I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book, although despite my rating of 5 stars it could have been a little better. The beginning is a little slow and there are a couple coincidences which seemed a little far fetched. The part which takes place aboard the Wolverene ( the major part of the book) is absolutely fantastic. This and the excellent climax at the end make this a 5 star book. I had some concerns about the parts aboard the Emerald, where the book seemed to take a turn. It didn't make much sense that nobody fires back, for that would have caused a real moral problem, wouldn't it? The low point is when Jackie gets a politically correct sermon about racial slurs. While I agree wholeheartedly that racial slurs are bad, it was out of place and if the author wanted to make this point it should have been done through plot and not a speech.
That said, I will give this book 5 stars because the complaints are really quite minor and I enjoyed this as much or more than any book I have every listened to.
I recommend this book for any age but I caution that if this book were a movie there is a disturbing and important scene which would push the boundaries of a PG13 rating.
This book held my interest, but it was not the book I thought it was when I purchased it. I was expecting an exciting story about a captain who nearly single handedly fought to keep his damaged ship afloat against terrible odds.
Instead the book was about a captain who didn't want to leave a sinking ship for his own reasons, which is really what the book is about. The captain just sort of hangs out, refusing to leave the ship while he waits for a salvage vessel to tow him back to port.
While there is no doubt that the man had guts, he really didn't seem to do much. His actions aren't understandable until more is explained at the end of the book.
This book is read by its author. This makes many of digressions into his own personal life more tolerable. Mr. Delaney is a good author, and manages to make this rather unexciting tale relatively interesting. I learned some things about the shipping business. In conclusion, I tepidly recommend this book as being listenable, but unless the reader is especially interested in the subject matter or the author, I would probably put this on a list for later.
I enjoyed this book. Fitz makes a long journey, traveling as a peasant that seems real. Hobb does a great job relating the adventure in a believable way. The interaction of Fitz, Burrich, and the Fool was quite excellent.
I give the story three stars because the climax was very silly. It was a resolution that reminded me of a children's book. The defeat of the seemly unstoppable red ship raiders was barely mentioned, and the explanation of the great mystery of forging was glossed over in a couple sentences.
This book more than held my interest. The characters felt real, and the story was engaging.
Fool's Errand is good story with excellent characters. The author handles the first person narrative deftly. This is my first Robin Hobb book, so the many references to other characters and stories upon which this series was based were unfamiliar to me, but none of them were crucial to enjoying the story.
The author has a nice balance between character study, plot, action and humor. Most of the funniest lines come from the wolf, and I thought the narrator did a great job voicing Night Eyes. Despite being the first book in a series, the book had a good finish which won't leave you feeling the book just stops so you need to buy the next one.
It felt a bit slow at the beginning, but I feel like that was important to the main character's arc.
This is a well written book which held my interest, and I will definitely be listening to more Robin Hobb in the future.
This book is well written, but brought me no value for my credit. The prose is very good, and well edited. However, readers need relaxation from the tension, and hope for the future. This book is just misery, and when it ended abruptly with little resolution I rejoiced, since I wouldn't have to listen to it any more. If you enjoy endless human cruelty, perhaps you would like this book, but I found little in it to recommend. Stephen Donaldson is a very competent author, but perhaps I'm not the right reader, because I have no interest in listening to another chapter of this malevolent torture.
I became steadily less interested as I listened until I finally would rather listen to nothing than the next chapter. The people just don't feel real to me. There is also a lot of repetition. The supposed love between the main characters seemed completely random, as it was not based on any shared experience or actions, only that the guy was so 'hot'.
When I read Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings, I actually teared up a few times because the characters were so real to me. However, in this book I couldn't care less what happened to any of them.
I enjoyed this book very much. It was refreshing to read a fantasy title that doesn't try to
be the darkest, grittiest book yet. The main character is a good guy trying to do what he thinks is best, and I like that. His challenges are formidable. This book shows that being a prince who is heir to the throne is not necessarily desirable. Many of the characters had personalities that shone through - like the King's adviser or the squire. The climax was well done, and I really wasn't sure of the outcome. There is political intrigue, some magic, and some battle, and even a sweet love story. On the negative side, I thought there was too much explanation at the beginning - better to just jump into the story. In conclusion, I am very happy with the purchase. It provided many hours of listening pleasure I am definitely going to be looking for other books by this author!
I like books with vivid characters that I can identify with. The main character seemed very bland, and the others are thin as well. So when the desperate young woman finds the little hideout with geothermal heat and everything she could want it felt rather contrived. Then she surprisingly finds out she has the ability to make psychic contact with birds - and the bird turns out to be a really nice bird who understands her vocabulary and everything. This bird even goes out and kills another bird to bring home for dinner. I guess that other bird wasn't as cool.
I'm giving up on this book - it seems like it is going to mostly about eco-this and eco-that and gender equality. I'm all for these things but I don't want to continue listening because it seems silly and I'm bored. I gave the story three stars because the writing is not terrible, and some may enjoy it, just not me.
There is definitely a place for hard SF. In my opinion this book is not in it. I'm not exactly sure what this book is, but it certainly does not seem like a fiction novel. It is more like chemical engineer who knows alot about current spacefaring technology did many calculations to see how long you could survive if abandoned on the surface with some basic equipment. Then he published it, with a teeny little bit of background story sprinkled in from here to there.
The author chose to write the book like a log book, with days events described in past tense. Thus, there not much emotion, or any anchors for us to start feeling anything. To get that suspension of disbelief, the author should be drawing you into the story until you feel like you are there. Instead, all I pictured was somebody but fiddling about with table of scientific junk trying to think up clever ways to make stuff.
I'm really not kidding. The author will go on for entire paragraphs describing calculations with ACTUAL NUMERICAL values. Really. I don't know how old the main character is, why he wanted to go to Mars. I don't know if he is married or cares about any other person on the planet. I don't know if he likes mars.
After two hours all I've heard are these ridiculous calculations and how clever he is about repurposing equipment to do chemistry to make whatever molecule he has decided he needs.
Yes, things do happen. His chemical reactions sometimes don't work according to his theory which he had just explained to you. So then we hear the new theory of why it didn't work, and what his plans are to remedy it. And more calculations.
There are some books you kind of like a little bit, but aren't that great. You may or may not keep reading them. This is not one of those. I didn't like this book even a little bit, to the point where I wondered how anybody could actually like this enough to finish it.
I frequently listen to books while I am working on construction projects or other tasks, so I was looking for a book that didn't have a thousand characters or an intricate plot. The Goose Girl was a good choice. It had kind of a slow start, but within a few chapters it grabs hold of you.
I liked the main character, which is so important for a book to be enjoyable. The other characters added to the tale.
The target audience category for this book is 11 - 13 year olds, so take the following criticism with a grain of salt. My reason for giving it four stars instead of five was that some of the events near the ending seemed a little far-fetched, so much so that it tended to jar me out of the story.
In summary, I enjoyed the book very much and recommend it to others.
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