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Was this edited by a grade schooler?

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

Reviewed: 09-20-19

I only got about 20 minutes into this book before deleting it from my device. I would say it sounds like the sound editing was done as an elementary school class project , except if it was it would have received a failing grade.

It starts as a cacophony of voices talking over each other. Very quickly we get into the narrator quoting JFK but they're playing an audio clip JFK saying the same words at the same time but totally out of sync so they're talking over one and other.

Once the meat of the story starts, as the narrator is talking they continuously play discordant "music" in the background over the narrator and gradually turn down the narrator sound level and turn up the music until you're struggling to hear the words and eventually can't make out a single thing being said. This goes on minutes at a time where they narrator is inaudible over the music. Then it will suddenly start a new segment with the music quieter and the voice louder and the process of the gradual fade-out begins anew.

I wish I could give this a negative star rating, it seems like it could have been an interesting listen if it were possible to listen, which only makes the editing all the worse. I can only guess the sound editor was running sound editing software for the first in their lives and had no idea what they were doing as was just playing with controls for the sake of playing around,.

Great new perspective on a classic.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This book is well written and captures the feel of Dickens time and style nicely while being written in a more modern prose.

A Christmas Carol is about the redemption of a Scrooge who starts the book as a miserable and bitter person. Jacob T. Marley is the story of how Scrooge went from being a happy young man to the miserable and bitter person and the role that Jacob Marley had on the transformation.

It was thoroughly enjoyable and really makes you think. The characters are complex and three dimensional, there are reasons they act they way the do.

The narration was excellent as well.

Pure racism and hatred

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

As many have said here, the level of sexism in this book is beyond belief it is amazing and sad that Audible actually has this hateful trash in their store.

What's worse than the sexism though is the racism throughout this book. This author hates everyone. Unless you would feel comfortably at home at an alt-right meeting, this author hates you.

You've got lines like "I felt as out of place as an African in the Moscow metro" (in the second chapter of book 2 actually). When he didn't want to share money he "played the penniless Jew" and the banker he tried to rip off had the "air of a Jew" The customers for the underage sex-slave trade are Arabs. He hates all cultures, India, China, and America all get their turns too. And those are just a few examples. It is a constant theme throughout the book.

The only people he likes are (predictably) Russians, even though it's the wonderful Russians who set up an evil oligarchy in the game world to screw over everyone for profit. It's the Russians who kidnap new permas to force them into permanent slavery and torture including girls as young as 13 forced into the sex-slave trade (with the oligarchy granting their blessing and calling the shots).

So, you're listening along to relatively light RPGLit, and suddenly you're hearing about 13 year old girls being emotionally screwed up after being raped repeatedly and tortured into submission. That never resolves either (at least in book one).

Audible really needs to take a closer look at this series and decide if they really want to endorse content like this.

Absolute garbage

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who is having trouble falling asleep.

Has The Girl in the Spider's Web turned you off from other books in this genre?

I'm a big fan of the Millennium series having listened to the first three books multiple times. This book has absolutely killed the series.

What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings continuity with the three original books. If you just read the book, you'd never guess it had anything to do with the series.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Girl in the Spider's Web?

The entier book. It starts out by deliberately and methodically destroying the original characters, turing them into 2-dimensional cutouts who have all totally screwed up their lives in ways that would be impossible for the characters as originally envisioned.

With no meaningful characters, there is also no story, just a wandering mess that is painful and boring to try to listen to.

Any additional comments?

Do not buy this book. Do not accept it for free. Enjoy the original 3 books and feel a little sad the series ended there.

Not remotely part of the series

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

Reviewed: 02-09-16

As others have said, this book was written by Ryan Sear just using John Ringo's characters.

Apart from being a horrible writer, Mr. Sear doesn't seem to "get" the series. The Keldara characters are all flat and interchangeable, where they actually had interesting personalities in the books John RIngo actually wrote.

