I wouldn't listen to it again - geez - I just heard it - what a silly question.
The emperor is cool, fun, smart. Such a wacky and interesting character. Very 'real' and appealing.
Voices and reading style all excellent.
Some scenes between the emperor and his sidekick assassin guard woman are a bit repetitive, with the same old shtick of "have you thought of the consequences of you actions" and "you are a criminal and I'll bring you to justice" or "I don't understand your genius, but I'm sure its evil". But there is more than enough other story to keep you going. Excellent.
The description of technologies and future worlds is good. The author has obvious skill.
I would have increased the pace of the story - chapter after chapter describing the recruiting of a gunnery crew member. Chapter after chapter describing the politics of digging up an ancient civillisation's artifacts. Its all a bit stretched and dubious. The characters are all a bit nebulous and could do with some sharpening up.
Whilst the narrator has perfect diction and a nice voice he drones through the story. He RANDOMLY adds emphasis to words in each sentence to add variety, but this just serves to annoy. Then he trails most sentences away into a whisper, so that you can't hear what he's saying unless you turn up the audio level. But if you do that, his constant loud PUNCHING of random words in each sentence hurts your ears. You can't win. And of course other reviews have already mentioned the similarity of accents used for characters. And of course other reviews have also mentioned the fact that there are no pauses between sections so it takes you a while to figure out the scene has totally changed to a different planet mid-paragraph. Its bizzare - does nobody oversee these narration recording sessions and spot these beginner mistakes? Study the guy who narrates Iain Banks novels for a true master.
Half way through the book, running out of energy, hoping it picks up steam.
yes its one of those rare sci fi stories that feels interesting and real
the point of view of the prince and his journey, the interesting world that has been built by the author
easy and comfortable to listen to
great ending - to be a prince or not
more variety, a less military story
yes. maybe fun for soldiers to read but not for normal folk.
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