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.
This is my 3rd Longmire story & I plan to continue!
Johnson nailed it again, and just to keep it fresh he changes the venue to Philadelphia.
Initially I was worried the location would hurt the story but putting Longmire in a classic fish out of water tale works well.
The story has plenty of twists and turns, a good deal of interpersonal actions and classic Longmire dialog to make me want more.
This is a must read/listen.
I personally cannot get enough of Walt Longmire!
Craig Johnson is a new favorite author. I am also so happy that the books are worlds better that the TV Adaptation.
Longmire is an interesting combination of deeply engaging & a tough cowboy! One minute waxing philosophic about a mountain range & the next pulling his gun. the dialog is true to the human experiance & Johnsons prose is up there with the best.
I am going to listen to each & every Longmire book & I strongly recommed everyone else does too.
If you listened to Hyperion & The Fall Of...you must get Endymion.
If you have not you must start!
Simmons universe is spectacularly complex and wonderful. You can actulally keep up with all of the characters, worlds & the changes in time travel plus he makes it all entertaining.
I cannot say enough about the stoiry and fabulous job by Victor Bevine as story teller. I highly recommend this book.
I don't get positive reviews here. I couldn't get past 3 hours before giving up. the story is boring and the narration is terrible. For some odd reason Michael Page seems to need to yell his dialog. Maybe he is a stage actor & is used to raising his voice as he speaks. I am going to get my credits back.
I Liked this book when I read it in text form two decades ago. I have always liked Lawrence Block but i hated the narrator Richard Ferrone as Bernie Rhodenbarr. The nasal, wise guy, gritty thing just makes him seem annoying.
Simply put: I loved the story & series but if you want to enjoy it too, read it in text don't lisrten to this version.
I gave this audio book 2 stars because i was in a generous mood...and...well because the concept was interesting. Otherwise I recommend you read this in text (or keep your finger poised over the fast forward button.) I am not sure why Peter Clines is so bent on filling pages with useless junk; it's as if he is being paid by the word! This is especially true during his dialog descriptions. they go something like this: Nate took a beer from the cooler and admired the glisrtening condensation on the shiny label, he said "blah, blah" and took a sip of the beer. Tim asked him if "blah, blah" but before Nate answered him he took another swallow and turned. He then drank more beer and and then tossed the empty bottle in the trash then he answered.... Oh my God! This happens all the way through the book.I kept saying over and over I don't care....I don't care". Couple this with about 50 times when even your most true beliver in the concept of suspended disbelief would groan and yell: "NO way" would anyone do that" !I mean c'mon, in one scene 2 men are discussing a character (that neither really knows) that sunbathes nude and they are such gentlemen that they act embarrassed and say they don't like looking at girls like that!Ray Porter does a wonderful job at narration...great voice modulation, a nice number of different character accents, etc. but i can't recommend a book based on the performer.It takes 60 to 75% of the book for the mystery to unfold & I will admit i kept listening to find out what happens. But...there is so musc wasted description, prose and frankly very bad dialog that I found my mind drifting and I had to listen again to catch up.I don't know how this book has such a good star rating, maybe i'm a book snob, because i cannot suggest you listen.
An excellent series done is an excellent manner.
I highly recommend this book. I was very happy to see a book performed by George Guidall again! His voice isn't quite what i expect Walt to sound like but he is certainly one of the top 5 book performers of all time.
She story is wonderful, the characters are strong and interesting. the dialog is very real and the descriptive prose make yiou feel like you are right there out west!
This one is a must listen!
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.
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