I have really fond memory of reading all of Vinge's previous books - they are full of mind-blowing concepts and interesting characters. A Fire Upon the Deep remains one of my favorite scifi books. I've been waiting for this one since the summer, and bought it as soon as it came out. What a disappointment! The characters are not believable and the events drag on. After part 1 of 4 I have decided to stop listening - I can't stand the thought of spending another 20 hours on it. Perhaps the editor could have "encouraged" the author to trim the story down to half the size.
The narrator did a great job - without his talent I might have stopped the book even earlier.
I love the doggies, and really enjoyed A Fire Upon the Deep years ago. That's why I decided to read this one. This book feels like the middle of the Wheel of Time. It drags on and on. It actually put me to sleep. The story moves forward a tiny bit. In the end nothing is resolved. Some of what happens is very unrealistic. This character is THAT stupid? Lots of people die, and nobody mourns them? Nobody is held to account? Really?
If you do decide to read this book (don't), be sure to read A Fire Upon the Deep first. There are many references to it.
Add in a little more suspense/action on your political thrillers.
Don't think I have. He has a good character voice variation. Liked him.
No, not really. But Vinge's other books are VERY good.
This isn't really science fiction and should be labelled as such. I LOVE everything else I've read/listened to by this author, but this book I did not like. It's a well-written and great story, but IT IS NOT science fiction. More like fantasy.
Someone who loves Terry Pratchett or 'Hitchikers Guide to The Galaxy'
Don't think so, found his voice boring
All of them