Really the first half of the book was excellent and enjoyed it tremendously. Nicely setup characters and intriguing plot that could turn any way. Unfortunately, it all just collapsed so suddenly that I was shouting out loud in agony. Still hopeful I returned to listen some more. Maybe it could all be mended. It couldn't be. This was my first and probably my last book from Sawyer, and the experience was so disappointing that I had to post my first review after about a hundred books.
as a non-quantum mechanics oriented person I was delighted to have my mind set alight by the content of the book. I too can enjoy science and a good story line! well done. Sawyer gained an admirer and fan.
Dare To Believe
Ape. This character deserves to be listened to. This story is bigger then the characters.
This narrator is perfect for all the characters. I can't pick a favourite.
Absolutely, I'm grateful there are authors with such thought provoking ideas.
Robert J. Sawyer does not mimic other writers. I personally believe he is the fiction writer that could open our minds and possibly invoke greatness in the minds of future leaders. Hopefully everyone reads his books.
Sawyer wove a wonderful tale. The setup led smoothly into the plot. The main "what if" leap did not appeal to me but once I accepted it, I enjoyed the story. Fun to have a story set in Canada. The atheist character seemed shallow, but it was a more realistic portrayal of a non-believer than you usually see. The main character of Heather was very well written. I recommend the book.
Folks, for audiobooks it's not just about the writer, it's also about the narrator...
I've read other Sawyer books and I was always impressed with his imagination of other star systems and species. Unfortunately, this book just doesn't delivery on either. It's mostly based here on Earth, and it's a really interesting idea but only in the academic sense. Try as he did to make a good story out of it, but it left me a bit disappointed overall.
The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, did a fabulous job with the material she was given. She has a good range of voices and does a nice job of acting out the scenes. Kudos to her.
Not sure this book is for anyone. Horrible hodgepodge of science, mathematics and psychology held together by incest/sexual child abuse.
no. it was absurd
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
THE THIRD EYE
Sawyer has the third eye when it comes to science fiction, controversial subjects, aliens or first encounters. He has several books out on first encounters and they are all different and good. He also likes to step out and discuss controversial matters. Many Sci-Fi authors stay with the norm by putting down God and those who believe, jumping on the Global Warming band wagon or just whatever is the latest end of the world, man hating theme. In this book he does the politically incorrect thing and shows the side of the falsely accused man and how that will ruin his life, even if proven innocent.
TONGUE AND GROOVE
I knew exactly what RS was talking about when it comes to the third eye, in some things I have it and some I don't and wish I did. I liked the Over Mind and the way he described it. Mostly, I liked the controversial subject matter (Sexual Molestation, having false memories and planting false memories and the harm done by counselors).
KNOWS JUST ENOUGH TO BE DANGEROUS
I don't know much about counselors, therapists or psychiatrists, but I have family members who have been to counselors. It seems that counselors are the cheapest and less trained of the group. Most people who need this type of help are not well off financially, so end up going to counselors. They seem to know just enough to be dangerous and actually make matters worse. I honestly think there should be a law against them and people should be made aware of the damage they can cause. It is also weird that most of the people I know who want to go in this line of work are the people who are the most screwed up themselves.
This was one of my least favorites by Sawyer, but I am comparing Sawyer to Sawyer. Some of the science was a little over my head (not a hard thing to accomplish) and I have a hard time picturing spatial, extra dimension type stuff and there was a lot more of that in the book then I cared for. He also attempted to be a John Scalzi and crack some jokes, but only Leonard, Wolowitz and Sheldon would have laughed at them, I think. This was not bad, Sawyer has never written a bad book, but Illegal Alien, Calculating God and Flash Forward are better.
The narrator did a professional job.
Have to say that Sawyer handles aliens better than he does humans. I loved his "Calculating God", but I found this one a bit difficult what with his trying to deal with a somewhat dysfunctional human family and the resolution of marital and familial discord.
Well done on all levels. Perhaps a bit more far-fetched than I'd prefer but that's balanced by a nice study of personalities, particularly as involve marriage and family. Made me want to check out more by this author and performer.