Others have criticized book 2 in this series as not as good as the first. I disagree, and found the story a natural extension of the first. It is, however a fairly dark story, but entertaining and captivating nonetheless.
The story was very well done. Well researched, it is what I would consider as accurate as far as can be in a work of fiction. Be forewarned, however, that this also means that terminology and attitudes of that era are also presented the same way. For those with a thin skin, this could be somewhat shocking.
Although my favourite narrators tend to be Brits, Mr. Gardner is well matched to this series. I thoroughly enjoyed his pace, inflections, and interpretations of characters.
So, keeping things short, if you have any interest in the Civil War era, and perhaps a glimpse into how the US has evolved into what it is today with regards to politics, this series may be of interest to you while simultaneously providing a darned good story.
Having read other works by Larry Correia, I expected anti-government rhetoric, machismo, and detailed descriptions of weapons, but this book brought in a new element, and that was a group of protagonists so despicable that you wanted them to get killed as much as the bad guys. Having a hero that is tainted is not a new concept, but in this case, mercenaries with a history of murder, extortion, and war crimes made it hard to cheer on the main characters.
The narration was also a bit odd. It took a while for me to understand the method being used by Mr. Pinochet. Over all though, I felt it could have been read at a faster pace.
In summary, the book did entertain me and it wasn't a wasted credit. I would place this in the middle of the "to read" list if you enjoy Larry Correia's other works.
A great combination of classic Bond narrated by Simon Vance, who works his magic here in bringing the story to life.
If you've never read the original stories, do yourself a favor and get this audio book. I find the books far superior to the Hollywood versions.
I looked forward to reading this book, and it didn't disappoint. One of the indicators I use to rate book is if I think on the story after I am finished. This book was one of those stories where I found myself reflecting back on it for a few days, so it made an impression on me.
Some of the other reviewers have placed this in the horror genre, while others place it in the fantasy category. I'm not sure where to place it. Is it a story told about how a child perceived parts of his childhood? Is it about being that really did exist in the story? I guess that's up to each audience.
The story itself is very engaging, but does require a good imagination. I wouldn't recommend this to a die hard non-fiction fan. If you're open minded, enjoy the mystical, and like alternate realities, then this story will appeal to you.
As a final note, the author id a very good job of narrating the work. Often times self narration can be unremarkable, but in this instance the reading complimented the story quite well.
Well worth a credit!
Having thoroughly enjoyed "Bloody Jack", I quickly jumped at the chance to read this book when I saw it on sale.
Bottom line up front: It's a good story, but not as good as "Bloody Jack". This may be unfair, given how solid the first of the series was, but I think it is an accurate assessment.
While Bloody Jack would be more gender neutral, specifically in that it could be enjoyed by all sexes, I think this story moves firmly into the female domain. In this regard, it gives young girls a solid heroine to follow and end enjoy. This isn't to say the story isn't fast paced and enjoyable, but I think it won't appeal to as broad of an audience.
Outside of gender categorization, the story itself isn't quite as engaging as "Bloody Jack". There's still lots of excitement, and the story provides a great illustration of the prejudices suffered by females two hundred years ago, but it isn't as gripping as the inaugural book.
Katherine Kellgren remains one of the best narrators out there, and her performance here is flawless. She really brings the story to life and her performance itself is worth purchasing the audio version.
I can highly recommend this to the YA audience, especially females, but it also worthy of a listen by a more mature reader.
This book has been on my "to read" list for many years and I wish I would have read it earlier. It is an essential work to understanding WWI, and in particular the opening moves by all belligerents that led to the following 4 years of bloodshed.
Even more important, however, is how the book illustrates the massive egos and ambitions of the elites in society that ultimately led millions to their ultimate demise. For this alone, the book is a "must read", so that we may go into the future better armed with the knowledge of the potential weaknesses of the ruling classes.
The author did a fantastic job of piecing together the myriad facets of the start of WWI. She did so in a well paced and interesting manner. This is something that not many could have done with such apparent ease. The narrator, did a superb job in reading the story, but i felt she could have picked up the pace slightly so as to work through the massive story more quickly. This, however, is minor criticism.
I can highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in WWI or an interest in how the nature of the ruling elites can lead to disaster.
I can't really say much more. A novel that garnered multiple awards for one of America's top authors, paired with one of the best narrators in the business. This book sells itself.
My only criticism is one that is common to "high literature", and one that concerns over descriptive sentences. There are many occurrences of similes used to paint a picture of another simile in this book. That's a pretty picky point to raise, and it's a point you can easily get over as you listen to the story.
So, if you haven't read this book yet, what are you waiting for?
I picked up the book not knowing what to expect. Based on the description I expected the story of a young man captured and adopted by a Native band. Well, it is this and much more, as the story traces the effects of migration and exploitation in Texas from 1830 through to the present.
While this may seem overly ambitious, the use of the characters through different generations is very effective. At first, as with many novels employing this technique, the switching of multiple view points and periods of time can be challenging. After about a quarter of the book, as you get more attuned to the various characters, it does become more readable.
While the characters were were interesting, they definitely weren't characters that endear themselves to your heart. Greed and ambition are the underlying threads to the individual stories in the book. It may well be a work of fiction, but the events portrayed within probably aren't too far off the mark as to how events were galvanized over the past century and a half.
My only criticism that stopped me from giving 5 stars was the last quarter of the book. The ending seemed rushed, and the characters at the end, those of the next generation, seemed less developed and hurried. Perhaps this was intentional, or maybe the author faced a deadline. Regardless, it detracted from the story a bit.
The multiple narrators were excellent. Each character had it’s own voice and cadence, which made switching between people and time easier than in print.
If you’re interested in American history and enjoy the western setting, then this book should appeal to you. This audible experience was definitely worth the credit.
I'll start off by saying that you really need to read the first book of the series before tackling this one. Golden Son would not be good as a stand-alone work.
As for the story, I must admit that I was worried. Many follow on books in a series have a difficult time following an opening story as good as Red Rising. Lucky for readers, Golden Son doesn't fall into this category, and the story moves onto the next part of this epic tale seamlessly.
The story is not without it's faults. Some of the flash backs and "inner torment" of the lead character starts to wear thin at times, and there are some story-line synchronization issues that won't escape an attentive reader, but these are minor faults when compared to the gripping plot and engaging characters.
While the majority of the audience will be Young Adults, this is a book that should also entertain a more mature audience. If you enjoyed Red Rising, you won't be disappointed in this second book in the series.
Wow! This is the quintessential pirate. It has stood the test of time and is still as accessible and entertaining as it was centuries ago.
What made this version special was the outstanding performance by Jasper Britton. This was my first experience with this narrator, and his inflections, voices, and cadence were flawless. It really made for an exciting listen and I will definitely search out more of his performances.
So, even if you read this years ago, give it a listen. I think you'll find this format and narrator brings the story to life like never before.
In reading other views, and thinking about the book afterward, I realized that you must read this book and form your own opinions. I don't think many will take a middle ground on this novel. You'll either love it or hate it.
For myself, I wasn't really into it for the first half. The book seemed more about the dog's owner Willie, than about Mr. Bones (the dog). To top it off, Willie's monologues were the rantings of a madman, which is what he was. I understood the authors intent of showcasing the mentally ill and their challenges, but it seemed to go on too long.
For the second half, it was more about the dog, as told through his thoughts and actions. This drew me in and eventually complemented the first half.
While not a perfect work, I thought about the story for days afterward. This, in my mind, is a hallmark of a top notch novel.
Joe Barrett did great job with all the voices, inflections, a cadences. I'll listen to him if afforded the opportunity.
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