Jefferson Mays does a terrific job of navigating this complex story and bringing all the characters into reality. Corey's book had a slightly different dynamic than the first two books, involving more psychology and philosophical perspectives. It was exhausting -- especially the last section. Great listen in all respects.
I liked the way Anderson introduced the characters, then circled back around and kept bringing us up to date. The cycle of characters repeats throughout the book. This adds a lot of continuity to the story. My problem was that the story never seemed to end, and even when it was supposed to be terribly tragic, the story just felt melodramatic. I do not know if that was the story (suspect this was the case) or the narrator. Actually, I felt the narrator did an adequate job, but you could not tell from his voice if someone was about to die or go swimming. This story had the epic feel of a James Michener novel, and it felt like it would never end, but then it finally did end, leaving everybody in limbo until the sequel. I do not like books that do that, so it is unlikely I will buy the sequel.
I mostly enjoyed listening to this story, but was unhappy with the ending. There was a lot left unsaid or unexplained. It would have been nice to bring all the information together.
The Narrator was very even toned and quiet. She spoke well, but mispronounced a few words. I felt the story was more dramatic than her reading, which was always very even.
It was a worthy read, and I stayed to the end, but felt unsatisfied when it concluded.
This was one of the more painful experiences I have had with Audible books. Since I did not have the written version, I could not be positive if it was the writing or the performance. One thing was clear, however, that the performance/narration was terrible. At times, I felt it was like a high school audio production.
The story line stretches credibility. The ultimate kicker, however, was that when the story gets to a pivotal point, the reader is informed that you have to buy another book (sequel). That's not going to happen.
My goodness. It is hard to know how much of this is the writing and how much is the performance. I suspect the latter is the bigger issue. You have two groups of mercenaries, but the lead characters spend so much time feeling sorry for themselves, whining about their fate, that the story gets painful. The purpose for the story gets lost in the whining, self-loathing, and complaining. I realize these are fictional stories. We expect the merciless, gun-toting, never-miss killer. When these characters start to whine, you lose me.
I listened to this story over a period of a couple of weeks of travel. I was really intrigued by how the story started. It was clear that the author has a good grasp (or at least the appearance of a grasp) on computer technology. There was a struggle between the ethic undertone of the story and the sheer overwhelming technology involved. I really tried to suspend my disbelief. I am a tech guy, so I was intrigued. However, the story ended in such a way that I almost got whiplast. it was if the author just said, "OK, I"m tired of writing. Here is a mystical pathway to follow. Adios" Very unsatisfactory "conclusion to a very convoluted story.
I think I must have missed something. The "critics" say this was a fast-paced story. My lord, it was painfully slow. The biggest issues were the characters and their interpretation by the narrator. There is no emotion in the way the characters are presented, and Marty, who is always whining, is really annoying.
I suspect this belongs in the juvenille fiction category, although I may be insulting this age group. It is written and performed (it seems to me) for a pre-teen audience. There is no emotion. The story takes so painfully long to develop and most readers would already know what's coming. Each step of the story is predictable.
I am really curious who "they" (the critics) are. I no longer trust any of the first 20 reviews given on any book, which is a real problem for something that is new.
I have this story a rating of two stars. I guess I was feeling kind.
I enjoyed the first book in this series, but this one, the seond one was better IMHO. The characters were better developed. The narration by Mays was excellent, allowing you to feel that you were hearing more than one person. Nicely done! There was some referencing needed to the first book, so I am not sure if the second would make as much sense if you had not read/listened to the first.
I have not been a follower of the Fargos, but since this is book 5, I would have to assume there are at least four others. The focus on the Mayan codex that is the initiating cause of this story leads to the adventures of the Fargos. Reminds me of the old stories of Nick and Laura Charles. Regardless of how difficult the situation, the solution appears, either self-generated or from outside fources. The story is good, if you don't want to think too much about it (which was exactly my reason for buying the book). Scott Brick does a good job in narrating the story. I'm not sure I want to follow the series, but you won't get stressed out over the seemingly impossible dilemmas that befall the main characters because you know that they will always get away safely.
I have always enjoyed the novels of Jules Verne. While not a scientist by training, his writing includes enough technical detail (perhaps too much, at times) to make the story very believable. What I enjoy is being able to listen or read stories from this era. I feel it is important to keep the story in context. Although published nearly 20 years after the U.S. Civil War, Verne does a good job of portraying the public face of civil behavior at the time. The caring yet always appropriate relationship between the main characters does not fit well in a RAP society where caring has lost its meaning to many.
Having said all that, Verne's story lines can become tedious when he does into detail on botanicals and phylogenetic classifications. Even so, that is his style and his work influenced many scientist.
As for Mr. Clark, the narrator, I felt he did an admirable job considering that Verne's writing (originally in French), is a struggle in translated works.
I read this book several times in the past and was curious how it would work as an audio book. I enjoyed it -- more than I thought I would.
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