The Chaotic beginning takes a really long time to calm down into the story. When we finally do get to the story it goes really deep into a very odd, Davinci Code, type conspiracy that seems out of place with the 1st 1/2.
The world created is entertaining but incomplete. The Characters just seem so isolated from the world they live in, as if the world adapts to the needs of the story rather than the story taking place in a complete world. Honestly, it is hard to explain what I liked and disliked about this book because I'm still not sure I've recovered from reading it!
Jonathan Davis does a fantastic job narrating this novel. His voice is great, steady and emotive when necessary. He plays and voices several roles masterfully.
The one quibble I have with this audiobook is the chanting at the opening of each chapter. After reading the book, I got the reference right away the first time they did it in the audiobook, but was annoyed at it well before the last chapter.
Overall, this is an excellent story, performed wonderfully.
I enjoy mostly classics, sci-fi, and sci-fi classics
Obnoxious writing style. Very pretentious and tangential. Excellent narration and interesting story. Action plot will be better as a movie.
This book spends a lot of time in development. If that is what you look for in a book then this is it. The performance is solid but the material just didn't work for me.
I wouldn't be opposed to it but I would be careful and need to make sure it is a quick listen.
I believe it was a solid performance. A good job keeping characters defined based on vocal qualities. At times the material called for periods of exposition and I would lose focus. I think this is a combination of material and acting choices.
I am not an editor but I do think this book needed a more heavy handed one. I think there are a number of scenes that could be worked within others to achieve the same goals.
This book does a lot of cool things but I wanted it to be more. Maybe I came into this book with higher expectations but it felt like a bit of a miss to me. The virtual reality is an interesting element but felt under utilized.
The areas of exposition kill any momentum the book builds. Knowing the information is crucial but is delivered in ways that hinder the progress some of the action scenes make.
Get past the first 15 min (which I found really difficult to buy the premise) and the rest of the book is fantastic, then the 1st 15 min has little to do with the story.
This book left me scratching my head. The ideas are so illogical that it was hard to keep listening. The ending wasn't very logical or historically accurate.
The one thing it has going for it is: never before thought of ideas.
(Language = Virus) WTF? ...dumb.
After seemingly interminable hours of techno babble I'm sending this one back. I appreciate the speculation, but this is more than I can handle. I enjoyed Seveneves, not this.
So good I would sit in my car to finish chapters.
Good fun action, fascinating philosophy and history, well thought out interesting futuristic technology and society.
A must read namshub of the first order. You'll never look at the world the same after grocking this masterpiece of cyberpunk science fiction.