This was a great sci-fi story: alien/human - not quite Ursula Le Guin, but interesting from start to finish!
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
There is a lot of swearing/adult content (i.e. domestic violence is normalized) which makes it unsuitable for younger people, but the lack of sophistication through the middle part of the story makes it too young for most adult readers (i.e. any reasonable adult would not keep trying to solve every problem with violence).
If you've read C.S. Lewis' Out of the Silent Planet you'll definitely see in the middle part of the story where at least one of these authors was influenced by that with his "describe the alien and every event in which it is involved with the highest conceivable level of detail" In this 4 hour segment, the descriptions of urination, laughter, or "being a man" is excessive and makes for very tedious listening.
The first couple and the last few hours show there is a decent story line in here with some surprises and an interesting premise. Excluding the middle part, it has a tone similar to Richard Morgan's Market Forces or Thirteen.
If it had consisted of only the first 3 hours and the last 3 hours, I'd have given this story a 4 or 4.5.
The futurist setting is somewhat believable, which makes the set up of the plot easier on the reader. Character development is typical of a George RR Martin novel - slow but steady. However, the main character is difficult to like. He is very nearly an anti-hero with few redeemable qualities. Even in the end when he attempts to do a good deed, it is not without personal gain. The reader is good and did very well with accents in the book, giving the characters the gritty, new-world type of "down and out" underpinnings necessary to suspend your belief system. However, if you are not a fan of sci-fi, don't purchase it.
If you are the type of person who is ok with a few killings and some violence in books or films but is easily offended by swearing just skip this book.
I loved this book. The writers made me love the main character who is completely unlovable. And he can be so ugly inside that it is a major feat that they are able to make anyone care about him and that he is able to find any redemption and any sense of a moral backbone in the end.
I would buy another book by the authors based upon the strength of George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones series of novels. They were excellent. This... was okay.
This one lacked the excitement of the novels I had read by Martin. I haven't read books by the other two authors. The story was rather dry but it did have a few exciting moments. The cause is primarily because this was a story focused on character development. In that vein, it succeeded; however, I prefer more action.
My favorite scene was actually the last scene -- because of the potential (promise) it offered.
Not for me, primarily because I prefer books that are action or emotion oriented (romance) and this was more of a character study. I can't see how a follow-up would interest me.
If you like stories that focus on character development, give the book a try. You'll likely enjoy it. If you're looking for a lot of action, look somewhere else.
Who am I?
You'll spend the most time with Ramone in this story, though with a twist. Still - he really grew on me as the story unfolded.
The interesting thing about Ramone is that he is a feisty personality... a jerk, full of hubris and venom. A second rate reader would have made that all sound insincere... hallow and plasticy.
However, Mark Vietor simply becomes Ramone Espejo; a seamless and nuanced performance that entertains through the entire book.
At just oner 10 hours, this is a little too long to hit in one sitting. Still - I burned through this in a week - and was looking for excuses to get in my car just to listen (as it's the primary place I listen to audiobooks).
I came into this with zero expectations, having no experience with the author or reader. I really love sci-fi, and was pleasantly surprised at how well the story was crafted, and the excellent performance that Mark Vietor gave. Quite pleased with all aspects.
It wasn't the height of science fiction, but I enjoyed the story of the book and the messages it was trying to relay. The voice acting was very enjoyable with the narrator immitated accents very well. I would recommend it for a light read!
Tediously detailed, unnecessarily vulgar with too much crude language even for me. I'm a long time sci fi fan, and while sci fi is often far over on the blue-language scale, this one uses the F word and every other form of profanity in practically every paragraph. When he's not swearing in English, he's swearing in Spanish. It got completely old and tiresome very quickly. The plot is a plodding, plodding slow mover. Might have made a good short story.
The story may be set in a future universe but not much SciFi action in this. A lot of introspection.
The narration was like listening to a newscaster in a way and the plot just wasn'tinteresting at all ....