I put off listening to this because of the reviews. May I begin with a counter view on Roy's presentation. I thought it was excellent. It is not his fault that two of the female characters had similar sounding names and I believe confused some listeners.
I love George RR Martin, but this simply went on and on and on. I understand that the original book would have been two feet thick and challenged the large hard print edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. I live in hopes that the characters that I wanted to follow and the forward moving plot that I needed will be in the next book!
May Tyrian the Dwarf battle on. May Arianna find her wolf and rejoin her family. May John Snow become relevant again. May Bran and his crew return. May the bastard son rise from his blacksmith's hearth. May the dragons arrive. Seriously, nothing was resolved that I cared about. Not a single thing. Then again, it is George RR Martin... he might simply finish all my favorite characters off in the next book...
I wonder if I could have listened to the next and lived quite happily without this one? Still, as a fan, I followed my banner man into the fray. I just wish it hadn't been mired in dysentery and mud...
Rock on Roy. You're great! I've seen your name pass on the roll of actors for the HBO series. Which part is it? I'm off to check.
Respect James Marsters voice and Jim Butcher's words--increase your listening speed to 1.25. Public Service Announce Over.
Geez producers, don't stretch your hours in illegitimate ways. If a reading isn't 15 hours long, don't make it 15 hours long. Don't do that to James Marsters voice and Jim Butcher's words. In my opinion, bump the speed to a decent amount and HANG ON TO YOUR SEAT because this is AWESOME.
To be honest, I'm only at Chapter 9, but so far? It's one killer ride. I just couldn't let a new listener get turned off with the slow speed.
I delight in theological religious and scientific debate. This book does that in great depth and detail with wonderful Star Trek humor. An entertaining way for writers to get their (slightly outdated) science lessons.
It reverses the norm by having the aliens arrive in search of God while the human paleotologist plays devil's advocate. Sort of a modern Screwtape Letters in a way.
Not for action seekers.
Only book where the Greek God machine really does work in a satisfying plot conclusion.
Even JR Ward must be tired by now. No action plot until the last 10%. Plenty of mandated sex, but without even the attempt at an action plot. Very disappointing. And not sure I'll be back.
My advice? Jettison 90% of the characters, relocate, and start from scratch.
Good reader, good story, good characters, good everything, just not stupendous or knock you out of your socks exciting. It had the feel of an old novel that had a retread which simply didn't bind together well.
At it's heart, I didn't become enraptured by the characters or the story. I didn't really care about his difficulty and was unimpressed with his solution to the problem. It lacked the stellar quality that I've long expected from John Grisham. It lacked the tension that I crave in the author's works.
As a fan, it's a decent read, but for new readers track backward to earlier works first!
Every so often, I feel the need for the simplicity of a Sarah Addison Allen. Her books are comforting. They are interesting. They are light, but delightful pastimes. I suppose, in a way, she is our touch stone of how we wish things were. She and the narrator Karen White always make for a fun couple of evenings. The slight touch of understated magic is enough to tantalize without bugging us with things like werewolves and wizards. The romance is predictable and sometimes frustratingly obvious, but the soft southern feel rounds out the edges. And, as all good daiquiris do, they leave a little buzz before climbing under the covers at night for a good night's sleep.
This combination of the young, spunk girl and the older hit man was a real winner for me. I heard the book rather than read it, but you could tell the narrator was jazzed to have such fun scenes to read. A bit contrived the way the author conveniently found to feed her in and out but it was still worth it. The accent for the FBI agent Vance was grating, but perhaps it was chosen to keep the reader from assuming too much of a romantic connection. Hopefully the accent wasn't chosen to help distinguish female voices?
Seriously, I found the 14-yr-old and the main characters dialog far more fun than King and Maxwell.
The Dan Brown enjoyment factor is in the not-so-subtle guide book quality. Seriously, I need to hit Istanbul and the JFK mile... He manages enough hard and good science to make it intriguing, plenty of excitement with the necessary twists and turns. A bit on the too convenient side in places within this plot, but not every work can be hit out of the park.
I've read and/or heard them and enjoyed them all.
I'm becoming a fan of the duo of voices in audiobooks and the background side effects. It is a bit difficult to continue to hear female voices torn to pieces by a male reader. They frequently manage one voice fine, two sometimes, and three or more? Not so much. They fall back on stereotypes...
That said, you'll note that the performance brought the book's total rating up to a four star, whereas I only gave the book itself a three star.
Parts simply dragged along with too much exposition and not enough dialog. Also the 'convenience' factor was a bit too heavy.
To be honest, the main character and the 14 year old simply light up the whole book. I wish she had a larger role as she did in the first book. The new female assassin was excellent too.
Come on, spoiler alert?
Again, spoiler alert...
Your directed review is for the birds....
This was less about Longmire's family and his work team, and instead heavier on the interior side of the sheriff and that mystic string connection to the unseen universe around him. He is as tenacious and stubborn as ever, driven by that right on target moral compass.
This book was exhausting. Walt goes through so much and Craig Johnson drags you through each painful step by each painful step with him. I honestly believed that the author was finally going to kill this guy off. Or wait was it the other guy? Or was it the bad guy? Can you say Russian Roulette played with a high mountain storm and fire and cliffs and mystic confusion? Well, you get the idea.
I've not heard any of his other character work, so this question doesn't apply to me.
I'm hopeful that the next book will have a bit of lightness and more of Walt's trademark humor with his daughter's wedding. But let's face it guys, this guy's life is on the line so often that he's simply going to implode eventually, ie-give Walt a break Craig Johnson!
I really did miss the ensemble character list.
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