Review: Colossus: Stone and Steel

  • Title:
    • Colossus: Stone and Steel: Volume 1
  • Author:
    • David Blixt
  • Release:
    • August 2, 2016
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Brian J. Gill
  • Series:
    • Colossus, Book 1

Did not finish.

This will primarily be a review of the audiobook.

So this book features a lot of characters from the Christian? Bible? Don’t know, don’t care. I’m not into religious dogma. I’m also unfamiliar with much of Roman history or the many names. I have a hard time with names in general. Which led to me struggling to follow along.

I was fucking lost the entire time I was listening to this book. Every few minutes, I felt myself getting confused, bored, and zoning out. Then I’d realize I was lost and had no idea what the hell was going on again. So I’d try to start paying attention again, only for it to happen again.

I want it known, I tried to continue on with this book. I listened to a few hours worth (stopping somewhere in the 9-hour range, listening at 2.0 – 2.55x speed.) I ended up leaving the book out of boredom and with a desire to review something shorter to not fall behind on reviews. Nine days and 9 reviews later, I returned to this book out of obligation to the author…. and I lasted another couple of hours before finally accepting defeat.

The reason I went so in detail about why I couldn’t get into this book is that I don’t think it’s a bad book, it’s just not for me. I also can’t stand reviews that are just “I got this as a review copy. This book good! / this book bad!” That’s just lazy and disrespectful to the person that gave them a review copy. The book is very descriptive. It seems well written, planned, and researched. Not that I’d know otherwise. As I said, I know little of Roman history or Bible characters.

Overall, the narrator does a great job. Somebody should tell him there’s no e in apricot. It’s not an “Ape-ricot”. Other than that annoyance, his voices and acting were excellent. You can tell he takes his job seriously.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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