Minneapolis, MN USA | Member Since 2011
That is a definite maybe. But probably not. Right now I don't know how I will go on to listen to the next two.
This book had all the makings of a fantastic book. Without the story. So what's wrong with the story? It doesn't really exist. You're pulled into it without context, description, direction or any sense for what anyone is doing beyond their present actions. You have no ability to sense the gravity of the moment or have any emotional attachment to what's going on. At one point there's what seems should be a dramatic scene and he says "The day of the Tiste Andii has come!" It has the same gravity as "DUH DUH DUUHHHHHH... Bob is acutely pissed." Maybe it's different when you can sit down and slowly read it but there are some many seemingly mindless facts, names, places, etc. that when the time comes that those things are important you've completely forgotten what they are or just don't realize why you should care.
There's a dramatic fight scene at one point on the roofs of Darujistan which Anomander Rake joins. You find out he's a bit of a bad@ss. Well, actually you don't. You don't know it's him. Later in the book you find out it was him and then you're like... oh... ok? Well I guess he's a bad@ss.
Frustration. Boredom. I found myself easily distracted and wanting to do something else other than listen to the book.
There are far more enjoyable books out there. If you really geek out on technicals - if you LOVED the Silmarillion.. then maybe this book is for you. Just remember you'd have to love the Silmarillion without reading any of the other Tolkien books first! That would be a similar experience I think.
First I have to say the first book is pretty good. On its merits alone I would recommend it. However it seems that they rushed to finish the series. The rest of it becomes very predictable, overly dramatic, characters start behaving unrealistically and do things simply to support the plot. Tired literary devices are prevalent. You have prophecy. You have people not saying things they should say just because it would get in the way of the plot. You have people standing around for "a minute" while they are in shock or thinking and everyone else? Just stands there. Like freeze frame. No one move or say anything until this person finishes standing around for a minute or "a few" even. Oh, you're bleeding? I'm sorry we'll get to that but I have to explain, in narrative format, how I just realized what is going on all along. Shocking! Ok now lets bandage you.
Maybe. Like I said, it starts strong in the first book. There's a lot I liked but the plot and story just falls apart.
Good performance. A little excitable. He yells things out when someone would probably be talking in a normal voice or quieter. Some statements are subtle undervoice rather than declarations to a whole room.
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The predictability got a bit annoying. Honestly if *I* can figure out what is going on, you're telling me these highly intelligence characters living this together wouldn't notice? Can't say I buy that.
Eventually, yes. I'm still soaking in the binge listen of all three main books in the series. Although I didn't go on to the others because I became very attached to the characters as they were portrayed, I did listen to all of the First Law books and truly loved them.
Probably the Stormlight books. Note these are not NEARLY as good but man... those books are incredible! However I would compare them because there is a great deal of depth to the characters and the story is unfolded from so many unique perspectives. The book is not as epic but it's huge.
It just felt comfortable. Easy to follow the voices, not forced and appropriately acted. Every time Ferro called someone "PINK!" ... very well done.
Yes. I never got bored.
Everyone has a certain amount of wrong to them. This book doesn't really make judgements. I liked that.
I feel like it was an attempt to take on the Jack Reacher series. Kind of an unbelievable main character in John Puller. Army CID is not a place for seasoned career combat veterans who just don't want to move up because they like where they are. They are not hard core special forces trained baddies. They are investigators with sharp minds and a notebook. They don't carry MP5 submachine guns everywhere they go and tactical gear to take on an enemy force when on deployment in the US. I just found it overall to be unrealistic and too sensationalized.
I tend to go for historical fiction, military fiction and fantasy fiction series. This book is right in line with the type of book I go for but Baldacci should have left the overused uber-fighting machine rambo-killer of a main chracter behind and invented something interesting and compelling.
I enjoyed the interview processes he went through. The investigative portions. It flew threw them but I think that was the only thing that held the plot together.
Disbelief and a lot of eye rolling.
The story sets up well for follow-up books. Sadly I won't be bothering with them because it will be more of the same.
I would suggest this for someone who likes romance novels.
The protagonist of the story does not behave like a human being thrust into such an intense situation. She spends great time postulating on her environment and very little time trying to figure out what happened and how she will get back. I struggle with characters who do not act like people simply to support the plot of the book.
I don't really have one to be honest.
This question is not productive towards a review of the book. It's not the characters that are a problem. It's the behavior of the main character.
I'm not particularly interested in romance novels and while the book is well written from a technical perspective, the overall story line just left me wanting a lot more. Oh, the performance is very good, by the way.
People who live in a big city and have a weak view of what law enforcement really does.
I'm going to try the next in the series but if it's as bad as this then I'm done.
No, I read hard copies of Relic etc. His performance was good.
Pendergast remains an interesting character but the almost cartoonish ineptitude displayed by the law enforcement characters is a huge drag on the story. there is always a small amount of truth in even the most basic of comedy and the same thing holds true for the most basic of suspense. This story lacks he most basic truths.
The last piece of feedback I would offer is that the story is probably not for people who like a little reality in their stories. Every character is a stereotype the lacks the fundamental depth from good character development. Being that lacks such a necessary quality for a good story I would say that this one is also a bit too long.
This book and the performance are so perfectly matched. It just.. moves so smoothly. As a listener you don't feel jerked around at all, the ideas are creative and the characters have depth. You just get pulled through the story naturally. I truly enjoyed this book.
The unique dynamics of the characters and the subtle mysteries unfolding. There isn't a bunch of foreshadowing like "DUNH Dunh dun..... look at what evil lurks and is coming!" It just leads you through it.
Excellent. You really forget that you're being read a story and just enjoy it.
There's a reason I'm not a Hollywood director but I'd still go see it.
Not really. This book was rather predictable and the same story has been rehashed numerous times.
Leave this kind of thing to James Bond.
He was not the worst narrator I've heard though he screwed up some pronunciations. I think people yabber on too much about the reader of the later books. He might be better indeed but if you've never heard him this guy is not that bad.
Terrorists want to destroy everything and only one man can stop them, but only if everyone will get out of his way! Has this movie not been made already? Call Clint Eastwood.
Clearly I was disappointed. It wasn't a great book. They might get better but after this tragic replay of the same old same old I'm not going to bother finding out.
Someone who does not want to think or feel wrapped up in a plot or interesting characters.
No, never judge a book by its cover.
I wouldn't say so, no. Many of the characters were exactly the same and there was very little depth in their creation. The plot just sort of plods along and feels like the characters are just a means to an end.
You could take your pick and it wouldn't change the story. Any character in this book could easily be replaced by another character in this book.
I feel like this book was written in an attempt to make something like the Hunger Games but it fell horribly short. The style of writing is as basic as possible, the plot is weak, and it feels very forced. The author's way of building suspense is simply to have a character refuse to answer a question until it's convenient to the plot and then every character turns into a singing lark. It's abysmal. I would not recommend this book to a friend. I managed to finish it but couldn't wait for it to be over.
Not after this experience.
While children and teenagers can be rash and impulsive, the behavior of her characters were completely unbelievable. It felt contrived and forced. In fact I could not bring myself beyond the excessive angst and overly dramatically drummed up teenage emotions to take any joy from this book.
The monotone delivery made me think no one cared about what was going on around them.
I enjoy a large variety of fantasy series. For comparison, I truly loved the Harry Potter books, enjoyed the Twilight books (well, up until book 4) and am a huge fan of Jim Butcher's Dresden series. I do like this type of book but this book... well it honestly grated at my skin.
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