I've enjoyed listening to the stories because they are written from so many different perspectives; we can imagine a global view of this fictional time and place. I say this experiment in cooperative writing is an absolute success. The first story is layered, descriptive so we glimpse the past that created such a future. ("In the Forest of the Night" is nothing like "Wind Up Girl", not a useful comparison.) The rest of the stories fill in the picture or I could say fit the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle of this imagined world into a whole. Each story stands well on its own, but I enjoyed listening to one right after the other. I will be listening again, too. My mood affects my perceptions and I'll build a new Metatropolis each time.
This is very obviously a piece of fiction tied together delicately with common elements. Fiction is not the same as social planning nor the same as corporate propaganda. So relax, read and fantasize . . . forget the television so you can use the building blocks the characters offer you . . . to build new communities in your head.
(p.s. "polis" means "city" in Greek; perhaps the title means a city in metamorphosis?)
This is an incredible book. I learned more about WWII from this book then from other histories combined. After reading this book one has a better idea of why it was called a world war and a better understanding of the complex relationships between the Ally and Axis powers. Wars are not simple events and they are not attractive, Mr. Hastings respects both facts. The narration is excellent. In all ways a great audible book. I would recommend this book to anyone trying to understand the historical background to events after WWII and to contemporary events.
I am enjoying the performance of this book so much. I'm smirking and giggling and laughing out loud. Bravo to George Guidall!
Will I ever read Dostoevsky again or simply enjoy listening!!
Well read autobiography that captures the irreverant attitude of the times. The author has a talent for description - using just enough (but not too much) to set the scenes. So often truth is stranger than fiction and much more interesting - as were the twists and turns in Ken Perenyi's life. He tells everything even bad judgement calls from his youth and young adulthood and ends up sharing a full character study (of himself) for the reader. The insights into the 1960s NYC art scene are very telling of the times and the generation.
I enjoyed this "guided tour" through history. Only six beverages and I have a better understanding about the differences and the similarities between world cultures. Enjoyed listening to Sean Runnette. What must have been a jigsaw puzzle for the author was enlightening - painless learning one might say!
Here is a slice of life story of a time and place when secrets seemed the only refuge, immigrants wore their nationalities on their sleeves and loyalties were constantly pushed to the limit. I enjoy the story and am already intrigued by the friendship that started when the two were only five years old. Nice reading with all the appropriate accents,and for me much easier to keep characters straight. (and Joe Pantoliano? Wow!)
I enjoyed this essay. Narrator has nice voice. I realized this is a part of history I need to know. I hope it is now being taught in public schools; I'm sure I never learned about Mr. DuBois.
"Come, all of you, gather around. Come close to the fire, pile up with your cousins to hear the foundation story of our tribe. Listen and remember, because this will tell you of heroics and challenges so you will understand why we live this way." --- I enjoy the narration very much. Mr. Hogan reads the difficult text so smoothly, quietly and intimately that I feel that, perhaps, this will be the myth that will bind my grandchildren together.
Jay Lake has a very nice way of intertwining history, contemporary times and the future to tell a story with descriptive phrases and metaphor that builds a new civilization evolving from the paranoia and securitized times of now. This genre is a difficult one to tackle and Jay Lake is a master.
Thank you for the great narration, Jonathan Davis. I can't image how you accomplished such a great listen; is very enjoyable.
I ended up enjoying this book the most of the trilogy. I've read "All Tomorrow's Parties" a couple of times, but listening to this version is much better.
William Gibson has a great talent for describing the past, present and future (all at the same time) with a great tongue in cheek style.
Bruce Sterling offers a brilliant new frame of reference for science fiction-the voice of women (cloned no less, but still each of them all woman). And as Sterling is science fictions incarnation of Jane Austen, we have a very perceptive author at work.
The narrative's starting point - what would happen if a woman in modern times decided to bring by forming an empire. Many men have done this throughout history and now we see a feminine take. Many layers of ideas, life styles, human use of earth and space make this an spellbinding listen.
Jay Snyder's reading is amazing and helps greatly the listener more easily understand the story.
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