Hard to get into. When I did get past the first few chapters I was hooked. The author cast a spell with action and layer on layer of added. Intrigue. I could not recommend this book.
the only flaw in the book is the character development. it feels choppy and thrown in as an afterthought. But if you are focusing on the character development, then you are missing the point of the book. there is so much content on an intellectual level that the character development is really not needed. all around excellent book of you want to think.
I like fantasy and sci fi.
I was hoping for more action. Kept waiting for it to get better. Still intriguing.
Not an epic, but a cute story that intrigues and provokes thought and imagination. I enjoyed listening to the narrator's rendition and realized how difficult it was in later chapters to address the sudden swarm of characters and intertwining personalities. Some mathematical patter was useless, but the story rolls smoothly and leaves the reader wondering and, of course, wanting more
As someone on reddit put it "It sounds like he's announcing the book." His tone would fit great for a book about a Han Solo or Kirk character but that doesn't seem to be the tone of the book. I will be asking for a refund.
Usually I have no issue going through a story I find uninteresting. Of all the books I have listened to, and read, I can count on one hand those I could not finish. This is one I will be adding to that list. The narration was mediocre at best and I would assume that the narrator found the book as uninteresting as I did. The story line was slow to the point of nauseating and had no redeeming qualities that would bring me in and have the story come to life. After readying most of Nivens' books I was completely disappointed and expected much better in the way of righting style and story dynamics. All-in-all a complete let-down.
Not written it are actually spent time creating a compelling story line with fleshed out characters.
the narrator sounded board and uninterested in what he was reading.
None that I noticed.
The book demonstrates how difficult it would be to encounter a situation that is both possible extermination or extreme technological advancement. The arguments for both sides are compelling and frustrating. Great story.