It ranks to the upper side of middling only because it took me more than half the book to begin to remember who was who and what they were doing and what was important about them. Kind of like War and Peace with Aliens, Russian phone directory and all. The story ended up being quite enjoyable, and piqued my interest in the sequel.
Although I had a hard time following all the dozens of people and places at the beginning, they did come together and I am amazed at the complexity of the plot and world. Aliens are, well, alien, and human hubris has been humbled. That said, there are only a couple of the characters that I really care about, so it will be interesting to follow them in the sequel and see who dies and who saves the day. (They will save the day, won't they?)
George is my first love in audio performance. He does different voices well, even women's. His style makes even ordinary sentences a little more interesting, if not suggestive (as in suspenseful). He is easy to follow and to listen to. I want to invite him to dinner.
The very end. I knew part of what was going to happen--it was inevitable, but it didn't play out as I would have preferred. New places to go, new people to meet-- where? who? Can you say, "sequel?" Oh, and Asimov? Not everyone follows your rules!
No - Anderson
Yes - Guidall
Of course. This could have been a great book but fails. When an author sets a number of scenes, each with their own set of characters, there is a plot line in each segment that leads back to the main plot. The best example of this is John Brunner's classic Stand on Zanzibar.
The author here fails miserably. I got maybe 2/3 of the way through and there is one main plot line (the aliens from gas giants). While he makes some references in most of the scenarios to the main plot there is little to tie them together except the knowledge of current events. And the one segment that is supposed to have critical information (the World Tree) appears completely unaware of what's happening.
It is so poorly done I can't believe Mr. Anderson is capable of writing a coherent book. I also don't care enough to finish it even with about 14 hours invested.
The only good think is the narrator who is fantastic. No wonder Audible lists hundreds of books narrated by him.
Beautiful universe. The characters develop in a way many serials ignore, they are empathetic and relevant, regardless of how friendly they are.
The bad guys are hard to judge, it's not clear if they are actually bad, or just very bad at science.
The prefect, anything Hamilton
I couldn't; it's too long. Though I would like to try.
Hello, My name is Levi Brousseau. I'm on a life long mission to find stories that blow my mind.
This was a pretty good story. Lots of character building. Does have a slow start, but gets better as it moves along. over all I enjoyed it very much. check it out.
It took me a couple of times through several parts of the book at first in order to get it clear in my mind who all the characters and groups were in the story. I found myself frequently saying, "Now who is that? or Now who are they?" Maybe I was just distracted, but it seemed as if there are a lot of players to keep straight. However, after I got all that squared away in my mind, it was a good book.
Guidall did a good job as always.
This book is not on my all time favorites list, but still not a bad listen.
The story is very slow in starting. The author layers his characters and the universe for hours....
Nope. It was a jump from Fantasy to Sci Fi and I guess I should not try "Epic SciFi" before I have matured into the genre.
He is great...
For a more patient listener...
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Kevin Anderson’s “Hidden Empire” presumes earth’s civilization survives natural and man-made cataclysm noted in today’s news rooms. Anderson infers civilization survives global warming and does not disappear from natural disaster. Anderson projects a future of other-world colonization, sentient robots, and inter-species communication. However, in his first book of “The Saga of Seven Suns” sentient beings continue to place life at the threshold of extinction.
Science fiction stretches today’s scientific truths and uncovers interesting necessities when surmising a future for human civilization. Traveling to outer space to colonize other worlds demands discovery in the laws of science that are presumed unlikely or impossible today. “Hidden Empire” suggests the speed of light will be exceeded, artificial intelligence will become its own life form, and human senses will evolve to accommodate instantaneous communication between distant planets. (Hmmm--see Ray Kurzweil.)
“Hidden Empire” is the beginning of a multi-volume story that reminds listeners of the nature of human beings; i.e. most act instinctively rather than scientifically. The consequence is often disastrous; particularly when science is linked with political power. Human civilization seems destined to be on the edge of extinction; not from science or natural disaster, but from human nature.
I found this to be a reasonably good story but am unclear now if it is so good that I am willing to invest 5 whole days of my life to get from here to the end of the saga.
It seems arrogant to suggest changing a book, but I would liked to have seen things pick up much quicker.
I really loved the overall story but I disliked almost every single character. There was an overall lack of depth to most of the characters.
I have not.
I imagine that Hollywood could turn this into a pretty good series of flicks.
I think that the series has a great story to offer, but I would hope that the characters mature greatly in the following installments.