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Ingo Guenther

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Intelligent, self reflective and emotional

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 16.01.2020

The book doesn't give many new insights on the mass surveillance performed by the U.S. government, but instead shows us the person behind the "leaks" (including a short, entertaining deviation pondering the negatively flavoured naval terms used for this kind of actions).

This intelligent, self reflective and emotional description of his way from a struggling teenage computer nerd to one of the most wanted enemies of the government, just because actually believing in the ideals of the Constitution of the United States and consequently following them, is a recommended read for anyone advocating the "Nothing to hide argument".

Narration: Perfect reading by Holter Graham!

Boring beyond belief

Gesamt
1 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
3 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
1 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 04.01.2020

"The magazine in his gun glowed as he used the spell 'Explosive Shot'. It gave the projectile an explosive attribute, where it would explode when it hit the target."

If this is the kind of writing one likes, this book is a good choice.

The plot could have made a quite short short story and the main characters are ripped out of a military action C-movie. There are lengthy explanations of basic RPG mechanisms and detailed descriptions of the main characters discovering and exploring them. If you're familiar with and a great fan of MMORPGs, as I am, this is boring beyond belief. In addition, the stat sheets and their progress are displayed in almost every chapter - which is especially painful when listening to the story as an audio book.

If you want to give LitRPG a try, you're better off with the "Spells, Swords, & Stealth" or "The Wandering Inn" series.

Not much new about this one

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 12.02.2019

Three of the stories (including the eponymous "Nightflyer") have already been included in the 50+ hours anthology "Dreamsongs", which is also availabe via Audible (https://www.audible.de/pd/Dreamsongs-Unabridged-Selections-Hoerbuch/B006U3Y7BO) and therefore is the recommended "read". Of the three other stories only two ("Override" and "Weekend in a War Zone") are in my opinion close to the high standards I impose to George R. R. Martin's writing. All of them have been published before. So I can neither wholeheartedly recommend nor advise against this collection. It totally depends on the number of stories one already knows.

Or, as the author himself states on his Facebook page: "In other words, this is a real grab bag of a collection."

Audio: The narrator does a good job, which just lifts the final score up to 4 stars.

Beware of the Hymns!

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 24.10.2018

This book is, in my opinion, not as good as "Onyx and Crake", but close enough. Taking place at almost the same time as the first book it shows the development to and events after the pandemic named "Waterless Flood" from the perspective of two female characters, Toby and Ren.
Their pathes cross multiple times during the span of decades and are also interwoven with the timelines of the first book's main characters. So it's not obligatory to have read that one, but the actions and descriptions of Glenn and Jimmy in this second book will miss some depth without the additional knowledge about the history of "Snowman" and "Crake".

Being written from two female perspectives, most male characters don't come off that well and mostly appear either manipulative or brutish. This is quite OK, considered that the male perspective was the dominating one in the first book.
The story telling is action-driven and a therefore a page-turner.

But beware of parts of the audio book: The reader herself does a good job (would be rated five stars by me), but Margaret Atwood has also included several lyrics for "Hymns of the God's Gardeners", which might actually have been some fun to listen to (tongue-in-cheek). The sung versions of them in this Audible audio book nevertheless will instantaneously kill anyone with the smallest amount of musical taste left. This has to be included in the "listening experience", which due to this drops to four stars.

So it's five stars for the story itself, but the audio book comes off well with four of them.

Fun to read

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 15.10.2018

Think of this book as a blend of Ben Aaronovitch's "Rivers of London" and David Wong's "John Dies at the End" series, which I both enjoyed a lot. Fully recommended.

As always, Yahtzee Croshaw does a great job reading it.

Not a worthy successor to the Imperial Radch

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
3 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 21.10.2017

After having listened to and liked the The Imperial Radch trilogy a lot, this one comes as an disappointment. Though located inside the same "universe", the multiple races and their cultural differences play no important role.

