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.
I found this book hard to follow due to the number of subplots. It was constantly jumping from one scene to another, many of which either had such a thin connection or the connection was so deep in the book that it was irrelevant.
The book also ended suddenly without resolution, so it you really get into it, you have to continue to buy the rest of the series to get to the answers.
This is a review of the entire series. As I try to venture into the world of space operas, I find this series to be one of those that keeps me moving in that direction. At first it is a little confusing given the number of characters, but if you hang in there they all become interesting. The series is epic, and only starts to become tiring towards the last book (book 7), but those wrap up things well. Both the main protagonists and antagonist grow and develop throughout the series.
Sad and disappointing the characters all seem the same and the more edgy ones use drugs like coffee and alcohol while other ones have sex with tons of women solely for making baby's,watch out for the over the top swear words like SHIS...F**K. Mormon Star Wars, with light sabers, quirky droids, planet destroying weapon and know one who is really evil.I found myself rooting for the bad guys.Be warned one white women is very bad and thinks about having sex with a BLACK MAN...really, way to lower the bar "Mister Anderson".
Boredom,Sadness,Depression and suicidal thoughts...Help
Every twist of the story is telegraphed chapters ahead of time and I was forced to listen to boring hours before the characters in the novel caught on. I read all about the series on wikipedia and am relieved that I won't be missing much of interest in the next six books. The enemies and their motivations are nebulous and ill-conceived, they seem to be there just to give Mr. Anderson something to write about. The universe of the book is somewhat interesting, but I feel that learning about it from a few paragraphs on wikipedia is much more enjoyable than sitting through another 120 hours of these books would be.
Living my life like it's GOLDEN!
The Characters jump off of the page! Their emotions, struggles and accomplishments are enthralling.
He gave voice to each individual character which is so impressive because there were several.
King Pete's wit, Basal's treachery and little Osiras intellect.
I have been reading Sci-Fi for decades and this book has held me spellbound for weeks!!