I am a fiber artist and teacher. I love moderate action, plot twists, diverse characters and much romance.
My favorite part of this story was getting to know all of the characters/planets/socio-political groups. This is some pretty thick Sci-Fi. There is no warning when you jump from one to the next, so it's a little confusing at first, but fun when you get the hang of it.
The narration is amazing. Really. He changes his voice just enough from character to character that you know who is speaking, but it's not strained or overly "acted," just really truly very honestly well and smoothly read.
I liked the story a lot. All of the different plot lines woven together made for an exciting galactic-wide story. I did have some trouble following for the first couple of chapters. There didn't seem to be a lot of warning that the story had changed to another thread or viewpoint, but once I started following the different threads it got much easier.
The writer put a tremendous amount of detail into this book and it added a lot of value given the nature of the story and the technologies introduced, but it did also at times bog down the overall flow. I listened to this at 2x and, while I was never really bored, I did find my mind wandering to other things because the level of excitement and intrigue was lacking during some portions. This is the only reason I rate it a 4 star.
The narrator was great. He kept the story moving and had some interesting voices for some of the characters. I quite enjoyed listening to the story.
I already have the next book in the series, but will have to take a break and listen to something else before I dive into it... even though this book ended on a tremendous cliff-hanger. Looking forward to it in a few weeks or so though.
Don't go into this series expecting a lot of action. There is a sprinkling of it but spaced out rather well. The character development is very good and the voice acting is also rather well done. Technology is described but not with crushing detail and is kept believable. This is my favorite of the series as the others delve into pseudo mysticism.
The narration of the story well done together, but running complaint scene with myself another reviewer's is the lack of breakpoints between chapters and audio level inconsistencies throughout the recording. The characters were very well-thought-out and interesting but as with all long epic stories it became hard to track all the different character threads after a while. Overall I found the story very entertaining but had to backtrack several times to keep up with the plot lines as chapters flowed from one into the other with no break points.
...to a fantastic universe and series.
There are so many facets of the world that the author paints, I could write for days on this book and it's three accompaniment series.
But, I think it's better you simply listen to them on your own.
Great character building. Incredible detail. Complex story line
Finding out, after 40 hours, that you had to read book 2 for the conclusion...also 40 hours
no....much too convoluted and detailed
Should have been warned this was just part one.....after 40 hours of listening, I am committed to part 2
Starts off a little slow and with so many characters it was a little hard to follow at the start. Once it gets going it was really enjoyable. Will be listening to the second book immediately
Great book that sucks you in and you want to keep on listening. At the beginning you need to work yourself through the characters and it can be confusing until you get them straight. But it is worth to be patient. You will meet the characters again and wow how they are woven into the story. Only point I do not like is the use of the f* and b* word. I hope that our race and language skills in future won't be reduced to use these words and phrases as there sole expression of anger and wonder. Other than this the story has it all.
To the author: Thank you so much for the great story.