I agree with the other reviewers that the narration is poor. In particular, I found the accents poorly chosen and jarring. For example, the Roamers all sound like Southerners (with really artificial accents) and several characters have exaggerated English accents. This narrator is terrible and ruined the book. In contrast,the first three books were well done. Read the book and skip the audiobook--or you will be disappointed. I have listened to almost a hundred audiobooks of all genres and with many different narrators. I often find myself disagreeing with reviews of the sort I have just written. This is the first time I have felt compelled to share my thoughts about a narrator.
If you have listened to the first three books of the series, let me say that it is tough to get used to a master like George Guidall and have a new narrator thrown at you on book four. After listening to book four, I am convinced that if David Colacci had narrated the first three, I would have loved them just the same. He simply has a different style. The change is hard to handle this late in the game, but stick with it. The book is worth the listen and we have David Colacci for the last four books, so might as well get used to it.
That said; Book Four was another fun romp through the Seven Suns Saga. At times I find myself wondering if some characters are really as prejudiced, dim-witted, and narrow minded as their actions would dictate, or is it Anderson using a writing style to illicit negative emotion toward certain characters. If it is the latter, then it works, and it is brilliant. Every few chapters I run into a situation where I want to slap a character silly and say "What are you thinking?" Anderson certainly keeps me involved with the characters. I will certainly read the rest of the books just to see if these numbskulls get what they deserve in the end.
In the Sci-fi side of things, most of the core concepts of the series were introduced in the first two books, but the end of this one provides some really interesting twists. I find that Anderson does not go deep into the technology or descriptions of some of the concepts he introduces, but that is fine with me. I let my imagination take over. In Sci-fi, for me this is often the case and it seems as if the truly mind-blowing concepts cannot be explained using words anyway. Yet Anderson continues to throw in something new at the end of these books to keep us wanting more. Like "cliff-hanger Friday."
Final note on the narration, give David Colacci a chance. By the time you get to Book Five, you'll be much more comfortable with him.
There are a few reviews that say the new narrator has ruined the audio book, well I disagree. He is different and some of the pronunciations are different, but he I found he took nothing away from the saga.
I took about three months off between books 3 and 4, I think that made it easier to take.
Like the other reviews, I found it extremely distracting and annoying to hear all the names pronounced completely different from the first 3 books.
More research should have been done by the production company to keep the books inline.
Not nearly as enjoyable as the first 3 books.
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? OR, you can just let the horses in the yard, and THEY'LL mow and weedeat (literally) FOR YOU!
I just DO NOT give "5's" Lightly!!!! Been with Audible OVER 10 Years, and have HUNDREDS upon HUNDREDS of Books in my Library as a Platinum Member (And DO NOT put a "Buy Extra Credits at this special Price" offer in front of me unless you mean it, because I'll Punch THAT ad button as many times as it's put in front of me!) Point being, My Wife and I Listen to books ALMOST CONSTANTLY! We KNOW what we like (and what we DON'T)...
Now, I know I won't get many "Helpful Votes" for this review, because for some reason it seems many people REALLY have strong feelings about the new Narrator... I don't like it when a new Narrator jumps into an established book (We're talking, what, investing OVER 150 Hours of your life to listen to this ENTIRE Series???)... HOWEVER, everyone seems to agree that THIS is the way to "Write a New Universe" and to tell the story of the MANY various people and cultures!!! The STORY is what is so great about this series!
I LIKE the "New" narrator (David Colacci) who took over narration when the author changed publishers! While I liked the original Narrator (George Guidall, Who does a FANTASTIC JOB in the first few books!), once I got used to Colacci doing the reading, I started REALLY liking his style, and the New accents he introduces! I find that it became MUCH easier to tell one Race (or even each "Person") apart from the others, just by the WAY each race (or person) speaks, with racial accents, the way one race adds different inflections to words, etc... It just seemed TO ME that it became easier to keep up with "who is who" without having to back up every 30 minutes because I'd missed a character change (or even a change is Races) and didn't realize it. This is the FIRST book I can think of off the top of my head where "Changing established narrators once the Series is pretty far along, actually ended up being a little BETTER overall"... Good enough that I started giving "5 stars for all three Categories ("Overall", "Performance", and "Story"), straight across the board"!
Anyway... I know others disagree, but give the new narrator a fair chance, and get on with listening to THE STORY! IT - IS - HUGE! It encompasses the entire "Spiral Arm" during a time of turmoil, and THIS series is "It's saga"!
Kevin J. Anderson's saga continues in this terrific audio book.If you like characters that are strongly developed and a plot that has different story lines that intertwine in interesting ways, you will enjoy the entire Saga of the Seven Suns series. Listening to this while driving on vacation this summer, I found that the miles passed quite quickly and enjoyably. I highly recommend this book and the rest of the series! Thanks, Audible.
Well developed characters and story lines that intertwined in fascinating ways.
Please don't make a film of this series - - - I like the visual images I have formed in my mind.
I am normally not a SIFY fan but I got interested in this Saga after I listened to the 1st book which I go from the library. I was hooked on the story. It is a lot like the Dune Saga. The stories have a lot of twists and turns and there are a number of sub plots going on.
I look forward to reading the 5th installment. I am really engrossed in the characters and the various story lines.
Very good performance brings the characters to life for me.
I could have done that but I would rather have it strung out over a period of time
Once you get hooked on the story you can't walk away.
The Narrator. He was awful and made a five star book into a three star book by his performance alone.
No. It does not seem as though this narrator even bothered to read or listen to the previous books. He butchers the characters names (based on how the previous narrator pronounced them), reads the book like he obviously has NO connection to the story, and reads in a boring monotone. If you can't sleep, forget Ambien, listen to this guy and take care of that problem. The voice overs were OK, but did not make up for all of his mispronunciations. For example, the compies. It was clearly stated in the earlier books that their names were two letters (E.A., NOT E-ah, G.U., NOT Goo). Not to mention all of the other butchered names (Tassia is pronounced Tah-sia, NOT Tay-sia). I certainly hope they get rid of this guy in future volumes. If the story was not so epic and good, I would have bagged this book.
Yes. It inspired me to write this review because the narrator was SOOOO awful.
PLEASE BRING BACK THE FIRST NARRATOR.
The narrator in this book really kills the series. He did not take the time to listen to the previous books and thus; in my humble opinion, really messed up this one. It took me quite a bit of time to figure out who was talking because the pronunciation of names was changed so much from the first three books. I hope he learned a little something about doing research before just coming up with his own names. The previous books made it clear as to the correct pronunciation of names, but he fails to take it into consideration. Boo!
I have the same qualms as everyone else about the narration. Who hired this guy? And who thought the stereotypical accents were a good idea? By far Relinda Kett's Brooklyn accent is the most ridiculous.
All that said, in for a penny, in for a pound. I'll finish listening to the series because I'm really enjoying the story and want to follow it to its completion. But, in the future, I will stay clear of this atrocious narrator.
The story gets 4 stars, but the narration kills it.