I always like to see what's free, and I found the teaser of this book to be one that intrigued me. I bought the book immediately. The author challenges the view of pundits who, during the time of "George Dub's" presidency, touted that if you do not support his him, you are disloyal to the country. Imagine that Amazon, Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft all came together as one company and systematically removes free will, gets rid of politicians who challenge it, and sells things in a way that everyone can pressure you to do it too. Eventually, everyone has to register and must vote.
Imagine that every public official had to go wear a camera every day to show their constituents that they were honest? Imagine that every child has a tag embedded in their body so they could never be stolen again? Much of this seems great, but the key factor is that at some point their is no privacy and everyone must become transparent. In fact, PRIVACY IS THEFT and SECRETS ARE LIES."
Do you remember the Milgram experiment on obedience to authority figures? If not, please search for it because throughout the story, If you are smart, you can see where this is going. 1984--George Orwell or The Traveler--John Twelve Hawks(Highly recommend).
A woman named Mae, is the main heroine. Mae is a buddy of one of the top people in the company "Circle", and is grateful to have a job that her friend obtained for Mae. The Circle even pays for the treatment of Mae's father, which gains her loyalty. Mae starts out with two computer screens at her desk. Mae has many opportunities to exercise her moral fiber and falls short every time. I rooted for Mae, but found her to be unsympathetic, consistently foolish, and swayed too much by what others thought of her. Eventually she turned into a vain, selfish, superficial person. The only time I really liked her was when she was a criminal for a night( Read the book if you want to know). She rejects the teachings of her parents for those of a company. Mae is a foolish woman who gives up her identity, privacy, and happiness for a larger dream that never quite fills the void. She continually has relations with a man who not only does not suit her, but also fails to make love to her properly or "finish" with her. I found myself frustrated with her because at 24, I was not that stupid or simple. My mom would have told me to dump him and dump him quick! By the end of the book, she has seven monitors, a camera and headphones so that people can see everything she does.
I think Edgers wanted this to be a satirical story steered by the questions "When does free will of a Utopia cross the line? Is it worth it to give up our rights and freedoms for the appearance of security? "Should their be a limit?" It's supposed to be satire, but I am not sure it meets that billing. The Circle is not Mr. Eggers' best novels. However, the questions it raise should make this novel a must read for teens and young adults.
If you buy the book, you will understand the "Meh" in my title. If you don't, you saved a credit. I have tried to a good review of a new novel so I hope this helps you decide whether or not to purchace. However, you have free will to decide on your own....don't you? ;)
I really want to read this story and in order to do so, I had to hear this narrator. I have heard many awful readers like Roy Wells--who is an old man reading young parts, Annie Chapman--who reads flatly when she does male voices, and others. I have NEVER had the DISpleasure of listening to a book where I can't hear the story because the narration is so bad. Christine Padovan stops in odd places, lilts in the wrong areas and fails as a good male narrator. It is so bad that I could not UNDERSTAND the story because the narrator was so awful. I only got 15 minutes into the story before I had to stop. I always finish a book--it's sacrilege not to in my family. Yet, here I am not able to fast forward or listen. DO NOT GET THIS BOOK! Buy the print version like I will.
I liked this story and I like this writer. The story was quick, sexy and cute. Both characters were really strong and written well. My only pet peeve is that the author should complete a little research. Marines are not Soldiers. Soldiers are not Marines. Both would be offended to be called either. I would definitely listen to more by Dez Burke.
Overall, I liked the books. Shayla Black can really make a scene sizzle. This is my first experience with Lexi Blake and I hope it won't be my last. I thought the story line was interesting. The heroes were the usual types: commitment-phobe, jock, and geek. They truly made an amazing group for the heroine.
That being said...The heroine is supposed to be African American and 26--I did not feel that. She just made too many errors that one only sees in young women written as non-black. I just did not get a feel that the writers understood characteristics of heroines who are mature and black. NO--that doesn't mean she has to talk slang. There was an error of victimization that she accepted--that at 26 NO woman should take.
Someone writes on my wall in blood--IT'S ON!
Lawyer talks to me disrespectfully--IT'S ON!
Person is creepy--IT'S ON!
