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Not the same excitement as Ready Player One

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-19

Although Space Invaders was one of the first games I ever played I just couldn’t become interested in the plot of aliens invading earth. Found myself trying to race through the material at 2x speed rather than trying to savour it.

For those who enjoyed Andy Weir’s Artemis and the characters I think you’ll enjoy this. This felt like it was for a similar audience. For me I much preferred Cline’s earlier Ready Player One.

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So good that I sweating while listening.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-18-19

The book is incredibly fast-paced which the characters and objectives detailed early in the story. I did listen on 1.75x which to me added to the excitement.

I was initially hesitant to make this purchase but having gone ahead I’m glad I did. Would recommend for those listeners seeking thrills and wanting to race through a read-through.

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Talented Narrator, indifferent to the story.

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-19

Maybe if it was about the secrets of Victoria Australia I’d care a bit more. The narrator is talented though.

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Was expecting more...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-19

For 27+hrs of content I was expecting more, at least more about the overarching story of the main character. The book itself feels like a collection of short adventures, some interesting and some I had to plough through in order to listen to in order to listen to the next story.

The character himself is a bit grating to listen to describe how great he is at almost everything bar understanding women. Came across as very Harry Potter-ish. Not having read the 2nd book yet the description of the main character may of been done on purpose leading to something more sinister later on. Not sure.

Overall the writer is obviously gifted and the narrator also does a great job. That written, I will read the reviews for book 2 before deciding whether to continue with the series.

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Wasn’t expecting much but really did enjoy it.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-19

If you are thinking of reading this book then you should definitely listen to Trevor’s narration. The book itself is very well structured with some interesting background on life in South Africa with some very funny anecdotes that had me laughing out loud.

A major climactic point that Trevor raised near the beginning of the book really was surprising and kept me in suspense throughout the book, listening on so that I could understand how such an event came about and ended.

I can see why this audiobook was rated one of the best of 2018. Trevor’s story and the way he delivered it really has given me new respect for the man.

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Raced through the story, very engaging.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-18

Although it didn’t have the explosiveness of earlier novels there were sections that were brilliant. The action scenes battling a sorcerer come to mind as a highlight.

There are still threads of backstory that could be explored further, if the author chose to do so. Either way, I’m wrapped that I decided to purchase this book and spend time listening through the series.

The bar has been set high for the next set of audiobooks I select to listen to.

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Not sure who this book was aimed for

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I enjoyed a couple of characters, Artemis’s Mayor for example, but did not enjoy the main protagonist or her dialogue. On the one hand her dialogue gets very technical and deep while on the other the main character’s conversations with others felt uncomfortable. There were a couple of funny pieces of dialogue but for the most part I just wanted to listen to the story rather than the side-bar character interactions.

The overall story and the setting on the moon was interesting but not enough to want me to listen to this book again. I think the narrator did a good job with all the characters.

I have listened to a few fantastic books recently, just prior to this one (ie. Bad Blood, The Witcher series) so my audiobook standards may be a little skewed at the moment. Maybe if I read The Martian I’ll get a better sense of the author’s quality.

Time of Contempt audiobook cover art

So far best in the series

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-18

Having played Witcher 3, I was keen on understanding more of the lore and history leading into the game. This book begins to fill in and bring together some of the backstory leading into the game and so far has been the most enjoyable of the series. Spent a considerable amount of time rewinding back to earlier chapters and noting down the different characters to keep track. Look forward to hearing more about the changing environment and characters In next novel.

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Will compel you to search for the latest details

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-18

Book was great in laying out how Theranos operated during its heyday, how it sucked in so many famous characters and how it was able to maintain its shine for so long. Kept me so intrigued that after finishing, I was compelled to search the internet for information on what has happened since the company’s downfall.