I like how the story was written... it did jump around a little more than your typical sci-fi book, but nothing to bad and actually made the story a bit better to listen to. Towards the end you kind of figure out how it is going to end though. Which for me was a bit of a let down.
I really can't think of a different book to compare this to... it's kind of got it's own flavor that you really can't quite figure out.
Not really... but it takes quite a lot for me to want to listen to a book all in one sitting.
This was an excellent book, keeping me riveted right up until the final 10 minutes or so of the recording. I might describe the story as a mash-up between "Forrest Gump", "Contact", and "Rendezous With Rama", if you can imagine that. Right up until the final scene, I could hardly put it down! Unfortunately, the book turns very cliche at the end. I would have given it 5 stars without hesitation if not for the ending. Without giving anything away, I felt it was very "Disney-esque", with a little "Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull" thrown in (if you hated the way that movie ended, you might feel the same about this ending). Everything is resolved WAY too quickly, with a heavy dose of deus ex machina. I do recommend it, just because it's such an enjoyable ride, but in my opinion the author just got lazy at the end. It could have been much better.
Avid audiobook addict!
Excellent writing, very thought provoking. The best science fiction audiobook I've ever downloaded!
The "artifact" is little more than a side show in this book. It does little more than exist until the not so exciting conclusion. The only excitement this book delivers, notwithstanding the obligatory half dozen wham-bam-thank-you-mam sex scenes, the gratuitous violence, the travel log to near and distant places, and a short history of the late 20 the century, comes into focus about half way through the book. At this point, it is hinted that there might be a clash of two non-related, super humans. What the clash may or may not be about or what the winner would win is never actually developed because the usual pattern of three clashes is condensed to one quick skirmish of the super humans. Then, just when the long expected clash is finally at hand one of the super human realizes that the parking meter on their spacecraft (AKA the artifact) has expired.
Stop everything! So sorry, we are out of quarters, we'll have to finish this fight at home. Goodbye.
The narration was professional, which is more than I can say for Camouflage by Joe Haldeman.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
I'm trying to decide who might enjoy this novel. It's not really boring nor totally predictable. It helps if some one character in a story is in some way interesting enough to capture my attention. There wasn't one here. The mystery's thinner than bouillon boiled into a quart jar from half a cube. Perhaps the challenge any of us face in socializing ourselves as we move through different clots of people over a lifetime… perhaps that cultural thing might interest anyone who actually enjoyed Sociology 101. Maybe a 12 year old who'd never seen StartTrek might enjoy this. Is there such a 12 year old?
Tell you what… keep your credit and find something else to listen to. Wish I had.
I enjoyed this book, but it involved two different species of alien who both were virtually immortal highly powerful shapeshifters, living on earth. Apparently they represent a substantial portion of alien life out there? I just find that unlikely.
One is evil and one becomes good as a result of earth experiences, which is interesting was not developed as well as it could have been.
So, the book followed the development of one of them on earth (he/she had lost her memory in some unexplained way). That was probably the best part.
Maybe but the science aspect is pretty light.
I'd rather not. He attempts to imitate voices when he reads a book, which is annoying, especially in the extended conversations when he is trying to be a sexy girl.
Yes, I could but that fact doesn't particularly recommend it. They would need to expand the final conflict drama as it is a virtual afterthought and would take about two minutes.
Some of the ideas were interesting.
A little more discovery about what the characters could/would do from a larger perspective. It seemed to center around vacation, sex and killing.
The message at the end where audible thanks you.
No. It might progress into alien shape shift 50 shades of grey.
I found the story to be very predictable at times. Other times I had a hard time differentiating between the chameleon and the changeling. Over all this was still an enjoyable listen.
Worth the credit
The twilight zone, star trek, the movie Splash (sci- fi version) all in one
One of the better books I have listened to