Yes. If you enjoy the show, you would almost certainly enjoy this alternative season one timeline. There are a lot of small differences; some of what the book does seems better to me and some of what Showtime did seems better. This was not, however, a case where I thought he book was substantially better than the television interpretation.
Dexter is my favorite character, by far. In the book, you get much less exposure to the other characters and they don't make as much of an impression as they do in the show. Doakes, Angel, Masuoka, etc. are all there, but many of them seemed easily forgettable compared to the clearer characters you may be used to seeing in episodes on Showtime.
I felt like the narrator was too dull. A lot of this is no doubt because I'm so accustomed to the voice of Michael Hall as Dexter. I also didn't feel like the narrator developed very distinct voices for some of the other characters and made some odd pronunciation choices.
No, but I knew everything that was going to happen...I was even aware of the couple of major differences between the show and this first novel. If not, I probably would have had a much larger reaction to a few things.
If you don't do fairly descriptive crime scenes with dismemberment, discussion of blood spatter, etc., I would caution you about these books. There's a lot of..."gore", for lack of a better word.
I'm very curious to listen to the next book and see if I enjoy it more than this one or not.
Yes. I think the variety of voice actors brings a lot to helping you hear the difference in the authors' voices.
This would be a close tie between the main characters from "The Big Whale" by Allen M. Steele and "Begone" by Daryl Gregory.
I think the scene in "Begone" where the character was talking to the guy from "I Dream of Jeannie" was my favorite. If you watched 60s television, you'll find this story pretty amazing.
Definitely laughed a lot during various authors. Nothing especially sad, though.
I didn't enjoy the first few authors nearly as much as the later bits. If you decide to listen to this, my advice is to give each story 15 minutes or so and skip to the next if you don't enjoy any given author.
Somewhere in the middle. No where near the top, but certainly not one of the worst.
Dexter is certainly my favorite character. He is, in a lot of ways, creepier in the books than in the show.
I wasn't a big fan of the narration at first. But, it is growing on me. It's delivered in a very quiet, emotionless, and steady pace. At first I felt a disconnect there, compared to hearing Hall as Dexter from the show. But, I think it's an interesting alternate Dexter that is more appropriate to the character in many ways.
A Different Dexter of Darker Dimensions
The alliteration continues to appear frequently throughout the book and continues to be amazing.
Yes. It's a really cool story. I wish it was longer.
I really enjoyed the biology of the alien ecosystem. It was really well thought out, described, and (unlike a lot of sci-fi) very believable.
Yes, I've listened to a lot of Wil Wheaton's performances and some of Scalzi's other writing. I'd say this book isn't as good as some of Scalzi's other work, but Wheaton's performance is excellent, as usual. It's well worth listening to or reading.
There were a few scenes that made me laugh and I imagine a lot of people would cry during one of the sadder scenes. Overall, nothing "extreme," but you will probably laugh and maybe cry.
It's cool that you get the original story that Fuzzy Nation is based on as an audiobook, too. I didn't enjoy it nearly as much (not performed by Wheaton and an older style of storytelling), but it has some merits in the more in-depth ecological information that make it worth checking out, too.
Definitely! A very clever parody/homage to the Original Star Trek.
All the little Star Trek parodies were amazing. The truth behind the mystery is quite a surprising twist, too.
The hilarity of Wil Wheaton reading a Star Trek parody should be lost on no one.
o.O Odd question. I guess, "The Mystery Beyond the Final Frontier."
Well worth your time, if you watched Star Trek. If not, you might not get all the jokes that really make this book awesome.
All of the voice actors were very good and the audio book felt like listening to the fictional interviews conducted after WWZ. Generally, I prefer a single narrator using various voices, but in this format the ensemble cast was an excellent decision.
I especially loved Alan Alda's performance.
I have not listened to any audio books performed by these voice actors. I am, of course, familiar with some of the cast's film and TV work. I would say that their performances are just as good, or even better, in the audio book than on film.
Not really. There are some humorous bits that made me laugh, but not an "extreme reaction."
I really wish there was an unabridged audio production of this book. I haven't read the full text, but I can only assume it would add a lot of depth to the world created by Brooks to have more interviews and/or additional anecdotes from the characters appearing in the audio book.
I only just finished Ready Player One last week and I'm already tempted to go back and listen to it, again. The 80s & gamer culture represented in this book is wonderfully presented in a vivid barrage that took me back to the arcades of my youth.
Wil Wheaton narrating the section where the protagonist mentions Wheaton as an "old geezer." XD
All of the movie sequences were pretty amazing. Not to give too much away, but I suggest watching Wargames, Lady Hawke, & Monty Python & the Holy Grail before listening to it. Else you be filled with the urge to watch them mid-listen.
I laughed a lot while I was listening to this book. Mostly, I sat around saying things like, "Hell, yeah! Rush!"
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More convenient, for sure. But, I think I preferred it in print.
Fans of the Dresden Files will be accustomed to Harry's wise-assery and Butcher's habit of slipping in pop culture and jokes... Ghost Story has a few of the funniest in the entire series, IMHO.
Two words. James. Marsters. I don't know why he took a hiatus on this book, but it suffers significantly from him not being involved. I suppose the guy who reads it is alright, but it doesn't compare at all to the spirited performance Marsters gives in every other Dresden book.
As I said above, a few of the funniest jokes in the series are here in Ghost Story. I laugh a lot during this book. It also has a really great dramatic side, too. When I read it in print the first time around, I definitely cried toward the end (and I'm not the kind of dude that cries reading a book). While listening to it this time around, I don't know if it was because I knew already what was coming or if it was the disconnect from the audio performance, but it didn't impact me nearly as much.
Check out Cold Days, the next book in the Dresden Files. Marsters is back and I'm about 1/3 through his performance right now. Another excellent book in a series known for its fantastic quality.
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