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Instead of telling the reader what to think and describing the action sequences by narration, the author should have provided more dynamic interaction between characters. I simply could not maintain interest in the story, because it was too much reading about what happened instead of experiencing it.
I found the first book in the series to be adequate, but not spectacular. This one was much less satisfying, to the point that I finally gave up on it nearly half way through. I simply didn't care what happened . . . which is NOT like me. I will turn to some classics such as Asimov and Walter Miller.
My pic says it all. That's my dog and he is really barking for me to throw another snowball. Scary looks but really just a playful guy by nature. Been reading sf/fantasy like a power nerd my whole life which is almost 50 years now. I like all sorts of stuff just make the story believable...
I liked the first novel in this series for the battle sequences. But his volume was tedious. If your going to read it skip immediately to Chapter 28. That's where the action starts and you won't miss a thing. This author uses every SF cliche out there. Almost to the point you start chuckling.
The worst is the constantly changing effects of the technologies to make the scenes more exciting. An glaring example was when the human ship was tracking the enemy ship through space. The humans had the advantage of instantaneous travel but for some reason they could barely keep up. It made no sense. The book is filled with these. Sometimes a weapon blows a ship to pieces with ease. Later the same weapon hits it three times and barely damages it.
There is also a lot of filler such as a ten minute explanation on how a persons computer consul operates by soft touches. You see my point.
This book is drivel.
Very imaginative and he has brought into science fiction something new and different. It is totally different from anything I have read in science fiction and it is totally believable.
Yes, couldn't put it down.
Maybe. He can write well. I enjoyed his book one "Into the Black". Problem with this book is the repetitiveness of one battle after the next that doesn't really add plot in my opinion.
The book even went into depth of training for a battle. The plot that existed was good, but there was very little of it between the constant battles.
The Black Prism by brent weeks. My favorite categories are sci-fi and fantasy. Moving on to this because I LOVED the night angel series so I am going to try his lightbringer series.
He is a decent narrator. I would say I liked his narration. He didn't distract from the story. I have 150 audible books so I have been through narrators I liked more and less. Benjamin held is own quite nicely though. I would listen to him again.
when it actually had plot, the plot was very good. I will keep it vague so I don't give away spoilers, but I liked the details about central. Also the ending had some nice information revealed.
I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.
I did not read the print version...
Solid, military Sci-Fi with some larger scientific and political elements thrown in - good story.
I thought he did a great job, I enjoyed his approach to the material.
I found the discussion of matter and the way it comprises the universe and can be manipulated to be fascinating. This book comes with a mini physics lesson, which is interesting and enjoyable.
I will read he next book in the series...
I didn't flush this book immediately. I dutifully listened to it for over 3 hours before deciding that nothing was going to happen. I found myself begging for the characters to do something more than talk. "Just shoot an Alien" crossed my mind more than once.
No. This book was highly rated, but there's so much back story and "politics." I wanted an adventure story.
He is a solid performer, and was very good in the first book. I think he did the best he could with the material he had, but it just wasn't that compelling.
I would have cut the first 3 hours-- and gotten to "The Heart of the Matter." Pun intended. The best authors weave the backstory in with the action, there was too much work to get to the action.
I listened to this book and could not wait to do the second one. Great action series with good narration. To me it was just a very entertaining book. These books are suppose take you into them and let you be a part of the story. This book and the next do just that. Worth the credit to me.
Good action, keeps moving!
Great voice for this, he makes the book work!
ARRGGHHH!!! As you can see I am upset with you Evan! I'm going to buy the third book, but you better make it as good as the first one. Cause for some reason I am struggling to finish this second installment.
This is like the classic space stuff I grew up with. I love the the way the author leaves just enough unknown to make you wonder what he has up his sleeve next. I'm not sure the author is necessarily up to date on all tech, but that is forgiveable. The story if fun and moves along at a brisk pace.
However the narrator does not. The narrator is depressed, along with an entire cast of characters. He does the character voices well.. even if they are all depressed. My theory is that the narrator actually wanted to do self hypnosis, but got stuck with this instead. Almost every single sentence drops in pace and volume at the end, as if he is trying to put you to sleep, or perhaps he really is depressed. I don't know but either way it detracts from the action of this book severely, as it's difficult to feel the tension through the depression.
Just got the audio book
They all were really good, he did a really good job doing the different voices.
Yes and no. It was 15hours long and I did listen to it in 1 sitting. The 15 hours went really fast and the second time I listen to it which was a few days later, it took me two day.
This was book 2 of The Odyssey. Book 1 was really good too.