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Churchill's chronicle of the Second World War, from the beginning to the emd is an historical treasure. The clarity with which he peered into the future is astounding and almost frightening, particularly given current events in Ukraine and Russia.
To often a concluding book in a series or even chapter in an otherwise excellent story is a let down. NOT SO for Freedom TM. Saurez keeps the blistering pace from the first book, Daemon. The characters are true to themselves, no unexpected epiphanies. No moronic plot twists that pop out of a boil from the author's brain. A very well concluded two part story. A rarity in our spoon fed, sugar coated, politically corrected times.
I am a big fan of SciFi and its child Cyberpunk. Like all of the best examples of the genres, Daemon takes what is possible and stretches it to what is plausible, if unlikely. The story moves along at a brisk, nearly breakneck, pace. For all of us that are coders,makers, and geeks this book will resonate at frequencies only we hear.
Rich in history and personal detail, this is a book for anyone that is interested in the westward expansion - Illinois, not California - from the point of view of a native inhabitant. It makes one wonder about what we lost when we opted for conquest and separation over assimilation.
James Marsters delivers a spot on performance. The story will satisfy existing fans and entice new followers.
A living, often naked?, Harry Dresden is far more satisfying than the lip chewing, commiserating, angst filled pseudo-ghost. Although another character transition book, this one, unlike Ghost Story, feels like a Dresden book. Twists, turns, insurmountable odds and a cast of characters that is familiar and still interesting and exciting.
Although I have enjoyed Mr. Glover's performances on several other works, this was not one of them. Of course, it is very difficult to step in and narrate after a successful series by another narrator, James Marsters. One must give Mr. Glover credit for the attempt given the inherent difficulties.
My biggest issue with the narration was its pacing.
Unfortunately, the story was more like "Side Jobs" than any of the other novels. A clever editor could cut "Ghost Story" into several short stories, or perhaps the reverse occurred here.
There was a large "Lets tie-up some loose ends" element to this book. The actual story, or "mystery" that Harry is tasked with is very transparent. Really disappointing.
If you are already a fan get the audio or text version at a big discount. Although a transition piece in the series, you can probably skip it.
Yes. The descriptions of LA are spot on, don't know about hell, haven't been there yet.
Modernizing the language of the
This is the first time I have heard MacLeod Andrews and I must say I was impressed. I will be looking for other work by him.
More times than I can count I laughed out loud!
Top five in my collection of audiobooks.
The best part of this book is the in your face honesty and irreverence.
The book opens with an amazing black market meal. You are thrust into a world that has been hinted at, but not experienced. Vicariously, as well as safely, you experience a delicacy that is intriguing, scary and presented as gastronomic forbidden fruit of the food elite. The book met this early standard through out.
Several times I laughed and cursed out loud.
I agree with previous reviewers, this narration does not meet expectation. The tone, timbre and pace of Mr. Glover's narration does not compare favorably with James Marsters'. Because of his long association with the Harry Dresden stories and his exceptional narration, James Marsters set a very high standard for anyone coming to these stories after him. Mr. Glover does not meet that standard.
Like many others, I will purchase the book instead and hope for a re-release narrated by James Marsters.
I have never been this conflicted about a book, audio or otherwise.
What I loved:
The author's development of the characters, settings and emotions is exceptional. One gets a sense of the time and environment of the place without the avalanche of words and crushing weight of description that so many authors indulge in. The same is true of the characters. The author creates persons of interest and substance. By the middle of the book there is a reality to the characters that has you emotionally invested, positively and negatively. Kevin Gray's narration is spot on!
What I hated:
The ending! I could not believe it. I could not see those events unfolding as they did. None of the main characters would have resigned themselves to the events as they did. I literally stopped the audio seven times in disbelief of the events. I was incredulous! This book, the first of three I gather, ended so badly I am not convinced I will get the rest of the series. Aiko Nakasone's narration on its own would be fine. I do not think it was complimentary with Kevin Gray's narration;the juxtaposing was often startling and disrupted the story's flow and "dream state".
This book leaves me at a loss. The characters,settings and style attract me while the story's structure and ultimate resolution repel me.
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