Good hard core Sci fi but way too many characters to keep track of. The story was sometimes hard to follow but overall it was a good book. you definitely get your monies worth. I feel like I just conquered mount everest.
I wondered a few times if the story really needed to be this long but then realized that if I didn't want to be shown what the people and situations were like it could have been just 5 hrs and a great deal less interesting, Well worth it as a conclusion to the two book story (Pandora Star), Very satisfying ending!
I really didn't care for John Lee's narration. he doesn't have enough character in his characters. 90% of them sound identical including the women roles. Also, I prefer a more consistent volume level. I usually listen in my car and there are a lot of very quiet parts where I needed to crank up the volume and then turn it back down. this often happened within a single sentence.
I did love the story though and I really loved how long it was.
I really like books.
The performance is good. But took a little getting used to for me. I think it's just because of the accent. It's no big deal and don't let it dissuade you because he does a very good job and the story is fantastic.
I almost gave up on these books. Glad I didn't. There is A LOT of detail and many characters. Just hang with it and know the basics of what is going on and you will be rewarded with a very good story.
this is the best Hamilton book I've read, and I've read most of them. I've heard it said that Hamilton didn't know how to end a book to save his life, but this one made me happy. I also like the tie in (relatively loose) to the next series. good show.
I am a fiber artist and teacher. I love moderate action, plot twists, diverse characters and much romance.
I enjoyed how Hamilton tied in so many ideas with all the characters and worlds and whatnot. I actually LIKE how the narration just flows from one scene to the next, and it is actually less monotone then I would think for reading 70 hours of the same story. The narrator changes how he says the name of a lake he has been talking about for the last book and s half partway through which was weird and there's the occasional misplaced emphasis, but like I said, not bad at all for 70 hours!The thing that lees me from giving it a 5 is that even with all these pages and this time the female characters are all just a little lacking. I can tell Hamilton is trying for strong women, which I appreciate, but all the main action/power players really are men. The women--all have some "reason" they are special and cool: Genetics/family power/sex appeal etc. He doesn't even bother to tell you what happens to one of the main women at the very end. After 70 hours I want a wrap up for everyone. I felt like he just got too tired to care by the end. Or maybe his editor made him cut it. Anyhow, I did enjoy it, but this bothered me when it was all over.
A wonderfully complex story with characters that grow and change, and language that ranges between poetic and stark. I'm in awe of both the author and the narrator for bringing this to vivid life.