I had a very hard time listening to these books. I missed most of the story because the reader doesn't grab my attention (probably good since I listen while driving.) I don't know how to rate the story since I missed so much.
This is a very interesting story, though some of the surprises are not very surprising. There are a vast number of characters, to the point it gets a little hard to keep track. Some phrases are repeated ad nausem; I'll scream if I ever hear "ensyme-bonded concrete" again. That being said, I kept eagerly listening until the end.
This entire series so far has been fantastic. The writing is exciting without being cliche, the story a complete, cohesive, roiling, chaotic whole. Well conceived and well read.
This being the second half of the story brings everything to closure very well. I enjoy the diverse vocabulary and complex story written in with dozens of story lines interweaving continuously.
My only gripe comes from the occasional sub over from either another vocalist or terrible rereading with crap equipment. The interludes are obvious and quite annoying to the point of comedy.
Otherwise the two books are fantastic.
so many levels to this story and initially overwhelming number of characters but Hamilton does a masterful job of weaving a heart pumping mind expanding story, bringing new science and timeless human weakness and strength to a climax that will resound with me forever
There is a good story here, however, it is buried in a mountain of tedious detail. Good at its best, yet mostly a big yawn. Books one and two could be combined into a single volume and the length cut in half - that would likely make for a better book.
Performance is poor. The narrato is not fitting, is overly dramatic and varies too much in volume.
love the grandeur of Hamilton's creation and the way all ties back together the characters are wonderful in their complexity but understandable in their motivations