The story pulled me in and was close enough to plausible in this make believe world that I could put myself in the story, but had plenty of adventure.
Jad, because sometimes I feel like the person that has a mission but cannot share his plans with others.
I was particularly moved when Raz had to find his family and was able to see how special his life had become.
No. The story often was so detailed that bursts of 30-45 min would allow me to digest it. I did look forward to the drive each day.
The frequent philosophical discussions of poly cosmic and quantum relationships could be intriguing. The political landscape of the world and its evolution was also fascinating; however the expected conflicts between people of differing beliefs was mitigated. In other words, you would have expected more overt prejudice and hostility.
Imagine if your favorite sci-fi series, the one that really made you think about humanity and its place in the grand scheme of things ended with some adolescent musings on coitus and a "and so, without boring details of how victory was accomplished, they all lived happily ever after". That's how disappointed I was,
He has a soothing voice. He really made me like the main character. His voice actually filled out the missing elements of personality and emotion in the story. When he infrequently used the wrong inflection or pitch for the character it was noticeable. I would immediately think, "Hey! that's not R--- talking!"
It could be a decent 2001 or Gravity type movie but that would center on non-essential story elements. And the degree of philosophical debate and pythagorean mathematical philosophy would have to be really dumbed down. No, this could not be a movie without sacrificing essential story elements.
If you love the purity of mathematical philosophy and how it might relate both to Poly-Cosmic theory and quantum level cognition, but don't like non-fiction, this book is for you. But compelling story its definitely not....
But I'm glad I didn't. At first iI could not get into this book, the narration was a little 'hard'. Not that it wasn't well done, I just found it heavy and somewhat murky. But that's kind of how the narration felt to me. Once I got into world and the flow of the characters, it became mostly interesting. Sometimes I felt that the physics got a little heavy handed, long deep dives into all sorts of real and fantastical physics which, some of I enjoyed greatly, and some of which I found distracting and not needed or helpful to the actual plot. But there was very good character development, very interesting and original heroes and anti-heroes, histories and entire societies were well developed.
So if you like deep thoughts, learning new words for things like cameras, world creation, long philosophical treatises, then you will probably love this book.
When I first started this book I was a little put off by the language and complexity of how it was written. After the first few chapters I began to sink in and I was able to grasp the jargon used. The characters where dynamic, the plot was amazing and it was a very satisfying book. I am a heavy science fiction reader, and this book was on the mark for this, and a little fantasy. Thank you for the person who suggested this book for me. It is the second longest book I've ever read, coincidentally the first longest book Ive read was by the same author
Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work
This is a complex story about how a society developed to split off the scientific community from the secular community in response to a number of world events that almost destroyed the population. In the midst of this, a vessel comes into orbit that is nothing ever seen before. That is the gist of the story. The telling is great - the actors do a great job on this reading. The story is good, but has a weak ending. But its pretty interesting anyway. Worth the read.
I got swallowed up into Stephenson's alternate world of monastic academics quite rapidly, enjoying the extrapolations, divergent histories, and deep world-building. His philosophical dialogs were all worth pondering on their own, let alone what they contributed to the story. And every time I'd start to get comfortable with the setting, it would abruptly change, all for perfectly good reasons. Several times, I burst out laughing as the various different worlds clicked into place.
Oliver Wyman did an excellent job giving voice to our central protagonist, humanizing this tunnel thru whom we saw the world. He also did quite well at making most of the other characters distinct; if he had a flaw, it was when he gave voice to some female characters, but even they were consistent and distinguishable from everyone else.
Stephenson did create some alternate language for this alternate world, but excerpts from The Dictionary before each chapter help with that. It's a credit to him that when I considered some of the metaphysical dialogs, I did so in his argot.In all, I loved his celebration of intelligence and thinking.
I was interested in a long book and this one was it , the story was ok not great . if you're looking for a long book with some interesting subject matter in it this is it .
I was surprised by how much I got into this book. It was a tad slow to start, not unusual for NS, but I was drawn in by the second or third chapter. Halfway through I found myself having a hard time tearing away. I liked.
First thing you will notice when you start listening to this book is the odd vocabulary. The auther has filled a dictionary with new nouns, propper nowns, adverbs and verbs. It starts off confusing but the narrator is so good that you can most of the time guess the meaning from the tone, inflection and context of the new words. By half way through (or sooner) you will become fluent in this worlds new words and it really helps add to an immersive listening experience. I found myself accidentally using these made up words and getting odd looks from my spouse and friends.
The world is very deep and interesting and the world building is well done. The issue is, is that the story just isnt that interesting. Its incredibly slow at times and there will be hours of listening to characters argue about made up concepts that really add nothing to the story. its one of the few books i have listened to where i switched to 2x speed just to get through it. which is a shame because i really loved the narrator.
the ending is not satisfying at all and reminds me vaguely of the ending of the tv show Lost in how disappointed i was.
I really wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.