I've listened to over 200 books on Audible and I would rank this in the top 10%. Having my favorite narrator Simon Vance doesn't hurt.
This book is a tad hard to follow at first. It's a post apocalyptic story, but some of the facts that all the characters in the book know do not get explained to the reader/listener right way. However, after the first hour I had a hard time taking a break from it. This book really doesn't have any slow sections. It draws you in and just takes off. Eagerly awaiting a sequel.
I've listened to a lot of books on Audible. If I made a list of the 10 most enjoyable series this would rank among them. The characters are interesting, the world is well thought out, the writing and narration are both top notch. I have nothing bad to say about this book. Hopefully there won't be year and a half wait for the 3rd in the trilogy.
I enjoyed the first book a bit more. I stumbled across the first book in this series by accident, looking for different book. I spent a credit on it and was very glad I did.
This second book was also very enjoyable. I listened to it over 2 days. For some reason I had a hard time getting in to it early on. The drastic change in setting from the first book took a bit getting used to.
For some reason the Thousand Names that were so important in book 1 barely find mention in book 2. I suppose I was expecting much more with that. Perhaps the author wasn't entirely sure how he wanted to proceed with the supernatural parts of the story and focused on a revolution instead? Regardless, that was the reason I dropped it to 4 stars.
I definitely would recommend this book and the first in the series, The Thousand Names.
I bought the first book despite it's short length and enjoyed it. It wasn't something new, but it was entertaining. I passed on getting book 2 a number of times due to it's cost vs length but eventually decided to give it a go. I regret that decision.
These first 2 books honestly feel like part of a longer book that was split up to make more money. Practically nothing is accomplished in this book. I would rank this among the least satisfying Audible purchases (the site currently tells me I'm at 749 titles) I have made to date.
With so many great alternatives in this genre, I can't justify spending the money to risk another lack luster entry in this series. I can't imagine how it managed to get such high ratings. Book 4 in the Odyssey One series by Evan Currie comes out in a few weeks, I'll just wait for that.
I wouldn't listen to this again. It wasn't a horrible book. It certainly had it's funny moments. The issue I have is that most of the humor is immature. It was funny once, but I think another listen would have me changing to another title before long.
One reviewer on Amazon compared this book to South Park. This book is full of crude jokes, is at times racist and discriminatory, and tries hard to offend pretty much everyone at some point. If you enjoy South Park, you'd probably like this book.
Scot Wilcox really tried to make this entertaining. He changed his voice for each character, and really went over the top with Powerhouse.
I'm torn about this. This could have a been a fun yet stereotypical super hero story. It didn't take itself too serious and had many funny moments. What I didn't like was how they put all the religious propaganda into it. The book is broken into chapters with the superhero vs some bad guy, and about half of them end up involve religion, going to church, or something else along those lines. No where in the publisher's summary or the author's website does it mention anything about religion and how large a part it plays in this book.
Please don't take this to mean I'm anti-religion as I consider myself a religious person. But I'm not a fan of it being pushed on me in a book like this.
If you are looking for a super hero tale with many low IQ characters and religious notes, this could be perfect for you.
It was amusing, but every character seemed to have the same sarcastic sense of humor.
For sure. I've read or listened to every other book he's released and enjoyed them all. This one just happens to be my least favorite. I wouldn't listen to it again.
I've listened to Fool and one of the Dune books he's performed. He's not my favorite voice actor, but he does a good job with all the characters. I really have no complaints about his reading this book.
I was inspired to write this review.
To anyone that this review turned off from buying this title, I'd encourage you to listen to Lamb, The Stupidest Angel, or A Dirty Job, all from Christopher Moore. I'd consider those his 3 best.
I might, yes. I plan on listening to all the Dark Tower books again in order.
I enjoyed how the Man in Black made an appearance.
I think Stephen King did a better job reading this book then most are willing to give him credit. He did I good job with all the characters, but if I was to pick a favorite I would have to say young Roland.
If Stephen King happens to be reading this review, thank you for writing this book. Another story of Roland was an unexpected treat.
There was so much wrong with this book I don't even know what I'd suggest. At the time I write this I have over 300 books in my Audible library. This has been the only book that I've given a 1 rating to it's story. After 8 hours of straight listening, I couldn't tell you who any of the characters were, what they were doing, or why they were doing it. This book is everywhere. It seems very random to me. Random and boring. The characters are bland and don't make an impact.
I'm very disappointed in this book. After reading the publisher summary and some other reviews I really thought I'd enjoy this title. Thanks for trying John Lee.
Probably Wind Through the Key Hole by Stephen King.
I've listened to quite a few books that John Lee has performed and never had a complaint before. He does a good job with a boring book.
The cover is kind of nice looking. It also was the only book I've ever read/heard that talked about origami people folding.
I'll be looking into the author's other work, but unless something really stands out I won't be making another China Mieville purchase.
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