People raved about this book. So I listened and listened and listened. I never was able to differentiate among the voices , so to me it sounded like one big whine. The characters are cardboard motifs of themselves and never become more so. Patronizing missionaries go to the Congo and the expected results occur. Again seen much of that before. The reader sounds like she has too many words in each sentence and is eager to get to the end of them. The pace even at normal speed is fast. There is little change in inflection which again adds to the whine factor. The only interesting part to this book is the place setting. The Congolese women are interesting , though we never get to know any of them. All in all I was glad to get to the end of it.
We enjoyed book 1 so we went onto book2. Book 1 was farfetched but when well-written , it is entertaining. The science in zombies was interesting. I should have stopped there. The dragon factory was long and tedious and violent. Too many people died horribly . There was constant fighting...it was exhausting ! Ray Porter does a good job with the characters, if not for his reading we could not have finished it.
First of all , let me admit , that I am a foodie. When my husband found out this book was about a food writer and a chef, he lost all interest. Is being a foodie a requirement ? No I don't think so. I, thoroughly enjoyed it. The atmosphere set out by the author successfully transported me to China. The characters were developed enough that I was easily able to buy into the story. The narrators did a marvelous job of putting me in the scene. All in all a good story.
This is an unusual cop and robber story. The characters are numerous and somewhat classical in nature. The women are not particularly likable or intelligent. That annoyed me a bit.. but hey this is fiction. I forgive that so long as the author gives me a great story. He does, and he doesn't take it too seriously either. Lots of funny bits, he drifts into insignificant details at times and just as I think there is import to these details oh well there wasn't. The reader, did a great job, even with the women. I liked this one.
This is actually a 2 hr book. Oh, he managed to keep me listening , as I waited for a climax to this story, but I was disappointed. It plods along. It was with a sense of relief that it ended. Even the author seemed happy to have it over with. Maybe...that was the point of this whole exercise. How much , as we do for others ,are we actually doing for ourselves ? The book was very well read, without that, I would not have made it through.
I listened to the whole thing. So, it was not that bad. That being said , however, it was painful. The hefty one bemoans his lack of involvement with life while the teenager shares his teenage angst with us. A whole lot of whining going on. I waited for development and lo and behold just as it was about to happen.. the story ends.
My daughter raved about this series. She read it on her kindle. I looked at the reviews and was not sure I wanted to listen to it , as many listeners had issues with the reader. But I was not going to know it any other way. I'm a knitter who listens while she knits. The reader was not that bad. Kip is young, and the voice is young and maybe a little too modern , but hey, not all men are baritones. Maybe forewarned was forarmed. My husband and I both loved this book and have already listened to the second installment. Have to wait for more credits before we can have book 3. Highly recommend this series. Wonderful plot and even the fighting scenes are followable.
I have read/listened to a lot of the authors' work. I like the way he thinks, I know that generally he will make me think too. Calculating God does that. It also entertains. No mean feat. However there is a lot of extraneous meaderings that will only appeal to those that have a higher science knowledge than I do,i believe. So at times I was bored and just waited for that to be done with. I got the impression I was being lectured by the professor but didn't get it. I may listen again. I return to some of his concepts to think about it. That explains the 4 star review.
I did not think such a combination was possible. The story is one of assassination. Oh, but how to do the execution without possibility of revivification or breaking the laws of Castle Black. The assassin must not contribute to the next war between the Dragon and Jhereg Clans. So many factors make this a good story. I really wanted to keep listening and enjoyed it overall.
I just had to ignore the reader's voice. Especially when it came to the main character. He was flat. It made it so that I did not like my main character. He sounded childish and petulant. He did a pretty good job with every one else. The female voices also were too faint. I had to keep increasing the volume for the women and then putting it down again for the men. Surely a technician should have been able to control this. In spite of all this , though, we listened to the whole thing. Great Story!
I urge to listen to this story...if... you like action, sci-fi . Those are not uncommon combinations. However, I find that many times the action overwhelms the characters in a story. This is not the case with "The lives of Tao". Wesley Chu takes the time to develop his main characters and we care about them. We also feel the conflict he is dragged into. This story works on many levels. The reader added to the pleasure by making sure we knew who was involved when and giving them their voice. I was sad when we got to the end and am looking forward to book 2.
The premise of this book is interesting. I do not know much about video games and to have a thriller based with that as a platform caught my imagination. However, the author then conjures up a series of events involving other scenarios . I don't want to spoil anyone's listening experience. The story offers a little of everything , it should , it is long enough,maybe even a little too much. That is my only criticism. The reader however keeps it moving right along wonderfully. My husband and I listened together and enjoyed it.
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