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Diana M. Sandberg

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captivating narrative<br />

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-10-23

Love this story even more this time than I did when I read the books.

Profoundly creepy

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-03

I couldn't quite bring myself to click on 5 stars ("I love it"), just because it's such a disturbing story, but it's very, very well told, and I found the narration just about perfect. I can't exactly put my finger on it, but the basic sociopathy of Ripley's internal monologue was rendered brilliantly. As an actor myself, I applaud the reader's fortitude in so thoroughly inhabiting this character.

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Engaging, but...

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-18

...so full of obscure references and untranslated foreign quotations, it might very well be better listened to after having read it at least once on paper.

But the Scottish accents were a delight to listen to.

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Highly entertaining

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-09

A certain amount of gruesome in this, but I still quite enjoyed it. I like the main character and I really enjoyed the narration. At first, I was a bit annoyed at the relationship between Robin and her fiance, because he's such a jerk, and I had trouble taking her concern for him seriously. But then I reflected that I've known a number of similar relationships in real life, so...sigh.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2018-09-09

I read this on paper a few months ago, and enjoyed it immensely. I feel there were some references to the previous books that I missed, due to it having been several years since I read them, but that just makes me want to read them all again, ha. I did think the last of the first trilogy got a little too bogged down in diatribe, although there were also a lot of engaging events and characters. This was less polemical (NB, I didn't say "not polemical"), and more adventurous, and it carried me along splendidly.

I enjoyed the Audiobooks version, if possible, even more. Mr. Sheen's narration is a delicious extra layer to the story; his accents are splendid, each character speaking in their own voice as he moves among them seamlessly, and the excitement in his voice in the tense bits is thrilling. I was actually listening to one of those bits, by chance, at the gym one day, and did an extra quarter mile on the exercise bike in my usual amount of time - haha!

Pretty sketchy

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-09

This was moderately interesting, but tried to cover way too much in the time available, especially the early lectures on espionage in the ancient world. Those in particular moved so quickly through the events that it was like trying to read billboards from a moving train. Didn't get much out of it. The rest was a bit better, but still pretty superficial. I liked the final lecture the best, when the lecturer gave some time to questions of the relationship between espionage and democracy, and encouraged the listener to consider their own position on these points. Unfortunately, I did not feel the lecture series gave me as much insight as I should have liked in order to do this.

Fairly amusing

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-07-22

This starts off as something of a spoof on Star Trek OS, then veers into a kind of meta-time-travel meditation. It's not bad, with interesting characters and snappy dialogue. I do think the audio version, narrated in an appropriately sardonic tone by Wil Wheaton, assisted my appreciation. I have a problem in general with time-travel stories and other such tales, in that it usually becomes clear that there are no reality-based constraints on what can happen; I therefore have trouble buying into whatever urgency the author tries to concoct. I didn't find Scalzi managed this problem in any new or interesting way, so it mostly just rode along on humour and snark. I did find the codas rather sweet, particularly the last one.

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Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-07-08

The story rolls on, still a pleasure. I had taken a little break from this series after the 5th one, and return to instantly find it just as engaging as ever. Cornwell is a master storyteller. Still miss Keeble, though.

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Still good

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-07-08

Still enjoying these, although I was somewhat disappointed that the audio is no longer narrated by Jonathan Keeble. Stephen Perring is competent, but has chosen to pronounce several names differently than Keeble did, which I found annoying, and he has a lighter, less robust voice, which is rather a pity. Still far from bad, and I acknowledge it must be difficult to pick up a series someone else has begun. I am also a devotee of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey series, which has been fully narrated by at least two different readers. Most folks I know have a strong preference for one or the other, and almost invariably the preferred voice is the one the listener first encountered.

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Love it

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-07-08

Still enjoying these. I won't go into much detail here, as I think the series really deserves to be read from the beginning. I do find myself wondering if my interest will really stretch to ten (or more?) volumes; it's basically one battle after another, with some tricky spying and scamming interspersed, but somehow it just keeps pulling me along. The main character is such a great rogue. So far, so good.