This book needs to be played in fast mode and it is still a very slow pace. I wanted to like it but in the end I was just left with thinking it was a lot of time wasted. Very descriptive and bleak.
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
This is really a difficult book to follow. Time and again you loose track of the story.
While Jonathan Davis' performance is good, his "Chinese" accent makes it even more difficult to follow the story.
This book should be listened by someone with a lot of patience.
I am struggling to listen to the end of Pt 2. As an elderly sci-fi girl I wanted to be delighted. The subject is current; we should listen to its lesson. The characters for the most part are so cardboard and self absorbed. The actual windup girl is the only one that keeps me trying to finish. Other than her, I do not care what happens to any of them. Be thoughtful about choosing this book and only do so if you are patient. Perhaps I will change my mind as the story progresses.
it's the best way to spend a working day, and i'm thankful my job is one where i can listen to books all day long.
i tried to get into this book several times but it just didn't happen. don't waste your credit.
I saw this book in the bookstore and I really did want to like it. There were points where I almost got there but I just couldn't form any sort of empathy with the story or the characters. I know the intent was to comment on human nature as being ultimately clanish and self serving while at the same time ironically compasionate at times for inexplicable reasons but the shear vulgarity of all the humans protrayed left no room for hope or redemption.
Even Emiko, the new breed that will no doubt be the Eve of the inheritors of the planet, carries no hope for improvement to anything except immunity and physical prowess.
All that being said the writting was good and the characters were mostly well formed and the world was painted in detail.
Suspension of disbelief is required in buckets though since solar energy, bio fuels, geo thermal, wave current generation, wind power and any number of other technologies seem totally forgotten although methane convertors are mention as being fed by executed humans (I imagine in energy terms this is going Soylent "Green" eh?) while gargage fills alleys (Making Methane from protein would be much harder than from vegetation found in garbage).
The narration was dry and sedate and probably contributed to the overl depressing feeling of the book. I managed to make it through the whole thing and that is the only reason it has three stars instead of two. Probably more of a 2.5
Not much happens until about half way into the book. The first half is a series of disconnected vignettes with no obvious protagonist, storyline, etc. Some of the ideas presented are interesting, but not really explored or developed.
The story picks up eventually, with a series of protagonists emerging, and something approaching a story line. All in all it was just ok. It was well written, but suffered from just dropping us readers into the middle of events and a world without any kind of explanation or discussion on why we should care.
If you enjoy eclectic writing and obtuse plots and characters, you might enjoy it. For me, it was just 'meh'.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
I wanted to like this book. It seemed like it would be exotic, and I was hoping that, like other good sci fi, it would throw light on human nature by examining it from an other-worldly perspective. ( I don???t read that much sci fi, but The Sparrow comes to mind.) Instead, it was boring and needlessly complicated with absolutely no psychological insight.
For the work of keeping track of all those characters and pseudo scientific info, I expected to be rewarded with an interesting plot, complex characters, or some depth of emotion. Instead, the characters were all flat and unlikeable, and there were too many of them vying to be the main character. Many of their interactions didn???t make sense. Why did Anderson serve up the wind up girl to those horrible men after he seemingly cared for her? And was the main character, Emiko the wind up girl, supposed to have a soul or not? The jury is out on that one, and so it was hard for me to care about her because of that. Also, the narrator's phony Japanese accent for Emiko sounded terrible. I'd rather hear NO accent than such a silly sounding one; that added to my inability to care about Emiko. And the way the story ended for Anderson, who was at least ONE of the main characters, was meaningless as well.
Then the plot??? there was way too much war-like posing and bombing and running around. At the end, when Emiko is finally on her own, the author makes that scene into only a brief epilogue! That???s when he really could have fleshed her out, so to speak, but it???s more like a plot outline here. And he throws in the Gibson scientist character, and it gets really (but briefly) outlandish then with no follow up or reasoning for it at all.
I thought the whole thing was unsatisfying, and it amounted to next to nothing.
The writing was not very interesting and the person reading was very very boring and their accents made me feel uncomfortable because they were poorly done.
Definitely will be skeptical about other books in this genre, because while I have read and liked other books in this genre, this book gives me the impression that it could be hit or MISS (this one was a miss).
If you can't do a believable accent, don't do one! and the person should try and inject more emotion/energy into the reading. I almost got in an accident falling asleep at the wheel because of this reader (not really but I could have!)
The premise was interesting, but beyond that this book was a waste of a credit. I guess the redeeming quality was that I got 2 books for a single credit as part of a sale on audible and the other book is good (so I guess no wasted credit after all... just wasted time)
Garbage book please don't waste your time reading this. I am someone who likes to finish what I start but I could not make it through this book. I can't believe I lasted halfway through, considering how bad it is. Learn from me.... run!