... Which is a good thing.
Clear and helpful explanations and interesting arguments, but way too many Armageddon-could-really-spoil-your-weekend-plans jokes. Even with the British accent, they get stale quickly.
The narrator comes off as more of a correspondence reader, certainly not a teacher whose passion for the subject would have been helpful.
The great thing about puppets and cartoon characters is that they can get away with doing and saying things that should be done and said.
So in that way, having aliens do and say things that fundamentalist atheists and blinkered religionists alike (and they are all too alike) have prejudiced themselves against is refreshing.
Good story, good questions, good sci-fi.
I'm not sure why I skirted this icon for so long. Probably some university trauma. But I thought the 50th anniversary made it the right time to try this one on.
And I'm glad I did.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and especially the engaging narration, though I find the protagonist, Dean, and his amoral hyperactivity eventually fatiguing -- as did Sal, the first-person character.
Obviously inspired by Arthur C. Clarke's 'Rendezvous With Rama', with a dash of stock Babylon-Star-Trek-Wars alien characters.
Some interesting concepts folded in, such as luck, and some obligatory Robert Heinlein casual sex, but the story ultimately amounts to a proverbial fly-over.
So much description, so little significance.
Congratulations to the Alan Lightman for venturing out onto such thin ice.
For those of us who love to learn about science and theory but still have a sense of humour, or enjoy the immersion of meaning and myth but appreciate grounding in fact and telling details, this is great fun.
The ending gets a bit soft, but headed in the right direction in terms of bringing all the speculation (scientific and spiritual) to the level of everyday human experience. Perhaps there would be a way to draw full circle with more intensity and interaction between the realms.
This was an okay pastime.
But in the light of futuristic series (Executioner, et al), pretty thin.
The narration passable in the beginning because the main character goes in naive, but should be hardened and cynical by the end. And given that this is the character's recounting, that irony and grit should be apparent.
As it is, he comes off like a wannabe in chinos.
Probably not the fault of the author or Audible, but definitely the fault of the publisher.
After listening for an hour I'm guessing there are exercises or charts or graphics or fill-in-the-blanks that the narration speaks to and makes listening a futile and frustrating experience.
Think I'll just buy the physical edition.
And the publisher should reconsider this disservice.
Getting lost in this audio play made painting a whole lot more fun. I was in my own (or O.S. Card's) little world.
No doubt a comic genius. Self-deprecating all the way.
Loved the autobiographical perspective and all the cultural references.
Not enough grit in the main character's narration. Could've done with less sermonizing about the social structure.
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