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!
I would not try another book by Paolo Bacigalupi and/or Jonathan Davis
Pain staking slow pace
I would not recommend this book.
In terms of the performance I don't imagine when one Chinese person is speaking to another in Chinese they have such a heavy accent.
Also Many plot points hung on the fact that Hock Seng or Emiko could pass as Thai if they didn't say anything.
Bad narrative bad storyline and boring could not connect to any of the characters. Will be forgotten soon. Wasted time.
I'm an astronomer. Scifi is all I ever read/watch/listen to. (with the occasional epic fantasy here and there, for diversity :)
the Empress of Mars. I hope it's much better.
the narrator reads Very Slowly. Perhaps for dramatic effect, perhaps he was very tired, I don't know. I set the playback speed to 1.5x normal because I just couldn't take it. At 1.5x normal it sounded almost like a normal speed narration. Unbelievably, it was still occasionally too slow.
Meh. The prose is ok, the book is well-written, the author obviously has talent. Otherwise frustrating.
I don't understand the point of the rape scenes. At least two separate rapes, hours apart in the book. There may be more, I still have 4 hours to the end. Maybe it all ends in one big final bang, just in case we forgot the first two. Anyway, unless you're a sexual sadist the highly detailed rape scenes add nothing to your enjoyment of the book, or to your deeper understanding of the plot. This serves no purpose. What's the point, is it for shock value? That's some feeble imagination if this is the only way you can think to make an impression to an audience.
And also, if you're raping, rape a male character, why don't you. Mix it up a little, be "brave". That would also be shocking but at least it would be new. And it would add just as much to the plot (in reality just as little) as the public gang rapes of this girl.
So basically my impression is that this book lost its way with some pointlessly detailed rape scenes and acts of sexual abuse, described in a way which didn't provide a natural concrete target for the reader to channel their outrage. When there's no target provided for your righteous indignation and outrage, that implies that the author doesn't think such a target would be necessary. Perhaps because outrage is not what the reader should/would be feeling at these scenes. However, I have no idea what he expected me to feel instead. Perhaps the idea was simply to frustrate the reader.
I'm not sure and editor ever took time to cut this book down to make it the short story it should have been.
More Frank Herbert
He chooses random times to inflect, slow down his speech patterns, sound off, and create emphasis where it is unnecessary. At one point he actually lapses into an English accent for a villain that displayed that at no point in the book ever before.
I was driving across the United States and I skipped almost 30 chapters of this book without missing a beat. I wish I was exaggerating. So maybe 30 chapters?
I think the author's intention was to show the interconnectedness of politics, dogma, history, nationalism, entrepreneurship and capitalism. I think he is out of his depth and what he sought to achieve in only one book Frank Herbert achieved in five books of Dune. I very much want to like this book but it lacks originality and is in fact more suited for the teen dystopic book section. Not the fantasy or sci-fi world at all.
This book's story line is difficult to follow, and there are multiple charactors to keep up with. The plot is interesting, if somewhat depressing. Again, this book contains very violent rape scenes that I do not think were required for the plot.
alot of variety