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Robert

Ypsilanti, MI, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Kraken

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (333)

    With this outrageous new novel, China Miéville has written one of the strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you will read this—or any other—year. The London that comes to life in Kraken is a weird metropolis awash in secret currents of myth and magic, where criminals, police, cultists, and wizards are locked in a war to bring about—or prevent—the End of All Things.

    Caveat Emptor says: "A New Favorite Author"
    "Uninspiring"
    Overall

    This book covers many of the same interesting themes as Gaiman's American Gods, but less successfully. I just found the book to be surprisingly unengaging. Characters speak in riddles, and the author has a writing style where sentences stretch on so long by the time you finish, you forget what the sentence was about. Moreover, the reader has a sing-song quality to his voice, that for me, made it hard to focus on what he was saying. I found I kept having to go back and relisten to the section of the book I just finished, because none of it registered in my brain. I've never had this problem with any other author or narrator. Despite these impediments to getting into the book, I was still able within the first couple of hours to know just how it was going to turn out. As a result, this book pulls off a rare feat, being impenetrable and predictable at the same time.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Unsung Hero: Troubleshooters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (377)

    After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton - the sweet girl next door who has grown into a remarkable woman.

    Melissa says: "The first of many"
    "Paint by numbers"
    Overall

    I can't finish this book. The writing is ham-fisted, as if the author bought a book on "How to Write Romantic Thrillers" and followed it by rote. All of the characters are cliches, and the descriptions and dialogue are laughable. The narration doesn't help; as other reviewers have pointed out, the lead female protagonist is given a weak, simpering voice, and other characters don't fare much better. A lot of the narration is over the top; the narrator does the audiobook equivalent of scenery chewing. I lasted about two hours and had to give it up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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