I liked the story, but the reading was robotic. If this had been first Asimov book I listened to, I would have given up. Since I had enjoyed Prelude to Foundation and Foundation (with different reader) I stayed with it. But I will not buy another book with this reader.
I rated this a 3 when I finished it, and I'm not going to change that rating, because the book interested me enough to get me to buy the 2nd and 3rd books. However, now I am in the middle of the third book, and I wish I had not spent my time listening to these. There is action, and there are characters, but there is no character development. The writing is adequate, but not great. While listening to books 1 and 2 I thought of this as a sort of Harry Potter for grownups, although not nearly as well written. Now that I've listened to more, I don't make that comparison any more.
The use of two readers was irritating. Had just the man read, I'd give the performance 4 or 5 stars. Just the woman, 3 stars. Together, bouncing back and forth, 1 star. Still glad I listened. Certainly worth the time!
It was a delight to listen to this rich philosophical narrative so well read.
I was never quite sure what was happening, and couldn't stop listening. A delightfully puzzling trip.
I stayed with this because it was J K Rowling. But it was awful. No inspiration. Author made me care about only two of the characters. Full of small-minded people engaged, for the most part, in petty or desperate behaviors. I wish I had not wasted the credit to buy and the time to listen. Ugh!
Great story well told and well read. I struggled with The Iliad and The Odyssey when I read them at university. This modern take on the story of Achilles provided a way into the story that worked for me.
The point at which narrator began to speak after his death. I had wondered how the author would pull that off. She did it well!
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