I loved this book it is a masterful telling of an epic adventure and with the addition of the rest of the books in the series this Space Odyssey will go down in SciFi history and should be made into multiple Movies.
The second to Pandoras Star this has a good ending. John Lee is British so inflections on certain words are different and he seems to think all Amercan characters should sound alike. But it is still a great read bringing resolution to.many characters.and plots.in.the first story.
I had a bit of trouble following the characters in this book - there were too many of them, with too many insider references to their shared pasts (which we the readers were supposed to piece together). Plot was pretty good and original.
I loved the depth of this novel, and the previous novel, Pandora's Star. The characters were believable, the technology was interesting, and the worlds were fascinating. I also liked the reading. Brits definitely make the best readers.
I had reservations against Pandora's Star, but this one is the story you thought you were getting back in that first book. Impossible to not enjoy this one if you made it through Pandora's Star. Beautiful ending. Excellent book(s).
Absolutely the best sci fi author since Frank Herbert. I can't say enough good things. I did almost fall off my treadmill during one of the goofy sex scenes I was laughing so hard. So I wouldn't let my kids listen to it, but I loved the book as a whole! Huge universe, immense cast, great dialogue, political intrigue, mysterious events. Amazing stuff. I'll be sad when I run out of Hamilton books.
STORY --- Five Stars.
Great sequel! I found myself unable to stop listening. I would listen for hours getting lost in the story and forget about the real world time. He describes the scene with so vivid detail it is like you are in slow motion capturing each and every piece of info. There are one or two sex descriptions that made me feel uncomfortable due to the detail but you quickly pass on to the next scene. Dove tailed perfectly from Pandora's Star. A must listen for the serious hard science, Sci-Fi fan.
NARRATION --- One Star.
John Lee's narration style needs some real work. He is EXTREMELY LOUD after he takes a breath then tails off to a murmur. Very hard to get a good volume that will not pierce my ears after he breaths so I can hear the later words in the breath. I wish there was a way to volume level the narration so his LOUD points don't break my speakers and ears while I can still hear the softer parts. Beware of the volume setting. The production could have addressed this.
I can't tell if this is a good book or not because John Lee uses pretty much the same voice for all the characters. I listened to the first download chunk three times before I finally gave up any hope of following the story.Arg. Now I'm just listening to the rest of it simply as background noise.
fantastic science fiction. This novels only detracting element is the romantic element which I feel detracts from the overall story