I think I remember some of the reviews saying this book upset Atheists and Theists alike; but I'm not sure why? I don't think either party is portrayed "negatively". Though I suppose neither side gets heir way either?
I enjoyed the book thoroughly and think it's worth your time it does provoke one to think outside their party lines but does not put the exclamation that I thought it might have had the book made a more dramatic conclusion.
I do recommend the book though it was very well read and a fascinating thought experiment into the "what if".
I've been listening to this genre for many years and this book is among the top two or three of the 100s I've listened to. The narration was spot on and the this story is amazing! This is an absolute must listen!
This would have been an interesting book if the main plot devise wasn't the protagonists' bout with cancer and his relationship with his adopted son Ricky.
Seriously, an advanced alien species(apparently not advanced enough to cure cancer) lands on the earth, and half of the book is about how this one flavorless and creatively stunted scientist can't come to grips with his lung cancer.
Toward the end of the book the main character is recording a video for his addopted son Ricky to play on his 18 th birthday; and you can't help but think it would be much more poinient if the kids' name wasn't Ricky and he wasn't adopted. Seriously: It's a made up story, make it up better.
The name of this book should have been called "One Athiest Dingdongs Dramatic Reaction to Cancer. Oh, and There Are Some Intelligent Design Aliens".
If you make it halfway trough the book without concluding Ricky is the dumbest name ever, then your name is probably Ricky.
Loved this book. Narrator really brought it life. Sawyer's thoughts on morality, creation, and use of well-researched scientific concepts made this book more real than average Sci-fi.
More action. More suspense. It was just boring ... and mildly depressing.
I confess, I didn't finish the book. I got about 2/3 of the way through before I felt like I was wasting too much of my life waiting for this book to get good. The book just did not have enough action, or suspense, or anything approaching excitementt for me. If you like science, and are intrigued by the interplay/antagonism between science and faith, you might find this book interesting, but don't count on it. I think you're more likely to find it depressing.
Since discovering audible I've been waiting to stumble upon a sci-fi story this intelligent. Amazing dialogue creating endearing characters struggling with modern dilemmas/topics.
Doesn't work as Sci Fi.
Very dull discourse format for storytelling. But if you lack a scientific background it's an ok intro to several concepts in astrobiology; "Goldilocks zone" and colligative properties of water among many others.
"Fascinating, totally engaging. It's a lovely story which will force you to think about very important things. Don't miss it. I"
I loved it! It takes a lot to keep my attention, but from the start, I was eager to listen.
Extremely serious stuff, for adults, and yet time and again I found myself laughing out loud. Extremely good use of a great imagination.
I guess I made it clear that you should read and recommend it. Mark
This story has a very intriguing set up that captured my attention from the beginning. Love books or stories where you can tell the author spent a lot of time researching or learning the subject before writing about it. The only reason I couldn't quite bring myself to give this book five starts in that the ending seemed a little under-whelming. Although, in this books defense I don't quite know how to create a worthy ending for such an epic topic. In the end I would highly recommend this book to anyone!
writing style was a little too simple for my taste, some dialogue was unrealistic, however it was still an overall good novel, clear and uncluttered, with a surprisingly satisfying ending, definitely worth a read- listen