The narrator was terrible - Was this his first book read? Over dramatic and overly pedantic. I couldn't stand to listen to it. I tried to see if he loosened up as he read but it didn't get any better.
Have someone else read it - I feel sorry for the author.
...I did not immediatly look to buy the next installment. Good fun, but lacking that addictive quality that i crave so desperatly.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
The performance was OK, not bad, though not he best ever. The story was detailed enough in scene, plot, and character to keep from being flat. Though this was definitly a book written as part of a series, and thus the over all plot does not stand alone. I am glad I bought books one and two at the same time, as this text does not end at the end of a tale.
Yes. Decent story.
Yes. Started to catch on to the story.
Yes, a long story to tell
Break down some of the terms once in a while.
Fast, future, politics
Grey; He represents what so many of us in modern day America are. There are layers to his character, far beyond the demure savior, far beyond the minority that our modern day republicans are out to destroy, he's a man who would do anything for the person he loved, despite the personal sacrifice.
The Harrouk (sp?.) You just have to love that sound affect.
Yes, and almost did. Didn't sleep enough for two nights to be able to read. Add a whole Saturday to that for book 2 ;)
I find it very interesting that Ian Douglas, intentionally or not, explored a lot of his own political leanings in this series. Almost as interesting, he is both left and right leaning, at the same time..
This is the kind of SciFi I like - at least it tickles my sense of "just beond grasp" technology. I am so looking forward to hearing the rest of this trillogy. It promises to be just as good as (or even better than) the Inheritance Trillogy, which I also loved.
Might be, I'll tire of the very strong link to American military/marine strategy and constant references to battle quotes from past war generals, but it certainly makes up for it by staying interesting in a technology sense.
Faster than Light travel (FTL), single point energy, and gravitational manipulation all made possible by quote: "GRIN technologies—Genetics, Robotics, Information systems, and Nanotechnology—that are the principle drivers for the oncoming singularity." - You GOTTA love that!
Mr, Sullivan's performance is the best part of this book. Unfortunately he did not write this book. First 1/3 of book all very slow as there is a great deal of numbers. the last 2/3 is a good story. Also,"Touche" as the adversary! It this book ends up sounding like a old Vaudeville comedy routine. Bawdy but not very funny .
I say save your money on this one
This is a good yarn, and I am currently listening to the sequel. So I like it enough to keep listening. However, I'm not sure I like the science in this book. In my opinion, the author goes into to much detail about the science behind the technology, when some of it doesn't make sense. The author does jump in between three or four characters though and none of them seem to really change or develop throughout the whole book.
Blood and Gore:
This is naval sci-fi so it's pretty hard to throw in blood and gore. I don't remember anything too bad.
This is military sci-fi so there is quite a bit of swearing, but the f-word was only used a couple of times that I can remember.
None is described. However, the author does describe how the society in this book looks down on marriage as being old fashioned, and that everyone just hooks up whenever they want to with however they want to hook up with. Also he portrays a world in which officers can have relations with enlisted, and as someone how has studied the military as much as I have I cringe at that. I find it hard to believe that the military would ever do that.
I find this a good yarn, but not very believable. Interesting, but not believable. Because of the interesting societal view points discussed I wouldn't recommend this for anyone under 16.
Overall, the book is good, I'll continue the series, and would suggest it to others.
The "announcements" and "Urgent voice" sections of the book are about twice as loud as they need to be. I found myself adjusting the volume a bit depending on what was happening in the book. It was distracting.
Equalization is a bit off, Narrator has a great baritone voice, but my player (phone app) had this sound odd compared to other books, most sounds above 1kHz-ish are about 5dB down, but then increases again for sibilants. Result is: the bass voice, and ssss's. You can EQ it out so it sounds decent, though.
I normally don't nit-pick the narrators, this one is MUCH better than some I've heard! The production company didn't normalize the volume or went too far with EQ the wrong way.
Continually Adjusting EQ and volume while listening (Only had to do that with about 5 other titles, out of over 200)
Yes, soothing voice, clear, and the right amount of emotions make the book more enjoyable (Once you get the EQ fixed)
I did listen to this in one day, it's actually very good with only a few parts that cause one to drift off.
The only "glitches" are essentially incorrect math in some calculations. As well as using incorrect words for some concepts, though I guess words were chosen to appeal to a non-geek audience. :)
If you are into "Hard Sci-Fi", you may find issues here and there, nothing major that interferes with the plot and story, which is excellent.
The biggest "turn off" is the pro "Global Warming" themes throughout the book, but one can enjoy it and not let it interfere unless the reader is all the way against ideas or not. After all, it is Sci-Fi.
I'd sort of expected some humor in the book, usually humor fits in somewhere in a story, but none to be heard here.