I'm a long-time fan of James Rollins and have been waiting for this book since he first mentioned it. The book is incredible. There is an intimacy about the book that brings the characters to life as we find out their background stories. It made me care for what at first might seem to be at least one unsympathetic character.
When I first heard that there might be the "v" word type of characters in the book I has hesitant to read it - but I have read everything by Rollins so couldn't let this one go by. I was not disappointed. Well, my only disappointment is that I have to wait a year for the second part of the trilogy.
My one problem (minor) is with the narrator. He does some incredible accents - but some of them are so heavy that I have a hard time understanding what the character is saying. I think when I relisten to the book (prior to the second part coming out) I may have a copy of the book to refer to so I know what is being said. But this is certainly not a reason not to listen to it.
I can't say enough good things about this book. Maybe I will just go ahead and re-listen to it. It was that good.
I've listened to all (but one) of Kuzneski's Payne and Jones books and have enjoyed them a whole heck of a lot. But Death Relic was just so boring. I really didn't care about the relationship between Jones and "what's her name." There were a few good banter scenes between Jones and Payne, but for the most part it seemed like they just glided through the story. I've always been a big fan of this pair (and it doesn't hurt that David Jones is also the name of my son) - but this story just didn't engage me. I'm not giving up on Kuzneski or Jones and Payne - plus I really like Dick Hill's narration. Going to give their next one a try. There were three chapters of the next book tucked in at the end of this recording and I was thoroughly engaged by them.
I really liked the way the trilogy ended. As always there are twists and turns I didn't see coming. In a year or so I will listen to the three books back to back and I know I will enjoy them even more.
Tucker and Kane are off on another great adventure. As with all of Rollins books the details are so well woven together that once I start listening it's not easy to stop. One thing I appreciate about the new series is that it's not just a rehashing of a Sigma Force story - there's a difference to it. The adventure, the tracking down of "bad guys" is compelling, but it's really getting to know the characters that makes this a stand-out listen for me. And the portrayal of Kane is so special. I can't wait to see what their next assignment will be.
Jeremy Robinson has become one of my favorite authors and Bray does a wonderful reading of the book with rich accents and great emotion. There are so many twists and turns in this book. I thought I had it all figured out and then something happened to take me in a new direction. I know this will be a book that I will go back to time and again and I really hope there is a sequel or two coming in the future - or the past. :-)
For the first time since joining Audible many years ago I've found a book that I just can't finish. The story is boring and to me, filled with so much anti-Christian bias that it offends me to even listen to it. I decided to go and read some other reviews and finding out what the "secret" of the book is I've decided that this story is just something I don't want to spend my time on - it would just be a waste and further aggravation.
I don't know how many times I've fallen asleep listening to it. That's not a good sign. Books such as those by Rollins and others keep me listening into the wee hours of the night. This one was better than any sleeping pill.
It really saddens me to write a negative review but I think others who might be offended by a diatribe against their beliefs should be warned. It's not that I can't or won't read books such as the Da Vinci Code, I actually enjoyed that one, but this is just so over the top that I just have to give it up. The thought of listening to the last four or five hours of this book is totally unappealing.
I did read Berry's Amber Room and enjoyed it which gave me the incentive to read this book. I was also looking for a new series to read. Guess I'll go look somewhere else for a series to invest my time and credits in.
I've read over the reviews of Eye of God and agree with a great many of them.
I'm a huge Rollins fan. I have listened to all of his books at least once and prior to Blood Line I listened again to all of the Sigma books. So, it does make me sad not to be able to give this book a more glowing review. If you're a Sigma fan it's worth the investment of time simply because you have to know what happens to a cast of characters I've grown to love. For anyone who has not read a Sigma book this is not the place to begin. You have to start at the beginning and grow to know these people.
My biggest problem with this book was the narrator. I feel sorry for him because of all of the bad reviews. For some reason I don't remember him being this bad in Blood Gospel. Maybe I have just gotten used to the regular Sigma narrator. I found that his ability to keep a difference in Asian and Italian accents as sounding different to be a real distraction. I would much prefer Peter Fernandez or Scott Brick. I will read a book narrated by Scott even if I don't know the author.
I was deeply shaken by the death of one of the main characters. Those of you who have read/listened to will know who I'm referring to. I actually sobbed. The last chapter was a comfort and I hope that the person in that chapter finds the person that I have always wanted them to be with. Some may understand this and some may think that it's just the way the story had to go.
The fortunate thing is that by the time next summer's Sigma book comes out I'll have re-listened to all the Sigma books (except this past one) and will be ready to get back on the train and see where Rollins takes us.
I liked the book - I just didn't love it the way I have so many other Rollins/Sigma books.
I was completely taken with this book. I couldn't stop listening to it. I think I finished it up in two days.
Collapse is the first of what is supposed to be a four novel series - though with all the storylines set up in the first book I have to wonder i there won't be more than four.
Collapse follows three main characters and many minor characters as the USA falls apart due to natural and man-made disasters and attacts. Stephenson takes us on a detailed exploration of the main characters, dipping into their pasts which builds a rich understanding of what makes Howard, Max, and Richard tick. As we get more involved with their world, and learn how the Collapse happened, we see the three main characters slowly being drawn to the same place. It may seem like a whole book is a lot to use to get to the final point of the book - but the stories are so beautiful woven together that you just have to enjoy the journey. It's been a very long time since a "world" that was created by an author made me want to know more and more of what's happening. I'm so looking forward to the sequel after reading the first few chapters of it.
I'm pretty sure I've found a new author to add to my "must read" list.
The only minor critique I have has to do with the production. I had a bit of a problem understanind what was being said when the "loud speaker" sound effect was used. And I was just confused by the name of one of the characters. It's been a long time since my high school Spanish classes but I thought "Jimenez" should be pronounced with an "H" sound. As I said, it's minor and I wouldn't ding the performance for just that.
The story comes to an incredible end. I listened late into the night to see what happened. This will definately be a series that I re-listen to and I hope that down the line we will be able to meet up with the main characters.
A real treat.
I'm so glad that I found this series when the first three books were already published. I hate to wait for the "next book."
The story is great and the narration is wonderful. I can't ask for anything more in a book or series.
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