I managed to get through one chapter before I had to switch to another book. Imagine Steven Wright playing Spock - that's how monotonous this narration is. The Sci-Fi story may be fine but I'll never know. There are some voices you could listen as they read the phone directory, but this narrator kills what may have been a good book, or a crappy book. Either way, I'll never buy one of his narrations again.
Love to read and audible is a great way to do that almost any place. Retired Computer Analyst living on the beach.
Great book and good story. Boring monitone by author who tries to read the novel. He has such a monitone that it took me three times to start and be able to listen to the book. He should always allow a professional reader do his stories. If he narrates I will not purchase another of his books. With a proper reader with inflections for characters I would have rated this book a 4.5
I enjoyed this book, despite a few minor quibbles and the dreadful monotone narration. Peter Ganim does passable dialects, but his "narrator" voice is dull in the extreme. There's an alternate female editor midway through who is much, much easier to listen to.
The story is compelling and reasoned, if a bit sparse in the world-building department. While the pacing and plotting were well done, I found myself mildly disappointed by how bland Coyote turned out to be. We get a few trees, maybe four or five animals and ton of...well...grass. There are some setups that may pan out in future installments (which I do intend to listen to,) however, the alien biosphere as described in this book is rather threadbare.
Recommended, albeit with muted expectations relative to the word "epic."
For a fan of this genre, the science, characters and plot are central. This unfortunate book lacks all three. The author's hatred of conservatives and Christians flows through every character and every plot line. His utopian society is based upon theft, kidnapping, negligent homicide and lies. The author intimates that all of this is justified if one simply feels oppressed or has a generalized "spiritual feeling". Theft apparently does not trouble the author as he "lifts" the first half of his plot from Robert Heinlein. Lacking any understanding of relativity is but a small part of the author's shortcomings. His ignorance of science, history, and human natue make this a ponderous and unenjoyable book. The author is welcome to his political myopia; I am just sorry I paid to witness it.
The Narrator speaks in a plodding, pause between each word, way. It was so bad it was difficult to get into the story.
I stopped listening 4 chapters into the story. Why? The awful narration coupled with the start of the story being the "Conservative Fascist" took over the USA, and the Air Force captain and his crew saves the Universe by stealing the only starship after they had replaced the original passengers with the good (oppressed liberals) people.
If you believe Conservatives are Nazis going to take over the USA and don’t mind a 1st grader reading the story to you, buy this audio book.
1. The politics were a little explicit, but believable. Some might be offended by American fascists using dead conservative politicians as icons of fascism, but other fascists have distorted history for their own purposes. 2. However, the author's repeated mis-stating of the time dilation due to relativistic velocity was irritating. He should have had a physicist or physics major read the story. 3. Character actions seemed designed to further the plot, because they were not believable otherwise. I can forgive an occasional lapse where the author has written himself into a corner, but there are too many here.
I found the narrator very hard to listen to. It took me several times of getting started to listen to the story. Allen Steele tells an excellent tale, the book is well written, but the deadpan, over annunciated speaking style made it very difficult to get through.
If you are looking for a book that you just can't stop listening to, this is not the one. The author starts with a silly premise, and compounds this error by mixing his politics with the story. Suspending disbelief, as is normal with fantasy/sci-fi, is really hard to do. Save your money and time for a different series and a different author.Whatever I paid for this book was too much.
I am a retired grandmother of two wee ones. I listen all night long so that I can't hear my husband snort.
I tried listening three timed and each time could not complete. Too dry, too boring
Good (4*s) story for the teenage age group....only 3 for the adult population.
The narration is a bit monotone at times. The politics are overly simplistic: Reviewers seem to think the "liberty" party somehow is punching fun at the libertarian party, but the liberty party in the book is clearly similar to a militaristic communist country.
I like that there are good female characters, albeit adolescent...so are the male ones for that matter.
Although the settlers were fleeing an authoritarian system to build a capitalistic democracy, they clearly wouldn't have survived and done as well as they did without being a socialist democracy - all helping all.
The invading army's politics is clearly overdrawn as well...but I'll review on the next book.