Overall this isn't a bad book...the narration was super. Jonathan Davies doe a great job at bringing each character to life.
where i have a problem is parts of the story. For example (not giving away any story here) our Hero (Ponter) accidentally travels through a portal to a parallel universe and the 2nd or 3rd thought out of anyones mouth is "oh he must be from a parallel universe'"...i don't know, maybe, just maybe you explore a couple of other concepts first? And did we really need to experience a characters sexual assault? This did not enhance the book one bit for me, as a mattter of fact it diminished the story...i still cannot see where it fit into the story at all.
Also, i am really bored & tired of authors who feel the need to lecture us on all of the ills of modern society and worse: on our violent & foolish history, by having some fictional visitor bemoan, chastise & condemn us for our actions. it just seems a cheap shot and i expected more from a Hugo nominee....maybe i won't use these Hugo's as a basis for my choice of books anymore. I know i am not going to bother with any more of this series.
Stop reading this right now & go download it. 5 stars straight across! There is a reason This book is considered a classic and I for one am thrilled it wasn't ruined by horrible direction or narration. I highly recommend this book.
I had read this book years ago in text and was looking forward to Mark Hammer's narration. The direction/editiong was so bad I could not finsh it. I had to stop the maddening pauses & delays between remarks in the dialogue!
There were these pregnant pauses after a question as though the character was being asked a deep seminal question, when all along it was a simple reply to would you like some coffee?!
to complicate matters there were times when the character was supposed to be agitaed and their comments came out as though they were saying "have a nice day".
There are too many good books outthere to waste my time...I'm returning this one.
I absolutely recommend you do not listen to this book. Unless you are a masochist and enjoy several hours of listeneing to the psychological breakdown of a boring protagonist!Now that i got that out of my system i have to admit I did finish the book. I had to continue because I couldn't believe that it would continue for hours without a change. The total isolation, the intense self loathing, the eww, eww feel sorry for me! On & on! Every time you think its going to be a story about hope and/or redemption it falls apart again. I will say that once i realized it was written in 1954 it altered the way i looked at the book. But that doesn't mean i can recommend it. I say skip it & save your credits!
OK, it seems Aaronovitch's creative muse is"petering" out or he's succumbed to the "just in it for the paycheck" syndrome.
That being said, I DID like this book, it just leaves you wanting...wanting a longer story or wanting a little MORE story.
The plot is OK but it never really develops into anything too interesting. All of this is a bit of a let down when compared to the first 3 and (# 4 was a bit of a bore). With Peter, Nightingale, Molly, Beverly & Leslie, he has a cast of some of the most incredibly interesting characters out there. In Foxglove Summer, they all seem a bit wasted.
I did like the development of Peter's relationship with Beverly but other than that, the idea of relationship (which are integral in the first few books) is totally gone.
One other small issue: while I think Kobnar Holdbrook-Smith is absolutely perfect as Peter Grant (He may also be one of my all time top 5 narrators), there were times when he was either whispering of speaking so slowly I could not understand him!
I do recommend this book but try to get it on sale!
This is another winner in The Walt Longmire series.
I am convinced that these are better stories to listen to than to read in text. Though I have a different picture in my head Walt then George Guidall, there are only a few narrators on a par with him. You feel like you are there! His voice modulation, the tones and inflections are perfect.
The story wasn't quite as deep and moving as some of the others but it is still interesting and compelling.
I strongly recommend The Dark Horse.
I cannot give this book a very good review because it was a chore to listen too.
First and foremost: The Narration is horrible. the timbre and cadence of Jonathon Marosz is downrite somnambulistic. This lilt that never changes, zero modulation. I swear, i will never download another book without listening to a sample first.
That being said I did finish it...i was trapped without anything else to lister to! This is the 3rd Pendergast story I have listened to & it was the most boring. My biggest pet peeve about all of these books is: why does every figure of authority, every upper level manager, every boss have to be an incompetent jerk. Talk about a cliche!
