Kate Mulgrew's performance has to be the best thing about NOS4R2. Mulgrew has a distinctive sound and gives each character its own personality. Her performance of Charlie Manx and Bing Partridge were particularly excellent, in my opinion.Hill has a knack for setting up and describing the imaginary world he has created. At first I was sort of put off by the Christmas obsession, but it grew on me over time. While the story itself was so-so, I absolutely loved Joe Hill's story *telling*. He's a good writer, and I may pick up some of his other stuff.
No, this was the first one for me. Unsurprisingly, his style is reminiscent of his father's, Stephen King. He largely employs the same recipe: deep character depictions, interwoven with the supernatural, and some gore. It was a bit long in the tooth, however (like many of King's books), and it was slow to get going after the initial build-up (Vic's first encounter with Manx). The novel could have been redacted by a quarter without doing the story any injustice, especially the middle part.
Her understanding of the story and the subsequent depiction of the the characters. If you just read the book, you would miss the profound "evilness" she creates for the Manx character.
There aren't a bunch of characters in this book, which makes it easier to keep track of them . But obviously the two main characters, Vic McQueen and Charlie Manx stick around in your mind. The disgusting Bing Partridge was also quite enjoyable.
Overall, I ended up liking this book quite a lot. As I mentioned earlier, Joe Hill drags his feet a bit in the middle part of the story, stretching certain concepts a bit too much. The story may come across as a bit juvenile at first, in part because the main character starts out as a child/teenager. In addition, the Christmas-thing keeps that theme alive throughout the book. It bothered me too, at first.
In NOS4R2, Hill introduces us to his two-world concept, which includes the world of stuff and the world of thought. NOS4R2 is about intermingling the two, and more notably, bringing Manx' sick imaginary world of eternal Christmas into the real world, and his revenge on Vic McQueen for finding him and getting away.
All in all, this was a good read. If you like Stephen King's earlier works, or like Mulgrew, it's a no-brainer. Otherwise, it's not too bad either, you won't feel like you wasted a credit (you may struggle with the middle part a bit, but it gets better).
Oh and, don't let your kids listen to this. Christmas would be ruined forever.
The immensely complex ideas around time travel and the possible consequences they entail.
It's a bit like Eon, by Greg Bear, only more complicated due to the concept of multiple realities coinciding alongside one another. Bear's work is also much more character-driven than Asimov's.
"Correct". "Impersonal", yet extremely "Apt" for this book.
The ideas around multiple realities and reality changes boggle the mind at first. It made me lose some of my focus while driving - which is hardly recommended! It was a fascinating read/listen nonetheless.
Other reviewers have called the narrator's performance boring and even bland. While there is some merit to those comments, I would like to emphasise it does get better as you progress. Perhaps it's just a matter of getting used to the reader's voice, or maybe, the narrator's performance is just appropriate for this kind of story. I'd say it's the latter.
Absolutely yes, certainly if you like deep character development intertwined with interesting science. Ben Bova's writing is stellar, deep and loaded with descriptive detail. Get this book if this is your thing.
I noticed that this book was actually tied into the Mars series by Bova. In Mars 1 or 2, I can't really remember, Moonbase and the Stavenger-family were mentioned, which made it extra interesting for me to check it out. And I wasn't disappointed, because Moonrise is very similar to Mars, in the sense that Bova forges a bond between the reader and his characters, whilst going out of his way to describe the futuristic world that surrounds his aforementioned characters.
I'll be sure to get back to this book in a couple of years.
Stefan Rudnicki is one of the best Audible narrators around. His deep, rich voice makes any story interesting. It's fascinating how he can differentiate between characters without falling into over-acting. I'll listen to any book by Rudnicki.
The whole book was just a great experience. I can't really pinpoint a particular passage, I just loved everything about it. As a side note, you'll notice that this book is slightly dated technology-wise, but it's easily disregarded. Particularly funny are his mentions of
It's a pity there aren't any other reviews for this book (so far), it certainly deserves more praise. If you've read the Mars series by Ben Bova, Moonrise is a logical continuation. Bova has developed an interesting universe with Mars, the Moon and just about every other planet in our solar system. I'll be sure to pay them all a visit.
Inspirational, petulant, but strangely likable.
Steve Jobs. It was interesting to find out more about Jobs' whirlwind personality. As I progressed through the book, Steve's annoying arrogance peeled away and revealed his true personality. Intelligent and rough around the edges.
No, but the narration was excellent. The narrator's voice took some getting used to, but I ended up liking his no-frill approach.
Jobs' written declaration of love toward his wife near the end of his life, uncovered his sensitive and human side. A rare and moving occurrence.
I really liked this book, because it's a brutally honest portrait of a truly inspirational technological leader. It doesn't attempt to
I was sucked into the story line right away and wasn't able to put it down once I got started. The narrator's performance was equally awesome, making every character come to life with each its own voice and accent. Sublime. I was so disappointed I reached the last chapter, just to find out there are two follow-on books. Made my day! Recommended A++.
This was my first experience with Picoult and I definitely loved it. The narration was excellent, as was the story-line. I for one didn't expect the ending, although others may say it was predictable. Gave me valuable insights into Asperger Syndrome and was generally well written. Recommended.
Not everyone may appreciate Cormac McCarthy's emotional prose, but no matter what genre you're into, everyone must agree that this is one great book about surviving in a barren world, with a lot of emphasis on the father-son relationship.
It's a touching, yet gloomy story that pulls you in from the first word on.
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