Atlanta, GA, USA | Member Since 2009
The story was entertaining on the surface, and many many fragments of it were so extremely good that I wished it was easier to rewind my iPod a couple of minutes, and that there was bookmark capability. The reader gave it just the right voice for the main character, and the other characters were effortless to differentiate. The reader added much and detracted nothing. I enjoyed the length of the book, it was by no means tiresome. I wanted more and more, and it begs for a sequel.
It has the elements of a dystopian apocalypse, a martial arts thriller, political intrigue, and a deeply current satire on the military industrial complex and corporate pathology, and interesting religious perceptions. It's extremely funny, and very credible in it's depiction of the protagonist's thought life. The science fiction is uniquely imaginative and entertaining, and the enjoyment continues throughout, without any boring backwaters.
Best I've listened to of the many audio books I've heard over the years. Better than Dune, Stranger in a Strange Land, or Ringworld, from my point of view. I've listened to it several times, and played excepts for family and sent quotes to friends.
But maybe I've oversold it just a little. Or maybe not.
Not everybody gets to be a General. This is the story of a new recruit who seeks a higher standard of living with a military career. He gets that, but of course, pays the price with the coin of personal risk, and submission to authority. It's somewhat realistic, from my perspective, though I've never been in combat.
The discrepancy between military needs, political needs, and personal needs is explored with quite good realism. Regardless of the other reviews, this guy is NOT Joe Sixpack, ordinary guy in the military. He is, however, a normal guy with normal personal goals, seeking an optimal path in a regimented society. His performance is outstanding, but he's not in the fast track, he's stuck in the same limitations that constrain most of us. These conflicts, and good action are what make this book outstanding, in my opinion.
Here's a hero who is just as extreme as Jack Ryan, but we don't have to fawn over his riches or political clout. He may not have the beautiful family, riches, prestigious job, or the "right" political connections, but he's able to get the job done, where the job concerns going deep undercover, operating with very little help, and getting deep into the affairs of terrorists, in spite of the lack of trust of his bosses, and his enemies. He seems to face more realistic problems, but overcomes with determination, luck, and believable intelligence.
I like Child's Jack Reacher, or DeMille's John Correy as characters. But the I was able to suspend disbelief in this character, and for now at least, he seems to surpass them by an order of magnitude. Almost at the level of le Carre's Smiley.
I'm a frequent repeat listener, and I'm sure I'll listen to this many, many times.
The narration is perfect in the sense that I was never aware of it at all.
I love this Kipling story. The adventure of a spy store, the respect for Indian culture, and the friendship of a young rascal and an old Llama give it a lot of depth. I can listen to it over and over, and appreciate it each time. It's a great bed time story, yet I'm never bored.
You might compare this book to Huckleberry Finn. Both have the same respect for culture, the satire of racial perspective, and the sense of a higher moral framework than that of our immediate parochial perspective.
I don't think so, but he's perfect for Kim.
A good reader, and a well done story. A good alternate history, though not very "deep" in its details, it lacks any annoying inaccuracies. I bought this in the 1st chapter sale, and it was well worth the price. I am buying more books in the series, based on the first book.
I think this was a serious attempt at an action spy novel. The problem is, the critical actions read like a spoof. I'll make up a analogous example: you are being shot at, so you defend yourself by pickup up a sledgehammer and knock down a load bearing wall, and the resulting collapse of the building spares you, but kills your attacker. That's very close to one of numerous incredible moments which ruin the otherwise decent writing in this book. I found myself regretting that the writer didn't give me more of the nonsense, and make it into an over-the-top spoof.
I had to try this after I read "Let Me In". This story doesn't glitter the way the other did, but it's satisfying, still. It's unique in its concept, and delivers interesting perspectives. What happens to family relationships if the dead stay around? Naturally, families are different. I think some people with enjoy this a lot more than others. It's thought provoking.
Did you ever wonder why fully grown humans are such idiots? This shows an alternative for a species. A fully evolved evolution would allow for an "adult" stage after the hormonally driven reproductive phase of the life cycle. A species should have a stage of development that culminates in a "mature" stage, with fully realized cognitive abilities. With the bonus of space travel, alien culture, and space battle tactics. Delightful.
It's Larry Niven. How could you go wrong? It's a very enjoyable anthology of related short stories. The reader was good, providing no distractions from the story. I just read Clifford Simak's Way Station, and they complement each other well.
It's a little hard to listen to, given the problems of the boy protagonist. But it seems realistic, and I have a son who shared some of the traits. It was well worth it, and written in a fairly unique voice. Very expressive. The reader didn't get in the way, at all.
Somehow I bought this without checking the reviews. I can't stand it. A 3 generation bodice ripper, with very little suspense thriller. I'm not thrilled.
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