It needed to move a lot faster and give the characters a little more dimension. Justin, for instance, is very important to the story's development and resolution, and yet for parts 1 through four, all he does is moan "Oh, God" about his troubles without actually addressing them.
The resolution or "punch line" of the mystery was obvious from the first 50 pages or so. I almost felt insulted that it supposedly was the big "wrapup" to the novel.
Jonathan Davis' reading of the computer library transcripts was ok. Gabra Zackman did fine with female characters but fell short with most of the males, especially "Uncle Dennis", who I found to be almost a caricature of an elderly gentleman.
I have read probably 20 books by this author, but this was the first time I tried an audiobook. Even with it sped up, I found the pace dreadfully slow and the final resolution of the book to be totally unsurprising. Maybe CJ Cherryh is someone I should stick with in print where I can skim when it gets too slow ....
Less politics would have made this a better experience. It could be that it is an election year and I am sick of it all. But, after the first descriptions of the needed items, I found myself dreading every predictable sentence regarding that subject, which kept coming back. Also I was disappointed in the ending.
The voice actors were really good.
Always looking for twists in a story that surprise me!!!!
Yes, I will as new ones are brought to audio books. I've listened to most that are already available in audio format. There are several classics that I would love to see recorded. Can't remember titles after a number of years but she had written a series many years ago about a female warrior and her companion. Great series.
The many things that I like about all of Cherryh's writings. A believable futuristic society; well-developed, sympathetic characters and interesting aliens.
If a narrator is good you are caught up in the story and not derailed by the narrator's voice or speech characteristics. Both of these narrators had me listening to the tale without thinking about their voices.
Cyteen is an excellent title for a movie as well as the book.
I didn't like this book. The analysis of an event takes 2 to 4 times the time of the event itself, the characters are all second guessing the words and actions of other people. When they have finished analyzing and second guessing, they talk some more about it.
This snake pit unsurprisingly produces characters that feel insecure or have other personality problems, which are discussed in length, of course.
It's kind of unfair: the characters have almost eternal life, so they can afford to waste their time this way.
The narration was excellent, but then this book had to be read.
Narrator was fine.
This book is full of single dimensional characters, and none of them are likable. To much politics, not enough development of the character.
No, I just finished listening to it. Like a fool I thought that it might get better, that the characters might develop and hope beyond hope that it might have a twist at the end that made the suffering worth while. The characters was neurotic and self centered. It's like all the worst qualities of humanity is condenced into this book....
Characters less neurotic or meglomaniacal
disappointed that I listened to the entire thing and found the ending as unappealing as the characters
I'm a psychologist, and the unrelenting focus on the interior catastrophizing was tiring, to say the least. Even my most neurotic patients are less anxious than these walking basket cases. The attempt to imply genius through tracking of endless mulling of possibilities struck me as more like a person's thought process on marijuana than that of geniuses plotting deep strategy. The only way in which this book moved me was to write a review, which I almost never do,
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
I dearly love this book for all the hard questions it asks about nature vs nurture. It's one of Cherryh's very best out of so many excellent books. I think its' harder to sit down with a trilogy, which is how it was first written, all in one lump.
The politics are a huge part of it, but I was much more fascinated with what makes us who we are, and how our agonies form us into something perhaps more able, more strong.
I'm hoping for audible to cover more of Cherryh's work
This book begins by breezing though a short introduction that covers a couple hundred years history, then jumps strait into a highly detailed tale of political infighting.
The level of detail in this book is exhausting. Things that I can not believe anyone cares about are described in excruciating detail. While I am a fan of highly descriptive writing, you need to have a very strong story that pulls people in to pull it off. Perhaps if I knew what the hell was happening at any time I would be able to handle the narrative but the total lack of lead in left me adrift.
I have no complaints of the reading on this book, although the audio quality seemed a little bit off. All of that is really a non-issue though when held up against the text of the book.
I found this a very disappointing book. An interesting future world is outlined but then very little is done with it. Thought provoking ideas are brought up but then not developed. What we do get is a lot of wining by the main characters that goes on and on for much of the book. We are then given an ending that doesn’t make much sense. Only good thing I can say is that the reader did a good performance.