The general idea behind the story was a good one but I thought the story was too simplistic and the characters are unbelievable. A college professor who is a combination of Steven Hawking, in knowledge, General Patton, in strategy, and Rambo in fighting skills.
I thought it was predictable.
The performance was well done.
I would wait for the DVD.
Some of the material, a very small portion, is out of date but the problem that he discusses is still prevalent today. The problem of unmotivated boys is not universal but it is significant. The author brings his experience from work to shed some light on what might be behind the lack of motivation that some boys seem to have. His exploration covers many factors including environment, current culture, technology and roles. It is somewhat a battle from within for boys in light of their genetics, instincts and free will and their interaction in a modern culture. You may not agree with everything but it will make you think.
This is a true story about a boy who becomes lost and is separated from his family from a very young age. He ultimately is adopted and grows up far away. As an adult he tries to find his way home. Don't expect adventure or excitement around every corner but there certainly was enough to keep me interested. It is not a story to entertain but to experience. The author does a good job presenting his story from start to finish with great detail given that some of the events occurred when he was just five. The story is also an introduction to the life of the very poor in India which is difficult as you might expect. There are some heroes and some villains along the way but it is a very positive story and well worth the read.
Vikas Adam does a great job narrating.
This performance was excellent. Good distinction between voices, clear and easy to understand. He really added to the enjoyment of the story.
This book was one that you wait in the car for another 10 minutes listening after you get home.
This book had some excellent likable characters and a collection of the ones you love to hate. The story was well developed and the characters were interesting and realistic. I immediately started book 2.
I liked the book and the story but I found the characters somewhat unrealistic. These cold ruthless killers also had a strong sense of honor, duty and put friendship above their own life. These are the traits of a hero not an assassin. I don't believe so many conflicted characters could exist. The best example I can give is that the main character met his wife because she was hired to kill him and she succeeded. He was brought back to life through magic and of course they fell in love and have lived happily ever after killing others. Makes sense to me how about you?
I found the dialog and characters very simple and juvenile. Constant repetition of the same points was annoying; yes I understand this takes place in space and everyone is far apart and it takes time for light to travel. The narrator was so involved it made the story seem like a documentary with selected conversations between the characters.
On a positive note the performance was very well done.
This is a great story that keeps your attention and introduces you to the very interesting life of elephants. You will be amazed with the interaction of elephant and man in this book and better understand the elephant and its capabilities.
Their many great scenes in the book but I don't want to ruin it for you. Safe to say the elephants take actions and do things that you will not expect and not thought possible.
I liked the book but I found it hard to keep my attention on the story. This is rare for me and I can only attribute it to the story. There is a great amount of detail, a complex world structure that seems well thought out but I found myself just wanting to hear about the dreams and the world that they created and not anything else. The rest of the story was just a bit boring I believe because the characters were in large part homogeneous excluding the characters that were a part of the dream.
John has a great reading voice but he falls short in his ability to create new voices for the various characters as well as other readers. This made following conversations a bit more challenging.
I thought the book delved a bit too deeply into sexual exploits that added nothing to the plot. It seemed to be filler for those that need this activity in their books.
I thought the book delved a bit too deeply into sexual exploits that added nothing to the plot. It seemed to be filler for those that need this activity in their books. I have a flaw and that is that I feel a need to complete a series when I start and so with this series I will move to book 2.
The story is put together very well and the characters are realistic and well thought out.
This book is as good or better than the Eye of the World series by Jordan.
I love these two readers. They make following the book very easy to follow and bring you in to the story.
I listened to this just after it came through on my waiting list and now my only hope is that the next one comes out soon.
No, this book is full of meaningless gratuitous killing with many unlikable characters. As with Game of Thrones and this book money and power rule the day and characters seems to go out of their way to a ridiculous extent to inflict pain, suffering and death. Over and over again you hear the main character tell you how terrible he knows he is and I would agree but that mantra alone does not make a good story. I would like to finish the story only because I always like to complete any series I pick up with the hopes that it might get better. After reading the reviews of book two I decided not to continue. The plot is too simple and character development is lacking and I think that at times characters actions do not match my expectation of how characters would behave given their circumstances.
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