The main character is dragged along a story line steeped in intrigues more than actually shaping it. She is constantly whining, crying or feeling unworthy - but, of course, will learn in the end that she is a good and brave person. The whole book appeares to me as some kind of Dynasty or Dallas in space in terms of plausibility, innovation, suspense and quality of dialogues. All professionally done, but nothing more and therefore not my favourite kind of book.

The narrator doesn't do the story a favour by making one race sound as if they had a ping-pong ball in their mouth all the time. This might be OK for some short lines, but turns out to be quite nerve-stretching for longer dialogues.

Der Krieg der Zwerge Titelbild

Gekürzt - ist aber nicht sooo schlimm

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 04.04.2017

Ja, das Hörbuch ist nur eine gekürzte Fassung des Buches (ich habe immer noch nicht die leiseste Idee, warum man für Hörbücher kürzt...), aber die Kritiken, dass man der Handlung dadurch nicht richtig folgen kann, kann ich nicht nachvollziehen. Ich glaube gerne, dass man, wenn man die Bücher kennt, vieles vermisst. Ich kenne sie aber nicht, kann daher nur mein Hörerlebnis beschreiben - da hatte ich keine Probleme.

Die Geschichte der Zwerge wird auf dem vom Band 1 vorgelegten Niveau weitererzählt, der Vorleser ist immer noch klasse.

Wieder ein Stern Abzug für "gekürzt" (da kann ich nicht anders) - ansonsten eine würdige Fortsetzung.

The Mockingjay is now a boy

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 04.04.2017

The book is (technically) well written and the reader is among the best I've listened to so far.

However, this is just the dystopian story told in "The Hunger Games", but with a slightly different setting (Mars) and a male main character and therefore more descriptions of fights in any imaginable form.

If you're looking for an extremely well written "action adventure", this is for you. If you would prefer a story including an analysis of the underlying social structures and the resulting consequences, look somewhere else.

I don't think I'll give the second book a try.

Die Zwerge Titelbild

Ungekürzt ist immer besser...

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 21.03.2017

Gut geschrieben, gut vorgelesen.Es macht Lust auf mehr.
Warum solche Titel nur gekürzt vorhanden sind, erschließt sich mir nicht.

Etwas enttäuschend

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
2 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 09.03.2017

Horst Evers höre ich sehr gerne - SF (auch die komische Variante á la "Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis") liebe ich. Beides zusammen sollte also genau nach meinem Geschmack sein. Ist es aber nicht. Warum?

So sehr Horst Evers glänzt, wenn er die absurden Geschichten "aus seinem Leben" vorliest, so wenig ist er in der Lage, den Akteuren dieser Geschichte eine lebendige Stimme zu geben. Sie klingen alle wie Horst Evers und das macht die meisten Dialoge beim Anhören extrem eintönig und irritiert bisweilen. Auch die leicht "schluffige" Betonung, die bei seinen anderen Geschichten eine Stärke darstellt, stört hier.

Die Geschichte selbst fängt ganz gut an, plätschert dann aber ohne erkennbares Ziel vor sich hin. Die unterhaltsamen Zeit- und Ortssprünge der ersten Kapitel lösen sich in einem Handlungsstrang auf, der ohne wirkliche Spannungsmomente weitergeführt wird und schließlich abrupt und ohne echten Abschluss endet. Ist/war eine Fortsetzung geplant?

Zum Humor: Wenn all die "extrem gut aussehenden" (Alien)-Damen den Protagonisten wiederholt mit "Schätzchen" oder "Sweetheart" anreden oder ein anderes Alien eine scheinbar endlose Reihe von Dialogsätzen mit "Sie Gurkenhirn", "Sie Turnbeutel", "Sie Tröte" etc. abschließt, um schlechte Laune auszudrücken, kann ich leider nur mit den Augen rollen - aber das ist sicherlich Geschmackssache.

Fazit: Obwohl das "Original" nun bald 40 Jahre alt wird, erreicht "Alles außer irdisch" nie das Niveau von Douglas Adams "Hitchhiker's Guide". Ganz zu schweigen von neueren Vertretern dieser Kategorie wie z.B. Scott Myers "Magic 2.0"-Serie oder "Ready Player One".