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You should never buy a new car model in its first year and you should not get an audiobook after reading only 1 review! However, I purchased this book firmly convinced I would love it. It sounded intriguing and had a wonderfully positive review.
And here's the thing. It has a very skilled narrator who did everything perfectly. And, I am sure, it is very well written, very intelligently thought out and researched, technologically oriented, and it is the type of science fiction I usually like. So, what went wrong?
Well, I am still trying to figure it out, so bear with me. As far as the characters, there were none I could identify with nor any I found interesting or especially likeable. Throughout the great majority of the book, extremely odd things were happening such as mass hallucinations. Lots of symptoms were presented with only vague hints of what might be the cause. I wasn't holding my breath in anticipation, nor was I invested enough to care very much. You could say that for me, this was not a nail-biter, and that might be an understatement!
Yet, I hung in there and kept listening whenever I could, as I was sure that when the great reveal came, it would be worth all the waiting. I figured the cause of the turmoil and possible destruction of the world would be mind-bending. It just wasn't mind bending and it came way too late, maybe the last chapter! I listened to that chapter over a couple of times to grasp what happened and realized this book just didn't do it for me.
So, this is how I come to be rating the book as middling, a book that has an excellent--no superb--narration, a book that shows off the author's writing skills and seems to be well thought out.
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If you could sum up Biblical: A Novel in three words, what would they be?
What is real?
Who was your favorite character and why?
Probably the main character, John Macbeth. Without spoiling anything, it's kinda hard to explain the just how much he's forced to come to grips with and even at the end never comprehends everything fully.
Which scene was your favorite?
Probably the one where John listens to Gabriel on top of the church roof.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
What if Descartes was wrong?
Any additional comments?
Ray Porter is probably one of the best three narrators offered on Audible. Blackstone is incredibly lucky to have him and I frequently find myself buying books simply by virtue of the fact that he's narrating them. The man is a genius.
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