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.
An enjoyable tapestry of human misery, delight, action, romance and space battles. Rich characters, engrossing story telling, picturesque descriptions of far away.
Clearly a partial story. You're taken through a number of stories to build up the primary plot but then it is simply abandoned, presumably to be picked up in the next novel. Definitely worth your time, so long as you're in it for the long haul.
High! I immediately had to recommend it to everyone I know just to have someone to talk to about it, and then promptly picked up the sequel. It's a creepy, sophisticated, sinister book, and I can't wait to hear how the series ends. Burning through them hard and fast right now!
It's like Heinlein fused with Lovecraft, except instead of dysfunctional and trite it's just genuinely freaky.
My first experience.
Actually, this is one of those books that I took a vacation from. It's weird, I don't know if this happens to other people, but sometimes when I'm in a heavy book I need to pause it, and walk away fro a month, listen to other things, then come back and tackle the second half. I don't think it means I enjoyed it any the less, maybe it's just a sign that it contains some heavy theories, philosophies, connections- but no, this isn't a binge-listen book, it's too complex- though the suspense of the last chapter kept me up way past my bedtime.
Be patient with this one, it creeps up on you, but a staple on the shelf of any hardcore scifi fan.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky
The storyline is what captured my attention the most. It is written in a nonlinear fashion, very different from most of the books of the genre.
Given what our current state of technology most of the future predicted in tis book could come into fruition. I can easily imagine a future where google reins as the absolute authority over mankind.
I'm not sure which scene I liked the best. But I'm sure I liked the last chapter the least.
Maybe if I was high on energy drinks and coffee I could listen to all 20 hours in one sitting. Not sure if I would be paying much attention after the 10th hour though
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.