I had certain expectations knowing that this book won several awards.
The world building was accurate, vivid, I could see, hear and smell the places. The consequences of the world running out of oil, new diseases and advanced genetic engineering were well thought through. The Thai setting was interesting.
However, the story was so slow, I got bored. I almost gave up listening at one third of the book. Then something interesting happened, and I kept listening, but I could hardly wait for the next good action.
There is a lot of repetition, for example the start-stop motion of the windup girl. Every time she appears, I was reminded how strange it was. Many times in the scenes she was in.
I could not root for the characters, actually I don't know who was the real protagonist.
The reading was good, except it was also slow, I listened to it at 1,25 times speed.
I hesitated between 2 or 3 stars, finally I gave 3 because of the accurate world building and the cool ideas the story had.
I don't want to think who could enjoy this disgusting theme of degradation and rape, it was made worse by a reader who went from whispering (so I turned up the volume) to shouting (and blasting my ear drums). I managed only a few chapters before I just couldn't stomach the intense brutality and foul storyline. I understand it is set in a future world where society has broken down and become corrupt but ............really?! Why?! I didn't understand the point, perhaps it was revealed later in the book but I just couldn't go on with it.I would recommend a warning so more sensitive listeners don't get grossed out ;)
I would have liked to see the resolution of the story lines all three of the point of view characters that weren't finished or were finished in a footnote format. The story lacked credibility to me. On the positive note, the world building and cultural interplay was well handled. I just wish there was more story there.
The book summary was the best thing about the book.
No. It might make them less likely to listen to me again.
The narration was a little monotone, coupled with the long, dragged out details of fake fruit, it was not what I expected given it's previous ratings.
Don't really know because I didn't get that far into it.
It's difficult to concenrrate on contents of the book because of soporific performance of the reader.
I haven't been reach the end yet. I'm steel strugling
Obviously it have but audio is kiling all values
I downloaded this book on the basis of the description. It was... well, just OK. The narration was probably the least enjoyable part. His tone and cadence were positively soporific. I spent the first hour or two listening and feeling like i were being dragged into a vat of molasses. Finally, I set my iPod on double speed and, I found myself listening to a book read at normal conversational speed. Much better.
The remaining hurdles were surmountable, though irritating. First, during most of the book, I think I found myself thinking, "what's the point?" I really didn't know where this was going--mostly because I never really caught a particularly strong theme running through the book. I suppose the cautionary tale aspect was something, but that didn't grab me that strongly. Next, the sheer implausibility of the background was tough to overcome. Windup springs as power for transoceanic ships? This engineering-trained mind reels at the thought--no process I can think of could do that. Next, we have the problem of feeding the megadonts in the first place. Finally, airships filled with ... hydrogen? helium? I can't remember. Either way, the energy needed to produce these two gasses in industrial quantities is tremendous. Any technological society capable of producing H2 or He gas in quantity is sufficiently advanced to also produce some sort of chemical energy storage medium as well. Yeah, i've heard this called "cyberpunk."
So, in sum, if you can suspend your disbelief, this is an OK production. It finally got somewhere at the end--it just took 10 hours of listening to get there. If you do listen, though, do it at high speed. It shortens the wait and makes the narration go from sleep-inducing to at least reasonably paced.
Perhaps I am impatient, but I allowed myself one hour of intense listening to try and figure what the heck this book was about. I was intent on trying to grasp or comprehend the subject matter. The experience of listening to this narration was akin to listening to someone recite random words out of a dictionary. I don't know what this book was about, nor what is has to to anything. I am perplexed as to why it was even written. Not only was it uninteresting, but it was beyond comprehension.
living life and happy about it
Although I love the concept of this story, I found myself unable to get into the story and when part one finished I didn't bother to start part two. I may try again at another point because readers I respect have said it is worth the trouble.
This read was slow to start and the ending was jet fast with so much happening. Things changed so fast with the many different characters that I couldn't wrap my head around the big picture. I gave it 3 stars on a so so basis, just average. I was hoping for a better ending and a better story.
Oh well, on to the next book.