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A painfully slow start followed by a breakaway to glory

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

Reviewed: 12-12-2019

A really interesting read. This early exploration into post-nuclear survival was enlightening and well-written. Unfortunately, the first 1.5 hours or so were painfully slow. I wanted to give the book 2 or 3 stars by the time the bombs actually hit. But then it really picked up the pace and went to interesting places. The narrator does a good job impersonating different voices. I commend him for that. It kept the narration from being stale. However, the way he would say “Alas.......... Bab-lon” the same way every time was grating. He would also rush two sentences together for nearly every single character, which seems organic at first but quickly grew annoying and demonstrated the fact the lines were being read, not spoken. Otherwise he does a good job and I’d be keen to hear him again with more practice. A worthwhile book!

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A good idea but boring execution

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

Reviewed: 21-09-2019

I really looked forward to this book. The idea of a group of people using logic and probability to anticipate the future, building a science-based civilisation to stave off the apocalypse - genius! Such a fun idea! But then I started reading. The book plays out with a focus on key points in The Foundation’s history, along with some key men. The style is world-driven rather than character-driven, trying to build a picture of what it might be like to be such a civilisation. Unfortunately, Asimov didn’t do a great job here in making the reader feel engaged with the characters or the world they live in. I found myself drifting off and losing focus often. The narrator didn’t help. He did a passable job but the way the story is written would require a narrator to signify somehow when a different character is speaking. This narrator didn’t do that. So I found myself even further cast adrift. I’ll take the idea of The Foundation with me from here, but I would like to see another author take a shot at it. Asimov was more a visionary than he was an accomplished writer.

Amazing performance, funny book, a bit illogical

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

Reviewed: 29-07-2019

I was surprised by how silly and fun this book was. It’s worth a try! The performance by Luke Daniels is EXCELLENT. But the writing, while mostly enjoyable, doesn’t always make sense. A couple of decisions made by the main characters were hard to follow. Even the idea of going to the Middle Ages as a WIZARD... that shouldn’t end well. But oh well, besides that it’s good fun!

We all know it's gonna be 'Take some time off!'

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

Reviewed: 01-08-2014

What did you like most about Prepare to Die!?

I loved the initial set up. All of the other heroes are gone and the book opens with the last of them, Reaver, getting beaten to a pulp and being told he has two weeks to put his life in order before he too is killed.

What does Ray Chase bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I love the cigar-and-whiskey quality of his voice. He brings a toughness to Reaver that I wouldn't have imagined.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I'm not a fan of romance and don't like how nearly every story seems to have to have a love interest. But this book used that to tell the story of Reaver's past and how difficult being a hero has been, shaking off his history and trying to move forwards.

Any additional comments?

This is the best superhero book I have ever read.

I don't usually like the comic book hero stories, especially how nothing really seems to change (how many times have major characters died and come back?) but this book pulls no punches. It will tell you in wonderful detail about the lives of heroes and villains and how even the world's best keep their own shameful secrets. Love it.