I can't believe I just sat for almost 11 hours listening to this book that didn't really go anywhere and had nothing really to add to the series. It was just one bumbled mishap after another with no clues to the real answer that was posed in the first book "The Maze Runner". I was VERY disappointed in this second book. I tried to compare it to other 2nd books in trilogies, but this one answers no questions and makes it necessary to buy the next one to see what the hell just happened in the last 11 hours!
This book takes place 6 months after the first Private. I really enjoyed the characters and the "co" writer is the same as the first one. Unfortunately the next books have a different "co" writer and I hope they keep true to the characters. I recommend that Private is the first book you read to get to know the beginnings of these people. This book can stand alone but it is much more fun knowing the history. Good book overall.
I read all the reviews about the writer being a poor narrator. I felt just the opposite. First off I had to read the sequel. I felt what better person to give life to his characters than the author himself. It was he that came up with the characters and he would know the way he intended the characters to sound. The story itself is not bad. I was thrilled to see a new outlook upon the Oz story. This time seen from the male point of view. I do recommend this book and the author as narrator.
Having read Private L.A. I wanted to get to know more about the series. So I listened to the first book of the series... Private. I was very pleased in what I heard. Excellently narrated, this book was very polished. I enjoyed the many plots and subplots that were happening simultaneously, Can't wait to read the next ones,
I finished this book in two sittings. Typical Patterson... it flowed along fairly quickly. It was great to meet new characters and not be held down by a series. If you do not know Patterson's other series, and I'm not familiar with all, this is a great introduction to his writings.
This was a long book and was enjoyed over a couple of days. The narrator does a superb job in telling the story.
Definitely NOT the Wizard of Oz!
His inflections and character development with his voice over the course of the book was magnificent!
It made me laugh hysterically at the end with all the miscommunication.
If you are expecting WICKED the Musical... you have the wrong book. The musical was based on characters in this book. But in no way is it the definitive narration. This is an adult book. True it is a fairy talk, but an adult one. With political and religious implications. I highly recommend this book for adults, who can put the silly musical behind them. There is no "Defying Gravity" song in this book!
First off, the narrator was horrid! The annoying grating and eventually by the end of the book the intolerable narration was a key factor in my rating. Once again it seems as if gay men can't seem to go through a book with out the graphic sexual description. I would love too listen to a book that the characters were just gay, and that the sex wasn't so important to write endless chapters describing it.
The story itself wasn't too bad. Could have been a little more engaging. The "twists" were predictable. And the fact that a 2 week fling leads to a LTR is pushing the envelope. But I was nonetheless compelled to finish this book and find out what happened.
This novel is so well done. A flash back to the late 70's and 80's. References to all the gaming and nostalgia for those geeks and freaks like me to enjoy. All the favorite movies, music, games that my generation grew up with. A cautionary tale that predicts what could happen if we continue on this internet frenzy and alternate reality that we are so embracing of. I am 50 years old and the perfect age to get all the references, but do recommend this book for all ages. Knowing the cross references helps in the nostalgia, but the story is one that all people of the 21 century can identify with especially with the way our planet seems to be heading into. Wil Wheaton's performance is fantastic. One of the best I've ever listened to. And I will look for other books read by him.
Pretentious and name dropping from the start from a second rate actor trying to be a bigger deal than he really is..
I have not read any of the "Harry Hole" novels nor am I familiar with this author. But, you can bet that I will be reading more of Jo Nesbo. Very impressive writing and skilled narration. Yes there are surprises as mentioned in other reviews, but this is a very well put together novel. Twists and turns at every corner. No spoilers in this review though. Just lend yourself over to a very well read audilble.com book. You won't regret it!!!
Like the second book in this series, I was very disappointed. The first book "The Maze Runner" was one of my favorite beginnings of a trilogy. The second book, "The Scorch Trials" left me with many unanswered questions. Too many for this book to answer adequately. I felt like I was plodding through another torturous book then was suddenly rushed to a "conclusion". Very predictable one at that. Glad there are no more books left. And I have NO desire to read the prequel.
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