I could not even finish this book. I have 30 minutes left and can't bring myself to try and slog through the last half an hour. The narration is flat and lifeless, and there are no pauses between scenes in chapters which is really confusing. The narrator conveys no emotion whatsoever.
The plot is an interesting concept but lacks any flavor. The characters are flat and dull, and the only conflict or resolution of conflict is simply coalesced and resolved by aliens announcing both at once over loud speakers. The book conveys a lack of understanding of the very essence of what it means to be human. Had the story had any kind of character development or conflict, it might have been saved. I have mad respect for the fathers of the sci-fi genera like Clark, Asimov and Herbert, but this story really fell flat for me.
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This book has a fast start and unexpected twists, it's age does not really show. Read it (well, listen to it). The reader is quite good as well.
If you want a different take on alien invasion and perspective on just want the possible place of humanity may be on a grand scale of the universe, then this is a book for you.
This is my favorite Arthur C Clarke story. Very original and creative story.
It stretches your imagination.
I feel in love with this story. A great listen.
Old school scifi with a interesting enough premise and writing system, the enjoyment marred by the narrators incessant use of too long pauses at comas, destroying the organic pace of the story.
Loved it, but struggled with the conclusion. It almost felt like the conclusion to a story that had run parallel to this one. I'm all about scientific explanation and thorough universe building which this had and yet didn't. Wish their was a second book that went into more depth. felt mildly unfinished. still absolutely amazing.
Like every other ACC book, character development is thin, and the focus of the book is the sense of wonder and of the awesome (in the original meaning of the word). This book happens to have more of an original twist, one that doesn't crop up much in science fiction, and one that encompasses vast ideas along the vein of the Hyperion Cantos and Vinge's Zones of Thought. The idea that there is that which will always remain beyond the realm of our understanding.
Summerer's narration is good, but not exceptional. There are a few inconsistencies where he seems to forget what species or what character he is speaking for. It seems minor, but when listening it creates the same feeling of "that's not right" as listening to a musical performance where the band loses the beat.