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Missing the first eleven chapters

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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-2019

This audio book starts with the memorable phrase "And now, Part 2 of 'A Rising Thunder'" - with no indication of where to find Part 1.
Cross-checking against my epub copy confirms the first eleven chapters have been omitted.
I'll be returning it to Audible for a full refund.

Unmitigated swill.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-2018

Non-stop racist ranting that tries desperately to bring back attitudes from 1950s Australia and present them as historical. This is not 'edgy', it's just nasty.

No plot, no characters, lots of explos... "BANG!"s

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-2018

I decided to take a chance on this book based on other readers' reviews comparing this author to David Weber. I endured almost 5 hours of the audio book before concluding that the "characters" (caricatures would be more accurate) and "plot" (hah!) had received all the attention they'd ever get in the I decided to take a chance on this book based on other readers' reviews comparing this author to David Weber. I endured almost 5 hours of the audio book before concluding that the "characters" (caricatures would be more accurate) and "plot" (hah!) had received all the attention they'd ever get in the opening paragraph.
RC Bray turns in a workmanlike narration based on very thin material - he deserves congratulations for not getting fits of the giggles every time he had to describe intense gunplay onomatopoeiatically.
Fortunately Audible have a 'return your book for full refund' policy, so I haven't wasted money on this drivel - only 4h52m of my life and about 300Mb of data.
Audible won't let me give a zero-star rating, so: one star overall, with four stars to RC Bray.

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Acceptable story, but don't read the sequel

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

Reviewed: 01-09-2018

More an action movie screenplay than a novel - and not a great action movie at that. Don't waste your time on the sequels, they'll suffer from second-movieitis and not be worth your time and expense.
The plot for this novel is simple and straightforward - the major "twists" are easily spotted less than halfway into the book, and elicit nothing more than a annoyed "Finally!" from the reader when they're finally unveiled in the last chapters.
Characterisation is weaker than normal for Sanderson - it's very difficult to separate the supporting cast from each other.
Essentially, Brandon Sanderson blew the entire budget for this book on the special effects.

Not bad, but not good either

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

Reviewed: 09-01-2018

Not enough characters, too many caricatures, the reader emits too many little girl squeals for comfortable listening.

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Shorter than advertised

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

Reviewed: 27-10-2017

This novel is advertised as 10 hours long. That includes the 2+ hour "novella" that is really just a rather dry reading of Scalzi's research notes.
The less than 8-hour story is okay - but it doesn't have the depth of a 10 hour story, and shouldn't be marketed as such.
Residual disappointment at the deception leaves me marking this book at 3/5.

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Godd story, but who's strangling the narrator?

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

Reviewed: 07-09-2017

Narrator often sounds like he's being throttled whilst swallowing a handful of gravel. Makes it difficult to differentiate the characters, and definitely detracts from the whole experience.

Builds well, then pulls a Deus ex machina

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

Reviewed: 26-03-2016

(No spoilers here...)
Weber is normally reliable, producing strong, character-based military sci-fi.
This book begins well, develops very nicely and seems ready to deliver a fascinating denouement when Weber appears to hit a contractually obligated word limit, shouts "OH WOW IT'S MAGIC!" and ends the story abruptly with outright silliness.
Still an acceptable read/listen - but falls flat on its face and a long way short of Weber's usual high standard.

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Not what it says in the summary

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-03-2016

Handler is no Snicket, and this dirge has no comedic value.
This is at best a half-written study of unlikable characters, none of whom have successfully transitioned from self-centred childhood to well-rounded adulthood. A story can survive one or two such characters - but when the entire ensemble race for the darker corners of the author's psyche, the result is unpleasant or worse.
Handler trundles into the realms of teenage mental illness, graphic violence, purposeless infidelity, and (whilst he is too coy to allow certainty on this) rape - without offering his characters any redemption beyond "getting away with murder".
The story arc follows a descent into darkness. And stays there.
J T Ross does very well to lift the narrative as far as he does - I was able to listen to the end only because his voice and presentation was so good. However there was little he could do with Handler's bolt-on blobs of mass-produced would-be idiosyncrasy than simply deliver them deadpan "as was the style at that time".
I waited several months before writing this review - the time has only served to confirm that I should seek a refund of the purchase price. Sadly I don't think I can be reimbursed the hours I lost to this twaddle.