...well, lets say improbably enamoured.Once concluded, i realized i did enjoy the book. I did want to find out where things were headed; some very well deserved comeuppances are dealt out and our characters mature nicely...but I do not feel any need to rush out to get book 2.
I first decided to try this series because i saw it was performed by William Dufris; i really enloyed him in the Old Mans War series. Here he did not disappoint. it wasn't extrodinary but then neiother is the book.
Into the Storm is more like into a weak squall. Very vanilla. one or two of the characters are interesting but no one really jumps out and grabs the reader...may be because there are so many charateres (many with very alien names)...
One thing i found very annoying is that there is absolutley no pause in the narration to indicate a scene change; One minute you are on on island in an important conversation the next breath you are below the deck of the ship with out shkipping a beat...very confusing.
All in all it is not a bad book and i have to admit i did want to hear what happened.
Larry Correia does it again! I loved this book!I didn't think Correia could do better than his Monster Hunter series but this is going to give it a run for his money.And Bronson Pinchot...Wow...i would have never suspected he is that good. His narration was some of the best i have ever heard. His characrterizations and tones were perferct and the accents were spot on! i will listen to anything he reads. I have to admit i ws a little off-put about Jakes deep south accent but it really grows on you & you really enjoy it.The story is well constructed, exciting and suspensfull, the characters are engaging and interesting. There are plenty of twists and turns, though i don't think anyone is really fooled by them, nor do i think anyone cares that they are obvious. And then there is the magic... Correia comes up with some wonderfull magical abilities and their shortcomingsIt is very rare that i would say this in a review but i wholeheartedly recommed this book and I can find no flaws!
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