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Michael A. Alderete

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Engaging story, well performed

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

This is a fun listen. Yes, there's enough science and engineering to qualify as "hard" science fiction. If that's what floats your boat, you'll probably enjoy this book.

But it's really the humor of the main character (you'll never guess, his name is Bob), a sly and slightly nerdy wit that sets the tone. He and his...brothers made me laugh out loud more than once. And the narrator, the excellent Ray Porter, does a terrific job telling the story with just enough variation between the...brothers' voices to keep conversations straight.

The story is solid, plausible, and moves right along, with enough dramatic tension—without being one of those edge-of-your seat thrillers. (I often dislike those, because authors frequently cheat to make the plot chart the course they've set up.)

One note, the book doesn't wrap up all neat and tidy. It's a good stopping point, but there's plenty more story to come. (The author says two more books' worth on his blog.) I will certainly be buying those books as they arrive.

Fun and thought-provoking, without being heavy. Recommended.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Good background read for the series

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

Reviewed: 05-05-15

This story fills in background details of life on Mars within The Expanse series. It's not essential from a plot standpoint, but adds depth. And it's a good story on its own.

Gunnery Sargent Bobby Draper (from book #2) plays a part, but is not a main character. (It's great to get more of her, she's a favorite.)

The narrator does a very good job here. I've found his performance stilted in the other book and short story I've listened to (also Expanse stories), but he's solid here. Not sure what the difference is. More practice? A different director? Maybe I just hate his voice for Amos. Anyway, a welcome change, and a story worth listening to.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Hooked!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This was my first Preston/Child novel and my first Pendergast novel. I'm hooked. I've been buying Preston/Child UNABRIDGED novels ever since. Some have been better than others, but I'll always remember the joy of this novel, discovering a great new series and two new authors.

FYI: I'll buy it again when the unabridged version come out.

Strap in to a rocket ride

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-10

This novel blasts off in the first minutes, and never slows down. And even though it's "only" 6+ hours long, it's so intense, and so funny, you will feel like it's a much longer book. I loved every minute of it.

The novel "takes place" over the course of the narrator's shift in a hospital, with flashbacks into his past. The non-sequential structure is easy to follow, and makes for a more compelling story, building suspense from two directions. It is an R-rated novel, for obvious sex and violence aspects, but what may make listeners squirm the most are some graphic medical scenes.

The narration is spot on, with a fast pace that matches the novel, bringing both intensity and humor. After listening to this book, you will never think of hospitals the same again.

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

I dream of Harry Bosch

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-05

Every time I listen to a Harry Bosch novel, I end up dreaming about it, and him. He's a great character, written well, and as you read or listen to the novels, you feel like you get to know him, that you are compelled to think about him.

And Len Cariou, the narrator of The Closers (as well as Lost Light and The Narrows) *is* Harry Bosch. His voice is so perfect for the role, I _hear_ his voice in my head when I think about the book. I imagine that when I listen to a Harry Bosch novel without him, it will take away from the book.

All in all, another highly recommended book from Michael Connelly. Start listening today, you'll not be able to stop.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

Really, outstanding, interesting, and hypnotizing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-05

First off, the narrator is perfect. *Perfect.* Just an outstanding voice, perfect pitch and inflection, and delivers the many wry, humorous lines with the dry tone only the English can truly manage.

Second, the book itself is fascinating. Even for people who don't like science, Bryson has written a beautiful guide that is interesting as much for the human characters as for the science itself. And the facts are presented so well, with so many good comparisons and easy-to-grasp metaphors that you'll find yourself interested, even if you think you hate science.

And last, this may be the perfect book for dropping off to sleep with. Bryson's transitions from topic to topic are clever and smooth, but it's not plot-driven; the book can really be listened to from any point, for any length of time. Missed 20 minutes because you fell asleep before your iPod sleep timer shut off? No big deal, you won't miss it. Catch it the next time around.

And you will listen to this book again. It's interesting enough and humorous enough that the parts you remember are worth hearing again, and there will be delightful surprises and laughs in those chunks you missed.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

This is the best book I've listened to so far

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-05

I've enjoyed a number of other books audited via Audible.com, but Lost Light is the best so far. Gripping story, Michael Connelly's books are now all on my Wish List.

And Len Cariou is probably the best narrator I've listened to. Certainly, his voice and narration style are _perfect_ for hard boiled detective novels.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Enjoyable, diverting, and funny

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-04

While this might not be Hiaasen's best novel, it's certainly enjoyable. And the narrator has a delightfully casual narrative style that goes perfectly with Hiaasen's descriptions of the new Capital of Weird, the state of Florida.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Terrible Book, Self-absorbed Ass

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-04

This book sounded so promising. But the main character, Dan Porter, was such a rat, I couldn't stand it. First he gets laid off & loses all the family money in a bad investment. Then, he refuses to accept any job offers so he can "be there" for his kids, even though he doesn't listen to a word they say, much less have any meaningful communication with them or his wife. And he sends money he doesn't have to help a friend in NY. Then, while his wife is struggling as sole bread-winner, instead of supporting her, he runs off to Scotland to help another family he just met. Yes, Dan Porter such a "great guy", he's there for everyone except his own family. Sadly, the author writes the character of the wife so badly you don't care about her either.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

unconvincing story, bad reader

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-04

The reader can't keep her character's voices straight which is annoying but more annoying is the poor rendition of the main character by the author. The ending was ridiculous.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful