Hidden Empire is a fantastic book to listen to, and it kept me entertained right through to the end. The reader was fantastic and you could actually difrentiate between different characters. I have listened to several books where the reader used the same tone and pitch for each character, so it was refreshing to be able to easily distinguish between characters.
In short, buy this book. if you are a fan of space opera, you will be glad you did.
If you are a fan of Science Fiction and need a good series to listen to than this is the one. I originally started out listening to Ender's Game from audible.com and struggled to find a new series. I tried a couple others but was pleasantly surprised by this one. It has the feeling of the "LOST" television series. . . focusing on one character, how they each intertwine as you watch the big picture unfold.
My only hope is that someone takes this series of books and puts them on TV. It's a great read and George Guidall is a good narrator.
I'm on the second book now after being away from the series for a few books. Glad to be back on it and looking forward to the third.
One of the most original stories I have read in a millennium. With the opening chapter I was engrossed and did not stop listening until I had listened to all three novels currently out on Audible. Highly, highly recommended to any fan of Sci-fi. May the story never end.
I found this book to be an excellent listen, the narrator is top notch. The plot of the book is very rich, some would say it drags but I find that to be a mis-representation. There is good character deveopment and that takes time. A good listen for any Sci Fi fan.
I finally pulled the plug on this one after getting 3 hours and 20 minutes into it. I kept thinking that it would get better and I should keep listening , however, when at that 3:20 point new characters were still being introduced I realized that I would need a spreadsheet to keep track of everyone. I'm all for well developed and interesting characters but this is insane. How about some story line? Or do I have to listen for another 5 hours to actually learn what's going on? Maybe I'll pick this one up again at a later date and give it another try...wait a minute...what am I saying? That would be like having acid poured into my ears. No thank you.
I have always appreciated Kevin J. Anderson's writing and chose this book based on my past experience with him. I was NOT in error! This is an excellent example of Mr. Anderson's ability in the SciFi genre. His characters are well developed and the story line flows without sudden stops or holes. The story itself is a good SciFi thriller and I can't wait to download the next two books!
I have to say that I had great expectations when I purchased this book. They were not fulfilled. The first two of the three parts were exceptionally painful, drawn out character vignettes that could have been condensed into more meaningful chapters. It was not until the last two hours of this 19hr book that things began to take shape and make sense, only to leave you in a totally unfulfilled state. There is no follow on book yet, at least not on audible, and that means it will be a long time before one can take up where this Book 1 leaves you, thereby negating all this tedious character stuff. It's a shame - had potential, did not deliver, and has no follow-on identified yet. I would not recommend starting this series until, at the very least, the Saga (it is truly a marathon), is completed.
I just finished this book and enjoyed it a great deal. Some elements of the plot were awfully forseeable but that did not bother me too much. If you have already read the full Dune series (including the great prequels) and the Foundation series, and are looking for a series with similar scope and ambition, the Saga of the Seven Suns is one you will likely enjoy.
If you like books that are incredibly slow and boring than you should try this one out. It's even read by a boring old man. I wish I would have believed the other reviews that similarly bashed on this book. There are just too many trivial details that do not pertain to the plot, and too many boring characters constantly saying boring things. Nothing is ever witty, funny, or remotely exciting in the tone of this book, and nothing ever happens!! (EVER!!!). Is Keven Anderson eighty years old or what? I wish it would let me give zero stars. I would not recommend listening to this book while operating heavy machinery. Maybe if you are suffering from insomnia... then I might recommend to you this book.
As an accountant I spend many hours at my computer and so I download and listen to my books. The Saga of Seven Suns is a wonderful series, but for some reason I was under the impression it was a trilogy..NOT. Anderson has a least 6 books planned total. The nice thing is I will be able to go back and listen to them again and pick up on things I missed the first time. I am a re-reader and now I guess Im a re-listener. Hidden Empire is a great listen, you have to pay close attention to the intial layout but once you have the main story lines laid out, you can set it down and pick it up right away as I do each Monday. I give all three stories so far four stars because they make me care about the people and literally take me away. The science if not always plausable is believable. You really hate why some things happen but as always you can believe the motivations behind the actions. I recommend the whole series. From Anderson's web site I understand the 4th book will be out in July 2005 so hopefully Audible will have the listners version soon after.