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Fantastic Sci-Fi Trilogy
One of the best Sci-Fi Series I have ever read. Clever writing, fresh take on artificial intelligence, hilarious in parts but really good sci fi too. Ray Porter may be the premier narrator in audible. All three books in the trilogy are excellent. Highly recommended.
Excellent novel of the Viking Invasions of England
I thoroughly enjoyed the last kingdom, I totally agreed with one of the other reviewers that this was the kind of novel that had me researching some of the events from that time period. It is brutal and violent but very interesting. The book is able to contrast the lifestyles and cultures of the Germanic Anglo Saxons to those of the Scandinavian Danes from the perspective of a man born Saxon but later integrated into the Danish culture - it was fascinating. The narration was first rate. I plan to continue with other books from the series. Highly recommended.
Excellent Second Book
So many times a sequel is a major let down - this one picked up right where the first one left off. This is one of the best Science Fiction series that I have come across - the writing is so clever, funny and innovative. Ray Porter is the perfect narrator for these books. Highly recommended, although I would recommend starting with the first book prior to reading this one.
I had heard of the movie, although I had never seen it or read the book. Additionally I think Frank Muller was one of the finest narrators that I have listened to. But I was very underwhelmed with this book - the story was absolutely lame, it reminded me of a grade b movie or 70s episode of the A-Team - very little substance. It started out almost like a human interest story but quickly degenerated into a silly story. The protagonist gets arrested, gets caught up in a prison break and angers one of the other prisoners who vows revenge. The rest of the book has the villain hiding out while working to get Mr Majestyk free from jail so that he can exact his revenge.
One of the most interesting books I have listened to in the Great Courses collection. Absolutely fascinating. Central Asia and the steppes have not made huge impacts on the world stage in several hundred years, but before the advent of firearms their endless waves of military campaigns impacted the entire known world. Chinese, Roman and the various middle eastern empires all faced perpetual threats - at some points such as during the Mongol era all three were being impacted almost simultaneously. The horse archers and their cavalry prowess represented a military technology few Generals in the urbanized settled world could counter. The brutality and carnage of some of the campaigns are still felt in the modern era as some locations never really recovered. Professor Harl is outstanding in delivering the course - well worth the credit.
Some broadly focused ideas
The Best Year Ever is a good book, similar to many others in the genre. One area that he focuses on more that most others though is in considering goals across all facets of life, not merely career or business oriented goals. Another aspect he honed in on is taking action as opposed to paralysis by analysis. Worth the credit. Narration was enthusiastic but average.
Really good book, based on the movie
Wonderful version of the King Arthur classic - I especially enjoyed the realistic explanations of the King Arthur story - Merlin being more of a Celtic leader than a magician, the sword Excalibur being pulled from a grave rather than a stone, the Knights being made up of peoples that had been subjugated by Rome and the historical perspective of the era when Rome was in decline and withdrawing and the Germanic tribes were beginning their relentless invasions of the Island. This version was really less of a fantasy tale and more of a study in human nature from the perspectives of four distinctly different cultures all vying for Supremacy on the Island - Roman, Sarmatia, Celtic and Saxon.
This version is based on the movie that came out in the early 2000s. The narration is well done. Recommended and worth the credit.
Excellent book, hilarious in parts but also a really good science fiction book. I found myself laughing throughout the book while enjoying the innovative take on Artificial intelligence. Ray Porter is one of the premier narrators of audio books and this is one of his best performances. Highly recommended, The writing is both clever and also very witty.
Reminded me of earlier Harry Bosch books
If you are a Harry Bosch fan, I think you will find the latest Bosch book, Two kinds of Truth, to be a good read. In many ways it reminded me of some of the better Connelly books - City of Bones and Lost Light, in the way that it has multiple stories going simultaneously. It also has the human element perspective at its core. Harry looking at the condition of some of the characters, trying to intercede and ultimately looking inward at his own circumstances. In my opinion, its not his best work, but its not his worst either. Titus Welliver is getting much better in the narration role, probably a result of becoming more familiar with the character from the Amazon series. The story is interesting, but not real deep. And the actual ending seemed rather abrupt to me - still, it is in my opinion a good book and worth the credit.
I always enjoy the way characters from the series appear from time to time in new books. Jerry Edgar resurfaces in this one.
It will be interesting to see where Connelly goes with this series in the future. At some point the series will have to end, transition or reset since Harry is now at least 65.
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I listen to audio books as I commute and I must admit as I listened to this one that there were numerous instances where I found myself laughing out loud in traffic - it is a stupidly funny story that is read to perfection by the ensemble cast. It's about the right length for this kind of story - around 6 hours. I had never heard of the movie and I am still not certain that it really was a movie - but the audio book was hysterical.
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