No on both. Robinson must have been paid by the word, and I found myself skipping (2x speed) over most of them.
Ms Zimmerman's narration was barely tolerable. I listened to the book at 1.5x speed (with bursts of 2x and 3x).
Robert Charles Wilson
Not before listening to a sampling.
Robinson seemed to have researched his material (terraforming and climate change). But he wrapped those topics in a long story with a small plot.
I have read science fiction for over 40 years (Asimov, Heinlein, Herbert, Neal Stephenson, Jim McDevitt, Robert Charles Wilson) . This is one of the 3 or 4 books during that time that I could not complete. I had had Mr Robinson on my reading list for some time. He is no longer on it. This is just my view and personal preference, and I wish Mr Robinson every success with his audience.
Reading Fantasy and SCI-FI on audible.
This is a very wordy author who goes off on tangents that are barely relevant to the story. There are many interesting SCI-FI hooks - interesting weapon, nano-computing, cool space drives, and a fun vision of the future. But getting through all the rhetoric is very hard.
The audio book is well performed (I think the reader gets bored at times) and it can be mono-tomic at times. But overall a good performance.
I am in no way affiliated with the writer, publisher, ad agency or Audible.com. I am just an average Joe with a 15 year love affair of good audio books.
I downloaded 2312 on a whim because it happened to be highlighted on the front page of the site and I was in a hurry to get a new book for my commute home.
Robinson's depiction of this detailed, fictional world follows in the footsteps of the great science fiction authors such as Asimov and Clarke. The fabricated details of this future are not only technically feasible, but also rich in their creative overlay of the story. The emotional interaction of the characters is contemporary and easily draws in the reader.
The narrator's performance is pristine and almost feels like you are listening to a documentary about this nonexistent new universe.
I am so glad that I took a chance on this book. It has inspired me to cut a much wider swath in my book choices in the future. A+
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
I had some expectations for this book, but .....
I think that all possible factors agreed to combine and create the worst book I read this year.
I loved the mars trilogy so much i have read them all twice. This was no where as close to as good. The main protagonist just seems like a whiny teenage girl and very two dimensional. There were parts that the real KSR from the mars trilogy shown through and parts where there was a spark of life in the story but just as quickly as it came it was gone. I was riveted by Mars.. I struggled almost all the way through this.
It is an okay story, but certainly not up to KSRs usual standards. The guy is an amazing talent! Nobody can write all pure-gold. And it is certainly not a bad story. Just not his best work. But still, if you like KSR, it is worth reading. And since Red and Green Mars, I will likely read everything he writes, from then on, as I have.
See above. ;-)
No. Make the Washington DC intrigue into a miniseries. Make the Pacific stories into one. Most of all, make Red and Green Mars into a full series, one season for each. Or even his newest one, but this one is far down the list. So, naturally, this will be the one that gets made into television. And "they" will no doubt add lots of battle scenes, since space war stories seem to be the closest thing to actual science fiction that is made into film and television. Don't get me started! ;-)
"It's difficult to work in a group when you're omnipotent."
-Q, STNG, Deja Q
"This weakness disgusts me. I hate it!"
-Sarek/Picard, STNG s3e23
"You can show girls kissing once, but you can't show them kissing twice... because the second time, it means that they liked it."
-Neal Conan (January 24, 2002), "Analysis: Portrayals of gays on mainstream TV and the future of gay cable channels". Talk of the Nation (National Public Radio).
The reader should learn how to pronounce Chinese words. Otherwise, it was a typical Kim Stanley Robison--Great characters, intricate plot, and chock full of useful information.
The author seems intent on not writing a story. He pays little attention to developing a real plot but simply follows he thoroughly unlikable lead character around. The underlying plot is only occasionally explored and in the end is all but abandoned. They protagonists just agree to get along basically. And the incessant use of lists is frustrating and adds little to the plot. He seems to be struggling to hit some word limit and maybe went back through the script and added them.
Developed the story and had lead characters who could impact or be impacted by it. Much of the developed universe material is good, but I was constantly screaming (in my head) get back to the plot......
I did like some aspects of the universe, the Mercury settlement, the terrariums and there was good potential for some political intrigue with the inter planetary forces. This latter plot line, however, was not well executed.
Not really. Lots of potential but frustratingly never met the potential.
Gone off KSR completely. I bought this and Aurora at the same time and they seem to represent an arc of rapidly decreasing quality. BTW, I loved the Mars trilogy though.
the story had some good ideas. however, I felt like I was reading a bunch of short stories about each of the characters attached to each other.
I listened to this 10 minutes after wrapping up the Red Mars series and just loved the feeling of being in the same world (more on this).I enjoy how well KSR builds a world and brings you right into the fold of how the world is built.
I love the extracts but couldn't stand the lists..
I like the brief story's of how the solar systems planets and moon have evolved but I could do with out the sexual oddness
Lastly- there are so many connections and nods to the Mars series that this book is really in the same world even if it's said it's not.
Bottom line is if you like hard science fiction this is a great book.