Most reviewers find it "compelling", "amazing", "brilliant". So I wasn't too put off by Michael (WI). I wish I had listened to him! He pretty much says it for me.
My caring about what was happening slowly dribbled away until, after a couple of hours, I just couldn't be bothered listening to any more.
The story is very disjointed and painfully slow. I have read books where jumping back and forth from the characters memories to the present has created a tether, this creates a noose that makes the listener want to place their head in it.
There are holes in the "science" so large that you may need the Hubble to get a grasp of their boundaries. While there are elements that grab the imagination, the very tedious character development is painful to say the least. There was so much useless information that the author could have easily cut half of the book and it would be far more bearable. There are parts that are just glossed over that could be interesting, while others are examined in such minute detail that I almost turned the book off a number of times.
To be fair, this reminded me of Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea. There is just no redemption. If you are looking for something slow and artsy, this may just do it for you. If you found yourself liking the main character in Stephen R Donadlson's Thomas Covenant series, then you may indeed like this. If you wanted to slap Thomas Covenant because he was so self pitying, then this is not the listen for you.
I have been happy with all of my purchases except this one. I really wish I could get my money back for this book.
Interesting perspective but needlessly fatalistic and extremely heavy handed in its opinion of human consciousness. Doesn't follow its own rules in regards to emotional expression. Apparently anger is the only trustworthy emotion. The reading was good but unfortunately the content diminished its ability to shine through.
The story: it's somewhat interesting, but gets overly philosophical and needlessly complex. I love Sci-fi but this got weird.
The writing: the heavy use of metaphors smacks of a Neil Stephenson novel (which the author may take as a compliment) but makes the prose confusing, and ultimately annoying.
The narrator: he was fine, but nothing special. Also, he had several mistakes when pronouncing words, and sometimes pronounced words differently.
Summation: not worth the money or time.
The voice acting was superb.
Great blend of fantastical elements blended with some hard SciFi.
I have listed to it 2x already and will do so again.
I like weird !!! But this might be too weird in the unexplained areas. A big idea/question in this story is the difference between sentience and intelligence, also predators, also time, how we deceive ourselves.This just also had a lot of missing transitions in the story line, which made it for me depressingly and prohibitively hard to figure stuff out. I guess that is why some reviewers said that they listened to it twice. Yes, there is tension to find out who survives to the end, or when and how they'll get to really communicate deeply and interestingly with the alien(s)(?) It did well in conveying a sense of futility and lonely mess that really not makes me want to buy another book in this universe for now. There is already too much depressing, bewildering, unexplained ugliness and violence in my world . Since the book did not reward me with many insights( I might be too uneducated in the areas of biology and other areas some people really find brilliant & interesting in this tale, according to their reviews), nor interesting or beautiful descriptions of any kind, I am not very motivated to read more of this author's universe right now . I would like to find out more about what the hinted on future holds; but it is really left open ended. If you're going to get this; I think the odds are 60:40 wether you'd like it (40 % on that you might like it)
Sometimes I think one could write the perfect 2015 sci-fi novel by having a bunch of asexual and gender-fluid characters debate the evolution of the human mind endlessly while deus-ex-machina events move the plot along somewhere else.
Ta-da! Blindsight is that, but now with more vampires!
I had to really grit my teeth to get past the first few chapters, then it got easier. I guess the value of having super-intelligent aliens and super-intelligent AI's in your story is that at the end, instead of having a bunch of plot holes and inconsistencies, you can say "the super-intelligences did it!" about everything.
There are previous reviews written by: James 04-04-09 and Old Hippy 11-17-08. Please read their submissions. I have been reading and listening to SciFi since I was perhaps 8 or 9 years old. Sincerely without bragging, I feel I do know SciFi. (I'm 61 now). This is not for a novice science fiction reader. In my opinion it helps greatly to have the history of many reads and perhaps many years of SciFi to cope. I'm going to look into more of his writings. In other words,,,,"Yeah, it was a good story" ;-)
One of my all time favorites. Highly recommended for people that have already read the book as well. You should have no trouble following if you haven't read it but the performance of the narrator is so good and the details are so rich that it just gets better with repeat listenings.
Please record the Rifters Series next!
Snotty, elitist lawyer who reads too much and is kind too little.
Philosophical musings, space.
None of them stand out, actually.
Differentiate the characters better, inflect more emotion.
I can handle weighty matters of philosophy. I can handle long stretches of dense dialogue. It just all grates a little thin when the plot between them is only exciting in may two or three scenes. Good writing, flawed execution.