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.
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.
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.