Professor of Computer and Information Sciences at Georgia Regents University.
Well, the storytelling was good. I was reminded of Heinlein, though perhaps it was because the narrator was one used for many of his novels. The biggest strike against it was its predictability. I had basically gotten the plot down very early on. Decent storyline, if basic. Same with character development. Technology wise it was mostly believable, though as is so often the case I felt that computers were too human like and humans not human enough. Still, I definitely enjoyed listening to it, though I was never challenged or wowed.
I enjoyed listening to the recording until the mystery started to unravel and it simply did not make much sense.
I think I must have missed something. The "critics" say this was a fast-paced story. My lord, it was painfully slow. The biggest issues were the characters and their interpretation by the narrator. There is no emotion in the way the characters are presented, and Marty, who is always whining, is really annoying.
I suspect this belongs in the juvenille fiction category, although I may be insulting this age group. It is written and performed (it seems to me) for a pre-teen audience. There is no emotion. The story takes so painfully long to develop and most readers would already know what's coming. Each step of the story is predictable.
I am really curious who "they" (the critics) are. I no longer trust any of the first 20 reviews given on any book, which is a real problem for something that is new.
I have this story a rating of two stars. I guess I was feeling kind.
A former accountant and staff trainer. Now retired, I enjoy knitting and weaving. I enjoy intelligent, insightful books with lead characters I respect. I deplore novels fille with gratuitous violence and depraved sexual behavior written to shock the reader.
This was a pretty good sci fi story - it kept my interest. However, the book seemed to take forever to finish. The narrator has lengthy pauses after every sentence and often, in the middle of a sentence. I would not choose a book by this narrator again. My disappointment with the listening experience caused me to lose interest frequently. I might read the actual book, though, especially if there were a sequel.