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.
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!
This book was just good enough to keep my attention & want to continue.in the end i am glad that i did.I had a VERY tough time getting past the first chapter. I mean, how did the lawyers let the opening scene through. Did no one else notice the direct rip-off of Roger Zelazny's book The Nine Princes of Amber!!?? C'mon: A guy wakes up in a Sanitorium with amnesia...overpowers a nurse & orderly, gets a gun, confronts the head doctor???? I almost stopped there. Fortunately the story eventually grows on you but there are still enough flaws to keep me from rating this story above 3 stars: I had a problem with Christopher Lane's idea of different characters voices and/or accents. For example we have a (Las Vegas) police detective with a pronounced New York voice. And our hero seems amazinly unconcerned about his apparent lack of memory.Overall, I have to admit that the story held my attention. i wanted to hear more about the characters & see how things wrapped up.. I am happy i did; i thing Larson came up with some clever, original concepts.
I really don't get all of the hype over Lee Child & Jack Reacher.
As the Flawed, damaged accidental hero genre goes Killin Floor is just OK.PROVIDING you can accept that of all of the brutal murders in in all of the small towns, in all of the rural states, in all of the countries in the world, Jack Reacher just happens to (no i won't spoil the plot) come across this particular dead body. It is beyond absurd. Since everything else is motivated from this inane coincidence it dragged the rest of the experience down. I wasn't too impressed with Dick Hill's narration either. again, just mediocre. Overall: a below average book but not worth trying to return and i doubt i would try more Lee Child.
This has got to be the worst pairing of a book to narrator ever.I must have listened to over a thousand books and this must be the worst. I never felt Dean Koontz was the best author but I did enjoy his first few books, so when I saw this book on sale i grabbed it...chalk it up to nostalgia. Normally it may take me up thirty or forty minutes to get used to an unfamiliar performer...not every narator can be a Frank Muller or James Marsters, but c'mon J. Charles reads this story...well...like he is just reading it! There is zero emotion or passion, except for the occasional yuk-yuk twang when he is supposed to be a local yokel. at one point (not a spoiler alert) a father finds out hes teenaged sopn was just killed & J. Charles reads it with about as much enthusiasm as if you just told him he forgot to mow the lawn.To sum it up, this will be one of the first downloads I am going to return & take Audible at their word that we can return if we are not satisfied.
Ferret on speed
I ablsolutely loved this story. I had read it (in Text) over 20 years ago. So i was really looking forward to having it in my audio library.Talk about a let down. I don't know who chose Juliani as the narrator but for a story told in the first person it was quite a mistake. Maybe i'm off here...maybe this is the fault of the director & not the narrator, but the dialog was stilted & chopped. on several occasions i was confinced this book was recorded on tape and accidentally sped up during much of the dialog.For the rest of this series, I will stick to re-reading these in text.
I loved this book. it was an excellent way to tie up the series.I know there is also another book from Zoe's point of view but for the story as a whole i really enjoyed the way Scalzi brought it together.The Last Colony is somewhat diferent that Old Man's War or The Ghost Bigrades...same Scalzi, MUCH less action. If you are expecting big battles (or even a lot of small skirmishes) this is not your book. This book could stand apart fror the Sci Fi genre & be set anywhere in history; I think that is testament to Scalizi's talent!.Once again William Dufris does a wonderful job. I think he really captures the different personalities and tells great story.
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