Wasn't excited about this book, but it came highly recommended. I wasn't a fan of Douglas Adam's (which his Hitchhiker books is what this one is common compared to), so I wasn't excited about this one.
Sheckley, though, excels where Adams doesn't. Where Adam's humor is campy and a bit in-your-face, Sheckley tends to be a bit more reserved. Granted, there's talking dinosaurs and goofy characters, but the humor they have is a bit smarter and enjoyable. Hodgman is the perfect narrator as he brings to life the characters beautifully.
All in all, it was better than I had expected. It's not without it's dry parts or various minor plot holes...but they are fairly short and minor and don't weigh down the reader much.
I was concerned that the story was running too fast after the first book and just the first few chapters of this book. I worried Sanderson wouldn't be able to keep me interested at the pace the story was taking, or that things would go in a crazy different direction and disappoint me.
But this was masterfully done. Great characters, great story, great narration. I enjoyed Shalan's story much more than the original book, she's still a frustrating character, but much more enjoyable. I was impressed with the inclusion of new characters and how well they fit in. There's also some serious news about how each character is related to one another, and this makes the next book even more intriguing.
If I had to knock one thing in the book. The interludes are still confusing and provide little to no payoff for the reader. Some of them I can agree they are introducing new characters that we might see in later books, but others are simply confusing and made me question why was my time spent learning about this person. There's no immediate benefit and in some cases nor is there a future with that character.
I've thought about this for a while and what was so disappointing about this book. The reviews are great, and the story if very intriguing. Honestly, Scott Lynch is an excellent writer when it comes to prose. He's not overly advanced and tedious, but definitely not juvenile. The problem comes with the way the story was constructed.
I liken the style to a speech by a great orator. Imaging you were listening to Martin Luther King, Jr. and his great speech went like this "I have a dream...but wait, I forgot to mention this happened a while back...the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners, oh yeah, there's this story about slaves and slave owners I want to mention...will be able to sit together..."
Flashbacks are hard to get right in books. Movies have the advantage of visual queuing, but in books it's hard to help the reader understand it is a flash back. And this book is full of flashback. Due to the heavy integration of characters, there is never a clear delineation of time save a chapter change. The first 2/3rd of this book is disorienting and difficult to follow. But does get much better after that.
The story it great, you have the appropriate level of empathy for those intended, excellent writing and prose, narration is good (although the children are done in an annoying voice), great characters, and fun twists. Just bad storytelling. And that aspect completely clouds the good in this book.
Picked this book up on a whim. I was looking for something about thieves for some strange reason. I'm glad I did. Sullivan throws you into a world that will be instantly familiar (humans, elves, and dwarfs) to any fantasy reader and doesn't worry about all the details of why the world is this way. It just setups the world, the rules, and scope and runs off.
I'm happy Sullivan did this because what you get is a great story and you don't have to worry about all the little details that often invade fantasy epics. You get a solid story that is heavy on the events. Paces very well without blowing to quickly through what is happening.
T.G. Reynolds does a wonderful job on the reading and gives you a vivid mental picture of what each character. I'm going to read the rest of this series soon.
This book is good, not great, just good. Scalzi's writing style is a bit out of place in audiobook form, as none of his dialog flows. Scalzi makes a point to add "she said", "he said", etc. after every piece of dialog and therefore translates to audiobook in a very jerky and difficult to follow style. This is why Wil Weaton feels a bit out of place. He's trying to audibly read a book that's not meant to be read aloud.
The story is good, funny, and witty. And whereas the main story is well done, I wish it was more fleshed out. Things move quickly. Honestly, I felt the best portion of the book was the Second Coda. The Second Coda is extremely well written and is perfectly suited for narration. It's a shame the entire book wasn't in the same style.
Steelheart was an amazing read. Andrews does a superb job with the voices and pacing that I felt he was the characters. Completely engrossing without getting in the way. Sanderson wrote a great book set in a dystopian future where the people with superpower are pretty much all villains.
It's a great spin on the superhero genre, now superheros are bad and enslave the "common" humans, but can the humans rise up and defeat their overlords? Honestly, I think I'm going to listen to this one again and again.
Honestly I really didn't care for this book. It's a good story and stars off strong, but things begin to move way too rapidly towards the end of the book and the ending is very..."neat".
Based on the Amazon.com description I was given a bit too much of the plot and kept waiting for a certain event to happen, and when it does I was pretty disappointed. There are complex characters and many are simply ignored at the end and the events unfolding are wrapped up in a nice and orderly fashion, therefore feeling fake.
Couple that will juvenile narration, I cannot recommend this book. The narrator does voices and the producer felt the need not to worry about audio normalizing, so many times Mimus is yelling at you then you have to turn the volume up to hear other characters. Frustrating read.
I bought this one one whim, never heard of the author or this book, but I'm glad I did. This might be one of the best books of fiction I've read this year.
Characters are completely believable. At no time did I think the characters did something opposite of what the author had established earlier. The situations and circumstances were well plotted out and was very engrossing. I'm also a sucker for stories that don't take the modern narrative of "disposable marriages". I'd recommend this to any reader.
Note: It's narrated by Scott Brick. People either love him or hate him. I tend to enjoy his narration mostly because he doesn't succumb to common pitfall of making female voices overly comical. Many male readers do this and Brick establishes a vocal and maintains it throughout the reading.
I've been wanting to read this for a while, and finally got the time to start it. It is an interesting story of the U.S.'s most lethal sniper, but you have to understand, Kyle is no one special. His story is interesting, but it isn't amazing. He even states his title was mostly because of luck, not luck in ability but just being in the right place at the right time. It's more interesting to hear the tension his job put on his family and his ties to what he felt was honorable.
The narration was a little rough but I personally think it is because Pruden makes an attempt at a Texan accent which most people not from Texas most always fail to do. But you can tell he has had military service which does help the story.
The story is definitely a good one, but Marc Thompson's voice acting makes the book amazing. Pretty decent wrap of the trilogy, but does leave you wanting more. Even if you are a passing Star Wars fan, this is worth the read.
The story is pretty interesting and has a great premise. There is a bit of political leaning from the author, but didn't feel preachy. Main female character felt unrealistic and made a few odd choices, and the reader could have made things worse because he read her in a way that she constantly sounded upset/whiny.
I like the subject and the way it was paced. Suarez has an issue with suddenly making huge jarring leaps in time, but this book had the leaps but wasn't quite as jarring...but still some lost time that felt odd. The action was very well put together and didn't have many "video game injuries" (like when someone gets shot a few time, but can still fully function).
Thoroughly enjoyable read.
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