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funny easy-going SciFi story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-05-2020

not a particularly visionary piece of SciFi, but very entertaining! love all the nerd humour. the audiobook had excellent narration!

great book! well read!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-2018

insightful analysis of the consequences of the war on drugs, why it failed and how to do it better.

generally good narration and great story

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

Reviewed: 23-09-2018

Simon Prebble is such a good narrator! but how is it that he gets all German accents so wrong? Katherine Kellgren sounds a little bit too wannabe-posh. I imagine that Elisa is a bit more relaxed in her personal correspondence with Friends.

great characters, interesting concept and story

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-2018

... but many of the conflicts and interesting twist are not fully explored and get deadly with quite superficially.

whay just happened?

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-2017

I was hoping the story would somehow make sense at end. eventually. It didn't. a friend of mine recommended this to me. i do not know why. do i have to listen to the other 10 books of this series before or becomes vaguely comprehensible?

Epic story, mediocre delivery and writing

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-2017

I really loved the world Brandon Sanderson created in this first book of the Stormlight series.
The peoples and countries in this story have peculiar customs and quirks that are novel and distinct from other fantasy novels.

Unfortunately, the literary execution of the story is not of the same quality. Background info is woven awkwardly into the story, many characters remain 2- dimensional even-though we spend a lot of time with them. The inner monologue and emotional states are described at length, but the author's unimaginative and repetitive choice of words leaves said thoughts and emotions strangely unuanced. We are frequently reminded how one character has a terrible case of survivors guilt, one is afraid to go mad (actually that is more than one characters' problem), one character is "clever" and overall everyone is "bemused" very often.

Listening to the book (rather than reading it) amplifies the impression of repetitive phrasing even more.
The reading performance is mediocre and uninspired. Curiously, both readers have the same mannerism to finish sentences with a slight upward inflection which, in the beginning, drove my up the walls. I alao assume that the reading was not carefully rehearsed but read mostly in one sitting without correcting for some obvious mistakes in intonation or emphasis.

A good reader can gloss over or make one forget some of the literary shortcomings of the author. In this case, however, the pair of readers, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, are rather tedious to listed to.

This story is read by the same pair as the Wheel of Time books. Incidentally, I found the author's storytelling of the Wheel of Time had the same shortfalls as this work.

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Great story and reading performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 22-08-2017

It is a pleasure listening to Neil Gaiman narrating his own story! .. ... ..

fun twist on your average medieval-style fantasy

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 13-08-2017

fun twist on your average medieval-style fantasy novel.
occasionally the story and it's characters are a bit heavy on stereotypes but the novel makes up for it with a genuinely inventive storyline.

Very action focused

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-2017

I would prefer more insight into the world and less shoot outs.
also - a major drawback of all audiobooks - the appendix which provides useful insights into the motivations of the groups engaged in the war going on in this book are at the end. so, you don't learn about them until the main story is over.

Great story idea, poor narration

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

Reviewed: 11-01-2016

The story is very intriguing and all details of the scenario seem to be well researched and thought through. The voicing of many of the characters by the narrator Peter Brooke, however, I found really off putting.

Story ****
The story could have been 5* but the book frequently drifts into lengthy descriptions of mechanisms and machines. Of course you would expect that in a Stephenson novel.
In Seveneves, however, the descriptions were overbearing and distracting from the characters of the story. Often I felt myself longing for technical drawing or diagram of the modified ISS or any of the novel devices explored in the story. It would have made many a chapter shorter or easier to follow.
Reading rather than listening to the novel makes it much easier to go back and re-read passages that were not clear the first time around.
The third part of the book might have been better as a more fleshed out second book in its own right.

Narration *
My main beef with this audio book is the narration. Peter Brooke does an "ok" job reading the non-dialog passages but as soon as people are talking to each other I really would have preferred to switch to reading that passage on a page.
The British accent he is trying to put on is anything but. He switches from Jamaican to Indian - the closest he gets to the UK is the Irish inflection that sometimes creeps in. Then there is a German-speaking Swiss guy who sounds more Eastern European and sometimes Dutch. Another one of the main characters (Doob) is American , and yes, he does sound American. But the voicing suggests that he has a potatoe in his mouth and suffers from indigestion. Many other characters I also felt were not very well interpreted by the narrator. Even some of the descriptive passages had odd pausing or stressing of words.
I have the impression that the narration lacked appropriate preparation. Maybe it was hastily prepared so it could be published at the same time as the print version.

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