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Kevin G. Summers

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Associated Works

Prophecy and Change (2003) — Bidragyder — 177 eksemplarer
Strange New Worlds IV (2001) — Bidragyder — 110 eksemplarer
Strange New Worlds 8 (2005) — Bidragyder — 100 eksemplarer

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I got this as a recording on sale at Audible. I think it's supposed to be funny. I'm also done and I haven't even chuckled.

Might as well listen to a random word generator. So much gibberish. I think there is supposed to be a plot, but you could have fooled me and I have listened to 90 % of it.

There may be little left, but it's too much more for me to listen.
yhgail | 2 andre anmeldelser | Feb 20, 2019 |
I fell in love with the idea of the book, but it really fell short of my expectations and just didn't cut it for me.
Ltwente | 2 andre anmeldelser | Mar 19, 2018 |

First off, I sincerely hope the authors are (or, you know, were) VERY good friends with "NYTbestsellingauthorHughHowey". Actually, I would harbor a strong suspicion that one (or both) of the authors IS Hugh Howey … except … I loved Wool. I didn't love this.

See, there is a rather large difference between "trying to be funny" and "being funny". This I realized in spades while listening to Ben Aaronovitch's [book:Foxglove Summer], which, while not constructed as a comic novel, made me laugh out loud quite often, seemingly without even trying. Legendarium tried very, very hard – so hard – but … I did more cringing than anything.

Why use Hugh Howey's name and then change "Wool" to "Cotton"? What's the point? Is that supposed to be funny?

The writing was awkward, with the same word sometimes awkwardly being used in the same sentence. (See what I did there?) The plot made me think of nothing so much as a handful of spaghetti. It's an unoriginal idea done badly. The tone was juvenile. Not the content or the story – I don't mean that this was a book suitable for or meant for children, not if any parents have any sense. No, I mean that the authors' mindset seemed to be that of 13-year-old boys. I found it shocking that there were no details about toilet functions in the lifepod.

Worst of all, though, is the fact that the two main characters are complete and utter idiots. I have a hard time enjoying a book – like Wuthering Heights – in which there isn't a character I can like. I'm even less likely to enjoy a book in which I'm expected to spend time with idiots; I don't have much patience for fools in any setting, fictional or nonfictional. But – ok, the two "heroes" are completely annoying morons, and they utterly failed in their first mission. But here's the thing: how could they possibly not fail? How is it possible to successfully complete a mission when not only do you not know what the parameters of said mission are, but you don't even know there IS a mission? In plain spoilerese, they had no way of knowing they ought to snatch up some borogroves – and, moreover, had no way of knowing what the damn things were. So. Yeah. They failed. Yeah, they were idiots not to say "Hm – sword on a spaceship. Let's grab it, just in case ", but there's no contesting the fact that they're idiots.

If I never hear the word "doughnut" again, I'll be just as happy.
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Stewartry | 2 andre anmeldelser | Aug 28, 2016 |
My original The Man Who Shot John Wilkes Booth audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Everyone knows that John Wilkes Booth killed Abraham Lincoln, or you should if you actually paid attention in grade school. No one really talks about the man who shot John Wilkes Booth… See what I did there? Summers takes us back in time to 1888 (23 years after Lincoln’s assassination) and puts us in the shoes of a small town newspaper editor by the name of Joshua Webb. Webb begins getting these weird letters from a man named Boston Corbett, the man who killed Booth and claims to know the real story behind Lincoln’s assassination. Wanting to believe Corbett’s story, Webb ventures out to Topeka State Hospital to meet the man behind the letters. Unbeknownst to Webb, Corbett has more planned than just spilling his secrets.What are these secrets and what affect will they have on Webb? His family?

I had the luxury of reading The Man Who Shot John Wilkes Booth in the original format, a trilogy of short novels. When I saw there was an audiobook that combined the serials together, of course I was on board. Summers does a wonderful job here of taking us back in time to tell a story that not many people know. Of course, the covers for the novels state ‘Weird Western’ and there is definitely a dose of weird. Secret conspiracies and loonies always have their quirks.

Clay Lomakayu has a great voice but I did find myself sort of dozing here and there. Everyone begins to sound the same a few pages in and I found myself losing focus. This doesn’t detract from the story but it would be nice to have a little differentiation between the characters.

Audiobook provided for review by the author.
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audiobibliophile | 1 anden anmeldelse | Nov 23, 2015 |


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