I don't know. I haven't read the print version.
It's similar to anything by Alistair Reynolds because of the general feeling of humanities smallness in a great and dangerous universe.
It's just generally a good story.
I chose this book because I like plausible sci-fi set in our solar system and had run out of Kim Stanley Robinson and Arthur C. Clarke. On one level it disappointed me as it doesn't have the epic grandeur of those novelists. There are no journeys across the landscapes of planets and moons; instead, the novel is set almost entirely on grungy cargo vessels and in the corridors of seedy space stations. This wasn't really what I was looking for, but the novel is undeniably successful at doing what it's setting out to do: that is, create a blue collar sci-fi thriller in which the heroes live in the gritty underbelly of mankind's future.
The writing is solid if unexceptional and the story, though ultimately quite silly, is unpredictable and well-orchestrated. The narrator is equally competent, although I wish he could have distinguished the two protagonists better - they kept blurring together in my mind.
It's so hard to find a really good Space Opera. This is one. A really cracking good one. No, it's not absolutely perfect, but it's close. Good characters with human flaws. Good challenge. Good action.
Also a stellar performance for an American audience.
If, like me, you are looking for Space Operas that aren't boring slogs, try this one.
I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.
No I am going to be busy reading the next books in this great series.
It's a combination of old style Sci-Fi, detective story and modern writing. It feels new yet familiar.
I have not but he does a solid job here. He is not over wrought which is good considering there is a lot of action in this story.
Not really, the story builds and keeps you interested from start to finish.
I highly recommend any fan of traditional Sci-Fi to listen to this book. It's great, I highly recommend it.
Hey, I'm book nerd and a landscaper with a little Country boy thrown in on the side!!
Never read the print
Amess was he has several key WTF's that take the entire story line to the next level. I've been through this audio book 4 times every time I am still chuckling aloud when he has them.
When Miller realizes that he was speaking to "that Fred" was a so perfectly worked. Miller's reaction was well written and he dialogue between characters followed very well.
It got me a little i'll be honest Miller was a pure work of genius the character was so real and life like you could relate and that sorta makes you feel something.
I have been through this Book a number of times and it simply is a excellent book. The character interaction is never dull or boring always crisp and precise.
Science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...take me away!
The juxtaposition of Miller, the washed up cop, with Jim, the impulsive officer-turned Captain creates an engaging tension throughout this book of grand proportions. A war that could involve the entire solar system, a plague that could wipe out humanity...I was very glad I wasn't "seeing" this book as the descriptions were vivid enough in print to suit my taste. The detail is just right: a focus on the characters and the challenge in front of them and not a lot of politics or background to bog it down.
No, why is it that so many scifi writers think that we want to hear about sex jokes and have the F word dropped 50 times every couple of minutes. I really don't mind some language but there is a point where it just starts distracting from the story, this book hit that point and keep going like a runaway train wreck.
Not if this is the standard quality of work that he does.
He was rather monotone, I felt like I was listening to my 8th grade math teacher that always spoke in the same boring voice no mater what happened.
Disappointment, refer to my first comment.
I just couldn't get into the book, to much language, the story line was mediocre, the action was okay. There was one thing I liked about it, he did give the ships and space combat a realistic feel.
For those of us that care, There wasn't a sex scene, admittedly I only made it through he first few hours of the book.
Always on the prowl for a good story...
After hearing about this book for months from various "Best" lists, I took a dive. Boy am I glad I did!!! I usually grab paranormal or fantasy fiction, and steer away from space opera sci-fi, but this novel really impressed me This book is *refreshing* - while the themes themselves aren't new (i.e. work-hardened police, charming spaceship captains, inter-species fighting), the storyline is compelling from the very start, and the pace NEVER lets up. I felt like the novel was a roller-coaster that was constantly ratcheting up, and didn't disappoint on the downslope. I never experienced one of those dreaded "Where did THAT come from?" moments. There was not a single moment that I was bored or distracted.
I really liked the dichotomous POV chapters, as they advanced the individual storylines and the overall plot in compelling ways. I found myself rooting for both main characters, and caring for their outcome - which I haven't experienced from an audiobook in a LONG time.The characters were fully developed, and extremely well-written. The narrator did an excellent job - although I did speed up the narration speed because I couldn't get enough of the story! Even then, it was a great performance. Treat yourself to something that's plain old-fashioned GOOD.
I was a little unsure at first if I wanted to check out this book. But I am glad that I did! Fantastic story, good characters, and lots of faced paced action. Can't wait to go through the next one!
The story definitely got off to a slow start. There were plot points happening but they seemed to get bogged down in details about the character's lives. However, once the story got moving, maybe halfway through the book, it was very entertaining. Looking forward to listening to the rest of the books in this series.
The narrator was decent. Not the best, not the worst.
This book has some pretty salty language. Not a good book for listening with the kids on a long drive. Found that out the hard way.