This will be my last Preston/Child book. The characters are boring and not compelling. The stories are boring and dragged out for the paycheck.
I have been on a dry spell lately with regards to finding a decent audio book. Most of my last few reviews have 2 or 3 stars and trust me I get no satisfaction from that.I am so thrilled that I found this gem amongst all of the junk out there.This book succeeds...no excels, on all levels: The story is fantastic, interesting, compelling and thrilling; the narration is spot on. I am not usually a big fan of a large cast in audio books but this format is perfectly suited for it. With readings from various journals, letters & diaries it works like a charm.I think this sums it up: I listen while I drive and I didn't want to stop listening and kept looking for excuses to get back in my car!I love the older stories & had read this 30 years ago in text. It really is still one of the best vampire stories ever!
This is a tough book to review. The Story is interesting and very original. There is just something that keeps it from being compelling.
For one thing, Repairman Jack himself doesn't become even a little interesting until at least halfway through the book. I kept thinking: why should i care about Jack...he's boring and irksome. Even the whole idea of not having an identity made no sense when you find out he still has a family he visits.
There were also a few too many what I call "Oh-Come-on-now!" moments. No spoilers here and I realize this is the author's story, not mine, but there are some things this listener just take...moments you tell yourself "Oh, C'mon Now! No one would do that!"
I think the biggest reason I do not like this book is the narrator. He is all wrong. He sounds like he should have been the voice over for a 1960's insurance commercials not reading a supernatural thriller. He did some very convincing NY, Indian & Jewish accents but OMG when he tries to sound like a 7 year old girl i wanted to stick hot wax in my ears.
I did like the originality of the book and I think they changed narrators in the next book so i may give it a try.
This has to be one of the top ten worst narrations of all time. What a disappointment!
I Love Ron Perlman's acting but this was just all wrong.
It was one monotone "strain" all the way through! It almost seemed intentional; any narrative or prose sounded like an unsure child reading in front of a class, but when he got to dialog he employed accents and inflections. Honestly I tuned out much of it and that is not supposed to happen in good story telling.
I don't remember who directed it but they must ghve been hearing impaired to the max. Even when the narrative said a character was terrified and began speaking faster it was the same metronomic monotone!
I'll always give a story 2 or 3 hours to get used to a performer but it never worked here. I kept at it only becuase the story is captivating, interesting & compelling (and because i wasn't able to downlad aything else during this time)...I strongly recommend buying this book in text and enjoying the story rather than have it almost ruined by this reading.
If you loved the first three Books in this series DO NOT READ THIS BOOK.
What an utter disappointment to a wonderful (and wonderfully wriiten) series. I had been telling everyone I knowe to read these books (Hyperion, Fall of Hyperion & Endymion)...Now, my goal will be to warn everyonestop after #3!
First: You cannot convince me that Dan Simmons wasn't paid by the word in this book. OMG! The constant repetition! "My friend" Aenea did this and "my friend" Aenea that and c'mon EVERY time she touiches me i get an elecric shock...we get it, you don't have to write it 40 times!
Second: (Refer to the First complaint) I love his descriptive prose, I can't think of an author that can better describe a sunset or a mountain range, or the stars... but do you have to name and describe all 7 moons around a planet or 35 people at a gathering (none of whom ever show up in the book again)? Do you have to actually include an entire funeral benediction from a Catholic mass? At least if you are reading this in text you can skim; while listening you just find your attention lost and your mind drifting!
Third: What happened to all of the other fantastic characters? Father Captain DeSoya, A. Bettick, etc...they all become minor characters so we really lose something in the story. All of the other stories concern many characters, not just one or two. which brings me to:
Fourth: What are we left with? A whiny Raul and a preaching Aenea. The whole story just becomes an multi-hour (boring) sermon with a dopey Raul wondering whats going on!I am so unhappy with this book I am tempted to return it to Audible.
Side note: Victor Bevine is fantastic as ever!
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