This interview has next to no usable advice, read reminiscences of a stock operator instead.
I listened to all 3 in a row. Loved the first, really enjoyed the second, and waded through the final book.
The story in my mind was all over the place and there was a lot of repetition of unneeded explanations for the magic system (e.g. used tin allowing them to see more - 3 books in, we get it).
About midway through the book there are some twists shall we say - I feel like the book kind of jumped the shark, and those twists ended my suspension of disbelief.
Good series, could have been excellent, fell a bit short.
If you liked the original series and wanted more (I'm in this boat), then this book is for you. The quality of writing and narration is excellent, just as in the originals.
One note: this book is shorter (the original series in audio were two books grouped into one audio book, resulting in a much longer read - this is a single book, about half the length).
There are many points in this audiobook where charts are read, in audio format, for long stretches (>30 seconds) at a time. Picture hearing "4 years .06, 5 years, .04" and onward. I fast forwarded many times, but eventually gave up.
The content of the book is completely undermined by not including reference PDFs strategically. If you prefer your charts in audio format, this audiobook is for you. Otherwise, stay clear.
The narration is one of the best I've encountered. I can see why this book is a classic. The book is incredibly(!) sarcastic, and I can see why many would not like it... if you do not have a dry/sarcastic/cynical sense of humor this is probably not for you.
The beginning of the book is fantastic and very compelling. As it continues it looses luster, and the whole concept of the novel seems ridiculous (super smart AI unleashed by a dead guy to rule the world). I thought this was initially a hook, and that there would be an explanation or twist... nope. 10 hours I'm going to pull the plug.
This is a very interesting story but the author chooses to say the same thing over and over and over... sometimes I thought the book had track had started over on its own. The facts make the story compelling, not the author's writing.
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