A magical serial killer is on the loose, and gelatinous, otherworldly creatures are infesting the English countryside. Which is making life for the Ministry of Occultism difficult, because magic is supposed to be their best kept secret. After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brave new world of social media, government scrutiny, and public relations.
Third novel by Croshaw, I feel he is Really coming into it now. Funny and exciting and best of all, hinting at more to come
Hailed as the most compelling biography of the German dictator yet written, Ian Kershaw's Hitler brings us closer than ever before to the heart of its subject's immense darkness. From his illegitimate birth in a small Austrian village to his fiery death in a bunker under the Reich chancellery in Berlin, Adolf Hitler left a murky trail, strewn with contradictory tales and overgrown with self-created myths. One truth prevails: the sheer scale of the evils that he unleashed on the world has made him a demonic figure without equal in the 20th century.
Contains a lot of facts I was not aware about.
Speakers German pronunciation is bad.
In the darkness of an underground cave, blind creatures hunt by sound. Then there is light, voices, and they feed.... Swarming from their prison, the creatures thrive; to whisper is to summon death. As the hordes lay waste to Europe, a girl watches to see if they will cross the sea. Deaf for years, she knows how to live in silence; now it is her family's only chance of survival. To leave their home, to shun others. But what kind of world will be left?
A normal Family with a deaf teenage daughter has to adapt after the world is pushed into an apocalyptic event.
While the writing and the narration is solld, Lebon fails to come up with anything original apart from the starting premise. While the case of breakdown of society is interesting, the tale soon bogs down into a Standard post-apocalyptic survival story. The Vesps could easily have been replaced by Zombies and then you end up with a worse, british version of the walking dead. There seems to have been a good idea at the start but from there not much is done with it. The book also just stops at some point without delivering any satisfactory explanation or solution for the Vesps. Disappointing over all.
Shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award. Dawn breaks over Vancouver and no-one has slept the night before, or almost no one. A few people, perhaps one in ten thousand can still sleep, and they've all shared the same strange, golden dream. A handful of children still sleep as well, but what they're dreaming remains a mystery. After six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis will set in.
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The basic premsise is nice, but from the interesting start the story just drags on. There is never any explanation whatsoever about where the disease started, what it does, why some people are immune etc. While in some novels mysteries like that feel as if the are deliberately left to the reader, here it just feels as if the author had no explanation and did not bother do come up with one. Also the end is very sudden and there is little emotional payoff at the end.
Would you be willing to try another book from Adrian Barnes? Why or why not?
The writing style is ok, though I prefer books with more than one narrator/POV character. Interesting idea to start the story off, underwhelming expansion and conclusion.
Did Tim Beckman do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?
There are few characters in this novel, but one can tell them apart from the intonations of the voice. I found them sounding different, but not by much.
Was NOD worth the listening time?
I would not say it is a waste of time, but if properly worked out the story would have been more satisfactory.
Any additional comments?
The characters in this novel are not very engaging, the main protagonist I feel is supposed to be relatable, but in the end I found him uninspired and sometimes it was tedious to listen to his inner monologue.
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According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).
What did you like most about The Way of Kings?
The brisk pace the story took as well as the description of the different characters backgrounds and motivations.
What other book might you compare The Way of Kings to, and why?
It compares well to the Wheel of Time series in terms of narration, but due to the smaller amount of POV characters the story has not been bogged down by too many plot points so far
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The fighting scenes are very intense and graphic (not gory, just so well described that one can easily envision them).
Any additional comments?
The novel starts in the thick of it and the backgrounds are slowly revealed in flashbacks; so if you feel a little lost in the first chapters, do not lose hope. The second book in the series now, magic starts to play a bigger role and I think it is building up slowly to a larger scale, but so far its drawn me in mainly with the characters.
On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.
Would you listen to Hyperion again? Why?
This novel is in the end a set-up for the follow-up, which I have yet to listen to. The prelude to the fall of hyperion is narrated from different characters, each story leading them to the planet of Hyperion.
What did you like best about this story?
Each story is like a short-story without the ending, at least that was the impression I got. While this sounds disappointing, it actually was not for all of them had a very distict style and were in their own way enjoyable to listen to.
What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Each story was narrated by a different performer, depending on the character in question, which made them more personal and got me involved even more.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
The suspense about what was happaening to the characters and what the secret of Hyperion was kept me listening on even when I had not planned to do so.
Any additional comments?
The different stories also picture a setting that is quite inticate and nothing seems to be as it first appears; the more I got into it, the more I was captivated by the storytelling. Truly superb.