This almost read like Stephenson was trying to ghost write a Crichton novel. It was definitely faster paced than the later Stephenson novels, but still seemed to lag a lot more than Snowcrash. Unfortunately the story seemed much shallower as well.
I think I have, since he sounded familiar. He did a good job, though sometimes he sounds a little too much like the generic movie voice. You know, the one that so often starts off with something like: "..IN A WORLD, WHERE TWO PEOPLE MEET AS STRANGERS...".
This book has ever earmark of having been written precisely so it could be turned into a movie. It should easily translate. I would probably go see the movie. It wasn't that it was a bad story, but it just didn't have the vast number of facets that most of Stephenson's novels seem to.
The Inheritance cycle is a little too full of cliche for my liking. It's not a terrible story, but there are so many other fantasy stories that are so much better. The reader does a good job, though, and is the primary reason I made it through these books. I know the fourth one has come out, but I really doubt I'll be reading it.
Early on in this series I was concerned that it would fall victim to a magical Magnum P.I. type of plot recycling. Butcher has managed to keep the stories not only internally consistent, but also move things along in interesting ways. If someone is looking for a series that is just a whole lot of fun, then this is it.
And Marsters is the BEST reader for these stories. Unfortunately, he doesn't read the audiobook that follows this one. I shifted over to the print version for that book, and am glad to see he is back for the latest installment.
I saw Ronson appear on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show", and immediately added the book to my Audible queue. It was one of the most interesting and thought provoking books I've read in a long time.
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