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Somehow I got the idea that this book was going to be funny, and it wasn’t. It was really pretty tedious, too much detail about how an out-of-shape IT guy has to go through a personal training regime in order to be an adequate “host” for an alien who has decided to co-habitate in his body with him. There are glimmers of an interesting, millennia-long backstory of how these aliens have meddled in human affairs, but it is told, not shown, and basically amounts to a bunch of supposedly “advanced” beings who cannot figure out how to make peace with each other. The bad guys are cardboard, and the good guys are not much better, they are a bunch of power hungry, vengeful kids fighting in a playground, only their playground is all of human history.
If you like endless descriptions of workouts, handgun training, martial arts training, and fights between people who spend all their time learning to shoot guns and throw kicks, this book is for you.
If you like complex stories with characters you actually care about, move along to the next book on your “to read” list.
[I listened to this as an audio book read by Mikael Naramore. I wish the reader would have differentiated more between the voices. Since a lot of the dialog happens inside the characters’ heads as they discuss things telepathically with the aliens who are inside them, it was frequently difficult to tell whether they were talking with their “inside” voices or their “outside” voices. Presumably this was done in different fonts in the print version, which would have made some passages clearer but ultimately would not have improved the book, in my opinion.]
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
It starts with an engaging premise, and decent characters. However, as it proceeds it feels as though the plot relies on cliche plot devices. If you have seen Hollywood movies you have a good idea of what is going to happen, and how. I found the book enjoyable at times, until some of the fight scenes. The fight scenes are redundant and cliche, and with the book down. When one arose it was tough to slog through. I do not anticipate reading this again.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Where does The Lives of Tao rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of the top, the audio narration is great and the story fast paced
Who was your favorite character and why?
I think you'd have to say Tao, just a brilliant, deep character you come to know and love
Which scene did you most enjoy?
One of the scenes where Tao first starts training Roan
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
There was a lot of laughter and the series in general has a lot of twists taking it places you wouldn't expect
I love the story, the narration is incredible, Mikael's range of voices and accents is really bringing characters alive.