I wish I had waited for Diego's review before buying - that's right - BUYING this piece of crud.
Like a terrible movie script, with awful narration and everything possible stereotyped - I'm disgusted with the publisher's synopsis and will never trust one again. Avoid this book.
So refreshing to hear/read a truly well written, well narrated fantasy book again ... (I'd begun to despair after a number of mind numbingly bad book choices.)
If you like a story that teases you along in a logical, consistent manner; characters who are larger than life, yet fallible and possessing all the weaknesses that make us human; and enough "magic" to carry you outside of your normal experience - but not so much that you breathe "wtf?" every 10 minutes.... then this is the book you want to hear/read (I did both with whispersync). Well worth the credit or dual purchase.
This is my first Sawyer book, and I'm surprised at how disappointing it was. From the inclusion of every tiresome cliché there is in America today, to the shoddy plot lines and hollywoodesque characters (I could picture every single character's star actor analogue) there wasn't a single original or enjoyable element to the entire book. The "hard science" was totally laughable and the character development - even with the huge amount of boring memories thrown in - was ....dumb (I'm at a loss for words, sorry).
I also found the narration mediocre, though better than the writing.
Very happy to see this trilogy done in the unabridged format, even if it means that Audible gets to sell it as an "octalogy". (I guess LotR will be sold as a hexalogy whenever they finally buy rights to it)
Excellent narration t'boot.
Good premise for a story. Good character mix. Bad formulaic storyline. Absolutely disgusting narration - wettest mouth in the business
This is a novelette that could easily have been a novel or even another Scalzi series. It's like an introduction to a very interesting alternate universe. Much more serious and solid than Scalzi's other titles available through Audible imo. Christoper Lanes narration is unerring throughout and fits the tone of the story well. My only negative criticism has to do with its rather abrupt and rushed ending.
I really enjoyed the sci-fi part of the story, but the psychoanalytic exploration of the (part time) sociopathic protagnist was boring and indulgent (I guess it would have to be!?). I hope that the sequels explore more interesting, if less complex characters.
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