This is the first book by China Mieville that I have listened to. The man can paint a story with words like no other! 5 Stars John Lee (this narrator is one of the best). The story is very engaging and imaginative. It is more fantasy then sci-fi but I didn't mind that too much (not a huge fantasy fan). This book does not have a fairytale ending and there are a few areas that are a little loose. The author seems to have a problem ending the story effectively as some things were not wrapped up neatly enough - similar to the way that Neal Stephenson ends his stories - on and on a little... I will still listen to more of his audiobooks as he has a superb way with words.
I really liked this book, the characters, the plot and the progression of the story. The author manages to wrap science fiction and history into a great read. I look forward to more of his imaginative works.
One large sloppy collection of words with no editor and yet people are talking about it like it is the crucible of audio entertainment. The narrator does her best with the thin story line - which lacks logical direction. Characters are less then endearing - couldn't give a hoot if the the main character even if she was to get her hair caught in a industrial shredder while being doused with gasoline and having a sparking chainsaw at thrown at her. The whole things sounds like an abridged version - short snippets of story. Characters are introduced at will or pop up every now and then and then you are expected to believe that they care about the outcome of their actions. Children are born, then grow up in two paragraphs to have meaningful discussions with other characters about philosophy in the next paragraph. There is very little actual in-scene action. Most of the story is around conversations in different locations.
Absolutely nothing about the plot, writing style or politics would endear me to any more of her works. This one is just blah, blah after blah blah blah.
If you want some good sci-fi to read then take a look at Heinlein (Stranger in a Strange Land), Neal Stephenson (The Diamond Age), Robert J. Sawyer (The Terminal Experiment) or Ben Elton (Blind Faith) for a good laugh.
This story has good intentions: marry the world that we live in with a fairytale world. People are able to move between them in their dreams. The flow of the story is very, very slow. It is hard to find the apex of the story as it just meanders along. The ending of the story does not conclude much as it happens too far away from the climax - so it drags on there too. All in all it was not a horrible listen. Some of the the characters were great (liked the bad sister and her friend a lot - they at least had drive in the story, some sort of passion). I did not find myself rooting for the anyone in particular so found it hard to attach to the story - it just did not grab me as other stories have in the past.
Gaiman is a good author. I loved American Gods and liked Anansi Boys. There is no great climax and the main character is a bit of a wet drip - you really don't get to see him as much of a hero even though his character has one of those 'aha' moments.
The story reaches its climax and then drags on for him to have another moment hours later.
I did not like The Graveyard Book much.
This is a great story, a projection into our possible near future if things carry on the way that they are going. The internet has become ingrained in the lives of the characters and there is a possibility that things are not what they seem. The writing is wonderful, the narration is exceptional. You really feal for the characters and pick up the story and subtle plot - its a great ride.
Explosive action drips from every minute of this audiobook.
Listened to this in the basement at the office before work - you know the kind of audiobook.
It is not hard for the author to make the technology live inside his words. If you like truly world-wide action then this is a great read.
I am a huge fan of the authors and can not tell you the joy at finding his audiobooks!
This is a children's book. Not for the Potter fans as this is really just a children's book.
Great for the kids though!
I love the author's other works. I am a huge fan of SciFi. These short stories are not connected in any noticeable way but are great on their own.
I really should have looked deeper into the description of the audio book to see that it was not a long, 6 hours book.
The authors attention to detail, vision of the future and love for ideas makes each of these a great listen.
The Scifi runs very low but there are good points in there. The story happens every now and then but overall it is not a bad story. The author is very eager to display his skills of collecting puns and his knowledge and love for music of all forms.
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