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Annoying start - strong finish

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

Rezensiert am: 27.02.2020

The first 2h 9mins are hard to suffer through.
The MC is an incredibly self-absorbed brat and it took 129 mins for her first mature thought/reaction.
After this, the book slowly gets better and better up to a strong finish.
That said, the majority of this book is at its core a quite basic coming-of-age story that simply has been fleshed-out skillfully by a talented writer... which is not the same as a truly unique storyline...
However, in the end, I consider the spent Audible credit well worth the value of the book.

Uninspired and predictable

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

Rezensiert am: 01.01.2020

Very few original ideas
Using lazy “stupid kid” plot device
Ideas and concepts copied from comic books with few own ideas - if I’d want that I’d read comic books...
Collins typical narration style does little to enrich the sparse content

WARNING: this is the first book of a series - the third book has received very bad reviews - check before you buy.

Good story, sloppy continuity mistakes

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

Rezensiert am: 23.12.2019

-1* for too many and quite avoidable continuity and small logic mistakes.
This is the last book of this series that I purchase - reviews make it clear that these mistakes grow worse and worse with the next books.

Warning about this book and following #17 and #18

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

Rezensiert am: 31.10.2019

This book #16 starts an story arc with the Itechee.

The Longknife series has always been "light, fun reading" - not focused much on the science part of SF.
However this book and much MUCH ore so #17 and #18 show an extreme lack of science, logic and common sense but instead a lot of lazy careless writing.
In these three books, about 70% of the entire content seem to consist of "magic smart metal" - no longer is Kris Longknife the main character - but its the smart metal, now. And not ion a good way, the various smart metal scenarios and applications are full of very obvious logic and science mistakes or outright contradiction compared to previously described situation.
If this were just a minor side fact and the rest of the book contents were fun reading - that would be fine.
But instead, this takes center stage, there is no other plot and the inconsistencies are thrown into your face one after another, constantly!
- smart metal ignoring inertia, gravity, wind/air streams and other basic science
- contradictions: ship lasers need several minutes to charge - but anti-air lasers can be formed completely out of smart metal AND fire within NANO seconds
- Itechee "simple people" use electronics based on vacuum tubes... really?
- Itechee society and technology described as very backwards... way TOO backwards to be realistic.
- Planets with 50 billion population and high-rises have no fire control sprinklers and no normal fire fighting service
- Kris first goes out of her way to avoid civilian casualties... and then blows up several high-rises and no mention at all about potential casualties
- Description how smart metal nanos are used to infiltrate blood stream and travel to the heart of some Itechee to kill them... and then later Itechee use simple water mist and showers to successfully fight off ALL nano listening devices

The list goes on forever... in this book, it is still somewhat acceptable... but in the following #17 and #18 such occurrences of lazy writing are happening constantly and all throughout the books.

Very lazy writing - even worse than previous two books

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

Rezensiert am: 31.10.2019

About two thirds of the book seem to consist of smart metal this... smart metal that.
And these smart metal scenarios become less and less realistic - ignoring very basic principles like inertia, energy supply, etc.

This and the prior two books are situated in Itechee territory - everything about them is constructed very lazily and without regard for overall consistency/logic. Society (no general firefighting and high-rises without sprinklers, really?), backwards technology (tube-based electronics, really?) and many, MANY more such details...

Lazy plot, lazy writing

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

Rezensiert am: 23.10.2019

Very lazy writing regarding itechee society, technology and story details.
The Longknife series has always been light on the sciencE part of SF - and I’ve accepted that as the overall plot and writing is enjoyable.
However, this is book is too light on all details and instead of constructing an interesting itechee environment it is instead just cheap copying of outdated human technical concepts without giving much care to any details...

WARNING: good 1st book, this 2nd one not so much

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

Rezensiert am: 16.10.2019

I enjoyed the first book of the series - basically, "Terms of Enlistment" mostly focuses on creating the foundation for the universe of this series and it does a good job.
Some minor logic and plot and science inconsistencies - but otherwise a good book.

The narration by Luke Daniels is absolutely fantastic.

However, the second book "Lines of Departure" has numerous GLARING issues in all areas of plot, logic, economics and science!
Reading the comments for the next books in the series shows that these issues do not seem to decrease - quite the opposite, in fact.

Thus, I'll not continue with this series past the first two books I already bought...

WARNING: good 1st book of series, rest not so good

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

Rezensiert am: 09.10.2019

I enjoyed the first book of the series - basically, "Terms of Enlistment" mostly focuses on creating the foundation for this series universe and it does a good job. Some minor logic and plot and science inconsistencies - but otherwise a good book.
And the narration by Luke Daniels is absolutely fantastic.

However, the second book "Lines of Departure" has numerous GLARING issues in all areas of plot, logic, economics and science!
Reading the comments for the next books in the series shows that these issues do not seem to decrease - quite the opposite, in fact.

Thus, I'll not continue with this series past the first two I already bought...

Weakest Safehold book so far - still good enough

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

Rezensiert am: 09.04.2019

About 20-25% of the book failed to keep me engaged.
I felt close to nothing for some of the minor characters plus their parts in the book were sometimes quite boring.
This doesn’t occur during one long 20% stretch of the book - instead there are several weak chapters distributed all over the book.
This distribution makes it somewhat bearable and the rest of the book is sufficiently engaging and interesting.

The narration by Jonathan Davis is excellent as always.

Light reading - different narrrator

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

Rezensiert am: 02.04.2019

Stuart Blinder narrated the first two books quite brilliantly - his style fits well with the not-quite-serious style of the series.
James Langdon is an excellent narrator as well - but for this purpose and series he is not quite in the same league as Blinder.

The book itself is very light but entertaining reading - not quite a guilty pleasure but close - I like it even though.
However, I wish Green would put in a bit more effort to avoid completely unnecessary(!) logic and continuity mistakes.
They did not much reduce my pleasure of listening to this - but they are annoying because most of them could have been avoided so easily.