Atlanta, GA, USA | Member Since 2015
The writing is great, of course. The sound quality is good, if casual. (It's not a highly edited production.) The reader is rarely distracting, and usually is very easy to understand, and reads very accurately, with good understated characterizations. (Not overly theatrical.) One thing I look for in an audiobook is that it should good listening not just one time, but many times. You will likely want to listen to this book over and over through the years.
Some of the reader's pronunciations are a bit distracting, you frequently can hear pages being turned, and sometimes the reader corrects himself after misreading a word or phrase. These are not, however, annoying, for the most part. Another reviewer compared it to a "grandfatherly" reading, and I think that is apt.
But he beat everyone, and then drifted away. Good fun. Typical Reacher. Don't expect a Ph. D. dissertation in Cosmology.
The 15 year old teen girl is one of the most likeable, and reasonable teen characters I've ever met in fiction. Almost real, in many ways, and hey, if she's a little too good to be true, remember it's a fantasy. However, the book does deal with the physics of the scifi/fantasy elements quite well, making it more scientific than most "science fiction". This is the best I've read in several years, and the narration does the best possible thing: It stays in the background, at least appearing the story carry you along, without distractions, but with all the subtle nuances that a gifted reader can add to the overall experience
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.
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