I thoroughly enjoyed this book in spite of the authors apparent politics. A United Republic of American would be as repugnant to the real people it's places and space shuttles were named after as it is to most readers.
But it's a really fun book, with enough twists and surprises to keep it entertaining. I'll be getting Coyote Rising next month.
Movie loving Brit living Down Under. Anything 'end of the world' themed usually gets my attention, but The Stand has yet to be beat.
I've always been a big fan of Steele and Coyote was one of his best books. The narration can be. A. Little. Stilted. Sometimes. as Ganim seems hell-bent on turning every word into it's own sentence sometimes, but it doesn't grate as much as you might think.
The story is familiar enough; the Earth's pretty much given all it has to give mankind and as a result he needs to relocate. A suitable planet is found and a ship built to get there with a hand-picked cargo of settlers. Trouble is said suitable planet will take 300+ years to reach and the crew have other ideas about who should be making the trip.
The story itself is terrific, with a near-future Earth that feels tangible (and often quite probable) and an alien world that is familiar enough to make sense and alien enough to be compelling. The account of the voyage there is a standout and an early treat in a substantial story.
As I listened to the first part of this book, I kept experiencing deja vue... I was sure I had read something like this before! Much to my surprise and delight, I realized that I had read the first chapter in a Sci Fi magazine. I was really delighted to hear the rest of the story in the entire novel.
This is one which, for me, was not complete until I had heard the subsequent novels, all equally good.
I liked the narration, once I got used to the slower pace of the reading. I listen in the car on my commute, and have been caught up in the story from the first moment I recognized the first chapter.
I do have to say, I also had to get used to the author's writing style... so much of it was in present tense.
But a good way to spend my time, I have enjoyed all three of the novels.
Very well written and very Well Narrated. I'm in the prosses of listen to the second book in the series Coyote Rising. I'm sure I'll get the third book in the trilogy.
Travel to another world - yup. Spread the human race over several planets to prevent a single world shattering event ending humanity's existence - good idea. Steal a Starship? Okay - suspend reality and biology for a while and then get ready for a really good story.
Pretend that the male narrator reads at speed and with a voice that keeps you engaged (might happen - sigh - but not all the time). It's the story that will keep you there.
The narrator's voice to too low, too slow, and too monotonous to make his contribution worthy. Another reader could have really added a great deal this book. I will avoid his narration in future purchases.
The reader sounded like a bad computer/robot voice. No emotion. No change in tone. Would have been perfect if you were listening to a guide on how to change your car's oil..
Pass on the audible version, get it in paper form if you really want to go through the story.
The writer walks the line between battle between left and right. Neither seems to get the upper hand but each has it's days. One can believe this plot unfolding 50 years from now. Maybe this will be the "1984" of 2070.
I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.
I will admit that in the beginning of the book I began to get irritated with the political slant. However, if you bear with the book, and listen through to the end, I think you will see that the author does, in the end, redeem himself in this regard (at least for those of us who see the middle of the political road as the best course). I can't really say more without risking a spoiler, so you will just have to trust me on this one.
The story itself was engaging, and while you could tell that the original was written as a series of shorter stories, it was patched together very nicely, and still maintained a good flow. While it could stand alone as a novel, it doesn't do so comfortably. I was left wanting to know what happens next, and I have already downloaded the second book. As for narration, there is a short intro from Steele himself, which is fine given he's an author and not a reader. What I find odd is that Mr Ganim is mentioned as a narrator, but there was also a female narrator at various places during the book when a female character's story was being told, and she is not credited at all. I thought she did a fine job. Mr Ganim's narration was a bit plodding, and the only reason the book lost a star in my rating.
Am halfway through, awesome read, lots of suspense, real characters that you connect to, story flows well and is believable, sci-fi proper. Recommended.
I am half way through this book and have not noticed any deficiencies by the narrator. The plot is compelling and suspenseful. I like the human element of the characters which is usually a short-coming in most SF.