Great introduction to the series. Very well written. Favorite quote , "the poem is ending, but I'm creating the future. " The narration was excellent!
The stories pick up the further you go into it, revealing a very rich universe. Humans must evolve!
The female narrator was a little flat; otherwise a wonderful audiobook.
I liked it, but it lost the plot a few times... Sad King Billy was a crap character, the Shrike's purpose reduced to that of a 'terminator' and a tool instead of being a sentient nemesis of humanity was dumb, and the loss of focus with the Priest's story were negatives. That being said, the mythology and world creation were fantastic, as was the stories coming together at the end. This was way better than Shantaram:)
I enjoyed the book prior to its conclusion. The author really reached out there in terms of the ideas he explored and in terms of the way he used language. It was well written. The performance of it was good for the most part. It is performed by 4 or 5 people and only one struck a discordant note with me. However, the ending sucked. I am a big sci fi reader and back in the day read a lot of general fiction. I have never read an ending that was so ridiculous and such a complete wimp out. It ruined the book for me and I felt like I wasted a lot of time and effort. Not worth your time either.
There are several characters and they each have a story that pulls you in and you want more. EXCEPT the female character which is second to last. It is sad to say very unconvincing. I kept thinking with her robotic reading that she was somehow going to be a android! She has all this action taking place in her story and it doesn't feel right with the delivery playing out like a cheese detective novel
Stories were slow, but interesting.
THERE WAS NO ENDING. And the next book doesn't have the same voices...
Traditional slow-moving scifi with lots of descriptive narrative. The lack of a real ending made it horribly annoying, especially since the next book in the series doesn't contain the same voice actors.
The story develops so slowly that I almost gave up on the book. About five hours in it got more interesting. But the plot falls apart at the end. There is no climax and no resolution of anything. It seems like it's getting ready to resolve and then it just ends. I thought "Maybe it's going to redeem itself," but then it ended even more lamely than it began. Very disappointed.
Pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this audio book. the voice acting is very good and I was dissapointed that the book ends at such a climactic place but I will definitely be getting the next book if there is one.
Avid book lover and listener. Nuff said for this purpose.
Only 4 stars for performance because it was difficult to get past the woman's voice. It, to me, just didn't seem to match the character at all. However the story is good enough to overcome that slight.
Does end abruptly but that's not unusual for a first (or more sometimes), book in a series.
Totally different, throughly enjoyable!
You don't want to miss this if you're into seriously great science and fiction.