Everything science fiction should be. Gripping story, excellent characters and relationships. Vivid writing and captivating narration. Starting book 2 immediately.
50 something, retired professional, mother, grandmother, wife.
I am not going to try to figure out why but I loved this book. I think it took until the middle of the 2nd chapter when I found that I did not want to turn it off. I looked forward to getting back to the story. I kept trying to think of things to do that would not interfere with listening to this book. I am thrilled this is a series, I can't wait to start the next book.
This is not an easily explained tale. No quick blurb will do it justice. It is, unquestionably, one of the finest pieces of Sci-fi put out in recent memory. Buy this one, even if it costs you full price.
Probably not. It's ambitious in scope but overall I felt it did not succeed. I disliked the narration a lot. In fairness to the narrator, he had a tough job, because there are a million voices and accents in the book. But generally, I felt he was a bad choice to narrate the main two main characters. I will say I found his narration less irritating as the audio book went on. It may be the story was just picking up steam, so I focused on his voice less, but it might also be that there were more female characters later in the book. I also felt the vision of the future was really stunted. As an example, it's over 100 years from now and the people are inhabiting the planets of Saturn, and other areas in "the belt" and they are going to be speaking...wait for it...creole! And the most massive ship in the belt is being constructed by ...wait for it....Mormons!And there were too many situations where the plot just made no sense.
No. See above.
I've described some of this above, but I think that Jefferson Mays has a voice most similar to the actor who plays Varys on Game of Thrones. He kind of drags out his words, in a way, in an attempt to sound elegant? Another similar voice might be like Niles Crane on Fraser. But the voice made no sense when you consider that the primary narrators, probably jointly 80% of the spoken dialogue, are overtly heterosexual males who are 1) a military/space pilot, and 2) a hardened cop. So, not characters of society or elegance at all. So I would have expected narration more similar to the narrator who did "the Martian." Kind of an "average Joe" kind of voice, if that makes any sense.
I thought throughout the whole book that this could be made into a movie or tv show. In fact, this thing has a lot of potential if the right screen writers get hold of it and clean it up.
Holden is described as a pretty boy pilot, so that could be about anyone. The worn out detective with alcohol problems could also be anyone. Ryan Gosling and George Clooney?
You get your money's worth. This thing is massive.
Excellent SciFi which focuses on the excellent characters rather than the technology. Check it out!
starts off slow and has slow spots. didn't much like the constant political babble. the book finished strong though. just as I was thinking it was going to be just an OK listen it redeemed itself about half way through... roughly... maybe earlier and only got better from there. I will be buying the next book in the series.