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.
I didnt like the story at all. Very weak plot and even weaker characterization. Very cliche.
You can spend your time and money better elsewhere
I was impressed by his ability to change his voices
a very weak effort
I really couldn't wait until it was over, the same ramblings on about the same thing over and over. Never really gripped my attention. I wish I could get my credit back.
The performance was very good, and yes I would listen to him again. Hopefully, with a better story.
No, please, no.
Overall, enjoyable and fast paced with an ending that will stick with you and make you ponder. This is light reading (well, okay, light LISTENING): Like a action movie. Mind candy... until the end sinks its teeth into you.
I had a bit of trouble with buying into one character recovering from heart surgery who, in my experience should have done nothing other than lay there with tubes and focus on trying to stay alive rather than engaging in animated conversations, and then some. Author might have visited critical care and taken notes. However, this is a fast paced read and leads to an ending that makes you think, DUDE, did you really justify THAT?
I liked it Nothing earth shattering but a good story. Well read Characters you care about. Unusual ending but satisfying.
Unique idea, lots of action, fast moving mystery, and had a great sci-fi twist. Just love Robert Sawyer. Read/listened to all his books, watched his TV show and would love to see more of his books in movies. Triggers would make a superb movie!
Interesting characters for the 'sharing', created ordinary people with heart and all the foibles of being human. It's a great sci-fi thriller.
No one in particular. I did like the insight into the President and how the doctors handled the issues.
Yes, I did not have the time in one sitting but carried the iPod with me and listened every chance I could. It's a fast read, kept me on edge.
it's a great story, would make a super movie, I love Sawyer's work and would love to see more of his books made into movies - espcially the Neanderthal trilogy.
This is the first time I have listened to this author and it won't be the last. This is an interesting story and concept. Thoughtful and positive message in unexpted ending.
I understand that the writer is excited about this book and I hope it does well. Perhaps it is the guilt that drives the opening statement above, however, I couldn't finish the audio. I had to actually put it down. Maybe it was the narrator but all the characters sounded like stereotypical cardboard cutouts from a B Hollywood movie. And perhaps this book would make a better Hollywood script than a book.
So I gave the author, narrator and story three stars for effort.