I agree with the other reviews that say this narrator isn't the best. She's growing on me (or maybe I'm just getting used to her), but she still isn't doing these books justice. They're first person, so they should be especially emotional, rather than be so monotone/flat. I will say though, that after some recent books, at least she can pronounce words correctly. Compared to the first two books, this book is less focused. There are two POVs this time: Boss and Squishy. Boss's sections are ponderous and slow. Boss builds her business. She and the captain try to figure out where the fleet might have gone. They visit a few worlds and find only a few clues. Finally, at the end, they get a better lead, but the book ends before they can explore it. Very little seems to get resolved, although it looks like the action might finally arrive in book 4. Squishy's timeline jumps back and forth with abandon, giving you moments in time ranging from present day to back when she was in college. It tells her whole history with stealth tech and explains her reactions to the empire's research of it. Squishy's part has some action, but I'm not sure her story even needed to be told. It didn't seem to advance Boss's story much, and I can't help but wish the author had gone in a different direction and stuck with Boss.I wanted to like this book, but it just didn't live up to my expectations.
I thought this series had promise, but it's getting worse, not better. The characterization is awful. Like many other readers, I can't stand Gilly. It wouldn't bother me at all if the author killed him off. I can't think of one redeeming quality he has. He's thrown at least four childish tantrums so far (one of them was over someone leaving a TV show featuring a talking animal on in his room, I kid you not) and I still have four hours to go. He has broken all the meters and a camera, and lost an important artifact, all while whining about how people are mean to him. The majority of the characters are one-dimensional, and MJ is often unlikable. I really wanted to like this series, but the author is making it very hard. I've heard the next two books are more of the same, but that Gilly gets a little better after that. Maybe I'll skip to that book. I don't think I can make myself finish this one.
The story in this book takes you away from the city and out to sea. While it isn't all on the ship, enough of the story takes place in an enclosed environment that you have a chance to focus more on Harper and her ability to solve a mystery. It's a solid mystery and a bit more self-contained that other books in the series.
Harper's voice is the best, but I found the narration to good overall.
Sirantha grows and develops a lot from the reckless pilot who used to dance on tables. I would have liked more March, but her relationship with Vel is also satisfying in a different way, and it continues to grow in this book. Ann Aguirre has a definite hurt/comfort element to her romances that works for me. I just wish this whole series was on Audible. As of right now, only books 1, 2, and 4 are available. If you're looking for all 6, they are Grimspace, Wanderlust, Doubleblind, Killbox, Aftermath, and Endgame.
I think I am squarely in the target audience for this book, as I got every reference to the 80s, scifi/fantasy, anime and gamer genres. It combined a lot of my favorite things, and brought me back to things from my teen years that I haven't thought of in decades. And who doesn't like a treasure hunt? Plus, it has Leopardon.
Wade's transformation from lonely kid to confident protagonist was one of the best parts. I also really enjoyed his relationship with H and the twist about H's identity.
Will Wheaton is a capable narrator. You know if you see him on a book you can listen to it with confidence.
I loved this book. It starts just a little slow, building up to a fantastic mystery. I was dying to know what was behind door 14 and I was not disappointed.
It isn't really like anything else out there. I think it has the same sort of appeal as The Rook.
An excellent narrator, Ray Porter managed to make each character distinct without being cartoony. He is very consistent with his accents and reads at a good pace.
Wow, where to begin. First, I really wanted to like this book. It had a lot of promise, but it failed to live up to it, in my opinion. It feels like a first novel (I have no idea if it is) and it needed *a lot* of editing. I found the the main character's internal monologues (and sometimes external monologues) endless and tedious. The author is fond of hinting at something (character X knows something *important* about the main character) but then doesn't reveal it (character X tells main character they're not going to tell her because she doesn't need to know even though it effects her directly) and the main character doesn't have any curiousity about it, she just accepts it. A lot of the mystery about the various marks and at least one major conflict could have been resolved so much more easily if people had just had an honest conversation about it. Instead, they create meaningless problems for themselves. Misunderstandings are apparently just a way of life for Kaylin, along with crazy mood swings and fits of sulking. The dialogue is pretty stilted and frustrating to listen to. About a third of the way through, I started listening to the book at 1.5x speed so it would be over faster. It kept my attention enough that I wanted to know how it ended, but not enough to linger over it in normal time.
Khristine Hvam was the best part of this audiobook. She did a good job distinguishing the races's accents and doing her best with the dialogue. I would definitely listen to more books with this narrator.
The Rook ranks at the top of the audiobooks I've purchased in 2012. I found it fresh, fun, and unexpected. Sort of a men-in-black with supernatural creatures instead of aliens.
I didn't read it in print, so I can't speak to that. The narration was good though, except for Jade's weirdly deep voice. Moon's voice was excellent throughout.
I was hooked on this one right away. I loved it and I wasn't expecting to, having not read anything by Martha Wells before. Moon's story is all about finding a place where you belong and it's easy to relate to. Moon's relationship with Stone is my favorite part. It's so painfully awkward, and rings very true that way. The author has free "deleted scenes" for this series up on her website, and there is a sweet moment there between Moon and Stone that I wish had found it's way into the book somehow. I can't wait to read more about them.
Moon, by far. Jade was the worst. Thankfully, Moon is the main character and Jade rarely speaks.
Oh yes. I downloaded book two before I was all the way done with book one just so I just have it queued up. I listened to books one and two back-to-back, and then read all the short snippets on the author's website. I wish book three wasn't so far away.
Without hesitation, and I have. If you like sci fi, this book, and the whole series are a win. You wouldn't think that space battles focused on manuevers and strategy would be that exciting, but the author makes every one of them attention-grabbing. Jack is a memorable character with a great set up. He reminds me a little of Commander Shepherd in Mass Effect, in a good way. This is a great series, from start to finish. And I have high hopes for the second series as it continues Jack's story.
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