The storyline in this book is brilliant. It's majestic, but real. It's cynical, but on point. The content is inherently epic, but you still feel a connection with all of the characters, even if you decide that you hate some of them with a passion!
The ideas that are in the story are common place in the small world that is science fiction, However, the author threads the needle of the storyline so well, that as an intermediate sci-fi junky, I can say with true conviction, that the book takes you on an amazing joyride that leaves you wanting for more.
The narrator's range is sickening! How do you laugh in a completely different voice other than your own, and do it across various characters and still make it feel authentic is beyond me. It's not just the various voices that draw you into the story, it's also the little things that the narrator does, the pauses, the labored breaths, the quick bursts in emotion, etc.
I loved the book, and I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
If you asked me what I thought of this book, I'd probably tell you I didn't like it. On the other hand, I'm currently listening to the second book in this series, so the story obviously gripped me. (For what it's worth, I'm having the exact same reaction to the second book, too).
This story isn't really science fiction in the strict sense. It's really more of a spy thriller with a sci-fi coating. There's lots of intrigue and plenty of action, with a couple of alien ships throwing technology all over the place to make the fighting and computer hacking a little flashier. It's a pretty good story, but if you're hoping that there's going to be some epic space battle, you're going to be disappointed. If you like the idea of James Bond with ramped-up technology, this story is going to sit well with you.
My main problem with the book is that the protagonists are extremely frustrating. There's a lot of what I call "bad decision theater." Basically, the characters will make strings of stupid decisions with little or no explanation about WHY someone who's smart enough to tie their shoes in the morning would think any of those decisions were a good idea. I turned off the recording many times because I couldn't believe that someone could be as stupid as the characters in this book.
There are also two minor annoyances that keep yanking me out of the story. First, the narrator mispronounces "SIPRnet." It drives me crazy. Second, about 25% of the "hacker jargon" in the book is computer/networking terms that the author is mis-using. It's really distracting if you actually know what the terms mean.
Even with those problems, though, I'm still continuing with the series. That's why I'm giving this book three stars instead of the two that I would otherwise give it.
Yes, but not right away. Sometimes abit juvenile, then moving into moments of adult sci fi. Well written, and the charcters grown on you, but it is not the cleanest story I have heard.
Conflux of sci fi, science fact, conspiracy theory and thoughtfulness.
Consider follow up downloads.
Worthwhile, but know that it hints at younger fantasy, at least for me.
I disliked the authors combination of science fiction and grisly horror scenes with just terrible plot devices that are based on the 10-year-olds protagonists.
The characters we follow are just insulting to any mature reader. They don't appear authentic, they are both oversimplified yet frustrating. I'm not sure this author ever was actually a youth in the aforementioned horror scenes really make this book inappropriate for my children who might not mind the terrible logical fallacies that just fill the book .
Generally speaking this is shockingly disappointing decision by the writer, ruining what could've been a fairly good book.
I'm really at a loss to figure out how this got published. Is this an author experimenting and failing or is this just something that a frustrated underachieving university student threw together?
A thicker story, where things don't come together quite so easy. The way things flowed, and the characters, felt like young-adult fiction. A bit Disney, if I could make a comparison.
I couldn't finish it. Sorry, I couldn't stick it out.
Hmm.... For Teenagers, I think he did a job. Easy to follow, and the female voices were ok.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
HIS STOMACH LOOKED LIKE IT BELONGED TO A COMIC BOOK SUPER HERO.
I did listened to all of this, but I almost gave up several times. This is another book that suffers from Trilogyitists. It also suffers from not knowing what it wants to be. The author writes mostly a YA book and then throws in gory fight scenes. In one scene a guy is strangled with his own intestines. There are also some sexual innuendo's, but not much. All the gory scenes put together could probably fit on two pages, but they are there. The plot is so convoluted that it almost gets silly. Do we need another teenage super hero book? If I heard, I FORGOT TO BREATHE, once I heard it ten times. How original is it to have the cheerleaders and football players be mean and evil? The theme of the book has been done so many times it worn out. The book is not terrible, it is just very common and over done.
The narrator is so bad at voices, that at times I not only could not tell which character was speaking, but I could not tell what gender they were.
I am normally not a big young adult literature reader, but I have to say that a friend recommended this book to me without saying the protagonists were teenagers. I have to say by the time I figured it out, I was hooked on the story. It is a great listen.
Probably not though I am enjoying it okay. I know the three main characters are just 16 or 17 but their relationship with their parents are amazing sweet and sticky. Also, the kids are just so.... sweet. Also, I think Mr Phillips could have done a little more research on the psychopathology of the really nasty antagonist being both a sadist and a masochist and on the reality of this character actually being all he was supposed to have been in the Army.
Having said all that I think it is a great idea and the story is written more than well enough for me to want to keep listening because I want to know what happens next.
Maybe it's just me but are more and more narrators interpreting and performing the emotional aspects of the story for the reader now? The best part of reading, rather than listening to, a book is interpreting and reacting to the emotional aspect of the story the way I feel it. I hate it when the narrator does it for me and I think they are wrong. Without exception I like the narrators who read the book, with perhaps some characterization and some minor emotion, but don't try to ACT the book. If I wanted a 'movie in my mind' or 'a story in my head' I would listen to the serializations that are written and acted to be just that; but I don't. I am now starting to pay as much attention to the narrator as I do to the author. In this case the narrator is right on the edge. I hope he doesn't crossover that line or I won't listen to any more books he narrates.
No, I would not risk money something that might be as bad as this. I had to stop after chapter 4. The writing is terrible. Phillips should really stay away from writing teenagers.
Sadness, because I cannot get my money back.
The performance was fine.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
Okay as a whim I purchased this because it was so inexpensive. Big mistake. Started listening and could not stop. Lost sleep and now I have to buy #2 in series.