The cover promises a novel of excitement and intrigue but the whole thing was as grey as the depressing London streets McEwan kept going on about. The whole concept seemed far fetched and sketchy at best (a great waste of tax payers dollars if you ask me). Serena was incredibly boring and wishy washy, by the end of the book I grew to hate her and wished that the twist I was waiting for was that someone would shoot her.I love Juliet Stevenson but even her great talent couldn't make Serena interesting. Don't waste a credit.
The narrator was great at male characters but the women (especially the romantic lead) sounded like drag queens. This made the whole thing cringeworthy and I was very glad when it was over.
I really liked this book but feel some serious editing is in order. I cant fault the writing or plot of this book, loved the twists and turns but so much could have been binned. Historical facts and references were great but there was too much hypothesising by the main characters. It grew repetitive and dreary. I still purchased the next novel " All Clear" and enjoyed it but found the same faults.Still worth the credit.
Great characters,excellent concept, I couldn't stop listening!
I have listened to the Divergent Series which I felt took a bit of a dive as the series progressed: too much monotone introspection and soul searching. This is a much better vehicle for Emma Galvin, quirky characters, accents galore and action packed. Her sexy, husky, tomboy voice is suited to both male and female equally. I think she did a great job.
Loved it all the way to the end, which is where the book falls down. That was not an ending!
How long do we have to wait for the next one? Are books governed by length these days? I understand the more books in the series means more money made but it felt like they just chopped a book in half........"That will do, just stop it there Kresley". V frustrating!
Predictable, childish and what is with the narrators accent? I usually love books of this genre as pure escapism but this book left me cold.
While the story and characters are interesting and engaging, the book was ruined for me by the tedious descriptions of exactly which gun/missile they were going to use to blow up each monster. I'm sure there are people out there who cant get enough of this but I found it disturbing and boring. I absolutely love the Hard Magic series (which also has its fair share of gun talk but doesnt take it to the same extreme). This is not Hard Magic and I wont be continuing on.
If you are like me you craved to know what happened next. Potato Factory was truly great, if you want to know what happens to the characters next, my advise is to imagine. The next chapter fails to surprise or excite.
From any way you look at this I found this novel outstanding.The narration was exceptional , and the whole kept me hooked to listen through the night. sm
I chose this book after enjoying the Fountainhead. Rand has a strong and compelling literary style and some quirky philosophies which make for an interesting listen even if you don't agree with them. Atlas Shrugged takes ideas found in the Fountain Head and expands on them - Big time! This book is freight train long and there is a lot of preachy repetition. Having said that, I liked it a lot. I'm an Audible addict, so the length was not a problem but I must admit to fast forwarding a bit during the long philosophical dissertation in the last part. Scott Brick is awesome as the narrator (kudos for an epic effort!). He moves flawlessly from one character to another in an astounding array of different voices. I also loved the 50's, "Mad Men" feel you get from the novel. Every one is chain smoking and running off to the phone booth down the block. Even though its self indulgent and a bit silly at times I would rate it definitely worth the credit.
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