SEATTLE, WA, United States | Member Since 2010
This is a terrible recording and a terrible narrator. Read the book and build your own version of events in your own head. This should be removed from Audible as garbage.
While interesting and poignant at times, this second book carries a strong philosophical bent which fans of Old Man's War may not appreciate. With a cast of new characters (except for Jane) it is hard to reconnect with the story line.
If you think this is a novel that spawned the movie, you'll be about 5% correct. It is more a civics lesson than action/adventure with a narration that leaves a lot to be desired.
A fun space romp (literally) mixed with military saga and a persistent and nagging question of what it means to be truly human.
This future-world story has interesting characters, humor, and a just enough of an emotional tapestry to make it credible and worthy of your time. This is something I'd let my 13 year old listen to, but I dont' know if I'd go much younger. Make no mistake, this book is about battles for ideals that often contain blood and death. Sanderson adeptly provides just enough detail for you to create a mental picture, but he doesn't relish in the gruesome or put gore into the scenes.
What I liked the most about the story is that it isn't a cookie-cutter battle between good and evil, right and wrong. It's a battle that has a lot of gray area which makes for interesting conversation and questions about values, morality, and consequences.
I like to keep current with what my kids are reading, so we can connect on the things important to them. So, I thought I'd listen to this along as my daughter read it and would like to see the movie. About three hours into it, I simply can't go any further. It's a great idea, but a terrible story. Seriously, Twilight was much better than this.
Already a fan of Tina Fey, this wonderful journey behind the scenes into her life and career is both hilarious and revealing at the same time. Listening on the bus or plane, I am sure other commuters often wondered what was so funny as I wept with laughter during this delightful listen..... Silly peanuts.
I'll admit I almost stopped listening a few times but my 15 year old daughter kept urging me on. I am glad I finished it as the last half picked up the pace and offered a thrilling ride as well as surprising ending. This could be a bit on the frightening/gory side for younger listeners, but a fun read for any teen.
Now totally addicted to the pattern that Jordan has woven, I have to admit this last installment was by far my favorite. YES, critics of Jordan are right in that he can describe every detail in the most mundane scenes...and YES, his characters are a bit one dimensional in their personas...BUT with a story this complex I have to admit I appreciate characters that I know won't change on me from chapter to chapter or book to book. What I think most critics miss is that this book is about the storyline and the pattern, not just about the characters that play within it.
This past week I learned that Jordon has died and that he didn't finish his last book in the series (and rumor has it the last installment is a mammoth!). I am committed to finishing this out and seeing Rand through as the Dragon reborn, finding out what Lord Perin Golden Eyes does, and discover what's up with Matt and his flair for luck and history. 4 books down, 8 more to go!
Having NOT been a fan of the long, epic story that often waxes and wanes over time, I have to admit that Jordan has written a compelling and masterfully woven story...one that I found gripping and thoughtfully expansive each and every hour I listened to it.
These complex yet understandable characters have been my companions for weeks as I listened to the story of their plight...fearing both what was going to happen next to them, as well as the end of the story which inexorably drew nearer and nearer.
I can't wait to listen to the remaining stories...I have been captured by the lives of these simple farmers and their motley crew of friends (both dark and light).
Well worth the time spent listening. Well worth the investment. Thank you Jordan for writing something worthwhile and interesting!
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