I listened to Enders Game and really loved it. Orson Scott Card is a fabulous writer. So when it came time to download a new book, I got Speaker for the Dead. And again I loved the book.
The author manages to create a completely new society and social structure of another species on a far away world. The interaction between the humans and this other species makes you question your own assumptions about people of other cultures. How much of our current world tension is a result of true incompatibility and how much is due to just misunderstanding the other culture?
So the book has that whole deep "hmmm" thing going on and it's just entertaining. It's got enough mystery to keep you guessing about how situations will turn out. A sentient computer "program" named Jane adds another element of interest.
As with Enders Game, this audiobook used multiple narrators. They all did an excellent job with the exception of a way overly dramatic female. I found I couldn't wait 'til we moved on to another narrator. Sorry lady. Turn down the acting knob a little. Even with Little Miss Drama, this book is well worth listening to.
I really found this to be a flat performance. Very monotone and under-acted. I found myself being so critical of the narrator while listening I sometimes missed the story.
This book might have really rocked with someone like George Guidall narrating.
This was way too much of a libertarian rant. I'm "antifederalist" but I listen and read books to be entertained. I detest books that use fiction as a platform to spew rhetoric
Disappointment that all it had to offer was a political rant.
I understand politics enter into books and make stories interesting and exciting. But such an obvious rant from democrat, libertarian, republican is just annoying and not at all entertaining.
Yes. It was well written and entertaining.
Yes. It was well written and entertaining.
Straightforward. Not overacted.
I didn't expect it to be set so far in the past. Still it was well done and entertaining. Obviously meant to be a series so it kind of leaves things hanging.
There was some good suspense in the book. But I thought there were too many plot twists. I kept thinking, really, again? I'm willing to suspend reality, but this bordered on the absurd. I felt like at least one of the plot twists was so that the author could express political views. We're bombarded enough with political views and I don't find it entertaining.
One or two less plot twists. Also, having read Deaver books, the lists of forensic details come across well in print, but tend to really drag on in audiobook. Perhaps find a way not to read the lists multiple times and still remain true to the unabridged story.
I wasn't a fan. No.
I'll give this an unenthusiastic, I guess.
A decent drama. It's sometime difficult to keep track of who's who and what family the belong to and yada yada. But ultimately you catch on and its an exciting story with good characters. I don't get hung up on the fact that Brian Herbert is not Frank Herbert. Too different people with different styles.
The plot of this book might have been OK if I could get past the really lousy dialog and poor narration. The dialog was simple, uninspiring and way off the mark for the realities of corporate America. Most of the characters talked like idiots and wouldn't have gotten out of the mail room, much less run a division of a major corporation. At first I thought that perhaps the poor dialog was a result of the narrator's poor interpretation of the authors work. Then I realized that the author and the narrator are one in the same and that the narrator was indeed reading it as the author intended. Not only was the dialog bad, but it was read in a style that made me feel as if he was talking to an imbecile. My advice to the author would be to hire a real narrator. Short of that, at least take some acting lessons.
I really enjoyed all three of these Dune prequel books. Along the same genre as Star Wars. While this 3rd installment could stand on its own, I recommend listening to the first and second installments before listening to this one. A lot of the character introductions and character development is done in those books. Narrators make or break an audio book. Scott Brick is an excellent narrator and a great choice for this book.
This is a fabulous book. It was a very entertaining fantasy with a fabulous narrator. Nigel Planer, the narrator does the voices of the characters with great accents and he gives you a real feel for the personality of the character. Each character is distinct and easy to pick out. I drone on about Nigel, but the book is extremely well written with a great balance between humor and fantasy/adventure.
I really like Orson Scott Card. All of the books are really well written. I thought this one was more dramatic than others. I certainly recommend listening to Enders Game before listening to this one. Based on Enders Game, I expected Peter to be a little bit more vicious than he was, but overall, very entertaining. Very political.
I've decided that I like one narrator for a book. This switching off doesn't impress me. A good narrator can carry the whole book. I don't need a female to read female parts. I don't need a male to read male parts. A good narrator can change their tone and be male or female.
I've never read or listened to Stephen King before. I'm not that into the supernatural thing. But I figured I'd give it a shot since this one sounded more like a parallel universe than supernatural. Be willing to let your mind bend a bit. It took me a few hours to really get into this book, but ultimately, I was quite entertained. Twists and turns. I thought the end was a great piece of work. Narration was very well done.
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