I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.
The plot was ridiculous. There is nothing short of rewriting the entire book that would make it more enjoyable. He had too many story lines going on at the same time. Having the main characters fall in love was absurd. I couldn't finish the book because it was so juvenile. I got the feeling that Phillips was trying to write a "Hunger games" type of series.
The narrator was fine. He can only deal with the material he's presented
Yes, the discussion of time travel was interesting
Don't waste a credit and I'm asking for mine back.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
Tired of authors writing Young Adult stories vying to become the next Heinlein heir apparent? Me too! This was my mindset going in, and that thought carried me about three-quarters of the way into it; then something changed. The realization swept over me that I was engaged with the story. I began to care about the characters, to relate with them, even though I long ago left the “young” phase of my adulthood behind. Some of the elements put me off at first as too much in the superhero vein for my tastes, but Phillips was careful to give them a scientific explanation which dispelled my initial reservations, and kept the story firmly in the Science Fiction camp. This is the main appeal of this novel: it is classic Science Fiction. You get space ships from outer space, advanced technology bordering on magic, and a decent mystery to keep things interesting.
I can imagine Phillips taking on this book as a writing challenge; to craft a story that will engage the most jaded reader of modern fiction and prove that there is value in a tale told well. Forget gratuitous sex, Phillips doesn’t need it — although there is copious blood and violence. So, while I agree that this has all the characteristics of a Young Adult novel, it also has the features expected from more mature fiction. It does accomplish what novels targeted for any age group strive to do: keeps the listener interested. Young Adult? Yes. Worthy of your attention? Also yes.
MacLeod Andrews delivers a solid performance. His voice has a youthful timbre fitting for the protagonists. Some of his portrayals of women are a bit too masculine. In the main he does not intrude into the story, allowing the listener to fully interact with the story.
In my heart, I believe that all fiction authors are gods. They create worlds and give life to people who only live in them.
You know a book/trilogy is great when you read the last sentence and all you want to do is start the whole thing over again!
I loved this book, but I had to wait until I finished the third book to review them. After the investment of time to listen to all three, I can highly recommend them all. This is a fantastic adventure that kept me listening late into the night.
Three high school students are the main characters, but this is FAR from a YA book. Mark, Jennifer and Heather are smart kids with parents who work at Los Alamos, so they have some science knowledge to begin with. Then they happen upon an Alien ship, which they decide to keep a secret. Their curiosity about the ship causes them to end up enhancing their abilities in amazing ways when they plug into the ships technology.
You end up traveling with them around the world as they race to save the Earth from another Alien race bent on invasion and subjugation of the planet. This can be complex sci fi, but you don't have to be a full on science nerd to follow along. The relationships drive this story, and I came to care very much about the kids and their friends.
I loved it, and will reread again!
MacLeod Andrews reads all three books and does a great job.
Audio books are wonderful but some sound so bad that I cant even listen to them. However, The Second Ship (as well as the others in the series) are excellently read. Reader is clear and does well when acting the different characters. Well done!
This is a tough question. I think I have to include all three kids. They are so closely bound that I cant separate them. While they sometimes seem to lose their perspectives at times, the always have the others at heart when it comes down to it. The book IMO is all about these three people. That's the magic of the story. Everything else is icing :)
I have also listen to Methuselah's Children read by Andrews. I prefer the Rho Agenda series but that could be just because I enjoyed the books more than Methuselah's Children.
No. To be honest the first few chapters were slow (as the often are when setting up a story) but once the story got going, I was hooked.
Take the chance and check this one out!
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Like others, I like the idea of the story but wasn't particularly happy with the overly "High schoolers save the U.S. from itself" writing. However my daughter says it gets better in book 2 so I'm taking her word for it and listening to the whole thing.
MacLeod Andrews has a nice voice but is poor when it comes to womens voices..I think this is a book that might have done well with 2 narrators - a woman for the 2 young women protagonists might have really improved the way the story flows...but then, no one asked me!
Right now this good gets a ..Meh...average Y.A. novel from me.
I wasn't sure if I would like this book or not, but I have to say, I really enjoyed it. After a mildly slow start, the story kicks into high gear when it begins its focus on the three high school kids, who are the heroes in this book.
Anyway, my daughter and I listened to this on our car rides to and from activities, and both of us were hooked. We were both appreciative that the books's focus, while having three teen heroes, didn't settle for kid-like dialogue or plot lines.
While we both loved this, and we both look forward to book 2, the ending was a little disappointing. It's ending is an obvious continuation to book 2, which while fine for picking up the next book, left us a little unsatisfied and wanting a bigger, more explosive ending.
But, overall: a great listen, and a great book, enjoyed thoroughly by an adult and my young teen daughter.
I like mystery writers like kate Wilhelm, Authur Upfield and Ellis Peters, where even the bad guys are not blood thirsty, crazy, manics. I like science fiction that has a sociological bent like Ursula Le Guin, Robert Sawyer and the early works of Orson Scott Card. But I don't much like the science fiction that is just space ships and interstellar fighting.
I thought this was science fiction. But by he 3rd chapter we have a serial killer who captures and tortures young women. I don't want to read stories of mutilation and torture
It would be helpful to warn readers in the description that it is another torture story.
This was the most amazing, brilliant trilogy I have read in years. It was impossible to put down. The writing was good, the characters relate-able, the story was amazing - I know, I keep saying amazing. I just finished the third book and I am just sitting here in awe of the story. WOW is really the only word that comes to mind. I hope that Richard Phillips continues to write stories like this for years to come. If you like a great science fiction story, that could be happening out your front door as you read this review, then you will love this trio.
A great experience!
It has everything you want in a story if you like sci-fi, thriller, suspense, amazing characters, romance, mystery spy. I listened to all three books within a week or less. I am a stay at home mom so I have more time to listen. My kids aren't small anymore. Anyways, this series is among the best for me. One I would listen to again to find little things I missed. There is so much depth to it. Plus I just want to hear it again!
When they find the ship.
There were so many moments to choose one.
Yes, as the author was very involved in the book, and I would stop reading and just sit back and listen.
As the young people began to be changed by the alien presence.
As the agents who came to investigate began to realize something was not as it seemed.
No, but I listened to it in two.