You just can't go wrong with Jim Butcher; You just can't go wrong with Harry Dresden...they prove it again here. I have read one of these in text but they are sooooo much better on audio. Marsters has Harry nailed & his other characterizations are wonderful.
Thankfully, we get deeper into Harry's relationships and deeper into the histories of these characters....very interesting Blood Lines!
Do not miss this story!
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.
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.
Maybe i'm just dense...but i just don't get the appeal & fanfare. i kept reading what a life changer this book was, what a comment on society, etc...i just found most of it annoying.
initially i really liked the 1950/60's feel of it, it made me nostalgic for Sam Spade. but after a while it all just seemed like a lecture on all of the ills of society.
I get rather tired of SciFi authors whining about our shortcomings through the voice of their story. But where i really gave up was when the author didn't only imply but comes out & stated that most women who are raped are asking for it, i had to stop listening!
I couldn't recommend this story to anyone.
Loved It. As good as Old Man's War and a perfect 2nd in the series.Scalzi is my new favorite SciFi author & this series is my new fave series. I had a real problem getting out of my car when i was listening! As with any story, there were a couple quirky moments that i would groan over, but for the most part Scalzi put together a compelling story with fantastic aliens, concepts & characters.William Dufris wouldn't have been my first choice but he grows on you. he does a fabulous job at isolating individual charaters, voices & timbres.I highly recommed this book and it's series.
Actually i enjoyed each of the books in the Lost Fleet series, but they were clearly just a "paycheck" for Jack Campbell. The characters are interesting with just enough intrigue to keep you listening....but...every book is exactly the same. I understand readers of series like familairity but they are completely alike with one or two small plot chanfges or revaltions to allow Campbell to title a new story.That being said, Campbell does keep you wanting to listen, although you will want to keep a finger on the fast forward button during the endless battle scenes.The stories are not bogged down with science and uncomprehensible physics but if i had to hear one more time about communicating or seeing across light hours of space i would have screamed. this is never more annoying than during his drawn out space battles.I really enjoy Christian Rummel's naration. he has a good range of character voices & accents & does a good job overall.what i really resent is having to listen (at the beginning) to the author bloviate about why or how he has written the books; at leat in print you can see this & skip it.These are good "beach" books & i DID like them over all but i cannot understand anyone describing them as the best or most exciting series going...make me think some of these reviews are set up.
An absolute must read for any serious (or even semi-serious) Sci-Fi fan.
Scalzi starts with a fantastic storyline/plot then adds wonderful characters.
As usual he has some very prescient, original ideas about the future and i especially like that they are not necessarily explained as to how or why they work; they just do. He sticks to the story, character development & dialog & does not try to overwhelm the listener with physics.
There were several "driveway moments" (where I had arrived home but did not wat to get out of my car before i had found out what happenned next)....always a good sign for any listening experience.
William Dufris' narration is good...nothing too special but he does not hurt the book.
I highly recommed this story and connot wait to start the 2nd in the series which i have already downloaded.
I read a lot of Fantasy, Horror & Sci Fi; everything from Tolkien to Butcher to Alaister Reynolds. Heck i've even read Anne Rice. So i understand there are different styles & methods of story telling. This particular style is ... i don't know... maybe early teenage girl.
The story had a chance but since the characters were so trite & the dialog so 6th grade I couldn't get passed the 1st few chapters.
I also couldn't get passed the narrator...her voice was exactly the same as Sandy Cheeks from Spongebob Squarepants! Not a great image to have of the supposed hero of a thriller.
My recommendation (for anyone remotely serious about a decent Horror/fantasy): don't bother...unless you are a Freshnman in highschool.
Overall I loved this book. Being a Star Trek fan from the original airing I could almost see myself engrossed in an episode rooting for Kirk & Spock (but never really noticing the extras being killed off). I really liked Scalzi's creative take on concepts like fate & destiny...I am also a fan of SciFi authors who do not feel the absolute need to explain how things we do not understand work. Scalzi does this well.I was pleasantly suprized by Wil Wheatons narration. this is the first book i have heard him narrate & think he is right up there on the top of the game. I almost forgive him for how poorly he treated Sheldon Cooper. One thing I absolutely did not like was use if the "Coda". (Not a spoiler alert) I like a story that attempts to tie up loose ends but this was bad. I should have known there was touble when it started: "Coda ONE". One problem with listening to a book is that you are frequently not aware of how much is left; and you cannot "skim" over boring parts. Scalzi seems to write 25% of his book as codas. All of them driving home the same theme over & over...and over. I actually do recommend this book; just be prepared for a huge lecture on living life to the fullest once you are two-thirds into it.
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