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D. Hellmann

United States
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Got depressing at the end

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

I really like William Shatner as a performance artist and loved his previous books. This one is different as it has a lot of depressing content about death, dying and loneliness. I applaud Shatners honesty and emotion in this memoir but wasn’t prepared for the dark ending and depressing last third of the book. That’s why I downgraded the story while still appreciating the performance.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

Surprised I liked it THAT much

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

As previous reviewers stated it's more of a minor fantasy with supernatural motif rather that purely scientific sci-fi. That being said the storytelling is superb and completely addictive. I just bought the book and played it start to finish just now without even getting my audible receipt. Thank goodness I had some errands to run so I could listen on the go or the whole afternoon would be shot as I couldn't turn it off.

Seems like a lot for a short novella but it was that good.

Too much minutiae, please get to the point already!

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

Reviewed: 07-22-17

After starting out the book with high hopes for some enlightening science learning as a layman I got fed up with the minutiae and relentless exposition of very fine details that did little to increase my understanding of the topic nor advance the authors thesis.

If you are a specialist in historical genetics or similar specialty field you may find this book endlessly fascinating.

If like me you are a broad stroke science oriented layman and want to get a basic understanding of a topic or thesis you will find this book relentlessly plodding.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Another master stroke from Connie Willis

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

Reviewed: 10-09-16

The story was great. A page turner. The narrator was strong and had no problem doing both men's and women's roles. The only negative point is I think the story wrapped up very quickly at the end as if Ms. Willis was in a kind of hurry to wrap things up, but except for that the pacing was good, ramping up in intensity at a good rate throughout the book.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

Best comedy sci fi in a decade

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

It's a fun and hilarious romp through the multiverse with a group of very likable characters, witty and addictive writing, and lots of comedy and plot twists and a few enjoyable ratholes thrown in.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

Kind of irritating

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-15

The book and the narrator were a little irritating and self righteous. I powered through the whole book because there were a few golden nuggets of helpful wisdom buried DEEP inside.