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In needed of the correct editor

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

Was it a bad story? No
Was it poorly written? No
Was it poorly narrated? No

So why two stars then?

Well, simply put, it needed the right editor to draw it together better. It is not in bad shape, but it would have benefited immensely by a strong editor recognising the authors ‘voice’ and tightening up that with the story presented. As it stands, it is part sentiment, part whimsy, part comedy, and part stream of consciousness. The separate elements do not clash nor fight each other, but the overall effect just results in something that is not one thing or another, and fuller than it should have been. In some ways it reminded me of Matt Haig, maybe a little better, so if you find his work riveting, then you will probably enjoy this.

Thoughtful account of true friendship

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

Reviewed: 21-12-18

Did I enjoy this audiobook? Overall, yes.

This is a book which feels written in two halves:
- The first half laying down the background and the first 'adventure' is, well ... not badly written, more like it is written in a way that is quite clearly not the natural voice of the author; too many similies, too much (to borrow a term from film) "second unit" narrative. As I say, it is not badly written, it just feels like it would have benefitted from being written more naturallistically in the voice of the author.
- The second half of the book seems to rectify this and feels so much more comfortable within itself. The narrative and the voice telling the narrative pair up so much better and, as a consequence, it flowed better and was much more enjoyable*.

If you are contemplating purchasing this book, please push through the first half as, in my opinion, it improves in the second half.

* Enjoyable is not really a word that sits well with the backdrop to the book, so please do not judge me on my use of this word.

Chapters are out of sequence! - NOW SORTED OUT

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

OK, now that Audible sorted out the chapter order issue, I can update my review.

If you are a Murakami fan, you will not be disappointed.

I will not pretend that this is his greatest, but it is still good. It goes without saying that this is beautifully written. It has all of the traits of Murakami that has gained him such an enormous global fanbase, and is very enjoyable as a result. Does it explare a new side to his writing? No. Will I listen to it again? Possibly. Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes, but I shall caveat that answer and note that if they were not already a Murakami fan, I will recommend a few of his others first before this one. Am I awaiting Murakami's next book? Absolutely, and as soon as it is announced, I will pre-order it just like this one.

Original review:
Come on Audible, sort out the chapter order! The book
Does not open with Chapter 22 (I checked this with The “look inside” on Amazon to confirm)
Sort it please and let everybody who ordered it know that it has been sorted so they can re-download and immerse themselves in Murakami Haruki’s latest masterpiece. Thank you

3 people found this helpful

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Good book but poor production values

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

Reviewed: 17-10-17

Let’s get straight to the bad point; the production values are pretty bad, not terrible, just pretty bad. The narration is fine, if maybe slightly poor tempo-wise occasionally. However, the editing and overall audio production is quite poor. There is no separation between chapters, in fact sometimes the transition between chapters can sound like a single sentence bridging the two chapters. This is compounded by not having chapter identifiers in the audio, and considering that the chapters can jump hundreds of miles and introduce a whole new cast of characters, this can cause story disorientation. Not only that, but the audio volume and overall audio quality changed throughout the book.
Turning to the story, it starts out and continues slowly. I don’t mind this as long as the characters are interesting, something actually happens, and they aren’t trying to be political or trying to tell you how to think. Thankfully, this book does none of those things. Once I managed to get through the first few hours, it really started to draw me in. The only criticism, and who am I to make a criticism about a Pulitzer Prize winning book, is that it feels a little like a story being retold years hence with the emotions transposed into it in a manner of immediacy contemporaneous to the events. Whilst this might sound negative, overall I enjoyed the book.
In conclusion, this book could do with a remastering to sort out the timings, tempo, consistency of sound quality and volume, and insertion of chapter separations.

So it goes

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

Reviewed: 25-03-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No, the book is a classic for a reason.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

No doubt many will love the fact that it is being narrated by a Hollywood star, simply because it is being narrated by a Hollywood star. However, his laconic performance, whilst not distracting, brings absolutely nothing to enjoyment of this book. In fact, I would recommend sticking with the good old fashioned ink on paper edition of this book as I personally found that much more enjoyable than this version, simply due to the narration.

Do you think Slaughterhouse-Five needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. Why is the world so obsessed with sequels and prequels?

Any additional comments?

If you are a James Franco fan, or get star struck easily, you'll love this performance, otherwise, stick with the paperback.

