Interesting telling of a tale. Very much in the style of Canterbery Tales. Interesting emough to buy book 2 in the series. Though I did skip through the poets tale. I didnin the original too.
Great story, although the ending left me wishing for a bit more closure. The multi narrator cast worked very well for the individual stories but was a mixed bag during the group dialogue. I suspect the parts were recorded individually because they did not always flow well. Don't let that discourage you from listening! This a great story well told. I'd give the narration overall a five but the production values fell just short of real greatness.
It was just a long, long book about mild character development. Like "10 Little Indians", everybody tells their story, but unlike the Christie novel, nothing actually happens and the story isn't resolved.
Avid reader until vision impairment set in. Now an avid listener!
Dan Simmons' masterpiece is a brilliantly written future-world science fiction novel, bewildering mystery, well paced adventure,and sometimes ironic comedy. But best of all, at least to me, it's also a profound meditation on how human beings, imperfect and morally ambivalent creatures, seek solace in various ways to the dilemma of pain, suffering, and mortality that are the inevitable cost of being in the world.
The book is organized, in homage to the Canterbury Tales, as a series of stories told in first person or by the omniscient narrator by the handful of pilgrims on a dangerous quest. The range of Simmons' styles is masterful, and each story has a unique place in the overall structure. Without giving away any of the plot, I'll just say that the tales of the priest, the poet, and the Jewish scholar are sublime examples of the searches for consolation undertaken in various forms: existential courage, artistic struggle, and the Job-like endurance of the inexplicable actions of an unknowable God.
This is an often harrowing book. There is nothing glib or secure about the pilgrims' situations or tentative steps toward resolution. Simmons acknowledges throughout that our dual nature as human beings--at once spiritual and carnal, inspired simultaneously by love, self-absorption, the longing for transcendence, and lust--is not only tenuous but carries the seeds of its own destruction. But it ends on a wonderful, ironic note of hope.
The narration is very well done, with the exception of the female character. I didn't care for her brash "American" reading and thought it threw the book off balance. But it's not awful and shouldn't deter the listener from finishing this amazing book.
Real Estate Investor, sci-fi and fantasy reader
My friend told me about the title. I loved the story how it was broken into multiple stories all tied together somehow. Interested in how the second book will read since the characters may be together and up to date.
only to those who can afford the second book .
The prolog for the next book
Avid reader through college now with no time to read. Audiobooks saved my life!
The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was I felt like it was bait and switch. I thought this was a novel but it turns out to be a collection of (very good) short stories all relating to an overall plot line. I enjoyed it but I'm looking forward to the second book. Hopefully it's more about "present day" than the this one.