- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 40 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Patrick Skelton
- Audible.com Release Date: October 4, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FMRG5GY
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The Device Audiobook – Unabridged
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John's relationships with his adopted parents are not fully explored or defined. He seems ambivalent towards them, but it seems clear that his mother loved him like he wanted her to.
The device from the title really plays a very minor role in the story. It's not until the end of the book that we find out anything about it. Except for the government confiscating it, there's nothing thrilling about finding it. No chase, race. hunt suspense or any excitement around it.
Jacob's ramblings were confusing and never really said anything. How John got any clues out of what he said beats me.
A lot of the story revolves around John at work and with his co-workers, but those things aren't really integral to the story. It feels like his job and boss are just there to give him time off when he loses it and for him to meet Lisa.
I found the great leaps in time somewhat disconcerting as well. John decides to make a life with Lisa, but all of a sudden we're 8 years into their marriage. There's nothing that shows their relationship building, are they happy, where are they in their lives, etc.
The political culture of the times jumps around too. You're reading along, and suddenly something about the climate or healthcare is inserted into the story. There's no real setup of the circumstances or history of the political culture. I get that it's a warning about government control of our daily lives, but it's choppy and awkward.
All in all, it was interesting, but confusing, vague, and incomplete.
Also, maybe it's just the Kindle, but there were all kinds of words hyphenated that weren't supposed to be, like "under-stood". It was distracting and it happened every few pages.
This is an easy read where the sci-fi related jargon is not complicated or too technical making it easy for non-techies to follow. Also, unlike a lot of recent books, the author hasn't indulged himself by reeling off paragraphs of background research which does nothing more than tell the reader that author has made all things plausible rather than telling a story!
I would rather know I was reading fiction than have the author stuff the book full of real facts on which the story was based - so well done.
There is also some very good tugging at the heart strings.
A good read - would recommend it.
However, though primarily focused on character, science fiction aspects are present as both an underlying mystery, and an exciting climax.
The currents of plausible science fiction themes throughout "The Device" enhance this dramatic quest for self discovery. And even though the science fiction aspects are fantastic and incredible, they are revealed in such a way as to not overwhelm the story.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend anyone interested in science fiction, family dramas, romances, or even inspirational fiction. Truly a book for all audiences.
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Overall I did enjoy reading it.
I received The Device, by Patrick Skelton, as a review copy submitted to "Red Adept Reviews" by the author.Read more