I got this book yesterday and listened to the whole thing almost straight through (a few breaks here or there for some basic sleep etc). I couldn't s..Show More »top smiling through the whole read- the narration was great and the story really well put together.
It's funny- very rarely do books actually make me laugh, but this one did. It lays out the parameters for the various plot devices, time travel primarily, quite well and then sticks to them. A lot of books (or movies) with this topic end up all over the place with plot holes or painful logical inconsistencies. Meyer avoids this trap.
It's certainly not earth shatteringly profound or intense. But it's well written and extremely entertaining. Most importantly, at least for me, it is surprisingly creative and held my attention raptly for the duration- clearly.
To expose bias, I am clearly in Meyer's demographic- I'm 30 years old and a lifelong geek-child of the techie generation. But I think if you are interested in a book like this, you will probably be of a similar bent and will find the various pop culture references/nods entertaining.
If you are looking for an engaging, light, happy, and entertaining listen, give this a try. You won't be disappointed.
I get nervous when I really love the first book in a series. Second installments run the risk of being boring, overly repetitive, or losing the thesi..Show More »s begun in the first work. My anxiety was, thankfully, unfounded. Martin, Gwen, and Phillip have returned, accompanied by a slew of new characters.
This installment flows incredibly well from book one. It does pick up almost exactly where the first left off, which was very well done. Old secondary characters are woven into the fabric, with new ones taking on the major plot lines. The whole thing is rather seamless, actually.
As expected, the book is full of pop culture and geek references- not quite as many as book one, but a number of spots made me rather happy. I repeat my inherent bias stated in my review of Book One: I am very much in Meyer's intended demographic with this book. If you aren't a member of the geeky/techie/1970s-1990s set, you probably won't dig this all that much. Who knows though.
I am rather surprised at some of the negative reviews, one in particular. I didn't think that the romantic parts were embarrassing or sophomoric in the least- I think they were actually pretty spot on for the characters. Certainly not as if a 12 year old girl wrote it. Unless, of course, as a 30 year old man I have the romantic maturity of a 12 year old girl- which I am certainly not discounting.
Luke Daniels did a great job with the narration once more. I laughed out loud a number of times and couldn't stop smiling. The only complaint I have was the book was over too fast for my taste, 12 hours isn't long enough to spend with Martin, Phillip, and Gwen.
Anyone who has read the reviews section of the previous two books knows I am a tremendous fan of this series. I think it is incredibly original, ente..Show More »rtaining, light, and funny. The characters are engaging and show depth. That being said, I was not as happy with this installment.
I can't tell whether Scott was trying to bang out another book too fast, or whether he was trying to mix things up and explore different aspects of the character's relationships. Probably a mixture of both if I'm being fair. Much of the book seemed repetitive and without the plethora of geek culture references that made books 1 and 2 so very enjoyable. Don't get me wrong, there are still references. Just not anywhere near as nuanced or plentiful. I do understand that the repetitive nature of aspects of the book is potentially a commentary/reference in and of itself.
Another aspect to note is Scott took on some *much* deeper concepts in this book than previously. I think he did a fine job with them, but it was slightly jolting in comparison to the tone of the series as a whole.
Daniels' narration was great as always.
I love this series and will absolutely continue to look forward to book 4. This one just wasn't as strong. However, if you are into this series, it's absolutely worth a listen and a credit.