I love short story anthologies and I love Halo. This was great. It also made the listening very bite sized which is nice. My only real disappointment is the audio does not have everything that the book has. The book has some really excellent poems in it that are not included in the audio. Particularly disappointing since it included the short letter at the end which wasn't much longer than the poems that were left out.
** spoiler alert ** I had been hoping for a hard sci-fi book when I started reading this, but didn't really get that. It has a combination of hard and soft sci-fi that didn't really work for me. I also find that I don't really like Rated R sex. It always seems like it's trying to be PG while really wanting to be XXX and so the love/sex scenes were really annoying. I would have been much happier with either PG or XXX. Also the time frame of the stories is hard to get as the characters have unnatural life spans, so even though about a hundred years have passed it really doesn't feel like that since most of the original characters are still around. I'm going to finish the series but only because I have it on audio. I really don't understand the hype that this series got.
I was somewhat underwhelmed by the story and really wish the fact that Unlocked was part of it was much more prominent, but really liked Amber Benson and will have to seek out more books read by her.
Felt almost like it was abridged. Many sections that I wish had more detail. Still enjoyed it a lot, but don't know if I'll return.
Rarely does the movie exceed the book, but in this case the the movie far exceeds the book. In fact skip the book and just watch the movie.
I love short story anthologies, but I am bummed that I came to this one after reading 12 Dresden books. These stories take place before book one though book 12, so I would have rather have read these in the proper places among the other books. The start of each book tells you where it should be read, so you have a guide built in, use it! I wish I had.
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.
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