5 people found this helpful

Not just for space geeks

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Whilst I am a space geek, this a good biography from a man that had a front row seat for the greatest show of the twentieth century! If you have any interest in the space race, then this will give more insight to the events and background to those events than many of the general books on the subject and the astronaut biographies. For those of us who have read extensively on the subject, this book gives a new insight into mission control and the personnel, the long hours and the challenges that were overcome by these dedicated and talented young men and women; something sorely neglected in most books! Overall, I would recommend this book, especially for those who have an Internet in the subject and not ventured from the general texts and the astronaut biographies. For those who have never read anything about the space race, this isn't as glamorous as the more general books, but is still good.

5 people found this helpful

A great way to while away the hours

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-11

If you're a Sanderson fan already, then rest assured that this new world created is as rich and layered as anything he has previously created, probably more so.
If you are a fantasy fan, then this is a cracking yarn which you'll enjoy greatly.
In summary, the first couple of hours throws you into this world; providing introductions to many characters, snapshots of background to the world and an understanding of the mechanics of the magic which permeates everything in this new world. The story isn't a single thread, but is instead many tales all told concurrently, with each of the protagonists having very different backgrounds and provide their own unique stories. This is what makes the book so good, but also provides the reason why it scores four stars from me rather than five. The only real problem with this book is the fact that the narration switches depending on who the main protagonist is. Whilst this sounds fantastic and both narrators are equally fantastic, this leads to a disjoin in the tempo and flow and jars. This is a deep new world created and makes me want to listen to the next installment immediately - however, after a quick search I have discovered that the next installment won't be release for at least another year!
In summary, a great listen, once you get over the jarring every time the narrator switches!

2 people found this helpful

An end to the trilogy - but no more

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-10-11

Having thoroughly enjoyed and given five star ratings for the first two books, I approached this book with great expectations; however, I was left feeling underwhelmed.
This is NOT a bad book; indeed, I very much enjoyed it. However, it seemed purely functional, as if the series had to be a trilogy. Two was not enough, four was too many. A bit like Monty Python's Holy Hand Grenade.
As with the previous two, the naration is outstanding, and the story is well written - it just feels forced.
If you've listened to the first two, then you will have to listen to this one. It brings the story to a conclusion and answers many questions, raises many more, and answers them too for good measure.
The trilogy is five stars. The first two books are five stars. The naration is five stars. This book just falls short of the mark. I have still recommended all three audiobooks to a friend.
DON'T LET THIS RATING PUT YOU OFF STARTING THE TRILOGY, IT'S GREAT OVERALL.

5 people found this helpful

Second book and still gripping me

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-11

OK. Firstly, this is not a sequel and thus isn't simply a rehash of the first concept, this is the next installment.
If you listened to the first book and enjoyed it, then you'll enjoy this.
This installment adds depth to characters and adds more detail to the backstory of the world; introducing whole new species and new magic into the world created in the first book, as well as adding insight into the magic already introduced in the first book . This is a worthy listen, although I would imagine that starting on this book would leave the listener baffled as it requires the background and gentle introduction provided in the first book otherwise you will feel cheated.
Overall, a great listen.
Thank you once again Mr Sanderson.

14 people found this helpful

Fantasy isn't my usual genre, but ...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-08-11

Straight off, I'll admit that I'm not a reader of fantasy novels. I'm not averse to them, but they never leap out at me and make me choose them over a good biography, historical naval adventure, or the occasional bit of sci fi. However, on this occasion I just saw it, and thought that I should give it a whirl for a bit of a change. I have no regrets with the decision.
Whilst this is quite a long book, the story moves at a good pace, never dragging and never racing too fast; it is well written, not prose bordering on the poetic, like Mr Rushdie, but pefect for the tale being told. Whilst not wanting to reveal story details, it is very reminiscent of Frank Herbert's Dune in the depth of world that has been created and the politcal grounding of the story (don't worry, the book is not a political statement - such books are not my cup of tea). Yes, I have to admit that some of the characters are thinly fleshed out; however, from vast experience of reading books which are praised for the depth and detail of all of the characters, I think that it is a good sacrefice for stary telling tempo.
After listening to this book, I would imagine that Mr Sanderson is well on his way to being considered as a master of his genre, should he not already be considered so, and I imagine that the film rights to this book have already been bought.
If you have found that yourselves feeling the need for a change of style, then I highly recommend this book as your metaphoric sorbet to cleanse your literary palate.

89 people found this helpful