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.
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.
Indie writer (Dana Reynolds - Wardenclyffe Trilogy, Rides Eyes of Ghost).
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.