I listened to this book while my wife was out of town. Bad idea. I slept with the lights on the whole weekend. I'm 35.
The author does an unusually phenomenal job of narration, I wish he'd only been a more prolific writer I'd love to hear more of his work and his narration. The book took me to a darker place than I remember when i saw the movie for the first time 15 years ago.
Great series but I'm a little tired of the Dresden files. It is the same material repackaged, same magic spells (ventas servitas, fozare, etc.), same foes. I like the plot change Butcher has taken the series since Changes but I just don't see where the series is going. I kind of miss the old detective Harry Dresden.
This is nowhere near the quality of writing as the Star Force novels. Story line drags on & takes too long to get to interesting parts of which there are only a few. I expected more from this author, I listened to the entire Star Force series and thought it was great but the characters, plots and story development in Steel World seemed less mature. I could not connect with the main character either, he never struck me as a hero at any point in the book. Mark Boyett also does the narration and does an okay job - he basically puts on an annoying southern drawl to his Kyle Riggs voice..overall a big disappointment. Will not be continuing the series.
Listen to the other reviews. Poor choice of narrator, lots of flashbacks to prior periods in the story line made it tough to follow. The main character also is a bit of a self serving derelict who I could not connect with at all. When I listen to these kinds of books (paranormal, soft sci-fi) I like to put my mind on cruise control, I really don't expect them to be difficult to follow. I got about 7 hours in and tapped out.
Realistic end of the world story from the perspective of a survivalist. The author does tend to explain a lot of jargon and survivalist psychology but I found that to be interesting and damn useful. This was also my first experience with the narrator - this guy did a great job he fully embodies all of the characters. I've already purchased the next volume.
This was my first HP Lovecraft..I was disappointed, Narrator is great but the producers of the book had him speak in a dry professor's voice so I couldn't even enjoy that aspect of the book. The story itself is just boring...there may be some interesting concepts buried in the details but I couldn't find it. I got 4 hours in and tapped out...I will give one of his better reviewed books a chance he's the godfather of horror after all.
If you're expecting the same quality as Swan Song or even the Matthew Corbett books then you will be disappointed. If you are looking for a decent vampire or urban horror book then this is a great choice. Porter does a decent job narrating but after listening to so many books narrated by this guy I feel like he over-acts sometimes but still a very good narrator.
The author can definitely write and tell a story, but for me it was just not that stimulating. The narrator was so-so, there were times I thought he could have used more enthusiasm and vocal inflection especially with the zombie attacks. If part 2 goes on sale I will get it otherwise continuing the series is at the bottom of my list
Not like the daemon series. Characters were not at all interesting, more of the same stuff without the interesting character development. I don't understand how this book gets an average of 4.3 - I did however love the Daemon books I hope the author continues with that series.
Wow. Just wow. This book was phenomenal it exceeded my expectations. I found myself cheering in the car it was truly exciting. And Wil Wheaton...this guy needs to do more audio books he did a great job he really gives the characters a voice. I'm going to find more cyberpunk books to read I'm a fan.
I like the story line but the author is a bit of a windbag and tends to drag a lot of the fight scenes on forever. Narrator does a decent job but reads slowly, this book could easily have been a 17 hour audio book if the narrator spoke at a normal rate.
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