I've listened to this series a couple of times and I love the choice of narrator. It suits the story so well.
I found the premise to be really interesting, and i've heard a lot of great things about this book and the series in general.
But the narrator is absolutely horrible. He seems to have an issue with keeping his voice at a consistent level. every sentence starts really loud and then softens until you can't hear him at all. I could not listen to this without missing half the story.
I will buy this again if they redo the narration. Until then, i'm returning this for my credit back.
Such an extremely will craft a story, with so much detailed description coming at you very quickly that I often had to listen to it twice.
My one complaint is that it seems that the author lives so deep inside his own story that he forgets his is explaining it to an audience that is not familiar with the subject. Very detailed, but Very often I was confused about what person, location, or star The Author was talking about until halfway through the chapter. Because there is so many storylines that are often not interlinking I had to make an educated guess about which fragment He was talking about Until a recognizable character was mentioned by name, or specific trait.
It is absolutely captivating. I haven't found a Sci-Fi series this engaging since the Frank Herbert's "Dune" series.
This story totally immersed me in the character's universe. I connected with them as real individuals not just characters in a story.
The narration was excellent and consistent. The narrators ability to maintain the personalities and intonation of the protagonist, antagonists, and supporting players for over 40+ hours of reading was nothing short of miraculous. He is a true professional!!
I loved this book so much that I purchased the next book. The only reason why I didn't give it 5 Stars was because I felt that the amount of profanity and overt sexual interludes was excessive and unnecessary as his writing is so good that the profanity was superfluous and disruptive for me.
During parts of the story where there wasn't as much or no profanity I was totally mesmerized. When the characters began to curse I was instantly jarred back into reality. I solved this by fast forwarding through these parts but I would have preferred not to.
Overall an incredible Sci-Fi adventure that I will listen to again.
I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.
That ending made me LOL, seriously the author wrote it for all those people that hate cliff hanger endings.
This series strives to compete with the likes of Dune and Hyperion, which are the top space opera books, and the ones which set the highest bar. And trust me that's really tough competition. It actually does a good job of measuring up, but doesn't make it.
There are just a few minor flaws.
One thing I find funny in Sci-fi and that characters always talk about current science that is being hotly debated, even though it's hundreds of years in the future. It would be like us constantly talking about the earth being round and light bulb technology. We don't because it's part of the culture now, and it seems completely unnatural and that people would talk about science from 2005 continually 300 years in the future. Either it already is part of the culture it it was dis-proven and forgotten. This book does this to some degree.
The author does not bring up the religious philosophical issues that Herbert and Simmons do in their stories. In fact the author takes the easy and honestly annoyingly more boring route of just making all the main character Atheists. That means they can give the same old diatribes on evolution that I've already read about in at least 20 other sci-fi books and the author doesn't have to bother with learning about different current religions, then figure out how they may have evolved over a few hundred years. If everyone was Atheists why would they give diatribes about evolution? As stated above, we don't sit around and talk about what we already agree upon as a society.
The author is just not that good a making unique, individual characters. They all pretty much have the same drives, and similar beliefs. Anyone one that has traveled to different countries, will tell you that cultural motivations and agreements are vastly different. Now imagine humans from different words?
Otherwise the aliens are pretty cool, and the mysteries that are still as yet unexplained are very interesting.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
A little longer than the book really needed to be. Plus, it seemed to be channeling RR Martin in the number of storylines in the book, that lacked conclusion in book one. While I appreciate authors want to make money by publishing books, please as good as the writing in this book is, it should have concluded more of the story lines, vs, making the reader wait for book two.
The narrator should have allowed for an additional half hour to be added to this already lengthy book and slowed down. At points he sounded like a speed talker and never gave any break or indication when switching between story lines. As if this weren't bad enough, it sounds like this was recorded and engineered using a fisher price tape recorder in a gasoline station bathroom. Levels are never constant and it practically gave me a headache listening to it. The story was interesting but I gave up listening after 3 hours. I just couldn't take it anymore.