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A Change of Pace

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Reviewed: 08-02-2018

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you're a fan of the Frontlines series, this book may take you by surprise. The tone and pacing are quite different when compared with previous instalments, and overall it's rather uneventful.There are a number of inconsistencies in the timeline that give the sense that this book was rushed into publication by the editor. For example, the battle at Arcadia is mentioned at having occurred 3 years prior at one point, and later it's recalled as 5 years in the past.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Points of Impact?

The introduction of truly impressive offensive weaponry that is capable of defeating lankies. It showed that human ingenuity, which we so pride ourselves on, continues to persevere in the face of such a formidable opponent.

What aspect of Luke Daniels’s performance might you have changed?

His narration speed. I kept checking the settings of the app as the first few chapters sounded as though he was narrating at 1.5 x speed.Constable Guest's voice also changed distinctly in this instalment.

Any additional comments?

Despite the lack of action, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Marko Kloos has used his platform to put some wonderfully insightful comments about the impact of battle on the mental health of front line personnel.

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A good story - if you can get past the narration

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Reviewed: 10-04-2016

I found the storyline itself quite compelling, but William Dufris's narration did nothing for me. It felt like I was listening to a cheesy, small-time radio presenter, and it was almost enough to stop listening.

I'm a huge fan of the Joe Ledger series and I was excited to see that this had a female lead, but she too became tiresome. Cliché abandonment issues and an abrupt change from a badass, tough as nails chick to a whining mess. I won't be bothering with book two.

An enjoyable story

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Reviewed: 21-02-2016

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I found the concept quite fascinating, but as with other books by Scalzi, I struggle with his incessant use of the word "said".

"So you're a friend..." Handson said
"I am" Duvall said ...
"Great" Hanson said ...
"I would hope so" Duval said
"I'm going to get myself..." Hanson said ...
"I'm fine" Dahl said
"I could go for another" Duvall said, waggling...
"One of the same" Hanson asked
"Sure" Duvall said
"Great" Hanson said ...
"You got it" Dahl said...
"He seems nice" Duvall said
"He is" Dahl said
"Not hugely full of personality" Duvall said
"He has other qualities" Dahl said
"Like paying for drinks" Duvall said
"Well, yes..." Dahl said
"You mind..." Duvall said
"Seeing as..." Dahl said

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