This is a great listen and I highly recommend it. I love the 007 books, actually much better than the movies, and this audio DOES NOT DISAPPOINT!
I loved the concept behind this book and purchased and listened to it before the movie came out. Usually I do not review the movie and the book together, but since the author of the book also did the screen adaptation of the film, I'm going to make an exception. The story in this book feels to me like it's only partially finished. The story in the book also feels to me to be artificially inflated. There are some good concepts in this book, but they are lost in page after page of fluff (I will not ruin the hour after hour you will hear about "filtering" and what stars will play them in the movie) and mediocre narration. The film is actually a tighter better story than the book, and that is a RARE occurrence! It seemed to me that the author corrected many of the shortcomings in the book with the movie version. He even made a better ending in the movie. This book feels like it takes many more hours to listen to than it actually does. If you want to get into The Ruins, watch the movie to get a better story, tighter storyline, and more interesting characters.
This book is put together well and is really fun to listen to. I've listened to it several times and I just don't seem to get tired of it. Ganser's narration is incredible and extremely easy to listen to. The chapters are pretty short and offer an overview of some really cool historical figures, some I've never heard of! Thompson's writing though can be pretty vulgar at times. Since he's writing about badasses, I guess that's to be expected. However, I reduced this star count by one simply because after eight+ hours of vulgarity it just got tiresome. This is fun to listen to and well worth the money if you can take the vulgarities. For the most part, that doesn't bother me and this book was fun to listen to.
I didn't care that Dan didn't read the entire book, like some other reviewers did. I felt that Jeremy Gage did an adequate job. The Aykroyd family history with mediums was interesting. It was nice to know that the author was working from direct experience with the subject. Plus, the author did a good job of establishing his comfort with the material. The author goes into detail on the mediums and how the whole movement escalated.
This book is a good history of the medium movement from someone who was there. I think this book treats the material very objectively and it's worth a read.
My only complaint with it is that this book does get boring in some parts.
I realized about 45 minutes into this audio that I was not it's target audience. While I know this audio is only three hours long, it didn't do it's subject justice. The interview with Loren Coleman was interesting, but very brief. If you are like me and have been reading books and watching shows on this subject for years, then this book will not offer anything new. Kids who are new to the subject may find it interesting to hear about cryptids that they may not have known about. Others will find this offering to be way too brief to be interesting.
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