The production of this audio book is admirable in every way: the readers each brought vivid and interesting characterizations that enlivened long stretches of exasperating sermons, philosophical disputations, and thoughtful musings on the human condition and the nature of "Existence" that nearly had me ripping out my hair with exasperation, time and time again. Indeed, the performances are much better than the material deserves.
It seems like there came a point (avoiding spoilers, where the Havana Artifact and "The Courier of Warning" were about to start talking) when the author realizes that all the plot lines so carefully built up for the last 400 pages WERE GOING NOWHERE. So he turned and sped off in a completely different and even more annoying direction.
So we have two novels which aren't about anything, in which nothing much happens, which have no particular protagonists, or far too many, take your pick. Some of the most interesting threads disappear with no trace, so be careful.
Advice to the author: pick a story and tell it, dammit. Advice to the reader: pick another story.
A lot of very flowery drivel not what I have come to expect from a David Brin book.
The book brought up some interesting ideas. Sadly, at least in my opinion, the story brought up the same points about those ideas again and again without really adding anything new or interesting. Had the book been cut down to let's say half its actual length I might have liked it a lot more.
Yes. I really enjoyed his ideas and from what I read online this isn't nearly his best book
talk about a real interesting take on alien contact!
I LOVED this book...until the end. I've found this with Brin's other work though as well. He just doesn't seem to know how he wants to end his stories. maybe this is something he actually wants to do...drives me crazy.
I loved the premise and the characters. The ideas put forth really make you think even past when you turn off the audio book. You start to wonder if maybe..just maybe this might actually be what is going on. Or that it could happen.
A bit of a fragmented story. Story arcs start but never resolve. Characters are the focus for a long period and then not mentioned again. I'm a Brin fan, but this really wasn't his best work. Worth a read/listen but likely won't blow you away.
Very well read, the stories and characters are deep and fun. They come together nicely with a great underlying thoughtfulness about how the future could unfold. Thought provoking.
This is the first audio book I have given up on, but I feel I'm only being teased, where is the story hiding?
It feels like a (maybe solid) short story that was just padded and padded and padded some more to get it long enough to publish.
Listening is not the same as reading, but it is still fun
I really wanted to like this book. I have not had a decent book to listen to for a month so I took it hoping it was good.
The story is as slow as molasses in winter. The narrator makes an real effort to convey emotions but there is just nothing here. I am going to try again but I don't know if I can bear it.
I am tempted to say avoid this book
It presented some interesting ideas; it was a slow listen.
Not unless they've been bad...Christmas season and all that.
Several narrators read
Maybe, it had some interesting concepts.
Took much longer to get through than planned...I now know how members of Lyle Lovett's song "Church" felt while waiting for the sermon to end.
I am single, retired and enjoy gardening. I don't have the discipline to sit and read a book. Audio books are such a blessing to me.
No. This was a grueling read. My mind couldn't keep up with who was who and what was happening. I know the author has a brilliant mind and this book was his way of relating what this world would be like in the future.
One of the characters had only her mind left after an accident. She was given an artificial body and her mind was somehow made part of this new body.
It made me think about the notion that our world exists solely through the perception of the observer. The book tries to get your mind around this belief about what reality really is.
I heard a David Brin interview. He has a genius mind. I wanted to hear more about his ideas, that's why I bought the book. But, it turned out to be a long, grueling read. My mind just isn't equipped to process his information.