I loved this book. Five stars! It was confusing at first (but in an interesting way,) but became more clear as it went on. Banks is the most wildly creative writer I've "read" in ages. I just wish I could get all his work here. Much to my annoyance some of his audio books are available in England though not here.
Yes, the narrator is different. I don't know that her pronunciations are any less right then the previous narrator. They're just different, and after a bit I didn't care at all.
I think this, and the book that came before it, are as interesting as anything I've encountered in a long time. The society, the characters, the interplay are wonderful and stunningly creative. I love the human element, and the lack of of endless battles that seem so common in SF (Can I call it SF any more? I'm not an insider, just a reader.)
If there's downside, it's that I have to wait for book three.
Interesting, amazingly well written book. Wonderful reader. But together, STUNNING. Really. I've not heard Ari Fliakos before, but this book has sent me looking for other things he's read. He just nails it over and over. Of course, the subtle observational text gives him great material to work with, but still....
This story about the plot, which is fine, but about human interaction and sly detail.
I'm so very happy to have had the pleasure of listening to it.
I really enjoyed the endless web of complexity in this well-read story. I'll be getting this authors other books!
It's also wonderful to have an up-to-date, post 9/11 spy tale that shows this kind of novel still has relevance in a even after the cold war.
I've enjoyed very much Jo Nesbø books narrated by others. This one, however, is even better. I see a lot of other listeners don't like him, but I think he brings a unique flavor and irony to this complex, engaging story. I liked Thor Knai so much that as soon as I click post for this review I'm going to see what else he's done.
The story? Complex, detailed, full of Nesbø tricks and twists. If you like his other work, you'll love this.
I think I'm pretty darn excepting of different styles of narration. But this is the worst-read book I downloaded from Audible I've ever listened to. I'll finish it, but I am constantly cringing.
The voices the reader uses are just awful. They might work for a kids cartoon, but they are over-the-top silly. His women's voices are almost frightening. They all sound like cartoon hags.
What's even weirder is the protagonist's voice sounds almost like it's being read by a computer. The words are over pronounced and oddly flat most of the time.
The only time the reader isn't annoying is when he's just reading and not doing characters
I am having trouble telling how much I think the story itself is good. The reader is such a painful distraction it's hard to give it a fair evaluation.
Audible gave me this as a possible choice of a gift for Valentines Day. I thought I should give it a shot as it was free and it might be "good for me." I was expecting it to be a lot of work to get through as it was written in 1813. I also guessed it was the sort of book English teachers liked and not something I'd actually enjoy.
How wrong I was. The language is a delight. The narrator supplies just the perfect tone for the dry verbal warfare that takes place between people who can never say what they feel. The story feels so contemporary, and sometimes the underlying social commentary feels downright snarky it would be easy to believe this was written by a modern author about that era.
I will be downloading Emma with the same narrator.
I'm shocked with myself. I like science fiction, bad lawyer novels and even some spy tales. But Austen is stunning. Maybe those English teachers do know something after all.
This isn't "literature," but it's a a darn good tale. Even better than darn good. Though the characters don't have great depth, they are mostly icons rather than real people, they are interesting. The plot soars, dives and twists against a historical background. As an American it's interesting to get a British perspective (along with other European) on WWII.
Though there are more than a few overly convient coincidences, the plot is very enjoyable and hard to turn away from.
I throughly enjoyed this book, as well as the first in the series. This one is slightly better than the first, but not by much. It was good enough that I'm already looking forward to next.
The reader did a fine job, though I think he made some of the strong women sound weaker than I imagined them being. He does an admirable job with the men and their accents.
This book is a real inside look at pro cycling. It's a sad tale of the temptations — perhaps irresistible — to do whatever it takes to be part of that world. Tyler is pretty hard on himself, so it's very believable. It's filled with too many small details to be totally made up.If you care about pro cycling, this is a great book. I couldn't stop listening. It's a bit like a train wreck: You can't not look. If you don't care about pro cycling, you'll be bored to death. (Ask my wife, I played it in the car on a trip.)The reader does a very creditable job. He didn't get in the way and let the story be the star, as he should have.
I like legal thrillers, but this one left a lot to be desired. Flat characters, a plot that was not even close to believable, dialog and courtroom scenes that are stiff and unrealistic work together to make this book near unlistinable.
I'm not sure if the narrator was weak or just didn't have much to work with, but so many times the emphasis in sentences was misplaced I had to go back and listen again.
I picked this due to good reviews, but apparently I have drastically different tastes.
It's a YA novel, but a great one. The reader makes it even better. I enjoyed the tale much more than I should have as an adult. It's just fun. I try to point my students who are reading Hunger Games toward this excellent story. It has a wonderful female protagonist, plenty of action and amazing creativity.
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