Glen Bernie, MD, United States | Member Since 2011
Story is unsurprising and a fine listen is you are a Star Wars fan. The narration was good, with each character easily identified. The sound effects and music could get in the way at times, but did add to the story in others.
I would recommend it for Star Wars fans, but for those just after a good Sci-Fi story I would have to say there are countless better options.
If you enjoy post apocalyptic, end of days, global catastrophe titles, this one might leave you a little disappointed. It is a close look at how one family man in the American suburbs deals with a global pandemic on a local scale.
The story if decent and his struggles are well told. The way the story unfolds is fairly predictable and does not really provide much in the way of twists, truly desperate situations or heartbreak. It pretty much happens as you would expect with an american hero protecting his family.
There is little to no content on the pandemic at the global scale, and I am not sure it would have added much to the story even if there was.
If you really like the genre and there is nothing else about give it a try.
With some time between the second and third books in the Night Angel trilogy I was quickly able to pick back up the story and the characters. Brent Weeks increases the pace and action in the third book as there was a lot that had to happen to tie up the overarching story lines. Some of it does feel like it is rushed and could have benefited with more time to expand upon.
The conclusion is however satisfying. There is certainly enough left unsaid to create opportunities for future expansion on this setting but there is no glaringly unanswered questions or disappointment.
The narration is well done, easy to listen to with good character definition.
The Night Angel trilogy was enjoyable and surprisingly epic in the final chapter if a bit rushed. I would recommend it if you are looking for some decent Fantasy to add to your library.
I said Wow when I finished The Lies of Locke Lamora and now we add Pirates! Double Wow.
Scott Lynch has continued his fantastic series with more characters to love and hate, more intrigue, more cunning and layers of deception, more twists and turns and more heartbreak. Locke and Jean are working a long con in a new land and are thrown into a tangle of intrigues from various counter aligned powers with third parties throwing spanners into the gears at every turn. The book builds and builds then comes to a painful but satisfying, neat but open ending. A perfect set-up for the next book that leaves you satiated until then.
Once again Michael Page is fantastic, He picks up the returning characters like the last book never ended and the new are diverse and well read. Pages' Locke just oozes with self pity, it drips from your headphones right into your ears.
That would be the best way to describe what i thought of this book when I had finished it. Never read or listened to a Scott Lynch book before and never heard Michael Page's narration. They both are in my stable of favourites now.
To the book itself. The story is told in a present with flashbacks style which actually took some getting used to at first but by the end made the story work perfectly. It is filled with fantastic characters, richly developed and full of their own flaws. Threads of story lines are sewn throughout and add great promise for future titles in the series.
The violence like the colourful language is brutal but used exactly as much as needed. While it makes this a book not to be listened to with your children in the car, every bit of it makes the story better.
The narration is superb. Accents, character identity, emotion you can feel and perfect consistency. I've not heard such a fantastic range of completely unique voices since Steven Pacey in Joe Abercrombie's First Law series. A definite hats off to Michael Page.
I eagerly look forward to Red Seas under Red Skies.
The story has promise, a never ending war and a warrior from the past brought back to lead an armies last ditch effort. However I can only describe it as hard to listen to. The main characters reluctance is driven home again and again and not a lot actually occurs as far as driving the storyline for the length of the book, I felt every minute of it. The space combat is also passable, neither action packed and nail biting or detailed and interesting.
I will come back to the series if there is nothing else available. However I would recommend the Honor Harrington series, Early Vorkosigan series, The Expanse amongst many others over the Lost Fleet at this point.
Jim Butcher delivers another fantastic Dresden file. This book completes brings a couple of long story arcs to a satisfying and in some cases surprising close, only to throw a few more spanners in the works and leave us eagerly anticipating the next chapter.
There is some excellent character development with moments to both cringe and cheer for our favourite good guys. Plus plenty of Dresden wit and very up to date pop culture references to keep us amused, one in particular almost groan worthy but both hilarious and uplifting at the same time.
As always five stars for James Masters narration. Flawless character definition, comedic timing and every emotion where it should be.
The only flaw is the time we will now have to wait for the story to continue.
An entertaining misadventrue with everyone's favorite cuz Ivan. If you have any fears for a Vorkosigan novel without Mile's as the protaganist then allay them. Ivan makes for a good lead character and his development in this story is both entertaining and satisfying.
With comic relief from Byerly and even Simon the story unfolds with in classiv style with plenty of questions and ah ha, moments. Finished off with a very satisfying conslusion, there is little not to like about this book for any Vorkosigan fan.
As always Grover Gardner re-affrims his place as my favorite narrator, giving a performance without failing.
A great new cast of characters along with some familiar names. Things kick off right from the start and keep pace righ to the end. Great characters, well developed and in Abercrombies style often put to beffitting or undeserved ends.
Once again Steven Pacey puts in a flawless performance, every character unique and he hits every whispered, whimppered, croaked, shouted and stranggled line without fail.
The methods discussed in this book are interesting, well explained and may just work. The examples presented are in some cases amazing, others outrageous and more often than not amusing.
The narration is very good, clear and read with an enthusiasm to make this work of non-fiction enjoyable to listen too and not a chore.
Well worth listening too
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