Great book, Hugh is a talented writer and I'm excited to read more from him. But, for pete's sake, I've never been so acutely aware of the overuse of a single word in an audio-book. Every time the reader, Reynolds, would come to the world 'palm' he would always pronounce it in some weird english-to-american crossover pronunciation as 'pam' and this wasn't a sparse occurrence either. I found myself starting to wonder if Hugh Howey set out to write this sequel with the intention of seeing how many times he could cram the word 'palm' into a single book. It bugged me enough to were I almost couldn't even finish the book. However, I still gave Reynolds 4 stars because the rest of his performance is in fact excellent, but I can't be the only one who noticed this.
The Hobbit is truly an imaginative force to be reckoned with. It has spawned hordes of imitators in a variety of forms. At it's core it's an adventure story with more heart and character in the first chapter than most accomplish in an entire book. If you consider yourself even the slightest bit a fan of fantasy, then you should give this a listen.
Wil Wheaton gave an amazing performance! Before this book, I wasn't even aware that he was in the business of narrating, but he was so good that I would happily listen to him again anytime. I believe it's now time to rescind that standing order issued by Captain Jean Luc Picard (Shut up, Wessley!) .
This book was my guiltless, guilty pleasure. There were so many unabashed references from just about every great sci-fi and video game you can think of, but the true pleasure came from the fact that it was also wonderfully written. Mr. Cline managed to construct an engaging vision of a near-future world where the lines between real and virtual are starting to blur.If you're a long time Science Fiction and Video Game fan, like myself, you would be doing yourself a diservice by not reading this book. It was a truely gratifying experience from start to finish and was further brought to life by the excellent narrating of Wil Wheaton.
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