This book was a pleasure to listen to. The narrator did an excellent job with the many different characters. The book was so well written that it brought the settings and characters to life. I felt an emotional response to certain characters, which is a sign of a very good writer. I like many genres, but I don't often enjoy stories about aliens and other worlds unless the the story is compelling and well written. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although the ending left just a little to be desired. On the whole it was a great listen and I recommend this book.
I'm always looking for that well written gem.
The laws of physics are repected making this a great listen for that alone. But beware the characters and plot aren't fleshed out in a sympathetic way. There are two female protagonists who lead the story line but they are very one demensional props set against each other like bookends. There's no growth or discovery and consequently it's a little aggrivating to listen to them go at it, considering the very future of humanity is supposedly hanging in the balance. As for the plot, maybe I'm a little slow, but I wish Mr Reynolds had wrapped things a little tighter at the end - I went back and listened to the first chapter to try and make sense of what had happened - but I still couldn't connect the dots. Still, a good read overall.
This was a good first book in what I hope will become a series. It was well read and the store kept me waiting to read more.
I loved the narrator.
John Lee carries you into the story, and holds you there.
Some areas of the story seemed to be a bit cut off, or jumped ahead leaving you trying to understand the changing events.
No. I would turn it off and read the book. Much like I did the first time around.
Tom Weiner did a great job with Red November and think he'd perform well here.
Listening expands my world.
I only know this audio version.
The Rama of course, but The Dreaming Void also comes to mind, in terms of how expansive the story becomes, and how mysterious.
What a nuanced reading!
One level of the story is about a friendship between two competitive women that endures. It inspires one to think what is friendship, how important is friendship in my life, do i feel loyalty toward my friend? Loyalty of what kind?
This is a book worth while listening to.
Jack of all Trades, Master of None
The large scope, the use of actual physics and a universe that hints at so much more.
I didn't really have a favourite character, they all had their charms and they all played an important role in the book.
His character representation. I already had listened to him in previous books and I think he does a splendid job.
No, not really. There were moments of confusions though where I thought the audiobook was defective as it suddenly jumped forward in time. Maybe this could have been a bit better marked in the audiobook, though as I haven't seen the written text I am not sure how it went there. It felt rather abrupt at times.
At 4 hours in I nearly gave up.
The narration was driving me nuts. Machine gun like and characterless it made a reasonable story very hard going. Don't get me wrong, the narrator was talented with an amazing array of voices and accents, but his normal speaking voice was clipped and boring. For me it sucked the life out of the story.
The story itself was OK but a bit tedious and overly drawn out at times. I normally love long books: I was just relieved when this one ended.
I hope you get more out of it.
Maybe. I liked how the story kept switching gears at regular intervals, but the narrator's style got quite tiresome by the end.
I found John Lee's performance quite old-fashioned and lacking any sort of humor.
Into the unknown...
It was worth a credit, but not a "WOW".
If you like some space travel, science facts and aliens, then this is the book for you. Good plot, which starts off slowly but builds up and has some good twists and turns. Narration is good and characters are well-differentiated. If you like Heinlein, Pohl, Niven or those of that ilk, you will like this.