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Disappointing(spoilers... Kinda)

Au global
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-05-25

Someone else's review mentions it, but a near omniscient enemy that manages to always be ahead is pointlessly dreary. Unsolvable incidents of stupid in otherwise intelligent characters is frustrating at best. And the grand finale with evidence of war crimes, mass murder/terrorism, and treason, no no its fine, go ahead no repercussions. It just really undermines the whole justice and strength bits of the protectorate. Seriously, no need to play nice, they're responsible for a million dead or more...

Also, it seems this story has been continued, but this book seems to have been written at lesser quality in terms of plot, development, and characters to intentionally force gaps to allow follow up story lines. To me this brings the follow up content into question. If you have to force holes to fit continuations, are they actually going to reach acceptable quality.

The performance as usual was quite good, though let down by the content somewhat. And for all my complaints there are certainly good points about the book. However compared to the others books the failings in this one were extremely upfront and were clearly used to put things off for the sake of delaying and lengthening the story. It was seriously hampered by repeatedly using the same encounters over and over again instead of varying interactions. This made the book feel.... Boring and repetitive whenever you hit the sequence of interactions.

Sorry for the vagueness/spoilerness.. It needs some reference to events in the book to communicate my complaints, but I don't want to ruin things for people who choose to read/listen to the book.

Epic moment ruined

Au global
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-05-25

The character was written to be intentionally negligent and stupid in a situation he has run into in multuple books... Enemies killing allies/witnesses to keep a secret. And then conveniently forgot it all for a convenient outro/lead into the next book.

Writing an otherwise intelligent and responsible character into a temporary moron for convenience is nearly a capital crime by authors in my opinion. It basically ruined the end of the book for me. I enjoyed most of the book, but I rate what should have been a mostly epic scene and major success a one star flop. Literally destroyed the progress of the book.

I'm in too deep, hopefully the next book is salvageable.

Still good...

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-05-23

Though not as great as the first book. The tone shift between the first and second book was a little shocking. And revealing the villain so early felt a little odd. But the scale of consequences throughout painted a strong picture of the responsibilities a person of the position in question face in their duties.

Still an easy recommended listen.

Great book.

Au global
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-05-22

Story was interesting, with good twists and turns. The performance was also very good and really helped sell things.

And most importantly, this is probably the first magic sci-fi story I've found on audible that I actually enjoyed. I found the world and its setting to be well thought out and consistent. And despite the reader's slow pace of gaining knowledge of the universe, you never feel starved for information and learn the info in a reasonable way through interactions/briefings with the crew. It really made things feel natural.

Very much recommended.

Performance was Epic

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-12-05

The story was pretty good. There were some definite moments where it felt like the characters did something.... Out of character, but it was not so severe as to be overtly disruptive. Some of the narration by Thrawn was painfully slow, but did provide an interesting insight to Thrawn and other characters. The story was quite good overall, would recommend.

The performance was epic. Voice acting was good, the sound effects were good, ambience music was great, and it either was or felt pure star wars. This made the book a great listen. However, I would complain that the somewhat unrestrained volume of sound effects and ambience made the voices hard to hear and understand in places. The general inconsistent volume level was a mild problem throughout. Despite these complaints, this is probably the best and most enjoyable performance I've experienced.

Recommended

Enjoyable

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-09-24

There were fewer distractions and less random tangents than the first book, which I did enjoy. However, some of the pacing felt a little all over the place and when the time crunch was on, it lacked a sense of urgency. Still, a very good listen. Would recommend. Looking forward to more.

A letdown

Au global
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-09-14

The character makes the same mistakes repeatedly. That's infuriating at best. The main character makes clearly bad decisions, decisions he is either advised against or knows from previous experiences to be poor decisions. He is inconsistent and acts in a chaotic or erratic manner. Jumping around insane, cowardly, stupid, whiney, and confident (when the risks are far worse and the reasoning so shallow you couldn't scoop any up with a bottle to hold onto). There is character growth and some game advancement. Except when its inconvenient for the author; that's when the frustrating main character is going to infuriate you, by committing the above sins, forgetting logic, reason, or anything he's learned to date.

