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Jon Ross

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You know those boring guys who trap you at events?

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-12-20

Sorry, but this title isn’t for me at all. The ideas are not original (as the author admits off the top) and not presented in a fun, original or even energetic manner.

Instead we get a dull, monotonous monotone breakdown of others ideas dumped on you by someone who clearly cares but hasn’t any idea on how to dress up the material or even read out loud. There isn’t a flow you get with a professional reader.

I don’t suggest getting this work, and I hate to stomp on another’s work when they seem to care... but a professional reader and a harsh, adversarial editor that can polish up the authors knowledge would be what I would suggest.

Half comedic parody, half thinking book

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-04

I enjoyed this book when I first read it on dead tree media years ago. Picked it up again as I saw it was part of a sale on Audible.

As a result I really did enjoy the second go at the story but I can see why others weren't as happy. John Scalzi has fun weaving good questions into his humorous approach but on the page the eye skips over the:
A said 'Yes'
B said 'therefore'
A said 'We die'
dialogue as just Yes, therefore, we die and your brain is sorting out who is doing the talking. In this audiobook there are a couple of short conversations in which it isn't quite as easy to tell who is who as Will Wheaton doesn't do a thousand different voices (a strength that he doesn't try if you ask me ;)

I really liked it, as it is a fun poke with a stick of a genre and a franchise as well as some good questions, if not answered, at least explored.

Listened to it after watching the TV series

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-03

I own a paper copy of this book and read it in advance of watching the TV series recently (to this review) released. So I have to say that this review might best be taken with a grain of salt.

This is a fun story. Consuming it in three different ways in the course of a week, each time enjoying the work, catching different details, perhaps warns of how much I truly enjoyed it. I originally read the book years ago (when it was first released I think, if not then shortly after) and then a couple of times since. Terry Pratchett remains one of my favourite authors and Neil Gaiman isn't much further down the list.

We have the story woven from two authors, each bringing their voice to different aspects of the whole. In the book there isn't as often a jarring shift when we have the Tadpole village sections (which others have attributed to Terry Pratchett - I cannot say if their assessment is true or not) to the Angel/Demon team-up trying to save the world story aspects. The TV series wasn't quite as smooth as the book, trimming the story a touch to shape it in what is half the duration of the audiobook.

So we have more time with each of the minor characters, almost all getting at least three appearances in the book. We learn about the other four horsemen of the apocalypse and other details of humorous intent.

I enjoy the story a great deal. Having the ability to listen to it while I work on other things was great and I know I will return to this story at least once a year. The reading here is great and I had no issues at all with it. Overall, if you watched the TV show - the book is better. This is a great way to get the book.

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The 100% of the money going to US vets helps

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-03

This is a fun little 3 minute story padded out to 8 minutes with some banter between Stephen Colbert and Tom Hanks. The audible version includes a PDF of the pictures from the book (interestedly not the 40 or so sentences that make up the whole of the story) but having the PDF up while the book plays was fun enough.

Not a heroine I can get along with

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-03

I didn't like this story overall. The heroine and our POV character just isn't one I could enjoy being inside the head of.

She wasn't the first female heroine POV character I've read/listened to but the insecurities and self-doubt just ate at my possible enjoyment of the story so consistently that I really questioned how this character got up most mornings. In conversations with others about this sort of female character (not related to this book specifically) I understood that some readers can really identify with such a person. One who can't go past a mirror without thinking they are too fat or who looks at every male character and rates how quickly they would like to strip them.

To be fair on the last point when I have a male POV character who is doing that I also check out.

The book is 8 hours long, at least half the dialogue is inside the characters own head. If it became a movie without a voice over the story could be shown inside a tight 90 minute run time. Maybe a poorly edited 120. Very little plot happens, the clues to the mystery are there but some leaps have to be made to reach the final conclusion.

Others have rated this book much higher than I and the series seems to be quite popular. I just couldn't handle the character through whom the world was being presented.

Not going to go for a refund on the book as A) The quality of the performance wasn't bad and B) I wasn't the only one who listened to it, but it's my account so I get to leave the review.

Slices of various quality stitched together for a solid whole

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

Reviewed: 2018-12-04

This ‘book’ is a bunch of short programs with Martin Sheen as a short of narrator linking together clips of period recordings and historians talking on different themes. Selected bits of archived material, framed by a historian, framed by Martin Sheen, linked into repeating offerings of the same. At the bottom some bits aren’t the best, some of the episodes didn’t have quite enough filling and others felt cut short to fit whatever the original release format was.
As a whole recommended.

Read this originally years ago

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

Reviewed: 2018-10-31

The story, when I first found it, included a foreword by the author explaining that this was a thought experiment about how his laundry-verse world could have gone.

A world in which dark magic is ancient tech and the balance of terror by dark god is weighted against nuclear tech.

It’s dark, fun and short so it doesn’t overstay its welcome. Worth a listen.

Suffers from prequelism

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

Reviewed: 2018-10-17

The story here is simple, the characters barely rounded off let alone fleshed out. As a bit cut from a longer tale I can both understand why the author would want this told and the editor could safely cut it out. It doesn’t stand alone nor is it so bad to be worth dismissing.

Not quite sure how to feel in the end. I don’t think I will ever listen again but if my dance card for books wasn’t so full I would be likely to seek out more in the series.

24 small slices of history and culture

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

Reviewed: 2018-10-11

Not quite sure if overall I have learned anything about the people and culture or if it was instead 24 slices of history that inform something of the culture. Either way enjoyable listening and well worth hearing tales.

Not a classic from my childhood

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

Reviewed: 2018-10-10

I hadn’t sat down to listen to the whole book ever, and was more familiar with sequences from many animations and parodies more than the source.

Without any warm connections to the past this story isn’t one I would want to share with my kids. Better stories are out there - terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman have books for younger listeners for starters.