the story itself without all the scientific mumbo jumbo that just drones on and on and on is actually pretty good...but if you take out all the science droning on the book would only be half as long...
Alessandro Juliani did an awesome job as narrator of this story. That being said, my impression of this book is that there were long periods of boredom sprinkled with some mildly interesting bits and ending with more boredom. I listened to the whole book hoping it would have a point. If it did, I missed it.
Well read. Not a lively tale. Much of the content was dedicated to character and scene development. Had to plod through that to get to the interesting interactions and events.
There were times when the book was fully captivating, and many, many times when I fell asleep while trying desperately to stay involved with the story. There are times when there is a true air of mystery and you want them to solve that mystery. They set off to solve the mystery and then the book just sort of ends without really ending. I actually was waiting for the little voice to say, "You've reached the end of a part, but not the end of the book"... unfortunately the end credits then played. I'd like to give the book more than two stars, but I just really can't. It is VERY good at times, down right fantastic even and just God awful slow at others and without an ending, it really only gets two stars.
I like science fiction usually and bought this since it was featured on Audible, but I just can't get through it. I stuck with it for four hours but I'm giving up, and what a relief.
I was fortunate enough to see the original Russian movie and now the newer version. I'm really surprised that more people haven't seen it.
I'm just trilled to hear the book's version, of course I love the interplay and the romantic interplay. I think it shows the complexity of human love and feelings whether its with a human or a pet, the unconditional giving part of love.
In this case, its also with a planet which on Earth we take it all for granted.
I do think and hope as we evolve so that our life span will be expanded. I guess we will learn that what goes around comes around. Unfortunately, it takes some time for that to happen.
This book was well written and easy to understand. As always I like audios that I can listen too over and over. Many lessons about are feelings can be learned from this audio.
Very good science fiction; excellent writing and narration; this book is definitely worth hearing. But, like many of the classics, some of the jargon should be updated for the 21st century (like what was recently done in Fuzzy Nation). Also, the theme is a little depressing, and unnecessarily so. Some chapters, while likely shocking in the 60's, now are not so much.
"A little bit of nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men!" - Willy Wonka
Too much science Star Trek babble, not enough character development. I also felt the narrator when he spoke as the female lead was (for me) just terrible. I literary cringed when he whispered has her....
In any event, at only 6 hours I finished it.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
yes it was a very well written story.
I am not a fan of stories about people who may or may not be going crazy because they are so bored. I live that life already. Well, but not in space.
He did a fabulous job narrating this story. I might say his narration kept it interesting for me.
In space, everything can hear you scream.
Actually this ended up being a pretty good mystery story. I also liked the way the story was told. Being Sci-Fi there is a certain amount of belief suspension required but this was a story about figuring out what was real and not real within this world that Stanislaw created. Alessandro Juliani must live sci-fi because he completely submerged himself into this world and narrated it beautifully.
Not at all. The plot was exceedingly slow. I'm not even sure the plot existed.
The performance was fine. It was the book that was poorly written.
All of them.
This is a Swedish author riding on the coat tails of the current attention to this newest group of writers. It's unfortunate because he simply can't deliver.