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Interesting premise, as usual for Mr. Lewis

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-18

The overall premise of this short book is interesting - data can make our lives so much better if we learn how to utilize it. Much like the premise behind Moneyball - that worked for the A's for a season but is anybody using it now? More importantly, it can make our lives much better if we are allowed access to it. The point Mr. Lewis pounds, that the current administration is more interested in monetizing the benefits of data than allowing full access to it by any and all, is well taken. Unfortunately, some of his conclusions are incorrect such as the shooting of an innocent teenager near St Louis in 2014 - the evidence shows the Michael Brown had stolen cigars and menaced the store owner prior to his interaction with the police. Further, Mr. Brown's blood was found inside the door of the police car and on the officer's gun, supporting the officer's account that he was being attacked. Including information that has been shown incorrect makes his other facts possibly suspect since there is little way for the reader to determine the veracity. Then there is the description of the "farmer's insurance" company that knew more about the farmer's fields that the farmer himself. This company is played up as a benevolent entity trying to help farmers maximize their profits when in fact the company was sold to Monsanto for over $1 billion. The company owner wanted to maximize his own returns without regard to what happened to all that useful data! Monsanto is known for harassing farmers over seed patents and use of harmful pesticides. It is doubtful that they are sharing the information with the farmers for free anymore.While I support more open access to data such as that collected by the weather service, some ideas such as heat maps regarding risk for infectious disease may need some rethinking.

Great story and fabulous reader

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

This book is interesting right out of the gate, but it gets better as it goes. I like it so much that after I finished it, I listened to it again with my husband during a road trip. He is bugging me to get started on the second book! The story moves quickly with some predictable turns and some very unpredictable ones. The myriad of aliens race names that come up make it a bit difficult to keep straight but this does not detract from the story.
The reader is great - his accent is good for the main character and very consistent. He also does a good job with different characters including the female characters. So glad to find a great series of books to listen to!

story OK - the narrator not so much

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-18

I love Michael Connelly and buy his books as soon as I can. I am listening to this book again after watching Bosch on Amazon Prime. The story is fine but the narrator is not right for the book. He is breathy and often sounds like he is squeezing out the last bit of breath to finish a line. He tries to put emotion into the dialogue but mostly sounds ridiculous, especially for the dialogue of the female characters. Several narrators have read the Bosch books, including Dick Hill. None have "owned" the character but Titus Welliver, who also plays Bosch in the Amazon show, may be able to do it.

So tired and so tiresome

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-18

The basic plot might have been interesting, but who could suffer through the breathless and overly detailed descriptions of the heroine's clothes and her lodgings, her lover's houses and cars and on and on. It feels like the author has no actual experience in Oxford but is using information from other books for the atmosphere. Likewise, she has no experience riding horses. I don't need to know about her hair in a ponytail or her outfit from skin out. I love the ability to listen at a faster speed on the Audible app but even that was not enough to get me through this book. It seemed the author couldn't decide if she wanted to write a bodice-ripper, a chick book or a fantasy novel so she tried to cram all of these into it. Where is the editor? This book has potential, but it needs an editor of cut at least half of the tangents out of the story. As far as the reader goes, she does an American accent well as well as a British accent but why does the French vampire have a British accent?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Slowwwww

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-18

This was not what I expected based on the action in "one damn thing after another". The plot is interesting but there is too much repetition of the details. This is not improved by the pace of the reader. Thank goodness the Audible app has the option to increase the speed of the replay.

Needs an editor

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-17

Repetitive does not begin to describe this book. The basic premise is sort of interesting but it could really benefit from a good editor cutting out about half to make the story flow better. Restating a single dilemma for more than 3 chapters does not build suspense, it just makes me skip forward to a more interesting section. Some characters have more than 1 name making it a bit difficult to follow. And finally, as with another currently popular book series that features time travel, I don't believe for a minute that people go from late 21st-century tech and mod-cons to living in rural California in the mid 1930s without overwhelming culture shock! No electricity, no phone, no problem - not a chance. In fact one scene set in 1937 involves divers and helicopters! Really! Helicopters were not widely used until after the Viet Nam War! SCUBA was not available until late 50s. Diving bell, maybe but even though this is time travel, you can't change the world that much when you can't control when you travel to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Frustrating volume changes

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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-17

The story is very entertaining and David Tennant does a great job reading the story. My complaint is with the volume changes from a whisper to full out yelling. If the volume was loud enough to hear much of the narration, it was painfully loud when the characters that yelled were read. Glad I was listening in the car and not using my earbuds. The variation was so great it has really detracted from my enjoyment of the story.

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Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 audiobook cover art

What a gyp. This narrator sucks!

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-15

Why did Audible sell me a version of this book read by someone other than James Marsters? This miserable narrator is why I stopped listening to Dresden books. I did not even finish this one. Audible should trade this version for the "real" one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sooooo bad

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-15

It is too late to return this book now so I slogged through it. The plot is absurd. I love sci-fi and fantasy but this book has too many holes to even count. The characters are flat and there are too many of them. One writes a book then while waiting for responses from publishers, she writes the screenplay because she thought of it as a film too! This author has been drinking the LA kool-aid for too long. The narrator is not bad. The voices he uses for some of the female characters are a bit too high pitched.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Unexpectedly entertaining

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-14

I was afraid it might be a bit dated but it is not. The story is very entertaining and the reader is a great fit. I am looking forward to the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful