This was my first book from the author and I really enjoyed it. I liked the writing style which reminded me of Lee Child (Reacher series). Perfect balance of story telling and character building for my taste. Pretty much every part of the story was relevant, interesting and well told.
I admit that the narrator (Dick Hill) influenced my decision to try this one since he is one of my favorite narrators, but in the end I was glad I did. In fact I am going to grab another one right now.
You won't be disappointed.
A friend at work suggested this one to me. When he told me a little about it, I couldn’t quite wrap my brain around how this could be a good book. But his recommendations turn out pretty well so I gave it a try.
What a surprise. I never expected you could make a story about being marooned on Mars interesting. But the author did just that. I don’t know how much of what goes on is technically accurate, but he sure makes it seem like it is. I even replayed a few parts that got a little too technical partly because I didn’t want to miss anything later and also because I wanted to know how he did that! It even brought back some memories of physics and math classes I had in school.
The narrator does a great job of delivering the main characters lines that had me laughing out loud more than a few times. I don’t know if it would have been as interesting to read as it was to listen, but I truly enjoyed the ten hour ride.
I've read the entire Simon Serrailler series, pretty much back to back and have enjoyed the entire ride. I was planning to review each one individually but sort of fell behind. But it's safe to say they are all very good books in my mind. And the narration by Steven Pacey is over the top great. He is the reason I came across this series of books to begin with. So this is more of a review of the series as a whole than this individual book, so take it any way you want.
Susan Hill is a master story teller. There is so much more to these books than the detective work. The way she brings out all the characters and side stories is truly elegant. I feel like I know the characters personally from Simon himself, to his various love interests, his sister and her kids, father and coworkers - it’s an ever-changing environment and Susan bring it to life beautifully. The detective stories are part of each book, but not always the main focus and it’s fine.
The way Simon and his team go about solving cases seems more authentic than many of the books I have read in the past with more showy special forces or super cop types of lead characters. At first it seemed odd, I kept waiting for things to get more fast paced, until I got into the flow. It's a nine to five job and there is more to life than work and Susan blends the two together effortlessly.
If you’re looking for a good series of books that are a joy to listen to and capture your imagination and heart, you can’t go wrong with this series.
I long for the Reacher of old....like about 5 novels back...I think, not sure if I care anymore really. I agree with every other reviewer who gave this one three or less stars so I am not going to repeat it all here....ditto....ditto...ditto.
I said it once before in a review, I think Child's has forgotten how to write a good Reacher novel. I'd rather see him just kill off the character than listen to him die this slow death. I used to love Dick Hill as the narrator too, he seemed like he WAS Reacher. But his heart doesn't seem in to it anymore. Maybe a new narrator could bring some life to the series. Sorry Dick...I do love you man.
I know this won't help the person reading this to decide. Especially if you are a Reacher fan. You're going to get the book anyway...you know you are. So just do it and let me say now, "I told you so".
Why this book is so highly praised is beyond me. Supposedly one of the best science fiction books ever? Really?
As I write this review the movie based on this novel is due out soon. I can actually envision it being a decent movie, but to me it was a boring read. I struggled to get through it. The characters were interesting enough, but the story was hard to follow and lacked continuity. The battle simulation scenes, of which there were many, were tedious and boring.
The narrator was decent enough but even he could not bring life to this book for me.
I admit I am not a huge SciFi fan, but to rate this as one of the best makes me wonder what I must have missed.
I can't say enough about the writing style of Joe Abercrombie and the narrating skills of Steven Pacey. In my opinion these two guys are the best duo to come to audio books. Abercrombie can paint a picture with words like no other. I felt immersed in the story and could visualize everything he described - which he does in great detail, but not to an extreme. Pacey is the icing on the cake. His unique character voices are simply amazing.
I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't wait to listen on my commute to and from work. I even took the long way home so I could keep listening and sat in my truck in the work parking lot and in my driveway waiting for a spot to pause the story....just a few more minutes.
If you liked the The First Law Trilogy you will definitely like this book. Some of the old characters reappear and a few new ones as well. One of my favorites is Nicomo Cosca. Pacey brings him alive in this book as he did Sand dan Glokta in the trilogy.
I cannot wait until his next release. I hope he stays with Pacey for at least one more ride. Get this book you will not be disappointed. But if you have not listened to the trilogy, do yourself a favor and start from the beginning. You can do those three and then jump to this one.
A friend at work suggested this book for me to try. He likes the genre so he appreciated it a lot more than I did. That said it was a decent book. Not one I could wait to get to each day for my commute though. In fact I found myself listening to sports talk radio more than I have in a while and my Audible Credits were building up since it was taking so long to get through this book.
I struggled giving this one the three stars it got. More like two and a half to be honest. As I understand it the book is a setup for more to come - I certainly hope so. This one was just to slow for me to stay fully engaged. But it was very well written with great attention to detail as one would expect in a book of this length. The narrator does an excellent job with the characters. Enough so that I will be looking at other books narrated by him in the future.
