Unbelievable! Very thought-provoking book. It was a little slow in the beginning and Russell spent a great deal of time with character development that sometimes seemed unnecessary. Hang in there and you won’t be disappointed. I loved this book but it would not be complete without listening to the sequel, Children of God, which really finishes answering all of your questions and leaves you wanting even more! The narrator sounds a little robotic and I had a hard time listening to him in the beginning. After a while, I got used to him and he became the voice of the characters. I would have given the narrator 3 stars, but the story is so good, he can’t take away from the story!
Based on an interesting premise, the plot of this book sets up the conflict in the main character when his belief system is totally shaken. I enjoyed this thought-provoking story. As an audiobook, it was difficult to keep track of the switching back and forth in time (and locations) but I caught on after a bit. I agree that some characters lacked dimension. The narrator, David Colacci, was fabulous--different accents, ages, genders--were no problem and I never found myself being conscious of the reader. All around an enjoyable book.
This should be entitled "Get on with it". I suspect the positive reviews are from women and the mediocre to poor are from men - not trying to be sexist, but I think women have different expectations when it comes to science fiction. This reads more like a romance novel. The pacing in this thing is a nightmare. I had heard that they might make a film of this - if they do, please let them hire a good script doctor. Some fine ideas here, but my god is it slow - it takes half the book for them to get moving; no, really - skip the first third. The character development and dialogue is so cliche I almost gave up on it entirely. If the author had just bothered to proofread her own work and ask herself "have I ever heard that particular joke or phrasing before" and, if so, rewrite it or remove it, this would have been a much better book, but still not great. The protagonist is a idealized cypher, the rest feel like they walked out of a movie of the week. People this smart shouldn't have such mind numbingly dull things to say to one another.
Also, if you aren't a funny person (that is, if people don't think you are funny) then don't try and write humorous characters. Ms. Russell isn't funny and her comic relief in this mess isn't funny either. She relies heavily on bland stereotypes rather than developing actual characters.
Also, way too much exposition - don't tell me, show me.
I am not an impatient person and have no problem with the author giving me character background and other foundational story lines before the actual story or plot is unveiled. In this case I gave up after about two cd's because the story just never seemed to start at all. In fairness I listen to books in parts as I drive back and forth to work and run errands but if the book is in any way easy to follow I have never become lost and confused until now. Maybe it got good later on but I did not have the patience to wait for it and moved onto another read.
Decent story line with believable characters. The production is worth a listen if you don't mind a very slow, involved setup which doesn't really add much to the plot development. The story wonders around a bit, but it will most assuredly make you think. The only problem I ran into was the last three hours. There must have been some trouble with the master tape at the recording studio because the speed keeps going up and everyone begins to sound like Alvin the Chipmunk. This flaw really messes with your mind.
This profile is under my husband's name since Audible merged with Amazon. So just call me Bob. Or wife of Bob. Or the reader in the family. Whatever.
I wanted to re-read this because I read it years ago and couldn't really remember any details. It's sort of intriguing, but OY, VEY!!! All the narrative tension could have been released by some plain old communication. When you spend 3/4 of the book wanting to smack the characters so they snap out of their idiocy...It's an ok book with an ok story but I would recommend checking it out of the library for free. Don't pay for it.
Labored, often cliche, and completely implausible. The book is so overwritten that you can space out from time to time and not miss anything. The lead female character is incredibly annoying -- you would hate her if you had to have dinner with her -- and the book often creates tension by using the cheap trick of withholding information from readers with the hope that they'll keep going just to find out what they haven't been told. Despite these and many other flaws, the central idea is intriguing enough that you can stick with the book and be mildly entertained.