What makes you believe a lie? I'm not asking how you know someone is lying. What makes you believe? Because if you don't understand how that works, then you won't know when you're being manipulated.
In 1938 the War of the Worlds hoax panicked millions of Americans, then in 1988 another fictional media broadcast convinced nearly half of Portugal that sea monsters had risen from the ocean to destroy their cities. A team of CIA agents was sent to study the aftermath of this 6th Skyfall Event in the hope that they could turn it into a weapon of war. When the team consultant turns up dead, everyone scrambles to be the last man standing: the one who will decide if or when the sky falls.
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Oh yeah. Listening to the story being narrated was so much better than reading the book on its own. The narrator's voice worked fantastically for this book. It created the proper ambiance and took me inside the story. The base in his voice and the clear and powerful delivery made it one of the best narrated books I've listened to in a while.
The premise of the book is so awesome that I couldn't wait to start listening to it right after I got it. And the book didn't disappoint. It starts strong and keeps picking up pace from there, never losing momentum. There were no dull moments. Keeping me interested throughout the length of the book is fabulous achievement for the book.
I received this book free of charge from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
- Bikram Agarwal
I enjoyed the story a lot
Yes, both. Just not in a joint collaboration most likely.
yes, it is a series... and I need answers
"This book was given to me for free from the author at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review."
First things first, I love audio books and tend to purchase them based on both genre and reader.
Let me start with the book itself:
I liked the story a lot. It was interesting and well written. There are concepts that are broached that need to be fleshed out in the next book(s), so I am really looking forward to finishing the series if it keeps pace with this first installment. There were parts that I thought could have been explained at greater length, but that is why it is a series and not a stand alone novel. I have read a lot of books though nothing quite like this yet so I want more.
That is the good.
Now for the audio book piece:
Let me begin by saying that I am not a voice actor and can only imagine how difficult it must be to get the feel of a book, the cadence of the story/writing, and get inside the soul of the characters of a story. Not to mention understanding the writer's motivation and end game.
I will follow books read by Scott Brick, Jim Dale, and the late Frank Muller. I have an affinity for the way they capture a story and draw me in it as if I were part of it. I like Bill Nevitt in history reads such as "Six Armies in Tennessee: The Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns", but I didn't think he fit with this narrative. Just like I will not belittle a writer whose style I don't fully appreciate, I won't belittle a voice actor for the work they do. This just wasn't for me. It detracted from the flow of the story and certain characters could have been more likable had they been performed differently.
Overall I give this version a 3.5 - Story was strong, voice acting wasn't to my liking
- Jason Begly