Really hard to compare it to anything else; detective noir, weird, fantastical, and literarily masterful.
Finch and Shriek
Who the hell can listen to 15 hrs of book in one sitting? No, that's ridiculous. I listened to it over several days..........moron.
Check this out, but read Shriek: an Afterword first, otherwise, a lot won't make sense.
Someone new to the genre and kids.
The unoriginality of it was astounding. It's like he read a bunch of generic fantasy books then compiled them into his own.
Kind of. I didn't really care enough and half the time I'd forget which POV I was listening to.
The dire wolf....I mean wolfen.
If you like farmboy/blacksmith's son generic fantasy, this book's for you. If you've been reading fantasy for a while, don't bother, you've already read this.
Fantastically Weird Voyage
All Mieville's other stuff, Felix Gilman's Thunderer and Gears of the City, K.J. Bishop's Etched City, Vandermeer's Ambergris stuff, Bennett's City of Stairs, Harkaway's the Gone-Away World, and maybe some Gaiman. As to why, they're all uniquely weird, mysterious, and very well written.
The Bruculac or however it's spelled. And Tanner.
It filled me with wonder stretching my imagination and sketching a fantastic scene.
This is perhaps my favorite Mieville work and I recommend it to anyone that enjoys weird, fantastic fiction stretched about as far as it can be.
Hannu, yes. Roger Wayne, No.
When I realized that the narrator didn't know how to pronounce most of the names that are unique to this series.
There's no way Wayne listened to the previous books because he pronounced most stuff differently. Scheduling issues or whatever, changing narrators on the last book in a trilogy is ridiculous.
This really needs to be redone with Brick back as narrator. I mean, seriously, Wayne pronounces the names of basically all the main characters different. So disappointed by this.
Didn't make it there. I barely made it to two hours before I had to quit. The narration was probably the worst I've heard. I'll read the book one of these days but there's no way I'll subject myself to the droning voice of this narrator for another minute.
There was no emotion in the narrator's voice at all. Ben Stein could have read this better.
I would suggest no using this narrator.
Ho Lee Shit
Taniel's moments of rage and how I wished he could just cut loose and bash all the generals.
Fantastic performance all around.
I hate this question. No sane person would want to listen to ANY book for 20 hrs straight. Was it good? It was absolutely fantastic. Do I want to listen to the next? Hell yeah. This series just catapulted to the "read/listen-to-the-day-it-is-released" list.
A+, five stars, out of the ballpark. This is one of the best sequels I've listened to/read. Characterization is off the charts, action is whiplash, and creativity is phenomenal. Thank you, Mr. McClellan for a wonderful three days.
Definitely. Vandermeer's prose is amazing and the emotions and feelings he coaxes out leaves me shaken in their intensity.
The prose is the best part though the story itself is mysterious and intriguing.
No. He is a fantastic narrator though and will keep my eyes open for his other performances.
Losing Control and gaining Authority
Yeah, I'm not really good at those.
This books is completely different than Annihilation. Where the former is about Area X, this book is about Control and the Southern Reach and the politics it exists in. There's plenty of Area X as well but it's not the central theme. It is a wonderfully weird book that will stay with you long after you put your earbuds down.
Yes, cause it's really good. The rise of Darrow is bloody, brutal, and full of love, of life, of family, of clan and kin, of what is right and just versus what is wrong and bought.
It's a mix between Hunger Games, Ender's Game, and Lord of the Flies.
No. No idea, though his passion and relevance were impeccable.
Actually made me almost cry. No book has ever made me cry but this one's come the closest. Every time he loses a loved one, so passionate, so beautifully written.
It's not YA by a long shot, not even close. The book is brutal and beautiful and teeming with the need and idea of justice, vengeance and the perspective of all ideals.
Possibly just because I've heard good things about Stephenson. However, this book was horrible to me. I'm aware of how dated it is but having pizza delivery be a major economic force is beyond absurd. The lingo is like listening to Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. The info dumps are jarring and lecture-esque. And the relationships are forced to the point of being unbelievable.
What was the previous question? Again, maybe.
Bill and Ted
The info dumps are jarring, it breaks whatever momentum was going. I'd take out the whole pizza delivery bit as well.
With only an two hours left, I was ready to quit but I stuck with it and now wish I would've given up and saved myself those lost hours.
Definitely. Absolutely phenomenal narration to a great book.
the narrator and the humor
Bobby's humor was great but Fox and the wanna-be had me rolling with laughter.
No. At sixteen hours I'd probably go into some sort of fantastical coma. No. I'm good with spreading it out over a week.
Great stuff. On par with Peter Grant series, Dresden, and Matthew Swift.
Zachary Jernigan, yes. The world and story were very original and the writing was good. John FitzGibbon, no. His narration was uninspired, very monotone.
Less sex, masturbation....etc. It felt forced and very unnecessary for the story. Its inclusion felt awkward and arbitrary - and this from someone who ranks Richard Morgan among the very best.
Give John some speed?
No. But if so, Ben Stein could play all the parts.
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