I am torn. I liked the idea of this series but found it hard to make it through the dialogue and some of the characters. I am glad I listened but I have no desire to continue the series.
The rich detail of a post-Earth civilization is fascinating. The author uses a very heavy hand when his characters recite poetry almost incessantly.
Pretentious. Overacted. Disharmonious.
Again, great concept. However, I feel like the author let his literary influences play too heavy a hand, especially in regards to the poetic sections. While I enjoyed most of the voice acting, I found it hard to listen to the poet and the private detective. Worst of all was the private detective. Her voice lacked any emotion and it was clear she was reading a script, rather than trying to emulate a character.
Science fiction and space opera at their best! Well written by Dan Simmons and well performed by the audible cast. Best audio book that I have ever listened to, and I have heard quite a few!
I remember the first time I read these books... I was really happy that there was no downside to hearing it performed as an audio book. I highly recommend this.
This story was really, really good. But it was also really REALLY long. It was exhaustive in a way that I didn't feel was necessary, but I didn't write it or research it so whatever. I think what really annoys is that after 20 hours, it's not done with the story. Ugh. The next is 21 hours just to find out what happens. Much as I want to find out because I've already committed 20 hours of my life to this, I want to be finished with it.
Also, I've never been a fan of multiple actors narrating, as it can be distracting and tends to lack continuity.
It is a long story and there are a lot of characters to keep track of. The story is written so that it's not overwhelming and it is entertaining. I enjoyed hearing why each person was on board to the temple.
no, it's too long for that. I found that there are 2 parts to the book after I started it too.
I found this book to be a bit too poetic at many times for what I consider to be science fiction. The book could have been about half as long without missing anything pertinent. Lastly, the ending was extremely disappointing.
The science fiction part was pretty decent. However, there were several references made regarding things like future infrastructure that were not well explained. Also, the timeline jumping was hard to follow at times. Overall, a good listen, just not great.