Well narrated stylistic future world, great visual build. Storyline is weaker than storytell but overall good listening experience. Would recommend it.
Recalls the Masters
The John Burdett books because of the Thailand setting
He was pretty good at keeping the voices different so it sped up the movement of the plot.
Not at first. The idea of complete control of the food system by "calorie corp's"( sound familiar?) is my idea of a horror story. So it took me a while to settle in. There was some setting up involved so I could grasp what was going on in this world. That's why I said "Recalls the Masters", like Dick, Heinlein etc, where you drop into this world and just start running, filling in details as you go. I'd never even heard of Mr.Bacigalupi before, but it was a great find. I hope there's going to be more books of this story.
It took some time to get in the feel of the book. When the main character meets the windup it got better.
I liked the book. I liked the windup, but wished there was more about her. I liked the Main character, but disliked his indifference to the windup in the end. And I loved the twist ending! ;)
Middle aged professional with long commute whose goal in listening is to be entertained.
I enjoy science fiction where scientific knowledge is imaginatively applied to the setting without overly tedious descriptions of gizmos and gadgets, and this book is such a story. The character list is easily manageable for a listener and the narrator made it easy to distinguish the characters, the story is engaging from the start, and the scenario is a creative and believable extension of present trends. However it is dark - the undercurrent of brutality, in the forms of both active violence and the passive negligence/capitulation/defeat of individual characters and the society at large, was hard for me. About 2/3 of the way through I was ready for it to be over as I was becoming depressed. In the last third things start to improve slightly with some deserved justice, and I began to see light at the end of the tunnel. The book does end on a more hopeful note from a surprising source.
Admittedly I have a sense of unfocused but rising panic about global warming, and this book tapped right into that, which was no doubt one of the author's main goals in writing it. So in the sense of being an affecting, memorable and well-told story, I would give it very high marks. In terms of my more humble goal of pure entertainment, the success of this writer in bringing his possible future to life was a barrier to enjoyment.
I do find myself still mulling it over several months later though..
What a fantastic dystopian world inhabited by wonderful characters. I generally get impatient on the really long books but this one had me hooked from beginning to end.
The plot was odd, periods of being difficult to follow and a good section of the book was dull/boring. I finished the book only because I hate paying for a book & not completing it. I will admit if it hadn't have been an audio book I wouldn't have completed it.
Mankind has opened pandoras genetically modified box and the remodel is a dark and damp vision of the future. A genetically modified apocolypse if you like. I loved this book but it may not be for teenagers.
More description of what the classification of characters and some description of the plagues.
The story did not flow well. When the story hit a chapter it went to another part of the story and when it came back some exciting parts were missed.
The book would have been better if it flowed better. The story itself was interesting. The description of one of the most exciting parts was left out.
The story was a bit slow to pick up steam. Once it did, it became dependably entertaining, but not overwhelmingly so. There were a lot of characters in this book and the story only very loosely ties them together. Though I was never bored, the story felt like a very long buildup to a payoff that never quite arrived.
The voice performance was very good, however.
Sci-Fi guys I guess.....maybe it got better in the 2nd half, but I quit listening in part 2. I just couldn't make myself care about this guy. The windup girl herself was a great character and if there ends up being some romance between them I might be sorry I quit. But it was just taking too long to go anywhere!
Yes...many! It was almost awesome. So much potential for a great book, but you can't wait until 3/4th of the book is gone for something to happen of interest.