This was an imaginative tale about magic set at the height of an era of immigration into New York. The backdrop was interesting and the characters were diverse; Wecker developed each of them nicely and they held my attention. She also did a good job of blending historical fiction and magic so that the parts that were supposed to be real were very real and it was easy to suspend disbelief for the rest. The drives of the characters for power, lust, escape, immortality, and free will were nicely crafted and very relatable, and the descriptions of the neighborhoods of immigrants dealing with a new country, culture, prejudice and identity were done in what I thought were just the right amounts.
My only reason for not giving the story five stars was that it did take a while for the book to really get engaging for me because there's a build-up to each character's story, so it’s quite a bit of background in the beginning before things come together. Also, the narration was fine overall but the narrator has a tendency to start sentences on the same note, and has an accent, which was at times a bit distracting. However, these were minor and not enough to spoil the book. Definitely a good book and worth the listen.
This book is definitely hard science fiction, but the depiction of the main character turned it into an absolutely hilarious survival adventure story. For me, the suspension of disbelief in this type of book can only happen when the parts that are supposed to be real are VERY real, and Weir clearly did his homework. The science was plausible and the humor totally relatable. The narration was also terrific, and the delivery felt entirely appropriate for the character.
I work in aerospace medicine and the descriptions of NASA's love of procedure and their concern over Watney killing himself with his creative engineering are spot on. My only criticism is that Weir didn't tackle the very real health problems Watney and his team would have faced, but as in all futuristic science fiction there's an assumption that by the time the story takes place we've solved those problems so it didn't distract me from enjoying the book. Instead, I was able to geek out on the survival science and laugh at all the attitude that went into it. A highly recommended listen.
I loved this book. The story was original, creative, and entertaining, and I thought the characters were interesting and the romance lovely. I'm so sick of books about magic taking place in the Middle Ages, or are contemporary but unsophisticated. This book is neither. The competition, which blossoms into a romantic and magaical dance that enchants everyone who sees it (including me), is nuanced, sweet and heartwarming. A very good listen.
A dystopic future where everyone lives in virtual reality isn't a new concept, but this book makes it interesting and fun, especially if you grew up in the 80s. I would have enjoyed reading it myself, but Wil Wheaton didn't just read this book, he performed it. He brought everything to life with energy, intonation, and even sound effects. It was a good story, but his narration made it spectacular, and much more enjoyable to listen to than to than to read. Highly recommended.
I watch the news but this is the first political book I've ever "read". I was very pleasantly surprised. I've occasionally browsed political books but they were always too dry for me, but Maddow's way of telling the story, along with an excellent narration, makes Drift fascinating. Highly recommended - a smart and excellent book even if you're non-political.
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