Not all authors should read their books out loud, but John Vaillant is not one of these. His narration, including representing his characters' mannerisms is spot on. I was not expecting as gripping a story, and certainly not the finely strung and explosive climax. This is a book for all ages and one all should read. It will make a tiger supporter out of all of us!
into chapter 2 and completely lost. other than Katlin's (ghost?), there are virtually no familiar names here, and the tsunami of new names/characters and poetic prose of religious meditations is sending me to reconsider following this series.
What happened to the storyline? yes a ton of lead characters were killed off last book, but who in the seven hells are all these new people, and what are they suddenly doing here?
Author could do a lot more good by picking up the threads of previous characters, and introducing us more slowly to this new cast. did the publishers forget to guide him?
author managed to turn a perfectly scintillating title into a dead-boring morass of nothingness, focusing on the unedifying daily minutae of faceless characters, a confusing and much too much read-between-the-lines script leaves the listener lost & uninterested.
If you've finished reading the phone book and manuals in the house when sleepless, then this may be the one for you.
I came to this book with many searing questions of my own, particularly concerning the evil men perpetrate on women. Malcolm Potts & Thomas Hayden make a clear case for the existence of such unnecessary brutality in our day, neither excusing it nor making men out to be devils. When such acts are aired out in the clarity of evolution and genetics, as well as the human psyche, the male gender gets a second chance at being understood while not being let off such behavior. The authors also make a commendable effort to picture the world led by a feminine hand, and the stability and hope that lies therein. An engaging read recommended for all, including school-age discussion.
Okay-ish futuristic tale. Can always tell it's written by a man when encountering the rather distasteful and gratuitous sexual references (are they really necessary?). Rather dark & grim otherwise. Probably fittingly for the setting. But perhaps unrelentingly so. Could use some relief along the way. Nice depiction of an unregulated spiral of the free market into stratifying society and the 'otherness' it creates between classes. Makes a good read to give to a supporter of the wealthy classes to give them an inkling of what they're shaping the world into.
This story's for you, from the monotonous, grinding narration to the slow pace, litany of minutia on gun descriptions etcetera and the protagonist's boring life and outlook. Waste of my money and can't understand how it got promoted, let alone narrated. Very dissapointing.
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