I don't know that this review will be helpful to anyone, I suspect not. What I will say in closing is I did purchase the next one in the series - mainly because I had the extra credits and because there is enough here to warrant seeing where the story goes. I'm going to shelve it for now though to listen to something else.
So when I first started listening to this book it was pretty good and it seemed like I was into a good five star story – it is a Zombie book after all. It wasn't long until it started to go a bit downhill and near the end kind of crashed and burned.
I’m sure some of the problem is due to the translation from Spanish to English. However, not even that can explain why the main character, who is a lawyer, is one of the dumbest people ever to be left alive after zombies take over. He makes the same mistakes over and over again. How many times can you be surprised by a zombie, once, twice…maybe even three times. Not this guy. He never learns. He sees the most disgusting scene that will haunt him forever…oh about ten times. It just gets to be old and tiresome after a while.
There are other things that just don’t make sense. Trapped in a convenience store with only one exit, really? On what planet is there no back door. There are moments where the author describes things in great detail and then others were the is no explanation for how they get from point A to point B. Somehow when they need to start a car, they magically can remove the battery from one car and connect it to another – huh….with what?
The main character has to find time to write in his journal. Makes sense you can’t stop and do that when you’re being chased by Zombies. Yet when they finally find safe refugee, he takes a four month break on writing in his journal? Oh and when they decide it’s time to leave they have to climb up an elevator shaft, using the cables mind you, to get to the car they left outside, four months ago. Of course the battery is going to be dead, but hey, I have one in my backpack. Climbed up and elevator shaft using the cables with a car battery in your backpack did you. Wow!
Then the best of the best. In the closing few minutes as the survivors leave to their new destination, he leaves behind a copy of his journal so other survivors might find it. Huh? A copy? Did you run across a Kinko’s.
I have read every Zombie/Apocalyptic book I could get my hands on and love the genre. This one ranks near the bottom. It's pretty clear some of the other reviewers have not read Day By Day Armageddon. This book is very similar but can’t hold a candle too it. If you haven’t read it and are reading this review…skip this one and read Day by Day. You will not regret it. Come back to this one later, which I am sure you will, because after all, it is a zombie book.
I hate to admit it, but if the other two books in the series were available, I’d probably listen to them too. Can’t help myself. Still it does not change my opinion about this one. It was plain laughable at times. The best part of this book is the main character's cat, but I have to believe even he was shocked at how stupid his owner was at times.
Let me state up front I have read all of the Mitch Rapp books. I loved most of them and liked most of the others, this one is my least liked so far. Very little action or story to make this one worth the while. The beginning starts out decent enough, but it flat lines from there.
Apparently Vince Flynn has run out of things to write about so going back in time to dredge up old stories that did not make the grade the first time around is the new approach. Well it might have worked the last time around in the American Assassin (barely), but enough it enough.
To me there was just barely enough here to make this book interesting. Even the narrator, who has done all of the past books, seemed bored. In fact I'd like to see a new narrator in the next installment.
Time to breath some new life into the series or just let it die. Better than the slow death that has started with the last two installments.
Let me preface this by stating I did not purchase this audio book to learn about self-hypnosis or the benefits that can be derived from its use. I have read many books on the subject and have used self-hypnosis for many years. What I was looking for is an audio book that I could use to execute a self-hypnosis session. That said the author provides a good overview of self-hypnosis principals, benefits, examples of use, etc. So it can be used by a beginner to learn about self-hypnosis or someone like me who has experience but needs the audio instructions.
So from that perspective I found the book to be very useful. The authors voice took a little getting used to at first, but as I got accustomed to it, I found it worked well to induce a self-hypnotic state. While many of the sessions are broken into very specific subject matter like quitting smoking and losing weight, there are other mode general subjects like reducing anxiety that can be used for many purposes. I found the one regarding becoming a better golfer to be very effective.
My only real criticism is the sessions are a bit short and somewhat rushed feeling. Each begins with some basic breathing exercises that work well, but should take longer and go more slowly. First timers should get the concepts down and then spend some additional time going thought the breathing to get relaxed before stating a session.
Other than that, the book is one of the best audio books I have tried for helping someone to learn about and practice self hypnosis. I can highly recommend its use.
If you're and A-Type personality and are looking for some advice that can help make sense of the evils of golf, this books if for you. I say A-Type because "B" type personalities, and I hate them all, don't struggle with over thinking the game or creating undue stress on their own. They just play and have fun and, by and large, are just better golfers, and athletes in general, because of it. This book will help unravel that mystery.
This is not my first Zen type book. When I was into tournament archery I read one, which taught very similar techniques and broke the sport down in a very similar fashion. It really helped me become a better archer and overcome a lot of obstacles that kept me from reaching my potential and being competitive while enjoying the sport.
This book is well laid out and narrated. It has already helped me not only shave strokes off my game, but play with a more positive attitude and deal with the good days and bad days. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to improve and enjoy the game of golf.
As a companion to what this book teaches I might also recommend some books on self-hypnosis. Using self-hypnosis can help ingrain some of the ideas and concepts brought out in this book, into your sub-conscious memory. In my experience this makes it easier to go with the flow and let things happen naturally, versus having to think how to think.
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