The story would have been easier to follow if more background had been given.
I felt as if I was jumping around from one strange situation to another without enough explanation of how each situation related to the others and what had led to each.
No, I did not enjoy his narration. I thought his voice too rough and "ugly" but maybe fitting for a story I did not enjoy anyway.
Typically, I do enjoy this genre. I was disappointed because I expected to like this book based on the reviews from Audible.
I may give the story another try in a year or two but I will be reading it myself instead of listening to an audiobook.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I got more joy out of reading the wikipedia synopsis of the book than I did from the book itself.
Miller seemed far more interested in showing off his eclectic vocabulary than in telling the story. It felt like some sort of bizarre creative writing experiment at first. Later he either toned it down, or I got used to it. Either way, it nearly put me off the novel.
The opening scene of the novel is the only one worth listening to, but then it goes down from there- and stays down.
I guess the audience is supposed to appreciate the brilliantly subtle way that Miller unravels the events of the past for us, but really I was so bored by the central story lines that it was hard to even care about world Miller was imagining them in.
I REALLY wanted to like this book. I mean, I stuck it out until the end, despite pretty much hating it by the end of the second chapter. Post-apocalyptic sci-fi is one of my all time favorite genres. Unfortunately this book contained none of the danger and drama that I had imagined were inevitable in this family of stories.
Ultimately, the problem with the book is that there isn't a single character in here that listeners can come close to carrying about; they're all boring, ignorant, quite folks who like to keep to themselves and study. Sounds exciting, doesn't it?
I don't mind that this story -- written in 1959 -- gets the whole "end of the world" thing wrong. We now know that the world won't end in an atomic war, but with climate change and zombies, of course.
What I do mind, however, is that the whole story kind of sucks. There's a group of selfless, dedicated, intelligent monks who do everything in their power to safeguard some undisclosed "memorabilia" through centuries of ignorance and unrest. And what is this precious "memorabilia," you ask? No one ever says, but it sounds like just a bunch of worthless engineering diagrams or circuit drawings. Big deal--and certainly not enough to restart civilization after it was ruined in a nuclear apocalypse. That's really not much of a story either, unless you think that a propaganda piece about the Catholic Church makes for a great sci-fi story. For me, I need a bit more, thanks.
And what in the heck is up with the narration? One character in the book--supposedly a brilliant scientist and scholar of the future--is given the accent of Foghorn Leghorn! And the other characters are not treated much better. The narration was very distracting in my view.
Anyway, I did finish the book just to see if it gets better at the end (spoiler alert--it doesn't). I say, don't waste your time and get a better book to listen to. Life is short, and zombies will be here soon!!
Normally this would not have been a problem for me, however, the constant details of Catholicism interfered with the story line. The continual references to Catholic life, ritual, and belief actually drowned out the story. The writing became too cluttered to enjoy.
One of the worse books I have ever had the misfortune of trying to listen to. This book is poorly organized, too long for the topic, way too much interspersion of Latin for the majority of us who do not know Latin, thus taking us out of the story. The “jumping around” in both story time lines and character “flashbacks,” made the underlying point of the story almost impossible to figure out.
Basically a good story premise, all that is has come before and “man” is not necessarily who we have been told we are. However, the convoluted and abbreviated, multiple interjections of fact and metaphysical conspiracy theories related to allegedly Roman Catholic knowledge withholding rendered obtuse, uninteresting, and unimaginative.
Not worth listening to even if free.
My first time hearing one of Tom Weiner's performances. I think Tom did a great job with an atrocious story.
I would like to see the plot of this story done in a creative and intelligible way, this could be an explosive, powerful, and thought provoking story line.
I only review my more favorites here.
Why and where is all the sci fi. A classic? Ok it has great vocabulary. Latin to impress us?
Ad-tedium (if that was a word)
Tom Weiner does an excellent reading. I'll look for other books narrated by him.
Everything else is horrible. I wanted to like this. I understand what the author was trying to do, but the story was so boring. I couldn't tell the characters apart after the opening section was over, which ended in the random killing of the only character who stood out and I could identify with. After that they were all the same to me and forgettable. 90 percent of this book is dry, never ending historical exposition. How did this win the Hugo? How do so many people like this?
I tried to force myself to finish it, but decided I didn't deserve this kind of pain. The only book I've stopped listening to.
was having very hard time flowing the story - i had few issues with this book
1) the religion - was very annoying
2) why do after war only dumb survive? if there was an atomic war ppl would not destroy everything and send society into stone age just to prevent next dessert or whatever the reason
3) for what this book tried to accomplish it was very short. Not enough character development, and all idiots at that...
I got this on discount, I want my money and time back
This is a dystopian combo of Scifi & Religion from an older time, having said that it is quite charming. As a man who once lived a lifestyle not so dissimilar from the monks, I can understand their faith and and their acceptance of science quite readily and find it quite realistic. While being a product of its time, it still stands well in ours and is a classic for a reason. I highly suggest it.
While the perils of technology and humankind's struggle to use it wisely are timeless themes... this book is not. It is tiresome, horribly preachy, and extremely dated. I'm sorry I wasted the time to finish it.