I would not say my time was wasted, but this was definitely not "well worth it". I like my military sci-fi to have some humour, as well as action. This book was completely lacking in the former and fairly light for this genre on the latter.
It seems to me that Stefan Rudnicki would fit well on a classical theater stage (read: much pathos). Some might like this, but I prefer narrators who take themselves a bit less seriously and focus instead on making it fun for you to listen to them (like William Dufris).
Fast paced fun
Disclaimer: I love this narrator and would listen to pretty much anything he reads. You'll love him too if you prefer narrators who take themselves a bit less seriously and focus instead on making it fun for you to listen to them. Having said that, I thought that the book was well-conceived, full of fast-paced action and laden with humour. The story is satisfyingly unpredictable. Will be buying the next book in this series.
Don't take this seriously. It's good for a quick and entertaining listen if you don't mind lots of swearing. Gets a bit silly in the latter part.
Loved the usual Scalzi humour of this story set in the same universe as the Old Man's War series, perfectly read, as usual, by Dufris.
perfect for travel
The whole How to Train Your Dragon series is so worth its price! David Tennant's reading is amazingly entertaining. Our family now has standing jokes about Hiccup Horrendous Haddoc the Third, Big Boobied Bertha and "Oh, ye actually arr not a bad sword fighter! For a boy, o'course..." complete with the required pronunciation : ) Only word of caution: the language and accents may be hard to follow for kids under 7ish.
I really enjoyed the original Freakonomics audiobook. And this one doesn't dissapoint. This follow-up was not as arresting as the first book, but this is simply the result of me being familiar with the concept. It's still very enjoyable while being thought-provoking at the same time. I keep finding myself mentioning things from thsi book to friend and family!
Lively, with just enough humor
Maybe. I liked how the story kept switching gears at regular intervals, but the narrator's style got quite tiresome by the end.
I found John Lee's performance quite old-fashioned and lacking any sort of humor.
Into the unknown...
It was worth a credit, but not a "WOW".
If you are a fan of cliches and dated descriptions of US vs. USSR hostile relations, you might enjoy this
A large number of characters is introduced in the first 2 hours - not a single one of them likeable!
Overall, it put me off so much with its dated political attitudes and unlikeable characters, that I decided it was not worth my time. I think this is the only book I've not finished so far - and that's saying a lot since I did make it though tedious books like the Butlerian Jihad for sake of finding out how they end!
Our whole family loved Hugh Laurie's narration. He made this a fun listen by making best of the accents and exagerating the silliness of the story with his expressive performance.
It's a very silly story filled with physical comedy - perfect to keep our kids aged 6 and 8 entertained on a drive to a holiday destination.
A performer like Laurie was needed to make best of the physical comedy parts!
I wish there were more kids' books read by Laurie available on Audible.
Thought provoking book
variety of subjects covered
quite well done
Very interesting listen. I've been recommending it to my friends.
Report Inappropriate Content