Thanks to the reviews, I left this book till last, over the last six months I have happily listened to all of Michael Connelly's books. They are great, I am a huge fan. However I found this book very frustrating and the first half rather boring. I went back to the reviews, because I was thinking about quitting the book half way through.
Please don't judge Connelly by this book, his other twenty or so other books are brilliant!
The main character as well as all the Villians are just so shallow and stupid that listening to this book became a frustrating chore.
The nano tech and other technologies mentioned are reasonably familiar to me so I got nothing much out of that aspect.
The last hour or so is good, but its let down a bit by the main Villian;s attack of stupidity.
Jonathan Davis' narration was quite good, I would be happy to listen to him again.
I can't write much here without spoiling the story, except to say this slightly science fiction-ary book held my interest from start to finish.
I had the impression that Koontz was overhyped, but after this book I intend to check out some other Koontz books
I purchased this book out because i wanted to listen to more from the Narrator Ray Porter, the narrator of excellent book 14 by Peter Clines. Ray Porter did not disappoint once again top class narration.
As for the story its a fast paced action packed roller coaster. I think the character development was a bit on the shallow side however.
Where this book disappoints is sections of the action seem totally absurd. Its not at all clear why the Japanese soldiers are not using their rifles and shooting down the heros of the story, how on earth is the sergeant of the platoon able to kill multiple charging Japanese soldiers with an axe over and over again. It may have been more plausible if the author provided some excuse of as to why the Japanese were not able to use their rifles.
Despite my misgivings I liked the book and will give book 2 a try.
Somehow this simple crude profanity filled story works.
Over and above the Disney stuff, which is mainly a backdrop for this character's nostalgia of his childhood, this first person narrative gives a good insight into the lust and anxiety driven average male. Female readers may not relate but if you are reasonably broad minded its not a bad way to get inside the average man's head.
I did not like the narration at first, being used to mainly professional narrators. However I rapidly got engaged by the author's enthusiasm and the breath sounds of the narrator and the computer fan like noise in the background stopped being distracting.
I recommend this book, especially if you are a Disney nerd who can appreciate Disney's flaws and well as its 'magic'.
The series has one of the best narration performances I have come across for a while. Christopher Ragland is a contender for the best narrator of audio books.
I recommend this book to anyone that enjoyed book 1. For those who have not read book 1, I recommend starting there first.
Those with rigid religious views should avoid this book. Some references, all with good humor, are made to many religions including christianity. So far in the series the main character has interacted with figures from many religions, including having a beer with Jesus.
The main character can communicate with his dog via some sort of telepathy. Some of the best lines are voiced by the dog. The dialog involving the dog character are very funny, but also convey a child like innocence and the unique quality of K9 enthusiasm familiar to most dog owners. I love the way the narrator voices the dog character.
The author unashamedly borrows from just about every mythology to weave this highly entertaining tale. Witches, Greek Gods and Thor and just some examples of the characters used. In keeping with the humor of this book his layers are Werewolves and vampires.
I loved the story. If you go into the story, without too much scrutiny and allow the author a bit of room, then its an entertaining well paced exciting story.
If you don't allow the author some licence then I think it would be easy to dislike this book, particularly toward the end. If you love well constructed plausible plot lines keep away from this book. If you are willing to let the author string you along and don't think too deeply about the plausibility of the plot and the actions of some of the characters this is a cracking book.
I have mixed thoughts about the narrator, the deepness of his voice is off the scale and at first listen he sounds totally pretentious. I have a fairly high end car stereo, I had to turn down the bass to stop the car from shaking when the narrator spoke. Seriously!
When I first starting listening to this book, I hated the narration. I considered giving up on this book and returning it. The narrator quickly started to grow on me, particularly after turning down the bass on my car stereo. As I got used to the narrator and I also think he toned down some of the pretension after the first few chapters, I actually started to enjoy the book much more. On the positive side the narrator's pacing is quite good and the main character is noted in the story as having a distinctive voice.
I am off to buy the next book in the executive series.
This book kept me engaged from start to finish. Some may be turned off by the level of violence depicted, but none of it was inappropriate given the book largely follows the adventure of a navy seal sniper.
The book is quite a trip, I must disagree with a few of the other reviewers when they say the author is nearly as good a Clancy. In my opinion he is far better.
If the publisher is monitoring these reviews, please note I am keen for more audio books from these authors. I will be checking back periodically to see if they have any new books.
The narrator Brian Hutchison, is quite good. He has a pleasant voice and if he worked a little more on his pacing and character voices he could be one of the very best. I would be happy to hear him again.
The technical and space flight aspects were secondary to the human drama and the examination of a life and aspects of the human mind.
None, I have never encountered a book quite like this.
No character in particular. It not clear who the narrator is, I suspect it was the author himself. The narrator did not sound like your typical "professional Narrator", but after a short time I could easily understand him. I suspect it was the author because you could tell he had a fondness for the characters. I do think the audio engineering and microphone used could have been better.
Yes. Wanted to yes, but not with my busy life.
I loved this one. The narrator was also good and suited the story. Unlike some of the narrators of the previous books in the reacher series he had a good deep voice which suited the main character but had the knack of being able to convey the impression of female character voice without the character sounding like a drag queen.
The story is great plenty of action as usual for a jack reacher book, but the story is much more engaging with more psychological twists.
This is my new favourite Jack Reacher book.
This is not a perfect book, it's plot wanders a bit and some things made me wonder to yourself why the characters seem to be doing things the hard way.
This book was very usual in it kept my interest and keep me involved for the entire 8+ hours. The story just flowed beautifully and I never once got board.
This is not high literature, but is the perfect book for the lovers of action novels.
The narrator was nice to listen to, but some of his character voices were cartoonish, with the director of the FBI sounding like something between James Cagney and Popeye.
An enjoyable action filled book. It held my attention from start to finish.
The narration was clear and nicely paced and added to the story.
I highly recommend this for action book lovers
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