This is one of those books you hear people rave about. On the "have to read" sci-fi list. Well, at least I can say I made it through it.
Seriously, for me this book was like trying to walk through knee deep wet cement. I actually stopped about a third of the way into the book and listened to an entirely different book, then came back to this. I almost asked for a refund. I had a terrible time keeping my attention on the book; mind mind kept wandering off to mundane daily task thoughts.
Oddly enough, the last 3-4 chapters things got a lot better and I was pretty pleased with the ending.
Isaac Asimov truly is THE science fiction writer; he is its apotheosis. I highly recommend this book to all. What I love about SciFi is that it can address the moral issues of a society in both an intellectual and entertaining fashion. You definitely won't lose interest in this audiobook. I will admit however, that the first 5-10 minutes did seem slow and monotonous but after that you will most certainly be engulfed in the story waiting for the next time you can listen to the next piece of it. I say this as I usually listen to audiobooks while driving. But after my two and one half our drive listening to it this past weekend I just had to keep listening to it. Enjoy!
Probably the first 1 hour or so of the book is rather dull while Asimov sets up "Eternity", but the climax of the story is beyond worth the the slightly slow beginning.
Oh, and don't worry about the "monotone" sound of the narrator, that is merely who Harland is (even a character in the story says he has the appeal of a "dead fish").
Such a good story!!!
An interesting concept explored through mostly unlikable characters. I found the idea of the story and exploration of its premise to be interesting, but I found the execution of the story to be lacking. I picked this up based on the claim that it was one of Asimov's best, but having finished it, I would disagree with that claim. I did enjoy the conclusion and the ideas presented in the final chapter.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
EXTREMES ARE NEVER HEALTHY
Asimov wrote a lot of books, but not that much pulp fiction. Unlike Clarke he did not concentrate on the science. Asimov seemed to be concerned with society and what it would be like to live in the future. His books are cerebral. Don't expect long chase scenes, big explosions, or even the wonder of a future world. If you buy this book or any book written by Asimov than expect to think about consequences, relationships, or everyday life. This starts out slow, but gets better as it goes. I personally think it is one of Asimov's better stories, but it takes time to get there.
I loved the narrator. I might not want him to read my next Zombie book, but I believe he captures the mood of this book. He understands the material and reads it perfectly.