In the first 5 books, the "bad guys" were terrorist groups. In this one, the "bad guys" are Asian organized crime. How interesting do you think an action book about US special forces vs mafia hitmen would be? This one is worse. A team of elite soldiers takes on an organized crime family's headquarters..now there's a one-sided fight that's not worth the listen.

In between the short and boring action sequences, the author tries to convince us he's actually read the first 5 books. He does this in the from of Grandpa Simpson style style stories interjected at random places that sound like senile ramblings.

The story itself meanders in a similar way, there's no flow to it and no real story. Just a bunch of random stuff happens for no real reason, some of it is loosely related, the Kildar is there for some of it, and the characters do weird things totally out of character.

Even Jeremy Arthur who did a fantastic job narrating the first 5 books sounds like he's having a hard time not falling asleep as he's reading this crap. I can sympathize with him, he really earned his paycheck this time around.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Awful

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

Reviewed: 09-30-15

This is story about the inner monolog of a pathetic always drunk off woman and how she messed up her life, drove her husband away and lost her job with drink. Plus a few other stories of pathetic people and a jumping around timeline just to make it that much harder to follow. The characters are so disgusting, it's impossible to care what happens to them.

As far as unreliable narrators go, this one constantly lies because she's afraid people with think she's lying if she tells the truth. She has blackouts in her narration, she misinterprets what she sees.

All the characters around her feel uncomfortable and try to get away from her. I had to do the same by stopping half way through the book.

Narration so bad this book is impossible to follow

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

Reviewed: 12-18-13

I've never read the print version of this book, and I found it impossible to follow this version. They cycle through the voice actors seemingly at random with all the characters being read by all the actors. It's jarring and disorienting. I just learned by reading other reviews they're trying to do each characters perspective, but it fails utterly and this recording is a mess that is painful to listen to.

Aside from that several of the voice actors (I don't know which) are so inappropriate, they make the characters just sound wrong for the role the character is supposed to fill and the inflections seem to change the nature of each of the characters each time they change readers.

I'm a huge Heinlein fan, and I think I hate this book, but I really can't tell if it's a good book or not after this reading.

Good book ruined by horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 09-09-13

The book/story itself is a good example of 60's sci-fi, a bit campy by modern standards but well worth reading. Compared to the movie, the book is a much more expansive world that tells a richer story.

The narrator was absolutely horrible, he reads it in a tedious monotone that makes it impossible to enjoy the story. I just gave up after about an hour, and only finished it a month later when I ran out of books on my device but still had this one. It doesn't improve.

I would have been better off getting a text version and having the computer read it to me in its monotone, I think that would still have more expression than Mr. Wyman.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Not up to OSC's standards

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

Reviewed: 08-10-13

I've read most of Card's book starting with Ender's Game when I was in high school, and usually find his work hard to put down.

Seventh son though feels like a lower class of book. Card usually writes very deep, compelling characters you can't help but care about. Everyone in this book was flat, 2-dimensional and I felt like I couldn't care less about them.

The story is painfully long with no flow, it jumps around with long tedious passages that don't mesh, don't form a story, and don't make sense. I know I wouldn't be continuing the series because I'm left just not caring what comes next.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

A good listen but it felt like I'd already read it

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

Reviewed: 08-10-13

Card is an excellent writer and his skill shines in this book. The problem is it's so derivative I felt like I'd already read it a few times.

Danny is on the surface a somewhat naïve kid, but he's got special skills and the insight of a very smart adult. He is interchangeable with Ender, Lanik Mueller from OSC's book Treason, and Rigg from pathfinder. He has to flee home on a mission that should be far beyond a small child, meets adults that become his loyal followers, builds his clique.

Even the plot had a lot 'borrowed' from Jumper by Steven Gould mixed in with a little Oliver Twist.

I wanted to like the book and on its own it would deserve the 4-star rating, but it's just too much a cut and paste job. I'd suggest skipping this and reading Pathfinder, and if you liked pathfinder, you've already read this.