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This book had an interesting time travel premise. Unfortunately it ended up being basically a 12 hour introduction of the three main characters in the book. I think that this could have been accomplished in half the time. It is really just the set up for the next book. The book seemed to drag, then some interesting information would be presented, then it would drag on. It's always nice to learn about the background of each major character, but in my opinion this was overkill. Not sure whether I will try the next one.
27 of 27 people found this review helpful
Don’t be swayed (as I was) by the glowing reviews, because this is not a five-star book. At best, it is mildly entertaining and barely worth a credit. When compared to other time travel stories like “The First 15 Lives of Harry August “or “11-23-63: A Novel”, this book barely musters 3 stars. The author tries to spin the story around the paradox of time travel and the intrigue of special operators, but there are no new perspectives or cool techno-geek deep dives on these topics. Instead, you get overly detailed descriptions of fist fights, awkward sexual harassment, and the endless manic-depressive moaning of the main protagonist (BORING). I’ve come to realize that the Audible marketing machine is hyping formulaic “Fast-Food” books that hook you into buying the first of a series. In the end, you wind up paying 3 credits for essentially one book. Unfortunately, people are buying into this hype. While we are all hungry for entertainment, Audible Reviewers need to distinguish fast-food burgers from fillet mignon. If they both cost one credit, wouldn’t you rather have fillet mignon??? So, before you give something 5 stars, please make sure it is fine dining and NOT just a Happy Meal.
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This is one of a handful of audio books, for which utterly fail to understand the positive reviews and feel compelled to proffer an alternative viewpoint for some counterbalance.
The story begins by introducing the three main characters. Each of their stories move at a reasonable pace and help to raise a level of interest in their characters.
The story then seems to take an inordinate amount of time, detailing the spiralling depression of one of the protagonists. This continues through numerous chapters and is beyond tedious. The narrator almost sounds depressed reading it. The dialog between the characters is stilted and uninteresting and endlessly repetitive. The descriptions of their environment are littered with unnecessary & uninteresting detail that only serves to bring the narratives momentum to an almost complete halt.
I really tried to persevere to the end – but this is one of a small number of audiobooks that I had to just give up on – it was just draining.
I guess you could say this one wasn’t for me, but clearly many enjoyed it.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
This had a great beginning and so much promise, the middle with bens constant whining that take up far too many chapters and is basically the whole story for this first book means the book doesn't actually have a story.
The narrator is good but again on occasion the "he said, she said, he said, he said, she said" parts really do annoy and in parts is like listening to an inbetweeners episodes with the constant swearing.
If the second can live up to the first part of this it will be great.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
I wasn't expecting brilliance but this title really disappointed. The story is infantile, repetitive and - even for SF/Fantasy - illogical. Feeling something for the characters is necessary for empathy but the two main characters in Extracted are foul-mouthed sociopaths. Yes, I know people can and do swear a lot but it's boring after about eight minutes. Sadly, this book is much longer than that. In the hands of a better writer the concept might have had legs but the mysterious Haywood might be hiding for a reason I think. The vocal performance is professional and clever but even the narrator seems to get trapped in the rhythmic dullness of the story and characters.
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