Probably not - the stories are moderately interesting, but the prose is turgid (Mr. Light could use a class in metaphors & similes; his comparisons are often absurd) and the narration is flat.
No - i didn't finish it myself. As noted above, the stories sometimes had interesting ideas (although some were just silly), but the writing was poor and the narration dull.
The combination of historical Hemmingway information and time-travel/multi-verse ideas was incredible. Science and suspense at the same time .... loved it.
Perhaps Time & Again by Jack Finney - a solid time-travel story combined with dramatic historical events.
Don't want to spoil anything ... the train scene was brilliant. "Close your mouth, John. You'll catch flies."
Not especially; mostly just a very good read, some wonderful surprises at the end, and some hard thinking needed to keep up.
Listen carefully, pay attention. Some of that stuff at the beginning matters at the end!
I don't know since I haven't read the print version - but I expect the audio would be better since the narration is so terrific.
What? You want me to give a spoiler like this? I will try to be vague and say "The Formal Disciplinary Proceeding Near The End." Lowell proves himself again to be, despite his background, an incredible and loyal friend.
His cadence is brilliant - especially in this book, which is less about battle and more about people. He is lousy at female voices though!
Lowell, of course. The book is almost entirely about him. We learn much more about the character than in The Lieutenants - he is a good and thoughtful man, outward appearances to the contrary.
I don't know why I love these books so much, but I do. They're not especially well-written, they are hardly intellectual, and they use - probably appropriately for the times - the Words You Cannot Speak. (The very frequent use of the n-word, including in places where it wasn't necessary, and the completely unnecessary use of the c-word, are the only reasons I gave this book 4 instead of 5 stars).
What these books are is exciting and a little bit touching. I can't wait to listen to the next one in the series!
Not really ..... I think the editor couldn't find enough good stories to put into this collection. Some of the material is boring and some of it is just bad.
The Severed Streets by Paul Cornell
Can't. Save. Material.
Stop listening.... I couldn't finish it, too slow.
I thought this would be an amusing and/or whimsical and/or suspenseful collection of stories. The first few stories fit the bill but the effort to go outside the genre led to stories that didn't fit and one or two that were to tortuously slow and long that they seemed to be nothing but filler.
The character development of our four "heroes" was just wonderful. I felt like I really understood what made them tick, even in the bizarre supernatural world that they discovered. In the middle of incredible and incomprehensible events, I cared and cheered for these people.
Somehow this impossible world became plausible. I think it's very, very difficult for an author to maintain any credibility while writing about the supernatural - but this book does it. The plot held water in a way that built suspense and was immensely satisfying at the end.
He has a sort of halting style that was a little distracting at first, but quickly it became just right for the story because it gave me a bit of time to think between phrases. This can be a tough story to follow but the narrator helped make it work. Plus, of course, his accent is brilliant!
Its British-ness was wonderful to hear! I am one of the countless American anglo-philes out there; this book was written for Brits alone so I had to work to understand some of the language that was used. A labor of love!
Can't WAIT to listen to the sequel.
Exciting, detailed, instructive
Teddy Roosevelt... I had never known he was involved in D-Day at all, and he is a hero of mine. The depiction of him walking the beach, giving orders, and receiving the medal of honor was wonderful.
Flat, monotone, classroom
The people behind the greatest invasion in history!
I loved this book - I learned so much about D-Day and the author's research was meticulous to say the least. I liked how he explained what was going on through the eyes of the participants. The narrator didn't work at all for me - I felt like I was in a lecture hall and that the book would have been much improved if there were more inflection and excitement in the narration. The contrast between the exciting events and the bland voice was difficult in places.
Richard Matheson was an interesting writer - very creative with unusual ideas and a very unusual way of expressing them. I felt like the pace of this book was slow - but that's true of Hell House, the other Matheson book I've read. I would read more by Matheson but not "binge" on him because it requires patience to get the sense of the novels.
Robertson Dean is a very good narrator for these books; sonorous and slow, just like the books - but not in a bad way. He has GOT to work on women's voices, however - brought the whole book up short when he tried to voice a woman; sounded like a middle school boy making fun of the girls.
Well, there's only one character about whom we learn anything; possibly two if you count Ruth. By default, I'll say Neville - although his "science" is rather flawed, even for the 1950s.
Very well, yes.
Matheson may be an acquired taste. Most important: other than the title and the presence of vampires, this book has nothing whatsoever in common with the movie. The movie is brisk and exciting, this book is neither. You have been warned.
No... I thought this would be a thoughtful book about atheism from a well-known person. Instead it's just Penn Jillette shouting at me about how awesome he is and how great his life is and how AWESOME HE IS!!!
I Am Legend
Penn is too loud and sounds like he's bragging when he's reading his own bragging from his own braggy book. He also has an unpleasant watery-sounding voice. If you like this sort of thing it does need someone with arrogance, but having the author read his own words about his greatness just got old.
The truly crude sex scenes were unnecessary, then boring, then offensive. AT LEAST take out the bathhouse scene and the letter to Penthouse. I GET IT ALREADY - you're a sexual person who has had a lot of interesting sex even though your body is large. I also understand that you're open-minded sexually and want to try (often successfully) new things that most of us don't. So hush up about it and get back to atheism.
Penn Jillette has gotten famous for living on the edge and doing things few others would do. Then telling the world all about it, loudly and unapologetically. But this book really was too much for me to stomach. It isn't a discourse about atheism from a guy everyone knows is smart and opinionated. It's a very long brag from a guy who wants the world to know how awesome he is. Maybe for die-hard fans this would be enjoyable, but it wore me out and changed me from a fan to a non-fan.
Someone who is an American West history buff and who, in particular, wants to be forced to learn more Lakota words than necessary for any fiction book. Also, someone who wants to hear the voice of a deceased General Custer (who for some reason doesn't know he's deceased) talk dirty.
I love Dan Simmons' books and enjoy what I learn while reading them. With Black Hills, however, I felt like the author had gone waaaayyyyyyyy too far into seeming like a smart professor and left any semblance of plot or action in the dust.
I'm not sure if I disliked the narration, which seemed ponderous, simply because the material was ponderous, or if the readers themselves were also slow and generally without inflection. I would try them again but without expectation.
Boredom and disappointment in equal measure.
This book was slow and wordy from the outset. I gave it a mighty try, I think, by listening to the first two parts - 11 hours - before I gave up. I spent most of that time thinking about how I could be listening to something better, and finally decided to do that.
I felt the book was at least four hours too long. And that was after listening to only three of the five installments - I don't know if there's more baggage, since I had to stop listening.
Black Hills by Dan Simmons
I thought the narrator was good - it was the story, which was punishing, that made me give up. I love Neal Stephenson and Cryptonomicon is absolutely my favorite book ever, but the tedium in Reamde was astounding.
Half of them. Doesn't matter which ones.
I don't know how this rates compared to the other reviews, but I'm a Stephenson fanatic and I couldn't handle how bloated this book was. Either story - the game OR the terrorists/etc. - MIGHT have been a manageable book; both together was far too much.
Absolutely, provided my friend liked fun and had an LOT of testosterone! The gunplay and creative weapons are what drive the book, but the characters are fun and the plot - as silly as it is - is engrossing. The book has no deep meaning and is nothing other than play, but as such it is perfect.
G-Nome is hysterical but Earl Harbinger again takes the cake for me.
Well, you've got to listen to Monster Hunter International first, but once you do this book is a wonderful, escapist listen. The narration is perfect and the characters are surprisingly deep - but the action is unending and always fun. It's cotton candy listening but if you like this sort of thing and a flawless narrator, you won't go wrong.
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