James Bond has a license to kill, but the rest of us have to save the world and find love and happiness working for micromanagers who get in the way. Charlie Stross manages to make sorcery plausible and have wonderful characters in situations and organizations I recognize. These are characters I want for friends and to back me up. Sorry if I haven't made this as fun and exciting as I thought it was. I loved halting state and this brings back good people in fantastic situations , and it is an enjoyable ride.
The people (and creatures) all have realistic motivation and responses, no matter how fantastic the situation. And humor can be surprising and immensely enjoyable! The true complexity of the plot begins to reveal itself. What a great book, characters and the reader is absolutely fantastic.
I dont know about tag lines, but i would love to see this done with real actors (and of course great CGI)
The start of the first book in the series was a little clumsy, but the rest of the book was great. The volume continues the improvment, to be one of the best audiobooks i have listened to on Audible, and i have listened to a broad variety. There is a wide variety of characters, Angela Dawe makes following the changes easy. A great story, great writing, and a great delivery. NOTE: you can start this book without reading the first, but i think you should probably start with the first. I havent quite finished this book but I already ordered the 3rd book. Great series.
The writers had a tough time transitioning to a novel format (I didn't even know it was a graphic novel --facepalm--) but they really hit their stride in the second half of the book and it became very enjoyable. The performance was great throughout. The first quarter of the book seemed to be all third person narrative of a prologue. It should have been working notes for a prequel novel(s), and it should have been edited way down. The story should have picked up the same place as the graphic novel starts, with background added as needed. The Prologue, i listened to it at 1.5 speed - reserved for stuff i hate. This transitioned to 1.25 speed which is ok for many books. By mid book i slowed it down to normal speed to savor the book. So my excellent rating is for what the book grew into. I recommend you bear with the beginning, with my assurance it get better, both as the world takes shape, but even more so as the excellent writers learn to adapt to this new medium. Sure, some better editing and re-writes would have helped, but there is so much to come i can't fault the authors (too much) for not going back and fixing the beginning. Novelizations of movies and graphic novels can be very difficult, but having the authors master both novel and the graphic novel is quite impressive.
This is a well told and well performed true story of a great dog in unusual circumstances. Dogs get into their minds what they should do. When it is following their chosen master's desires it can be amazing. Finding people buried by a bomb mission is phenomenal, but Antis got into a lot of interesting situations. And as any dog owner knows, they sometimes do things that you wish they wouldn't do, where do they get these ideas? This is not just for dog lovers, but rather is indeed an amazing story in a time of turmoil. Well done!
This is Alan Bradley's second best book after "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie." The last book was chock full of plot twists to take the series in a different direction but it gave up a lot in the telling of the story. This new direction was well worth setting the stage and it is quite an unusual ride. Hopefully Alan Bradley can continue to relish in Flavia's new found freedom and band of cohorts. The changes are so dramatic that the book could use a preface to better introduce a new reader to this new storyline. But new readers/listeners can still enjoy starting with this book.
Sorry if this is too much of a spoiler. The book was good fun, but i was sort of expecting more of a conclusion rather than just an intro to an on-going series. Lots of story lines are in play but not all close.
I saw the first movie, and the family asked for the audiobook. The plot has some interesting twists, too bad that those twists and turns don't happen in a believable world. It's not so much that the simulation drugs are beyond believable, I can "suspend belief" for more far-fetched concepts, but the whole world of the story lacks substance and the basics of civilization, while still pretending that some civilization exists. No one actually picks up trash, or cans food, or runs powerplants. That is all some distopian fantasy with a given invisible infrastructure, that wont actually work for the factions described. I can pass over the teenage raging hormones is the middle of battle, But the heroine's giving in to her inherent weakness compared to all the males around her, just seem to be the finishing blow. She spends too much time feeling the victim, for me to enjoy the story. I'll be interested in the conclusion enough to see the last movie, but the book/audiobook isnt really worth my time.
I hated the narration. You can listen to the sample but the dialogue may not be as troublesome as action scenes. The cadence never changes for action scenes or dialogue. I bought this pre-release, and i never imagined that such a popular series would have a poorly suited narrator (yes that is my opinion. Your opinion may differ.) I listen at 1.25 speed but i still hear those over dramatic pauses and downbeats at the end of each sentence.
Greaney isn't as good about developing characters, or getting you to believe in the science of the weapons as Clancy was, but he sure writes action well. Things move so fast that i dont question the contrived good luck and miraculous timing. While not the same as Clancy i can enjoy listening to the action.
I will never get a book from Scott Brick again. I can do without different voices for each character, but the reading has much more to dislike. I think he would do well at soap operas or romantic novels, where the listener wants the narrator to add drama in an other wise boring book. But his cadence over emphasizes every period as being meaningfull and significant.
Isn't there some editor that makes narrators audition for parts? This book was ruined for me by the reader, and i hate to think a real editor would have actually selected Scott Brick as appropriate for this book. Maybe Greany should give his opinions on possible readers ( and listen to more than a sentence before approving a narrator.)
I love reading comics but the author of this novelization didn't put much work into going beyond a few words about what goes on in a panel. I could have guessed what the graphics were doing, but this should have given description of the story/ flow of action, instead of being broken up into a description based on each panel in a comic. Instead of reading it panel by panel, a novelization should have better descriptions and better flow.
for such a short novelization, the time wasted describing the Avengers movie was a waste of time. So with that gone and better writing, the whole "book" should still be many times longer. Dont wast money or credits on this, unless you plan on listening while reading tthe comic at the same time.
The narration was quite good, but there was just not enough story to work with.
Besides being a gifted writer, he is a wonderful story teller. His characterization of others is like a comfortable story around the dinner table as he falls into character describing/mimicking another person's reaction to shared experiences.
This is a really uplifting story in the midst of terrible tragedy, about the power of making good choices and pursuit of goals, not just for yourself but for others. Eric Greitens has done and witnessed many things as a college volunteer worker in many nations, a Rhodes Scholar and later as a Navy Seal. He tells the stories of both children and adults, and pauses briefly for insight into why they do what they do what they do. The stories are interesting and the insight and perspective is something i aspire to achieve.
This is one of the best books I have listened to on Audible (and i have listened to many). These real life adventures are more interesting than the fiction i usually listen to, and the comments on human character and motivation are natural outgrowths of the story telling, which comes first. For having seen so much human tragedy, even as a volunteer in many countries, he keeps his perspective and describes his observations, while seamlessly including quotes from the Greeks, to Lincoln, to Mother Theresa. He can challenge your thoughts on religion and charity, and what it means to help and protect those in need. This is not a book of lectures on what we should do, but rather stories about the good and bad people do, and trying to make good choices for yourself. This is great storytelling, all the better for having decisions and consequences about living a good and honorable life.
This is a trilogy's worth of adventure in one book, well managed by a master story teller. There are thrills and chills and multinational adventure throughout. At about 12 hours the story occasionally got a little slow and i could put it aside, I was afraid it would turn into a Perils of Pauline, but no, this is a great story with all the subplots coming together. With 12 hours left (as long as a longish Audible book) the conclusion is coming into focus, the excitement is building and I wonder "what more can possible happen before the end?" Well, a lot can and did happen. There is certainly death and destruction, but main characters are reasonably well treated, and the gore / violence was not overdone or overly upsetting. The narration/reading is great, with different characters and accents well done to help keep characters separate and be non-obtrusive to the story line. Well done. At one credit this is a bargain, a unique and plausible adventure of amazing scope. Listen to it!
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