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Engaging Story but Ultimately Simplistic

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

Reviewed: 06-12-19

Entertaining tale of a decent into a techno-panopticon - but slightly let down, I feel, by a kind of milquetoast and non-nuanced moralizing from the only characters resisting it. During the first few chapters I felt that the writing style might be more appropriate for young adults, but there are some "R-Rated" bits that would not really be appropriate. But, that might give you a sense for what I thought about the level of social commentary. Nice slow build-up but ultimately a little bit too "obvious" - at least for a cynic like me. Anyone who reads hard Sci Fi or Horror will not be shocked - no real revelations or twists. Based on the blurbs about how funny it is I was set up for a kind of Terry Gilliam-esque dystopian view, and in its best moments there were glimmers of maddening techno bureaucracy and absurdity - but it was no Brazil or Zero Theorum. I personally felt like the ending lacked punch, but other readers may not agree. I've read a lot of dystopian books so I expected something grittier.

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 11-03-19

Love playing D&D... Hated this story. Bless the reader, he tried, but his various accents are dreadful. I stopped listening, waste of a credit. You could play a drinking game: Drink every time the fairy's naked backside is referenced. You'd be on the floor in about ten minutes.

Tedious... Repetitive... Stilted

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

I wanted to like this story, I really did. It's a first contact story exploring an accidental human colony on an alien planet, mixed with a kind of Woman in Black stately English home/hunting lodge scenario.

Unfortunately, I read a review where someone complained that C.J. Cherryh tells you everything over, and over again - this is not an exaggeration. There is an incident early on with a gun under a mattress. Is there a gun under the mattress? There's a gun under a mattress. Will anyone find the gun under the mattress? Remember the gun under the mattress? There was a gun under the mattress. The mattress, with a gun under it.

Even as a sci-fi/fantasy lover, I find too many far-out made-up names tedious. Foreigner is an unending tedium of made up names and titles. It's just an endless stream of monotonous characters... Munchichi, Bunnichie, Paidie, Mydie, Schmidie, Punchichi - Ok, I am being unkind here and making some names up for dramatic review purposes.

The reader seems to be from the William Shatner school of voice acting. With. Pauses. Punctuating in between. Sentences.

Nope, sorry, didn't like this one!

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A Fun Revisit to Entertaining Characters

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

If you've listened to the other two in this series, this one is a no-brainer. I don't know how these books will stand the test of time with all their pop-culture and gaming references, but as creatures of this time (and gamers ourselves) we certainly enjoyed listening to it. The gaming spin was an interesting place to take the characters. The narration was also great.

Strange, Fascinating, Engaging

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

What a world! This was my first China Mieville book - while strange, surreal and often brutal - I did enjoy being taken along for the ride.

Fantasy Classic - Forget GOT, This Came First

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I have been a fan of Tad Williams and this series since it came out. I can't even remember how many times I read this as a teenager, but it all came flooding back during Andrew Wincott's wonderful performance. Through the lens of time I can also see all the influence this series, which came first, had on Game of Thrones.

This is a classic coming of age, high fantasy (though not too much magic) tale. There are some slow bits, yes - it's a slow starter, but the characters are likeable and as the story gains momentum I feel it's worth the wait. I forgot how much I loved Binabik, it was like meeting an old friend again. A must-listen for high fantasy fans.

Unusual Concept - Action-Packed - Highly Recommend

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I'll admit it, I initially thought the concept was naff. But having just devoured all of Babylon 5 I was excited to see what Claudia Christian came up with - admittedly I was previously totally unfamiliar with Morgan Grant Buchanan.

We picked this audiobook to be our "commute" listen for the car. After months of listening to another rather tedious fantasy novel we wanted something fun and sci fi.

If you like twists and turns, fight scenes, drugs, sex, seeing your heroes put through the wringer, characters going through 360's - Wolf's Empire has ALL of that. Accala is arguably one of the more beat-up characters I've ever read or listened to. She also goes through more character development than most. Forced between a rock and a hard place and none of her choices are any good. How she could survive, well, you'll just have to listen to find out if she does. There are cheesy moments, and some salty talk - and at times some positively brutal fights. I cannot fault Claudia's performance, either.

I went from thinking "Ok this will be corny, but let's see if it's fun!" to "Actually, I really like this story." Claudia Christian tweeted recently that she and Morgan Grant Buchanan are teaming up for another book and I will definitely be grabbing that one, too!

1 person found this helpful

Passable AI Tale

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I've read half a dozen or so other Justina Robson books and enjoyed them so I thought I'd give this one a shot. It's a standalone tale which largely ponders the question of whether AI's are living, conscious beings at the heart of it. I'd say it's a decent (though not effervescent) listen, and I have very few grumbles about the reader who generally did a good job (though I did wonder if she didn't have a cold during part of it!).

I fully realize this is petty nitpicking.. but at one point the reader pronounces HAL as "Hach Ay El" and my jaw dropped. Readers can't know everything but I thought anybody recruited to read a sci fi about AI's might at least be familiar with one of the world's most famous/infamous fictional AI's - or at least her editor might be! Ah well, it doesn't actually detract from the story so I forgive her.

Sociopath, Narcissist - Obnoxious Sonofa - Kvothe

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

I cannot fault Rupert Degas' performance, likewise I enjoy Patrick Rothfuss from his appearances on Acquisitions Inc and the first Kingkiller book.

However, the longer this tome went on the more I hated Kvothe.... and Denna.... and similies. I don't think I've ever read or listened to anything with more similies than a Patrick Rothfuss book. Audible ate my really clever review so instead let me sum up what you'll be listening to if you decide to get this book:

Kvothe ruins every shirt he's ever owned.

Too many similies. Did I mention that already?

Kvothe acts like an arrogant, cocky jerk to everyone he ever meets. Occasionally he kills people who might deserve it.

Many cringe-worthy hours are spent hearing about Kvothe's eye-rolling sexcapades. And him mooning over Denna. Bloody Denna. In fact, this is probably the majority of the book. It should really be marketed as a romance novel.

Many more cringe-worthy hours are spent hearing about Kvothe learning some kind of fantasy-world Qigong Martial Arts where everyone has totally embarrassing faux Chinese accents. I said I couldn't fault Rupert Degas' performance but actually I found this hard listening.

A weirdly specific but completely nonsensical monetary system - the costs/values of everything is constantly mentioned but nothing seems to actually make sense - 2 shirts cost as much as a year's worth of food. I know this because his ruined shirts feature prominently in the tale.

That's just my 2 Talent's worth - I could have bought a shirt, but instead I wrote this review.

19 people found this helpful

When Am I? What is going on?

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

Reviewed: 20-12-16

What disappointed you about Revelation Space?

Got this on a recommendation from my husband, who is a huge Alastair Reynolds fan. But so help me God I just cannot follow this plot. It jumps back and forth and there are so many Russian and French-type accents, I never know who is talking and when. I told myself if I just stuck with it it would start to congeal in my mind, but I guess I am not smart enough or dedicated enough to make sense of this. I cheated and read the Wikipedia page about it, which helped a lot - but I still haven't finished the story.

What was most disappointing about Alastair Reynolds’s story?

Maybe this story is a little easier to follow on the printed page, because I struggled to keep up with the jumping timeline in audiobook form.

Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

Sure, though preferably with fewer Russian accents.