Overall, it's a collection of stories within the main story. I think one of them was missing from my copy of the audiobook as it was referred too but not there (each main character tells their story).
Aside from missing part, I liked a few of the stories and the overall theme was ok. Had some imaginative settings and features. But other parts were almost painful to get through. Then there was the ending.... Yikes is all I can say (and that's not a good yikes).
The other thing I noticed was a disconnect when there was dialog between the characters. The different readers seemed to be reading on their own rather than responding to each other. Especially the female reader. The intonations were just off and didn't flow. I wonder if they recorded the parts separately and then spliced it together. Might make practical sense in terms of actor/reader time, but I'd rather have had a single narrator than a poorly put together ensemble.
I got this on sale so I'm not overly upset but don't pay full price or use a credit. I noticed there are more books in this series (which might excuse the ending a little) but I think I'll pass.
Its good , but some of the stories are sub par , in my opinion the poets tale and the consuls tale are mind boggingly boring , but over all its a worthwhile time listening to this book .. Ps. it does not have an ending , if this annoys you , heads up !
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Yes, if they are hardcore sci-fi fans. It's deep and interesting and vast and engaging.
The vividness and the way he describes the worlds in which these characters live is unlike anything I've read. Worth the investment for sci-fi fans.
Yes, but the poet is too forced and over-the-top and Brawne Lamia sounded like a computer reading program or GPS.
buy junk yo
I loved the science and futuristic views of what may be. Cool stories that I found myself thinking about later. Crappy ending.
Great story teller, but he has too many “Old Earth” references, Catholic, Jewish, Abraham Lincoln, the Poet John Keats…
The off to see the Wizard of Oz interlude/ abrupt ending of this book means you better buy and download book two or you will be very disappointed and frustrated.
Narrators did a great job.
Enjoyable, but so full of current slang and references that it was distracting and a little disappointing.
No....I don't remember any of the characters or understand with any of them and I just got done listening to 10 hours of the book....
I think he did a great job.
Unlike any other book I've read I couldn't find any flow in this book. It flips between different characters that are not related at all to one another in any way I could think of. It had great reviews which I don't understand at all...I think this book was just something for the author to show off his random writing skills or short stories that he just taped together and sold.
Basically it is a group of people going on a walk each telling us their back story. The individual back stories are good to okay. But in the end reading/listening to the back stories covers like 85% of the book.
Very, very little happens to the party "now" as most of the book is about the back stories. By the time I finished the book I was thinking "Well now I have to read/listen to another book to find out what is happening 'now'".
I don't care enough to find out because the first book was exposition.
I would like to read the following books in the series one of these days, but will certainly stray from the audiobook versions.
Let me preface by saying that I love sci-fi and, as an English History major, I also enjoy literature, so I thought this book would be the perfect combination. I know the terrible narration had much to do with it, but I felt no interest in most of the characters. Their individual stories were very interesting (with the exception of the 5th tale about the detective and the android) but it still somehow fell flat.
I listen to 2 or 3 audiobooks a month and these are some of the worst narrators I've encountered. The main narrator delivers every sentence as if he's hyperbolizing at a poetry reading, even when the events taking place call for something much more mundane. It came off as almost farcical with these vocal inflections. I thought the female narrator did good until her character's tale came up then quickly changed my mind...she tries to "act" every line of dialogue and does it very poorly. Her English accent for Keats is appalling. Even with narrators that I initially dislike, I can usually get into the story enough to ignore their imperfections by the end of the book, but I had no such luck with this one.
No. Please read this so you don't taint this interesting story by having these amateur narrators read it to you.
I never write negative reviews, but since this is a book worth reading I felt it might be valuable to state my opinion so that others might opt for the book instead of the audiobook.
I enjoy mostly classics, sci-fi, and sci-fi classics
Based on rave reviews I was expecting something on the level of Dune, or at least a better Heinlein novel. The collection of stories here are fairly entertaining and/or intriguing. But the overall frame story is weak. Basically, there's a lot of dabbling around in different ideas and themes, but nothing of substance in any of them. It felt like Simmons' own self-gratifying literary romp, which wasn't so much fun for me.