the idea of the book is actually very good(nanotecs, Martians, cosmos) but I had a really hard time finishing it. extremely confusing at the beginning, the back and forth felt like a a badly edited movie (eg 21 grams). and the narrator didnt help matters, I couldn't distinguish when the main character was thinking or speaking out loud.
From the rich details of the main characters' lives together as children in the first few minutes of the book, to their awe inspiring transition in the final hour, I was fascinated from beginning to end with not only the depth of Wilson's characters, but his masterful ability to interweave entirely plausible science with an highly original and compelling plot. Brought to life with the familiar narrative genius of Scott Brick, the story quickly develops, capturing the listener's imagination with a vibrant, multi-perspective, panoramic view of an epic human adventure, set in a familiar, yet wonderfully original not-to-distant future. Listeners looking for pure Sci-Fi might be disappointed though, as Spin delivers much more, providing ample philosophical food for thought about the 'human condition', while giving relevant insights into today's ultra-conservative, socio-political environment in the US. I highly recommend Spin!
An engaging story that presents a new take on the traditional "who are they and what do they want?" extraterrestrial mystery. Unlike many similar stories, Wilson provides not only an answer, but one that is unpredictable, well thought out and emotionally satisfying without being trite. Highly recommended.
It's sometimes hard for me to find the right blend of hard sf with great characterization. Wilson seems to be very good at doing just that. Characters in this book are not just stand-ins for a science exposition. Nor is this a romance that blurs the details of the science either. It's a solid story and great SF. I'd like to see more of his novels on Audible, especially Darwinia and the Chronoliths.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I loved the initial premise of the book. Unfortunately, that's all this novel had going for it.
The story progressed in a ridiculously slow fashion, and the characters just plain annoying.
We're constantly reminded that one of the characters is a genius, despite the fact that he never does anything remotely genius-like.
The main love interest is an idiot, who gets sucked into one cult after another and has no apparent redeeming qualities.
Our main character is boring.
The author seems more concerned about exploring uninteresting side plots than focusing on the parts of the story that the audience is actually sticking around for.
The author creates an entire world of super-advanced humans on Mars. We only ever get to meet one of them, and despite the fact that he should be 100,000 years more advanced than us, his technology seems to be only 100 years ahead of us- TOPS.
The author also seems to have missed the memo about Moore's Law and computer development. There is no way that a civilization 100,000 years more advanced than us wouldn't already have sentient computers many billions of times smarter than us.
Ultimately this novel had a satisfactory ending. Unfortunately, by the time I got there, I no longer really cared.
I search the net for forums and top book lists to try to find something to download that is not going to disappoint me. I'm not always satisified, but with Spin I hit a winner. I very much enjoyed it, to the point that the TV did not come on all night. Instead I sat for hours just listening to this book. If you like well thought out Science fiction without a lot of sexual scenes thrown in, then this is a great book to listen to.
I was interested in the concept of the stars going out and the earth being trapped in a bubble that slowed time down but like the mysteries of space, the author wrote as if he had no idea what was happening. It is very frustrating to wait for an explanation or wrap up and all characters seem as clueless as I was.
I waited for the sequel(Axis), in hopes that the mystery of the Hypothetical s would be at long last cleared up but you'll need to read that review to find out if it is more defining.
Scott Brick is....well, Scott Brick, the very best at what he does.
I was underwhelmed by this story. I felt that the premise was excellent, but the story failed to deliver on the promise of a great end-of-the-world adventure. Rather, I was basically bored for the first 2/3 of the story, when the pace finally began to pick up a bit. But even then, the pace barely picked up and the story plodded along to an anti-climactic conclusion.
I should have read some of the reviews before listening to this book. I found it to be very unsatisfying. It was more of a soap opera with a little scifi thrown in. Good marks for the Spin concept. That was very fascinating.
If you like your science fiction with believable characters, believable plots grounded in the real world, and plots that tie together, this is an engrossing listen. I wish there was more of Wilson's work on Audible.