As groundbreaking and exciting a world as Gibson's Neuromancer. The stories vary in tone and scope but all are interesting, entertaining, and engaging.
The Authors didn't get too carried away with advances in tech, it was easy to believe that we could be seeing this in a few decades. It was fantastic listening to the familiar voices from Battlestar Galactica tell these stories.
The five stories as a whole really painted a great picture of this future world. The first story may have been a bit better if Colonel Tigh, read consistantly. At times he was whispering like he was out of breath at others he was animated where it didnt work.
The second story was the my personal favorite of the five, solid story and a very entertaining narrative.
The 3rd story was pretty horrible, not really sure how it fit in or for that matter what is was about, the narration also wasnt that great, I guess the BSG crew needs to stick to acting.
The 4th story would have been a lot better if the narrator left out half of the "he said, she saids" we could have easily followed along with out that bit of distraction and annoyance. Overall though a good listen
The fifth and final story was also outstanding with great narration. It was a good listen.
I will most likely purchase the sequel next.
I really liked this, and it goes well with thoughts of an open society, complementing work by Cory Doctorow, and continuing on the tangent of cultural progress seen in Make, Boing Boing, and slashDot.
I wish that these stories had been better connected, especially the first one. A character comes in and takes command of a situation merely through the sound of his voice. I would have enjoyed it better if the writer had worked harder at actually writing the words spoken by the character that influenced so many. There were also things happening in that story, such as unnamed government groups trying to destroy the city, that are not touched upon in the other stories at all. Fortunately, the stories get better after the first one.
I really enjoyed these stories! I also loved how the authors came to common ground on some the "layout" of the world so that they make and connected composition when listened to together. It was fun to see how each author approached the story. These are authors that I will look for in future. I am always impressed with the short story format (when well written). I recommend this title to anyone that enjoys fiction.
Enjoyed this very much each of these stories were eye opening, very well written and joined together. Even Scott Brick did a very good job and didn't over dramatize things, thanks Scott and to all of the authors who worked on this project for your inspiring minds.
It took me some time to get into the rythym of the storys, had to listen to each one more than once as I had trouble following the narrative but I have to say it was well worth it. I find I am still thinking about a whole range of ideas and concepts that came through the writing. Each narrator did a wonderful job and the writing was clever, engaging, unpredictable and very challenging. I for one am glad the writers did not compromise to the 'lowest common denominator' too much, and pull the punches on the storylines, which always leaves you open to 'preachy' and 'political' whining from the 'fraidy cats of course.
While some of the stories were better than others, as a collective they were all entertaining and worth the listen. You don't need to be a tree hugger, wear a pony tail, nor do you have to enjoy the taste of granola to enjoy this audio book. Frankly, I don't like any of those myself, nor do I like the feel of Birkenstocks.
I'd also like to note that Alessandro Juliani's performance was absolutely amazing.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
METAtropolis is a compilation of five different stories by five distinguished authors taking place in the same shared universe, which keeps things fresh and enjoyable. I didn't think I would have enjoyed it as much as I had. I found myself sad every time each story comes to an end, and quickly excited again for what comes next.
Get METAtropolis: Cascadia as soon as you're done with this. Worth it.