The rest of story is at least somewhat interesting with some surprising twists. When the character isn't being written to go off the rails, he's more interesting and develops somewhat stably with some nice surprises built into the game environment and systems. There is a story here to be enjoyed, but the author's main character's erratic behavior means I still have no idea what is going on with him. I can't get a better baseline because the author uses his erratic behavior as a cop out for development in ways, that I feel he couldn't justify otherwise.

I still found some enjoyment in the book, but its flaws were almost unbearable at times. That said it did have great moments, but the transition towards being more self reliant is still a ways off. At least eve will sometimes criticize and berate Alan.

Okay, but overpriced

Au global
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Histoire
3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-09-06

Too expensive for how short it was. Performance was not consistent. Both the story and performance felt half hearted. Not bad per se, but definitely lacking something.

Great book in this genre.

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-08-28

I really enjoyed this. The plot, characters, game elements, and unique features of the setting were all interesting and enhanced the story. There were good development moments and some semi unfortunate silly mistakes, but the good far outweighed the sins. Overall an easy recommendation if you are interested in the genre.

The summary for the book was a little lacking, so I didn't get it immediately when looking at the genre. I was pleasantly surprised when I got into the book and almost slammed it in one sitting. Luckily work allows me to enjoy my audiobooks with only limited interruptions. I guess my point here was that if you are hesitant about the description trying to sell the book to you; don't be. As long as the genre interests you, you should find something to enjoy in this book.

So incredibly disappointing.

Au global
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
1 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-08-25

Another story from this author that I like the basis for the story, but absolutely hate the characters.

I've pretty given up on this author. Its not strictly fair, but in the three books I've tried, the characters are deliberately written as stupid, naive, and incapable of simple logic or reason.

This of course doesn't mention anything about the infuriating social interactions. Doesn't matter if they are random characters, men, women, superiors, or colleagues. There is no realism/believability in these conversations. Not surprising I suppose, seeing as the characters themselves are so unbelievable.

Irregardless of what problem or situation the characters face, they end up shoe-horned into some ridiculous choice without any effort to make that choice remotely acceptable to someone who has a shred of intelligence. Its like the author laid the tracks for the character's train to follow. They can't get off the train and they can't freely determine their course, it's fixed. Where a well written story will at least offer up logic, motivations, strategy, or some other reason that a character may make a choice or how they may be forced into making a poor choice. This book gives the character a situation, the character comes up with one or maybe two decisions, that no one in their right mind would make, and then the character will pretend that these are the only options. Then generally I pause the audiobook and be angry for awhile.... Grrr.

The introduction of characters thicker than a piece of paper would greatly enhance the setting/story allowing it to shine. Requiring characters that while written into a set story, at least feel real enough to think and reason through situations. Instead of looking for rebels with paranoia assuming they exist and revering a queen, government, and set of laws that the character crucifies everytime its brought up(oh the queen, the kingdom, and its laws are amazing! The only solution is to love the queen and kingdom. Man they lock those people up without cause, they treat normal people as worthless, they won't care that they died if they aren't nobles, atrocity, atrocities, and injustices, but the kingdom and queen are so benevolent, they love and care for us, totally deserve our loyalty... Really? Come on.). It is seriously disturbing to try to understand a character that is willfully ignorant, blind to everything but an incredibly stupid and narrow view. The least the author could do is try to relate why the character acts or feels this way...

Listenning to this was legitimately painful. I know I'm not enjoying an audio book when I argue with my truck speakers about how insufferable a character is being. I give up. I want to like these books, I love the setting and some of the ideas in the story, but the characters and the simplistic plot make the story intolerable for me.

PS why are there vrmmo/game elements in this story? They feel so out of place.

End rant

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