This is an innovative and original story, well written and great fun from beginning to end. I think of this as an "airplane book"; one that is engaging, entertaining, and just perfect to pass the time on a long flight.
Nicely read by Jeff Woodman, but I wonder if someone with a bit more menace in his voice might have added another dimension to the experience.
All in all, you can't miss with this one. Pure entertainment.
This book started with a bang and that was pretty much it. Not sure what the point of the book was. World peace since we can now read everyone's minds? Thought I should sing Kumbaya at the end. Not worth the money.
I have a hard time understanding how Robert J. Sawyer manages to come up with such great ideas for his novels, and then turns out an entirely mediocre book from them. Sawyer consistently adds diversity to his characters just for the sake of diversity, and it takes away from the story. Not to mention trying to insert little tidbits of his own life when they are entirely unnecessary (The dungeons and dragons scene anyone?).
A few of the voices for characters are actively annoying, in particular female characters. They all have a constant whining feel to them, and it gets old fast.
I love technology, reading, music, and shoes (not necessarily in that order.)
Let me start by saying I am a Robert Sawyer fan and I always purchase his books as soon as they are published on reputation alone. However, “Triggers” is my least favorite so far, it lacked the “what if” scenarios that I normally look forward to when reading Sawyer’s works. As a Christian, I felt as if this novel was a little “too preachy” with the authors atheist beliefs. It lacked theological debate and I didn’t enjoy it at all.
I really felt that the story's start was very jumbled. Maybe that was the point, maybe it wasn't. But anyone who listens to the end will probably feel as I did: it was rushed, rushed, rushed. I could almost see in my head a pushy publisher telling the author to finish it or to finish it in 20 pages that should have taken more than 100. Spoiler Alert: to go from only the initial people, to anyone they touched, to 'coming with the sun' in only a few pages just felt rushed.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
I've read virtually everything Robert Sawyer has ever written. They usually range from excellent (Counting God) to pretty damned good (Hominid series). This is just average by normal standards. By Robert J Sawyer standard, I think it's below average. The narration is very good, the story is moderately interesting, and deals with mostly memory. Some aspects of the story are cool, but just not enough to carry the whole thing.
Because the storyline is too far-fetched to be a reality, I found the characters accepted what was happening way, way too fast. It became predictable way too early, and I would never finish this book because too many characters came into play and I knew I would never be able to like any of them. Maybe if character development was given more of a priority then the "why" i would feel inclined to press on..but it was too shallow for my liking. Pass
Listener of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Intrigue (not romance), Historical Fiction and very eclectic in her literary wanderings.
Kudos to Robert Sawyer for challenging himself to write an action novel. Yep, it's in the style of the classic spy thriller with the Sawyer development of character and plot.
I had two things that upset my listening.
1. He never answers how so many terrorist attacks occurred (which is essential to the pre-story).
2. I love Sawyer but I'm beginning to not like the overall chirpy endings. What I mean is that all his novels seem to end with humanity uniting in someway, becoming hive minds or flinging into the future. While it makes for a great story, it's not in my opinion very sci-fi. This ending felt a bit rushed, as though it all had to be figured out under a deadline.
I do give it high marks because it's a good story with interesting science behind it.
Good narrator, developed characters and voices. There's a lot of talking in their heads and the reader played that well.
Love fiction and non-fiction, love Audible!
Excellent piece of really well-thought out fiction! The only thing I personally have had gripes with was the ending, but I guess this is just not the kind of ending I would prefer in any story.
No, I do not usually back up on my reading.
It is unique as I have come to expect from Robert Sawyer
When the older woman who was reading the President sent him a letter inviting him to do the right thing.
No, although there are humanist elements that are funny and sad.
Very good read and the audible version was excellent.