The first 3/4 of the book consists primarily of reiterations of the silly pap of "Intelligent Design" theorists without many of the obvious rejoinders. The plot is exceedingly thin and little actually happens until the end. The denouement is interesting but essentially derivative of Arthur Clarke and Star Trek. The narration is competent but book itself was just tedious.
If you bought this as a "science"-fiction listener, but reject evolution then you might one of the few who might actually like this fantasy.
This reads like a 1950's sci-fi film. I was expecting more depth. This may be good for young adults. The narrator's characterization of the alien's voice is unintentionally comical. Give it a long sample listen before you buy.
Poorly written. Pointless. Boring. Stupid. I can't believe this book won an award. I sat through it and listened to the entire thing even though it was horrible. I wonder if the people who praise this book even read it.
This book was not at all what I was expecting. I have three complaints.
1. The god of this universe isn't perfect, and doesn't care about anyone, so it doesn't rase any real theological debate. (Which I thought was the point of the book.)
2. I wasn't looking for a sad story, and this is a story about an angry dying man.
3. There were quite a few jabs at America, most of which didn't make much since. If you're not an american I'm sure you won't care, but I am.
Audiobooks allow book nerds like me to venture out in public and keep "reading."
I wanted to like this - but it was absolutely terrible. seriously - i'd highly recommend something else.
This book has a strong story at its core but I feel that it is weakened considerably by the preaching manner in which it is written. This tone seemes to have been picked up and amplified furher by the narrator. An interesting read but not an enjoyable one.