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It's just so boring

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

Reviewed: 14-08-2020

Never would I ever have thought that a book about a superhero fighting (ha, like that happens) human eating orcs could be just so damn boring, nothing happens, nothing, except yet more multi page explanations of Dave's eating habits. We get it John, Dave needs to consume tens of thousands of calories to offset the metabolic impacts of his superpowers, you literally spent two. hours on it in the first book, we don't need endless detail about his diet every chapter. I literally ramped audible up to 1.4x speed so I could blow through the book as quickly as possible, I'll be skipping the third in the series.

An expert world builder Birmingham is not

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

Reviewed: 23-07-2020

Edit: I came back and dropped the rating due to the second book being a 12 hour slow motion car crash. I really enjoyed the End of Days series but this dip into giant fantasy world-building is just not grabbing me, I get that the requirement of long drawn out exposition helps sell the realism but it just feels like large chunks of the book drag on and on and on adding little to no value to the overall narrative, if the rest of the books have any more multi-page explanations about Dave's eating habits I may have to bow out for good. It's alright if a little meh for large chunks, and has great potential, maybe it ramps up in the later books, god I hope so.

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Low score based on follow ups being terrible

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

Reviewed: 12-07-2020

I had to adjust my review based on the complete trilogy as you have to know what you're about to get into. Let's get this straight, this book is awesome, a truly riveting listen that I really did not want to end, and I sailed through it with excitement that there was a complete trilogy ahead. Unfortunately, the following two books are absolutely terrible, riddled with plot holes, sloppy hack writing and frustrating character "development", not to mention some random writer and narrator decisions to change up voices and personalities in the final instalments (trust me, it's a rough road ahead of this book) Luckily for me, audible can reimburse me for the books, just not for the 24 hours I wasted on the follow-up car crash. Disappointment doesn't come close.

A truly terrible and horrendously boring sequel

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

Reviewed: 07-07-2020

Straight out of the gate here, Ballerini, as usual, does a phenomenal job, however, if you thought The Matrix Reloaded was a terrible sequel be prepared for amazement. It's very apparent that locking the narrative into just two characters has hindered the potential of this story, especially these two characters. Although James continues to be the only super genius able to save Earth, Riddle has relegated Emma to a moronic, and emotionally stunted, child-rearing mess only suitable for being a house-wife. Yes, Riddle took the Ex-Captain of the ISS and made her a terrible side-kick with all the emotional intellect of a potato. {insert drinking game for every time bone density is raised} I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, even with its endless plotholes and zero originality, it was good ear candy but this book just drags, especially in the second act. My major issue is that none of the supporting characters have been fleshed out enough for me to really care if they live or die. Disappointment doesn't come close to the feeling I have with this sloppy and downright lazy mess.