Good story, but much more political than I expected for sci-fi. Still, well done and entertaining. Author uses good plot devices and ties up lots of loose ends, things that you didn't expect to come back because they had been left unmentioned for so long. I'll recommend it to friends, but I don't know that I will listen to it again.
This is a book that everyone should read. It's simply amazing so much more than a sci-fi novel! It's not really about humans colonising Mars, it's about humanity trying to reinvent itself, and to break out of old norms and ways of thinking.
This the first Robinson I've read/heard. Enjoyed the style and detail. I always order narrators that bring multiple voices, and the nationalities in here would make it much more dynamic.
This is an interesting story of humanity colony on Mars. What happens when people try to colonize a new land. Humans are humans we always will be. This is a story of the struggles the perseverance the personalities and the endurance
A soap opera set on Mars. This was the second Kim Stanley Robinson novel I have attempted, and the second that will be left half read. Maybe if you enjoy drama and cattyness in interpersonal relationships and no other plot, you might find some small amount of enjoyment from this barely readable work of garbage.
Overall i found the format of the story to be very hard to grasp. its written from the perspective of different people but not sequentially. so to give an example without spoilers, its like writing from person 1's perspective over the course of 2 years, then writing from person 2's perspective for 5 years, then person 3 for 4 years.
so at one point you are many years into the stay on mars then snapped back many years.
i also found it very confusing that the book starts off with a 'scene' that basically takes place MUCH later int he book.
i had to listen to the first few chapters a couple times to really let the story form in my minds eye. Once you get past the writing style which is not really my cup of tea, the story is actually not too bad. I was hoping for a decent hard science fiction book, but found that while it had its moments it wasn't was i was hoping for. its not really 'magical' or fantasy science by any means, but there are technologies just put in the story with little info about them.
Overall i have enjoyed the book now that im almost done with it but it was a hard read. i almost quit on it a couple times, but im glad i kept pushing through.
Im still undecided as to if i will continue with the series.
The narration was great. The story can drag a little at times and its a lot like reading several books as once as the story is told from the perspective of many different characters. It can be difficult to keep going through some parts as the character of focus can be one you don't feel great about. Overall it was a great read if you are interested in Mars and space and more grounded sci-fi.
When I read the previous reviews of this book I thought twice about downloading, many of them criticised the narrator. A bad narrator can ruin even the greatest books. However I decided to download it and give it a try and it was fantastic. I really can't see what the other reviewers were talking about, the narrator was excellent. He manages to inject just the right amount of emotion into his performance without making it hammy, his characterisations were spot on, and his speed of delivery was perfect. I'll certainly be buying more from this narrator.
The story itself was exciting and thrilling, fast moving with just the right amount of tension and suspense. Part epic adventure, part colonial survival and part detective story, this was a great book. I'm just about to download the next instalment.