At a certain age, all women feel an inner strength that will not let any one walk over them. She never followed her instincts--this is typical of a young woman, not one her age. This was not the case here. The heroine stood up to her men, but did not stand up to the right people. Maybe it's just me, but I just like spunkier women. The sex scenes were hot and well done. The storyline was okay as all the characters had growth to complete. Honestly, my favorite was Tate. He was hilarious. I will continue to listen to both Shayla Black and Lexi Blake. This book is 15 hours and I did not skip ahead once. Ryan West was a great choice for the narrator! I loved his voice and he really added to the intimate scenes! Yaay! I really enjoyed the read and do recommend it.
I really hope that I have not offended anyone with my gripes because I did not intend to do so. I wrestled with this review, but in the end, had to be honest. Thanks for reading and I hope this review helped you.
Not only was the police and hospital procedures in this book unbelievable, it is amazing that there are more in the series. Narrator was good, but the overall story seemed to be little more than a view into what cannot happen in real society. The killing of the daughter was gratuitous at best. Someone compared this to Jack Reacher, but it is a far cry from being that good.
I cannot stand stupid people! The characters in this book were stupid! I didn't buy any of this story. A guy named Pudge wants to become a vampire and stalks the idiot hero. Girl gets killed trying to save a corpse--also known as the Hero. Pudge finds a way to break into the hero's home and kidnaps heroine. This book was unbelievable story that seems to just been written to pump out a book. This was not funny or entertaining! I know this won't help many decide whether to read or not--take my advice. Save your money. Other books have better plots and better stories. One pet peeve--Why does it need an epilogue? Others will say, why did you read it? In my family, you always finish the book! Always!
This book wasn't memorable to me. I kept wandering what all the fuss was for. I was disappointed that the heroine wasn't feisty and did not fight back or stand up for herself. She actually believed a man who hit her over her present lover.
She did not know how to go after what she wanted, yet she believed he would cheat on her when that had not even been in question. One redeeming quality was that Jax and his brother formed a bond of brotherhood and friendship.
I know this won't help many people who find this book a five star. Yet, I like strong women who can kick ass and listen to their instincts. There was some steam between the hero and heroine, but I won't listen to it again.
I picked up this book because of the narrator. I would like to say, there were some obvious problems with the hero who constantly made the dumbest mistakes. But he did have a worthwhile growth. I did not like the final confrontation between the heroes, and it was obvious, once you know the characters, who killed the wife. Sometimes the author makes the characters do things that they would not do. Toward the end of the book, it seemed this way. I may give Jeff Abbott a try again. I am pretty sure this is cryptic to most readers, but I am just "meh" with this book. I'm okay if this doesn't help you. I bought the book, and it was an enjoyable AND frustrating listen, but I probably won't listen a second time.
I keep thinking with the story lines Ms. Banks imagines, that she will make a story pop. This just is not the case. I also don't see the tie-in with the title. Ms. Banks' books have p lost a lot of their edge. Although a positive in Echoes at Dawn is that the hero and heroine are both individually strong and as a couple. I did like that Rio was a plainspoken and honorable person. Rio was courageous, solid, and true. He didn’t sugar coat anything with Grace, told her the truth. I I did not like how they seemingly feel in love under the circumstances. Some have said that the hero and heroine's interactions was intense and emotion. I actually did not care about either of them at all and jus wanted the book to be at an end. Sorry May--I give up on your books.
The story is ok. I like the story but the performance was awful with little inflection or change in the intonation. There are many areas of this audio where editing could come in handy. Too many repeats of sentences. The audio recording is very poor. I like Michelle Fox but I cannot take the background noise that seems to indicate a poor recording.
This was a seriously different departure for JF here. I loved the story line here and was excited that Ms. Frost had the insight to make sure this was a truly different. I really liked the story. Falling in love at age 20 seems more like YA to me though. There was a romantic scene for the two heroes which was well done and appropriate for the series. I, however, want to read about older and more mature people. I plan to buy the next book in the series, but of course I hope that the way this was left is that the heroine will spend time maturing.
JF poses a crisis of faith for the heroine. This development of faith was based on one's true inner spiritual identity was dealt with in an amazing and tolerant way. Her humor was well done. As we all know from her recent books--demons can be killed with demon bone. In this book, there is a world at stake and the rules are different. Although I miss them, I really appreciated the departure from Bones and Cat. Ms. Frost truly shows the depth of here writing. My only complaint about the book is that Ms. Frost writes about a PTSD attack which is really an anxiety attack. PTSD is a disorder and one can have symptoms but not an attack.
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