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Ben Jones

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waste of time

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

Reviewed: 06-11-2020

This book could have been about 10% the length but spent copious amounts of time introducing characters that were of no real consequence. Not only that, there was no real through-line, so while many characters were introduced, it was impossible to care for any of them. Then, when the epic disaster happened, the almost autistic detachment of the characters, and complete lack of any kind of empathy, made it even more difficult to care for anyone. Basically, this was like reading the rise and fall of the Roman empire, but the history was fake and had no value. By the end, I was pushing to 3x just to finish it, hoping there would be some justification for the insanely high 4 stars. Sadly, the book was so painful to wade through, I missed out on the time frame for a refund. Don't waste your time, unless you want to see how a bunch of autistic people would deal with a disaster.

Outstanding!! A must-read.

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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: 01-07-2020

So many memorable moments to mention, but at the risk of writing a spoiler-filled review I will simply say this: if you want to be amazed, inspired, challenged and on the edge of your seat, read it!

what is that accent

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

Reviewed: 02-11-2019

I actually loved the story, but can't handle the accent. It is an Aussie with American "r" sounds. I only just managed to drag myself through it as the story is quite compelling... which is a testament to the story really. I would actually love to buy the rest of the series, but I seriously can't put up with the accent. Which is a shame as the timbre of his voice is nice, just he needs to pick a continent.

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A must read for parents and teachers

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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: 27-06-2019

I knew from my own experiences as a child, teenager and adult that there were key differences between men and women. However, I did not realise just how different they really were. Have a read!

lead character lost me

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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: 21-05-2019

the first two books I found to be right there with the character, but this book, I felt like an outsider looking in, and kinda saw the lead character as a bit of a douchebag. That said, I still enjoyed the book.

Loved the trilogy!

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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: 12-05-2019

After being wowed by Dashner's Maze Runner series, I was easily convinced to begin Eye of Minds. Before I began, I doubted whether I would be as captivated and entertained, but I'm here to let you know I most certainly was. Dashner has such an outstanding ability to create a world in your imagination. I felt like I was there, at every one of the many locations visited in each novel. I loved the emotional depth and growth of each character, and also the ingenious way Dashner convinces you of one thing, and then has you a little unsure, and then convinced again. He certainly has a knack for keeping his readers wanting more. If you love sci-fi and books like The Partials and Ready Player One, then this series is for you. Enjoy! (And thank you, Mr Dasher!)

plot fail (spoilers, don't read)

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

Reviewed: 22-04-2019

ok, first the good. Dan Brown is the master of stringing you along, so it is a reasonably compelling read. The voice actor is also first rate. That aside, I'm not sure if it is just that I have read a couple of his books, and know his style, that I picked the plot twists very early on, making the only interest, "when will Langdon work it out." or at the end "why has he not figured this out" ok, that is about where the good ends.... spoilers below... don't read if you want to enjoy the book at all So let me get this straight... the Miller Urey experiment pre programmed to have a purpose of increasing entropy, somehow proves that life can spontaneously come from non life. lol. This is Boltzmann brain level silliness . It just shows that if you pre program a computer to randomly do things and select with certain rules, eventually it will create something useful. This assumes that the universe is a particular way in order to prove that the universe is a particular way. Also, it was amazing how badly he misrepresented creationism and then states that it is 100% fact that evolution occured and the earth is billions of years old. Again this is just silly when you see the contradictory evidence on the mentioned creation.com. i.e. c14 in diamonds (limiting their supposed 250ma life to 70k or less) which can't be contamination due to the incredibly stable nature of diamond, c14 and soft tissue in dinosaur bones (limiting again to 70k or less), c14 in coal beds, etc. basically the only way to convince people of the who evolutionary theory is to close your eyes and ears and scream like an autistic person in a loud room "it's a fact". In short the whole book was just a whole lot of atheist wishful thinking, circular reasoning and statements of faith, with zero to back up the wild claims at the start of the book. Pretty much the Da Vinci code all over again. I know it is fiction, but my issue is when it pretends to be fact.

outstanding

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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: 30-06-2018

Everyone needs to read this book. Very inspiring. I listened to this with my family on a long drive, and they were rivited. Can't recommend it enough.

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I really wanted to like it

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-11-2017

It had all the elements of a good story, but it didn't quite get them together well enough for me. Plus it was a really depressing outlook on life. There was an ever slight hope at the end, but all in all, it highlighted the futility of a life without God.

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I liked the movie, but this was so much better

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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: 13-11-2017

Outstanding. One of the most amazing stories of courage. Not focused on the violence like the movie, but rather Desmond's walk with God. A must read for any Christian. Kid friendly also.