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Lazy Narrator ,If the new Narrator could have troubled him self to listen to a bit of the recorded books version it would have been `possible to take the southern accents from every one. but if he had done any research about the book he would have realized E A were letters like D D. the sad part is that i got the whole series and may dump it, yes it is that bad. maybe if I start from book 4 next year, That is my recommendation to other readers take 6 months to a year off between book 3 and 4.
I have not read the print version.
Getting used to the new performer's pronunciations of the main characters names.King Peter makes an announcement to control birth rates - the people are in an uproar - then everyone forgets about the fact when the queen gets pregnant... and CHEER!! I would RIOT!
Great performance in and of itself. HOWEVER... As producers, when you change performers in the 4th book of a large series, you have to get the new actor to at least listen to some samples of prior completed work. This would ease some of the pain for us listeners while getting used to the new voice.It would be nice if there was some consistency in pronunciation of the main characters names. This was my biggest problem with this audio book. For example(S):E.A. became EEAHH, Jorah became JOR-RACHHUH, Osirah became OHsirRACHUH, FIRE-OHS became FIRE-EES, Tahzia became TAAESIAAH, E.R. became ERR, and many other names that were almost unrecognizable from the first 3 books. Characters developed somewhat inconsistent english accents, southern tang accents, vocal effects are now used for all robot voices. Most of this I still found distracting by the end of the book. It was like watching the TV show friends - written by the same people, same props, same stories, but the main characters were replaced by totally different actors. Ross was now ROSS-AH, Chandler was now CHONDELAR ETC...
Mr. Chairman - please open your eyes - THE ROBOTS ARE BAD!!!!
FIRST - I felt the author was reaching a bit to keep the story interesting while maintaining too many of the same characters. This is an epic book I have invested many hours in this book and feel it is a worthy read. Early on several key characters were killed. AWESOME AND SHOCKING! This is the ‘real’ world– The universe does not stop for anyone and good guys don’t always win…. WHAT? REINCARNATIONS? DOOMED hero meets nearly impossible lucky break, meets unbeatable odds, faces doom again, meets lucky and completely implausible lucky break 2….. NO ONE IS THAT LUCKY- COMEN ON! YOU WERE DEAD!!! – SECOND - The author goes into painstaking detail on many things but near the end of the book when our little robot friend finds a certain Doctor it is glossed over. What the heck was that? You spent more time repeating the configuration of the portal and symbols. It was almost as if the author’s woke up one morning and realized the book was due tomorrow… . OK - He goes through the gate "finally finds someone to help him and is reunited with the doctor" DONE. Despite all of my compaints - this is a good book and worthy read. It is also a big read and requires your full attention.
I have listened to the previous 3 books in the series and look forward the remaining 3. I was a little disappointed that the narrator was different for this book. His pronunciation of some of the names is so different from the first 3 books, that I thought that new characters had been introduced. I will continue the series because I am so far into it. I will however in future purchases verify that the series narrator stays the same. In spite of the change in narrator, this book is still worth the listen.
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The characters and their interactions are life like and engaging. The characters make you feel like you are part of the book.
When B. Bob helps the stranded girl and older man. There was a palpable feeling of pain in the girl and a complete sense of compassion from B. Bob.
I like listening in chunks of time because I get angry that these tough, bright people allow themselves to be guided by the Chairman without any sort of ethical dilemma.
My main criticism of this series of books is characters are brought in and taken out (just as quickly) without letting the reader understand why they are there (and why they are killed off just as quickly).
Yes, but I would also warn them of certain story threads that I feel are forced. With one plot in particular, but a smattering of other bits throughout the book, I couldn't help but feel like several aspects of this book's story were written in a way to force the story in a certain direction, but without having earned the story. Both individuals and groups of people were acting in ways I couldn't feel were in character with how they had been developed so far.
Kevin certainly has an expansive and detailed imagination, and I would read more books by him. I plan to finish this series, which is three more books, and may read more. However, I worry that the forced-plot nature that I started feeling in book 3 of this series, and REALLY felt during this book (4) is a part of his writing as he gets deep into a story. I hope not, but hat is my fear.
I cannot say that any of the character performances by David Colacci were particularly noteworthy. There are some basic voice inflections used for a few characters, but most of them sound the same, or are synthesized in some way to have a different, radio-show type feel to them.
There needs to be another book because it was written as an incomplete story. Many plots are left with something just dangling there by the end of the book. There's one in particular which has been left dangling each book, with no new information that says anything beyond "remember this? More is coming!"
Scattered Suns, Book 4 of this saga, is my least favorite of this series so far. I loved Book 1 and Book 2, and my biggest problem with Book 3 was that there seemed to be a large number of useless, filler chapters. Maybe they were there for flavor, maybe for word count inflation, I don't know. What I do know is that there were several chapters in Book 3 which I feel were completely unnecessary, and their exclusion would have actually made the book better.
Scattered Suns has actually disappointed me greatly in a few ways. Firstly, several things happening in the story feel forced. That's unfortunate, and gives the impression that things are happening because the author wanted them to happen, not because they fit the universe and the story as it has developed so far.
The other thing about this story that I found very disappointing, and actually frustrating, is that with the way the author treats energy usage and physics, I can no longer take this as a "hard sci-fi story." Too many things just don't work, when compared to other things that happen in the universe. As one example, without really going into spoiler territory (I feel) - I'm sorry, but ships that are easily able to completely obliterate several moons would have no trouble at all ripping through some thicker armor put onto a ship.
While I do enjoy the story, I'm also somewhat saddened that many of the space entities are just "elemental magic, in space." It's not that it's bad, just that I hoped for something more unique.
It's always hard when a series changes narrators. However, when the names of major characters also have the pronunciation of their names drastically changed it makes the transition particularly difficult. The narrator also had some rather unconventional pronunciations of common English words
A solid continuation of the series that would have been much better with the original or at least a different narrator.
I would recommend against listening to the audio book.
The pronunciation was extremely off, the accents chosen are stereotyped. It was a significant loss to change narrators. The inflections used show that the reader does not know the story and therefore makes it seem like the book was written by a different author who doesn't know the characters.
A more skilled narrator who doesn't treat the character factions like the war between the north and the south.
If I can listen to this book to it's end, I may be able to stomach another one. The storyline is great but the narrator sours the series with bad name pronunciations and poor diversity of character voices.
His reading voice is good but his character voices lack diversity and imagination.
The plot continues to captivate.
Re-record the books from #4 on?
This new narrator does not pronounce a lot of the names in the series in a way that any sane person would. Very distracting and disappointing.