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Really enjoyed the performance. The story took a little while to get into, but it slowly warmed up. I look forward to the next book.
If you ask me, I'll probably tell you. If you don't want to know, don't ask. If you ask anyway, that's where the 1% non-truthful comes in.
At the beginning of this book, the subject matter and the writing reminded me why I fell in love with science fiction and have remained a staunch fan. I was disappointed as the book progressed and progressed and progressed some more, for all that listening really didn't, I feel bring resolution to the story. that and it was so long, that though I continued to the end, I had quite lost interest about three-quarters of the way through. I think perhaps this would have been a better read than it was a listen. And in no way should this be laid at the feet of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. His narration was stellar as usual. In fact, that's why I got this book in the first place. Holdbrook-Smith was the narrator.
As stated by previous reviewers, this story needed a rolling start to turn the engine over. Once started, however, this story is classic Alistair Reynolds. Colorful prose, excellent character development, and a good story to boot. You won't be sorry when you get this title.
I would recommend this to a reader that enjoyed RevelationSpace or Chasm City' or the Prefect. Blue Remembered Earth is much more similar in toneto those novels than, let's say, House of Suns.Let's
The ending was a let down. The ending was relatively weak and unsatisfying which is why I only gave the story 3 stars.
He is A very nice narrator.
No, this was solid Alastair Reynolds - nice combination of hard science and speculative fiction.
Interesting story and characters + fantastic narrator = perfect for occupying time during a long road trip
This was my first experience with the author and the narrator and I am glad to have discovered both.
I don't know - maybe I'm a little too American-centric but I just wasn't able to get into the story. Probably sounds bad but not meant to be. The story was kind of like a scavenger hunt but I had no understanding of the goal in mind. People just headed off because some dead person told them to do so. The story ended with hope for the follow-on books if developed properly. I'll give "On the Steel Breeze" a try just because the last chapter or so of BRE finally seemed to go somewhere.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's reading and accent were actually very pleasant. Some of the characters voices were a bit outrageous, funny even, but for the most part I really enjoyed the narrator's work. Personally, I don't think the narrator would need to be ethnically limited. I'd listen to any sci-fi story he decided to read. Obviously, he was the perfect choice for this book. I hope Adjoa Andoh does as well with the second book.
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Intellengent, well written
this book has a different look to the future of mankind. I think I could compare it to some of A C Clark's concepts altought the writing style is better and modern.
Great accents, complimented the book...
I was pleasantly surprised that this book set in Africa, it was good to read a book with an international setting.
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Absolutely. The choice of narrators was perfect.
Terminal World - great characters, interesting world, contrived, predictable story.
Blue Remembered Earth starts out slow and takes its time developing the central storyline but what it lacks in typical, Alastair Reynolds, space opera, action it makes up for with outstanding world and character building. The plot is essentially a scavenger hunt in space and is as contrived as it sounds. The characters are given clues and are led along, much like the reader, pretty much in the dark, motivated only by curiosity and yet often overcome with reluctance to leave their comfortable lives. As a result, I found the overall story dissatisfying and one of the rare Alastair Reynold books I did not fully enjoy. That said, I found the central and supporting characters some of the most compelling of any Reynold’s story and the near future world that the author creates one of his best, easily matching the complexity and whimsy of Revelation Space. While this first entry of the Poseidon’s Children trilogy was somewhat disappointing, this novel is still excellent hard science fiction and I am quite looking forward to diving into the sequel. The narration was excellent – outstanding decision to change narrators for this series. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith was a perfect choice for the numerous African accents and adds depth to the story and the characters.
I was disappointed to find that Alastair Reynolds would write a science fiction novel of almost 22 hours in narrated length that focused mainly on elephants (large and dwarf) and uninteresting characters acting out their petty sibling rivalry. I write this as one who has listened and enjoyed several of his other novels.