The story. Richard Connell's ability to put the reader/listener in the shoes of the protagonist is second to none in this story.
I have not read any other books with a similar plot however i have read some other great "dark" short stories. Most notably "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allen Poe. Both of these stories have a dark terror around that make makes the story brilliant.
I have never listened to him before however i certainly plan on it on. The only reason i didn't give the performance 5 stars is because sometimes he seemed uptight or formal. The times were fleeting but they seemed to throw off the flow of the story for me.
I don't know about laugh or cry, but it definitely makes me think. While reading i put myself in Rainford's shoes trying to think how i would act in the situation. Being able to listen as if i was the protagonist, to me makes a wonderful story.
This book is possibly the most entertaining book I have listened to. Anyone who is a Samual L. Jackson fan will like this book. Also any parents of young children will find that this story rings true with their experiences. This was a very fun listen.
Dust World was a very nice improvement over Steel World. The book was written better, had a deeper plot, and I started to see some depth to a few of the main characters. In this book we start to get a sense of the Galactics Empire as a whole and maybe some of the things that are happening in it. This book was a great addition to an already entertaining series, I would reccommend it to any sci-fi fan.
The one issue that I had with this book, was the main character made so many bad decisions. I think that this is just the nature of his character, but it made me so frustrated. I think the book could have been slightly better if, at least some of the time, the main character did what he was suppose to do and didnt break/disobey his orders.
The story was good, the narration was well done, and yet with every passing moment i felt myself disliking the book more and more.
First the parts i liked:
I enjoyed how the author didnt just have the character do "magic" but rather gave a "scientific" explanation of how their bodies have the ability to burn specific metals which give them unique powers. To many books have protaganists that can use "magic" which seems to have no limits. I liked that there were specific things these characters could and couldnt do.
The story was good as well, i was constantly wondering how they were going to overthrow the empire and who/if anyone was going to die, betray them, or quit the mission. The story had its issues (see below), but it was still interesting.
Now for what i didnt like:
The story was to organized. At the beginning of the book they laid out their plan for how they were going to overthrow the lord commander, and except for a few minor hiccups, the plan was followed. While listening they made it seem that some of the issues that popped up were going to stop their plan, but after thinking back, everything was executed nearly perfectly. Other than being curious about characters, were they actually good, or were they bad, the story was to straightforward. I knew what was coming. I kept on expecting something to happen that was going to throw the story in a spiral but it never happened, which disappointed me.
Overall not a bad book, but i have definitely listened to better.
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