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By Eliot and Jamie on 11-15-13
I'm not much for science fiction, but....
What did you love best about Burning Paradise?
This is a pretty good book- surprisingly believable and well laid out as to not give it all away at the beginning.
What did you like best about this story?
Very well thought out and surprisingly gripping- Weird comparison, but kind of like the movie Red Dawn, but without the Russians or bad acting
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Took me about three days or so to finish the book- was very compelled to hear the whole thing.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By David Shear on 11-11-13
Have you ever gotten your money back for a book you bought at Audible.com? They offer refunds. I have over 500 books in my library and I've asked for my money back once. This book, will be the second one. It was that bad.
Burning Paradise is a story about earth living in a cloud of silent aliens. The story, of course, is about the group of people who know about the aliens and are in covert battle with them.
The premise of this book was interesting and even the first half was ok. But it's like the author didn't know how to finish it, or got bored with his own characters, or was too enamored with the idea of this alien force so forgot to actually develop the characters of the humans--the ones who drove the story and the ones the reader (listener) is supposed to care about.
I didn't get to know or care anything about ANY of the human characters. The main heroine, Casey, was boring from the start and didn't do anything to become more interesting. The slightly "colorful" side characters didn't have any flair or interesting characteristics at all.
The ending, well, call it a spoiler alert if you like, but it just fizzles. I expected at least a big confrontation, something to make it worth my time that I stuck with it for 8 hours, but nothing happened. Oh my gosh it was bad.
Scott Brick, the narrator, I usually like, but Brick has a sardonic lilt to his voice that is perfect when the story has a smart-alecky lead character, or a little bit of humor. Also, Brick doesn't do women's voices at all, so he was a terrible fit for this book. This story took itself way to seriously for Brick to be reading it. I swear towards the end it sounded like Brick was bored stiff too.
If you want a semi-sci-fi or sci-fi-lite recommendation, listen to The Rook, or This Book is Full of Spiders, or Carrion Comfort. I don't recommend this book.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful