The story was quite good and as a stand alone story, it was well written.
Although he does a wonderful job as a reader, the voices he does sometimes get confused as there were several voices that sounded the same.
However, since this is not a standalone book, it would not make since for the average reader/listener to start here as they would not get the background needed to understand the bulk of the references.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
Benford is taking us 'outside the box' in this short story.
Now a few of his stories are in my huge Wish List.
It is not just the future, or wars, or offworlders a little like us. The tech stuff is there and humanity out there exploring and yes, warring. Is death really the worst that could happen?
Then surviving in the 'worse than death' experience what else could happen?
I expect Star Treck fans could enjoy this for the ideas expressed and like me add a few of Gregory Benford's books to their Library to savour slowly.
Thank You Audible.
I enjoy good SciFi stories. This had the potential to be better then it was. I have not read/listened to any other works by Gregory Benford, so maybe I am missing part of the point to this story. I thought that some of the creatures that he created were clever and the idea that some of them lived in various orbits around a blackhole mirrors the structure of an atom, which seems novel.
What bothered me through out the story is that our protagonist does not seem to have an emotional response to anything happening around him. Perhaps it was due to poor narration, because even in the scenes where the protagonist seems to be acting on an emotion he still seems emotionless.
I suppose if you are familiar with the characters, this story might make a bit more sense. Not having any idea of what it was about or knowing the characters left me feeling like I was having flashbacks to things that never happened to me. There was no sense of reality and I struggled to even begin to understand what was going on. The story itself felt stilted and disjointed as if the author were only using the setting and characters to expound on philosophical ideas that interested him more than his own creation. I'm afraid this left me not caring enough about the characters to want to continue reading more about them. The only reason I finished this one was because it was so short. I won't be continuing with the series.
Narrator: Robin Sachs did an excellent job with what he had to work with.
It started out promising but when it turned into a machine seeking to find out what humanity is about, and using art etc, I was reminded, and not in a good way, of the Dune Prequel Machine Crusade and the associated premises. Some great descriptions and ideas about harvesting energy and evolution in machine based societies. Mr Benford would have served the reader better by making his story more about these.
No. The story was too preachy and predictably about a machine using people to try and discover what makes them human.
it was ok. Could have used a little more tonal variation and emphasis.
Yes, see above - the galactic core and energy harvesting ideas.
Fewer of the sort of descriptives usually found only among 5th grade boys
The topic is very exciting and wonderful and I hoped for a well-rounded story - a journey that explores the topic well. This one galloped along, wafting over the more intelligent concepts of Orga/Mecha conflict and went for the cheap grab of extreme violent act and moment. I felt so let down, since Extra-terrestrial exploration is an exciting topic.
No. I am new to Audible and to Robin Sachs. Robin Sach's delivery was perfectly fine. In fact, "Bravo" - if he made it through the challenges of the book.
I'd need to go back and listen again to be more specific and I cannot make me do that, but , as I mentioned, I'd remove at least half the scenes describing extreme sadism and violence. The overmuch of visceral violence, described poorly and insensitively, with obvious intent to disprupt succeeded in disrupting the ability to enjoy a flow of good storytelling. The topic is sophisticated exciting and gutsy enough - only a few of the violent descriptions are needed to get the idea across, and sill keep the overall story the thing.
I love Audible. This is the first of my selections of audio books to disappoint. I was embarassed to have chosen it and sad that I could not remove it from my Library list...don't want it there.
Imaginative, but I am not drawn to disturbed gore, so I only got through the first 14 min. It may have gotten better as it developed, but Im not putting myself through that.Very imaginative though.
Either I didn't understand this book or it was just too boring. Didn't really grab me like I hoped or waited for it to do. By the time I started getting interested in it, it was over. Sad but short.
Added some additional adventure and storyline
Dry, dull, unemotional.
I'm an epic fantasy addict.
Way above my expectations. It centers around a concrete thought-provoking question: What is the meaning of being human? Great stuff. Well worth the listen.
This is a poet trying to make a living writing and selling SF to SF fans-----Fo Get About It. This thing was terrable and it was free. Don't waste your time.