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Where does Immortal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I typically listen to sci-fi and this was a deviation for me. This is one of my favorite non sci-fi listens ever.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Immortal?
Not one moment, but throughout the book the comparing and contrasting past to present in ways that made me think. This book made me ponder the idea of being immortal, seeing civilization come to be, witnessing everyone you've ever know die, and seeing history repeat itself over and over.
Have you listened to any of Steve Carlson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not. I found him easy to listen to though at times I would have inferred different inflection and tone from the text.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Not extreme but I did laugh out loud a couple of times. Mostly this book made me think. The story is good and held my interest but what I remember most is thinking about life and how short and fragile it is.
Any additional comments?
If you're into sci-fi and would like to venture out, this book may do the trick. I've tried other fantasy and mystery novels with little success, I found this book suited my tastes perfectly.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
If I had not already purchased the second and third books of this series, I would be doing that now. The first installment was so enjoyable I nearly cried when it ended, not because it had a sad ending but because I was sad that the story was over!
Who was your favorite character and why?
Adam is a hero. He denies it, but he is. He is an immortal who has seen all the good and bad that life can offer and still hasn't lost his humanity. And he has a sense of humor about it all that is rather uplifting for the reader.
Which character – as performed by Steve Carlson – was your favorite?
Steve Carlson was the perfect voice for this book. His performance of all the assorted characters was as perfect as I could wish for.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Oh, I could have listened to all of it in one sitting, but I spread it out over two days. A book this good doesn't come along every day and I wanted to savor it as long as possible.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
I really liked the beginning of the story but about half way through I realised that not a lot had happened and I was starting to get bored. The fact that the guy likes to drink gets a bit tedious, he doesn't do anything fun when he is drunk. Just reminisces constantly, which is what most alcoholics do I guess. The back stories and anecdotes get a bit tiresome after a while and the main story plays second fiddle for some time. The writing style can be a bit laborious at times: constantly over explaining where little to none is needed. Also, there were several sections which had no need to be in the book, they may have even been full chapters and they didn't add anything. The dialogue could be terrible at times with forced attempts at humour. There were good points, some nice zany touches, interesting and entertaining ideas for characters and I really like the overall concept, just needs a good editor on board to chop out the tedious stuff. The narrator is a good narrator, but I think he doesn't suit the story. The protagonist is meant to be physically 34, but the narrator is over 60. This adds to the annoying interruptions in that it feels that a rambling old favourite uncle has just, yet again, interrupted the story to tell a vaguely amusing but tangential anecdote. I liked the beginning and the final finale, but the middle three fifths could really be better.