I'm a BIG science fiction fan, and I can truthfully say that this is one of the best books that I've come across. Kevin Anderson has an interesting writing style with VERY long books, but short chapters. (I haven't read any other of Kevin Anderson's books, so I don't know if all of his books are this long or if it is specific to this series.) The short chapters keep the action going and keep things interesting.
So the 5th wave keeps popping up on my suggestions, has excellent reviews, and the book short made it sound interesting. The series is good, but this second book is not as good as the first. It is still good though. The story is intriguing, the characters are engaging, and it's not the "same-old same-old" aliens conquer the earth while the ragged remnants of humanity defeat the evil alien overlords. Since I like that type of story, I liked this book **in spite** of it not being such. The one thing that was a bit distracting and takes away from the story in my opinion is when the author occasionally breaks into flowery and long winded descriptions that seem to be an attempt to be poetic. I still liked the series and will have to see how the reviews are on the third book before I decide if I want to buy it.
It may just be because I'm rereading a series I really enjoyed in my youth, but I just can't stop listening to this series. I'm picking up on stuff I missed the last time I read this series and the story is keeping me very focused. Must get some sleep tonight!!! No more marathon listening sessions. I may need Sigmund to help me through this problem.
I read this in paperback when I was a kid. Now here it is more than 20 years later and it was even better than I remembered it. The story is engaging, the performance is excellent, and the story has me wanting to re-listen/read the rest of the series. At first, I though the little sessions with Sigmund were transparent and distracting, but by the end, they were part of the story and as engaging as the main story-line. I'm in for a penny, so I guess I'm in for a pound. Gotta download Blue Event Horizon now.
Yes, this was a great listen. I just finished listening to Star Marines from the ???third??? series in this storyline and wanted to listen from the beginning as it had been so long. I'm glad I did. It is an excellent story and the narrator is very easy to listen to.
Major Garroway was the primary character and well done. His character was interesting and not so narrow in nature as some book characters are. A bit irreverent, a caring father, a dedicated marine, has his failings, but tries to work past them.
It's going to be a bit of work to go back through the Heritage, Legacy, and the first two books of the Inheritance trilogies, but I think it will be worth it.
I don't know. :) I keep finding myself buying the next book and listening to it raptly, but I can't tell you why. It's not the best book I've heard. It has some slowness and some weakness to the plot and the happenings. The characters are interesting and varied but kind of obvious. Overall, I like it, I just can't say, "here is why I like it." Now I'll have to listen again and again to figure out why. This might be Hugh Howey's whole evil plan, to make me listen again and again!!! Sigh... It might just work.
Truly timeless book. Some of the dates that were discussed show that we haven't advanced anywhere as fast as Heinlein had proposed. Still, the book was excellent and a year from now, I will listen to it again.I would guess that this book is where Invasion of the body snatchers was derived or at least it influenced that book.
BV Larson's Star Force series rates very high on my favorite books/series. The Dead Sun was up to par with his earlier Books in the series. It still didn't have the hanging by your nails off the cliff, won't go to sleep until I'm done pace and action to it of the first 3 books. Hopefully it will continue it's upward trend.
I don't want to post a spoiler.
Good showing. I look forward to another high-caliber book in the series soon.
Good: Very interesting ideas, it seems well through through. I had to listen in bits.
Bad: Very slow paced and many times over analytical. I got bored at times, but the book had my rapt attention at other times. If I find a time where none of my other series have a new book out or I'm looking for something slower paced, I might buy the next book.
The reading of secondary characters in the same nasal voice was a bit distracting. I think a straight read, second reader, or such would have been better. The book lagged several times as the author added data that was mostly irrelevant to the current story. It may be critical information later, but the information should have been provided later in a smoother fashion. For example, in the middle of everything, Jay Allan stops to explain current political structures, terminology, etc.
I might. The parts that were moving were good. The constant stops to go over some tangent are a bit distracting.
No, I don't think I would. Again, the nasal voice for every single secondary character was distracting and did not add to the reading.
This wasn't a bad book. It was just a bit slow and I found the narrator to be distracting. There were several good sections that were riveting.
I just did. :) I re-listened to the entire series before listenng to book 4. It had been quite a while and I power listened to book 1 and 2 a second time and then listened to book 3 and 4. The series was excellent and kept me interested.
Koenig for the first two books and as I suspect the author wanted, I started getting wrapped up in the Prim's character, Grey.
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