Science fiction without being weird. Really enjoyed the story, the characters were well conceived and developed. Interesting astronomy and not too technical
Narrator is a woman who apparently has been told that all of her female voices, save for the female lead, must be whispery, bedroom voices who sound more like they are dreaming than actually having a conversation. She has zero vocal range for differentiating the secondary characters.
Female lead character doesn't seem capable of making logical, obvious conclusions and is irritatingly lazy, xenophobic, shortsighted. Honestly none of the characters are appealing.
There are things that happen in the plot that make NO sense. I paid for it so I listened to it, but it was a stupid waste of time.
I really enjoyed the mystery of the Seeker and the final resolution.
I didn't enjoy listening to the main character fumble her way around the attack by the misogynist jerk. Nine thousand years into the future and women are still clueless and helpless in the face of violence? I found it very frustrating. If it had been presented as just so new and outside her experience, it might have been better, but it wasn't.
The future in this series can be summed up as "The best of times and the worst of times." It's either awesome, with all the FTL travel we dream of and a charming naivete (No surveillance at the shuttleport? Really?) or it's pretty bad, with Earth STILL overcrowded, underfed and disease-ridden and the general population (not make clear which general population, as most of the setting doesn't involve Earth at all) getting obese from watching too many "sims." Seriously, a setting where someone can say (with amused condescension) "Back then 7 weeks to go 4 light years was a long time" and yet there's no evidence of any particularly advanced medicine or even cosmetics, let alone the societal changes that come with such things.
Peter F. Hamilton's "The Great North Road" did a much more complete job of envisioning the future.
Retired bookkeeper, married, Mom of 2, two granddaughters. Love cozy mysteries.
I agree with Aerindel, one of the other people who posted a comment here
I bought this book based on the other reviews, but I didn't care for it. I got bored about halfway through. I am a sci-fi fan, but I must admit to being a "visual" fan. (TV, movies, etc.) Loved Star Trek, Stargate, and most of Star Wars, and yes, Indiana Jones. I've decided, however, that I don't care for sci-fi in book form. I recently listened to a book about Star Trek DS-9, which I didn't care for either. The books seem to lack excitement somehow. Maybe it's because I'm a fan of mystery stories - the excitement is in trying to figure out who the perpetrator is. This book just plodded along with the characters looking for some sort of a tea cup that they felt was valuable.
Yes, and I already have listened to it multiple times. It is a fascinating concept.
I love the long timeline imagined in this story. The idea that thousands of years in OUR future, our own future (in near centuries) will be ancient history.
Having an understanding about the foundation of the book provided additional perspective as the plot unfolded.
The moment that the protagonists discover what really, finally happened to the lost colonists, is the clear culmination of the book.
I like mysteries, suspense and thrillers. Occasionally I will listen to some scifi or fantasy.
The characters were pretty good and I was able to finish the book but, it really didn't turn out to be what I was expecting.
The futuristic combination of aliens and humans.
The performance was pretty good. Had no problem distinguishing characters.
Love audio books; drive me to work and back; an ever changing road.
This book is refreshing; to dare to believe that we may not kill ourselves with the bomb or pollution; we just may survive and thrive. A positive projection is lovely. Chase; she is a free spirit, is smart, beautiful, enjoys her life and the men in it without apology. It's great that her private life is alluded to but not used for prurient appeal. A great book; I will listen to more of Alex Benedict. The narrator is first rate; perfect for this book.
I listened to this with my husband; he says that he closes his eyes and feels a part of the adventure; "you are there".
This was my first McDevitt.
Most of the galactic civilization books I've read have been rather epic in scale. This one is a nice change of pace: simply a mystery story set within the bounds of an established galactic civilization. There isn't much in the way of crazy aliens or far out tech; it's sort of like Star Trek without the humanoid aliens. Social commentary is also limited.
Van Dyck does a pretty good job reading with one.
Overall, "Seeker" is entertaining but not enlightening.
Great listen. Odd how they promote it as being about the man (Alex Benedict) when the whole thing is told from the point of view of the woman (Chase) who does all the work but a good story and great performance.