Pearland, TX United States | Member Since 2013
I would put this book securely among the top ten I've listened to.
I could easily compare this book to other classics like The Swiss Family Robinson, Robinson Crusoe, and Journey to the Center of the Earth by the same author.
I most enjoyed the "big reveal" towards the end. Honestly I did not see it coming though looking back I probably should have.
I would not really use the word moved but I thought the cavern named Granite House was in my minds eye spectacular.
This book is written back before instant gratification was the norm. Due to this expect a slow start that familiarizes and endears the reader to each character and truly makes one empathize with the whole crew. I love the execution and can honestly say I felt as if I were there on the island with them. Don't be surprised if in the reading you meet me there!
the books I've listened to range from please never end to please be over soon. This one rates better than average.
I love the works of Mr. Koontz. "The Bad Place" is a great example of one of his better books. Unfortunately when he strays from the formula I tend to lose interest. This occurred in his book "Icebound".
I thought he was a perfect fit for this character though I will admit I found myself several times thinking Fry from the TV series Futurama was narrating.
I did enjoy the book and I listened pretty much straight through. I did not however lose sleep when bedtime rolled around.
I wish there had been a side story in this one where Odd helped one of the people only he could see. I thought it was going to happen and I felt Mr. Koontz simply forgot to do it. There was a person in that position that basically got ignored by Odd leaving that aspect of the story incomplete.
I would definitely recommend the series. I love Mark Boyett's character portrayal in all of them. This one is a notch above the previous books in my estimation in that the story line is rich in science fiction adventure that explores the boundaries of what physics allow.
I could put this series on a shelf with Scalzi or Ringo but B.V. Larson would be in front.
Any scene with Marvin. I enjoy his machinations.
I just about did finish it in one setting. I can not get enough of the Larson / Boyett Duo.
I always prefer to start at the beginning of a series.
I entered this one knowing it was Rowling. In fact it's really why I gave it a shot. I knew it was a who dunnit novel and not a fantasy but I held it up to a higher standard anyway. Unfortunately this private eye story is cliche, middle of the road, predictable, and completely forgettable. If anything, it falls just short of center.
I will not read another in this series but I also do not wish to write "Galbraith" off either.
The narrator did a fine job. I enjoyed his performance and would listen to him again anytime.
I understand there is a follow up called Silkworm. I however, am not interested.
I wonder how the author actually thought a slovenly one legged bastard son of a washed up rocker would make a good hero or even an anti hero.
This book is probably very enjoyable to those who liked Hyperion or Dune. I prefer my sci-fi to be more like B.V. Larson's works.
No, I will always love science fiction. I just need a quicker payoff.
I didn't feel any character had enough development to make a determination for this question. I thought they all were very thinly fleshed out. It was really frustrating to endure.
I am sitting here trying to answer this question as I realize the only character I can even recall by name is a robot called Compy. He honestly has more spirit than The rest of the cast put together. That isn't saying much as Compy never actually does anything.
I don't want to bash this title. I just did not enjoy it. If you like long drawn out epic style sci-fi with no meat then by all means give this a shot. I'll stick to my John Scalzi books.
No. I believe Mr. Pullman has had his fair shake from me.
Once again, no. I don't think I will.
No, I have not and as such am unable to make a comparison.
I'm not sure cutting any scenes from this story would really help me enjoy it anymore however, I would have called the cute little companions everyone had just about anything but demons or daemons.
I've heard the religious arguments against this story for years and have chosen to decide for myself. Though I'm Christian I found I wanted to defend this book until it just started quoting the bible and deliberately twisting the passages to mean things way off the mark in my understanding. I have to say I just didn't enjoy this book at all even though the cast did a phenomenal job in performing the narration.
Yes, I would. This mini biography is narrated by Carol and I believe it gives the reader a good feel for who she is.
I might compare it to Tina Fey's book if Tina didn't try so hard to make you laugh and force political views down your throat. Carol just lays it out there and the humor comes through naturally.
I enjoyed all the aurhor's anecdotes but particularly when she met Jimmy Stewart and when she was caught by Ladybird Johnson pretending to smooch Julie Andrews.
I laughed aloud several times. I really enjoyed when she discussed her wooden leg.
I would love to meet this woman and give her a great big hug. She and her cohorts have been a family staple my entire life. She and I are friends, we just haven't met yet.
No, I would not recommend this to anyone over 14 years old. This book really tried hard to capitalize on all the genres from zombies to superheroes and wizards to exorcists. The reader will also experience many pop culture references such as Doctor Who and movie quotes. Hell, we are even treated to Jessica Alba as a zombie being inappropriate with a demon possessed by a human who later becomes a zombie puppeted by a gang member. Yeah, it's a bit busy.
Like most of the plot points the ending to this fun book was a little predictable.
I enjoyed the scoring of zombie celebrity take downs by the heroes.
Sure, why not? Zapp could be played by William Zabka. Eric Banna would make a good Dragon. And Stealth could be played by Haley Cuoco.
i gave this book a shot as I really enjoyed the author's book titled "14". This one just doesn't stack up however it will satisfy that need for comic book level distraction.
To raise this to a 4 or 5 star level Mr. Koontz would need to quit trying to redefine himself. I bought book after book from him as I loved what he did as an author. If suddenly your favorite restaurant started remaking your tastiest meal in unpleasant ways would you be pleased or miffed? Mr. Koontz had success with the whole Odd thing but he needs to get back to making those delicious main courses we have grown to rely on.
Perhaps something from author Peter Clines. I really enjoyed "14" by him.
My issue with the narration was that this was told by a 57 year old character from a 10 year old's perspective. I kept waiting for the kid to grow up so the story could start. It just got more and more ridiculous. Especially due to the fact that the narrator kept speaking like a surprised little boy using a vocabulary that could cause a scholar to stumble.
Maybe the obvious Urkle character named Malcolm. The author even managed to sneak the name Urkle into the story in a way that did not amuse.
So disappointed. I might as well read Icebound again. I love Dean Koontz. I just can't stand when he tries to get out of his scary little box.
Yes, I would recommend this to anyone who has even a passing interest in the topic.
This is a series of lectures. I have listened to several such programs. This one is so far my favorite.
I have heard nothing else by Mr. Brier. I would however like to.
The lecturer did an amazing job keeping this interesting. It is broken into half hour lectures and each one was a joy to experience.
If you are like I was and you keep looking at the Great Lectures wondering if you might enjoy them then this is the perfect place to start.
I'm glad I listened to this in that it shows a darker side of Scalzi that rarely shows in his other works. I felt the story just didn't stand out. I believe the premise could be a great byline to a bigger more epic tale. It's as if we learned all about only one aspect of a potentially fascinating world. Throw open the curtain Scalzi.
Besides what I've already stated I was not fond of where this story left off.
Acceptable, articulate, and like-able
Yes, I would. This book would need a lot more substance to make it a film and I would wonder how Hollywood might accomplish it.
I have enjoyed several of Scalzi's books and consider them very light reading. This one is kinda the exception in that he goes a bit H. P. Lovecraft on his readers.
I would recommend starting with Android's dream or old man's war.
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