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Not all that creative

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-2018

It starts out creative. I was amazed with the possibility of what could possibly happen. The tone was light and fun as well, with some humorous jokes. But then the book kept unnecessarily limiting itself. I never felt like the world was limited, just whatever the author wanted to show me was limited. One of the big climactic scenes is just a fistfight between two robots, essentially. There was a lot more places it could have gone, but it didn't even think of going anywhere near them.

Best one yet

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

Reviewed: 14-04-2018

This is an incredible book. So much foreshadowing, the stakes are so high and everything is so interesting to read about. What a great book, with a well thought out land. Fantastic.

Excellent

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-06-2017

An excellent, gripping story. The characters are all memorable and interesting with lots of creative twists. Some twists, although hidden very well, aren't the best twists. Perfect amount of foreshadowing but little reason to listen again.

The main problem is with the writing. There's nothing wrong with it, there's just nothing too memorable about it. It's not outstanding. That said, it still earns its four stars.

Also, I don't think the author knows what a metaphor is.

incredible characters

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

Reviewed: 26-02-2017

Any additional comments?

The characters in this novel are amazing, especially Rezkin. He is well thought out with his backstory being an amazing premise for a story told masterfully. It's one of the best books I've listened to and I cannot wait for the third novel to come out

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Awesome

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-2017

It's an awesome novel, except I was slightly annoyed that it all took place in essentially a schoolyard style novel. It's not really a coming of age, so that's good though.

Great

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-02-2017

The book is great. The ending is far more phenomenal than I even thought it could be. I definitely loved it. The only thing is that the early parts of the story lack the same character development, discussions and suspense that the first book held. There was an unfortunate end to the antagonists and, although fitting, wasn't all that exciting. There was very little from a lot of the old characters and new characters relationships took their place. It was good, but I would have preferred a lot more Neil and Madeline and Ayala in the story.

Aside from the character interactions that could have been better, the science is intriguing again and there are lots of things to keep you exited through the book. It seemed more plot driven than the first however, so bare that in mind when listening. I would listen to it at a faster speed if I were you.

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Astonishing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-02-2017

The book is just as good as the first even though there are significantly less plot points. I would usually think that a book that spends the first half on a ship and then followed by a tournament is a plot not worth reading. However, this book is magnificently written and all plot points from the first novel are nicely tied up making room for an exciting third instalment.

Well done, but I enjoyed the first a bit more.

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

Reviewed: 05-02-2017

The problem is that I feel like you need to have read John Keets's work to truly enjoy this book. The story from the first book is so well done, and this one glosses over a bit too much of what I would have actually like to have seen. Some things from the book are abandoned or left abstract like why the pilgrims went on the journey in the first place. Still, there are so many threads that nicely got tied together and I did enjoy it.

Probably my biggest complaint is that I wanted the book to hurry up and tie up loose ends and I wasn't actually enjoying it. Still love dan Simmons though.

Also disappointed that there's only one narrator, but it makes sense and he did a fine enough job.

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Decent

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

Reviewed: 01-11-2016

It was pretty good. Nothing spectacular really hooks you but the progression in the story is nice. There were nice ideas that needed to be Ella orated on more and some parts that needed to be cut out all together I think.

The Martian cover art

Fantastic and gripping

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

Reviewed: 27-01-2016

The entire book is full of moments where you hold your breath. Every person alive will route for the main character because he is so well written and likeable , not to mention exceptionally voice acted, that you'd need to have a heart of stone not to love mark watney.

There is a lot of science in this book. It's interesting and easy to follow even if you don't know a lot about what's going on, but there's a lot. Which makes sense, obviously.

This book seems like junk food. Very high class junk food which is good for you, but still junk food. It'll go through your system very quickly and you probably won't think about it again for a while. But while your listening, you won't be able to stop.