This is a great story of Sgt. Johnson's life before Halo. Also very current events with the insurrection that he's fighting. No Spartans in this one, but it doesn't suffer for that.
PARENTAL WARNING! You may want to edit out the last five minutes of this story. There's a sex scene at the end. While not very graphic and not unbelievable it's still very obvious what's going on. If you miss it and this is your kid's first introduction to sex, it's not bad either. They actually care about each other.
All of these methods require an investment to see any possible results. I do really like how the writer emphasizes doing research and that are no guarantees in games of chance. It is also nice to hear the constant warning to not spend more than one can afford, especially with the needed investment to follow the recommendations. What I have problems with is the math. For the scratch tickets, it's sound as all the tickets are printed before anyone buys them so buying in a series will increase your odds and could lead to winning some real prizes. However when he says "Just ask any math professor" about his theories on numbers games, he's flat out wrong and any math professor will tell you that (also his theory doesn't explain even a single winner let alone multiple winners of the same prize). However it is as good a method of choosing numbers as any other, but it won't endow any special advantage over random. Some of his later ideas will increase one's odds a small bit, but not to the levels he proposes. In short the scratch advice seems solid while the numbers has some real and easily discovered problems.
I love post-apocalyptic stories and this was was very good. It slowly unwound, showing us some things that one would expect, but the characters wouldn't know and some really nice twists.
I thought the reader was really good. Nice voices, especially her little kid ones.
The thing that frustrated has nothing to do with the book, but rather how Audible lists it. I didn't realize there was a trilogy until I did some poking around on the author. I see there is another edition of approximately the same length, but I would have really liked to know about the other two books from this edition.
I really wonder if Asimov was an atheist or a deeply religious scientist using writing to explore god & religion. His stories like this one make me think he's very much one way or the other.
Really the last line is well built up to and rather perfect.
Well, it was short, only about 35min
This book isn't an hour & eight minutes, it's really just about 35 min.
Really cool to read what lead up to the firing of the Halos the first time. Also great background on the Didact and the Librarian and another of Halo's iconic characters.
The only thing to complain about is this book did not really suit itself for audio. I think it would have been even better in print.
This is by far one of the best books I've heard.
Keep away from the narrative!
I really like Wil Wheaton, but I had real trouble following at times as he didn't really differentiate between characters and had no voice for women.
After the rather mediocre Cryoburn I thought this universe was played out, but maybe only Miles is played out. This one focused on Vorpatril was way better. I wouldn't mind seeing more books about the peripheral characters.
Don't get me wrong, I liked this book. I'm not sad one of my credits went to getting it, but it didn't really stand out. I've read this story before and this spin wasn't sufficiently unique or stand out to make me think otherwise. It really read like a mash up of The Long Walk and Running Man by Richard Bachman (Stephen King's pen name). It is a really good mash up, but I never really stopped thinking it was a mash up. I have started the second book and will happily finish the series simply because it well written.
This is a book very much a product of it's time. There is no real depth, nothing hidden, no twist to speak of, but nonetheless, a fun story set in a simpler time. It is simple enough that I think I will have to share it with my 4-year-old son, since he'd leave the planet today if he could. Sure, some of the technical stuff will be over his head, but if you skim over that, it'll be good for him. The full cast really makes the performance of this piece VERY enjoyable.
I can't tell if my lack of enjoyment with this book was because I went into with the wrong mindset or because I'm a guy. The lead character is a very strong independent woman, well written and interesting. I just could not get into the book. However, every woman that I have talked to about this book has LOVED it. If my gender has nothing to do with why I didn't get into it, then it is because I went into with the absolute wrong mindset. I went into expecting a story. This is not a story, it is a fictional memoir. There is no grand payoff in the end. It is just a section of Friday's life. A very significant section, but really just a meandering part of her life. Maybe if I had known that I wouldn't have been disappointed when it ended without a particular resolution. Make sure you listen to this with that understanding and see if you like it better.
I got this because I thought it might be of use to me as a guy and it was. I learned a lot. I'm not sure if audio is the best format for it as the reader may have specific questions and so only need specific sections. Reading what essentially is a report or series of essays (backed up by studies) doesn't exactly translate into a solid audio experience. Given what it is, it did the job very well.
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