Vanna Bonta is not a good writer in my opinion. Most of the positive reviews you will find on Amazon or elsewhere are praising the concepts preached in the story… and that’s one problem I had.. it really seemed to me that I was being preached too. Several times in the story the two main characters go off on long conversations that don’t move the plot in any way. I won’t go into detail on the concepts and ideas presented that people seem to like so much. For me they were far too lightweight to justify the drudge of reading the novel.
One Big issue that made it difficult to impossible to enjoy was at least one writing habit the author could not control. It seems that no one in other reviews I read bothered to assess the authors writing style. I kept wondering if she had gone to and “adverb and adjective sale” before writing this book. If you have any understanding of the concept “don’t use two words where one will do,” this book will drive you insane at moments. Worse yet, some of the “big” words she used weren’t a good fit; the simpler option would have been much more precise.
Here are a few quotes: .
”… her craft was obliterated into disintegration.”
“Then, a silent howl rose from here, mutely shrieking of a wound she could not comprehend. Beseeching, imploring for someone to….”
“… somehow evicting the terrible torment….”
Obliterated where? What kind of torment?
Probably most significant: The story line didn’t grab me at all.
I've actually read the whole series, years ago. It is EXCELLENT. Wanted to listen again. And you may think my rating is unfair, but trying to get audible's attention.. the recording is painful.. perhaps I am too sensitive to high-pitch hiss, but they "s"'s in every word, every sentence "sizzle" at both high frequency and volume. This is an audio recording or transfer problem that is know in the industry, although I forget the term. If you listen in high noise environments like me (for example my car) you have to play fairly loud to hear the softer words.. at a reasonable volume, this makes every "s" uttered in almost every word hiss and almost hurt... listen to the sample.. play a bit loud if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to (especially with earphones)....
I'm hoping audible could do some post processing and fix this?!?! I'd really like to listen, but don't think I will.. will probably ask for my money back. Also, the next book in the series is similar :(
Audible..Please fix this recording!
Better story, a character or two that wasn't two-dimensional
Just wasn't very original.. a hodge-podge mix of ideas
Maybe I should have ranked it 3 out of 5.. but not great.
Every character seemed like a superficial collection of reused ideas.. couldn't' find myself really caring about any of them.. all very 2-dimensional. About as interesting as one of the late night films you see on sci-fi..
Slow book, slow narrator, slooooow. The narrator's style was good, great for the sections where the main character was being contemplative, but not the rest.
The next book I listened to had more interesting events in the first 2 hours than this book! Again, not that the story was bad, just too little of it.. and this is the first audible book I listened through with my player set to
The narrator was kinda... stiff.. or too formal? Not terrible, The story was too, and not very imaginative.
Plot: Not bad.
Sci-Fi like concepts: Not bad
Okay, maybe this is very personal to me, but I just found the narrator’s attempt at male voices terrible. Picture a Saturday Night Live skit where a female character is pretending to be male, attempting a low voice, but doing so with a “wink wink” attitude that we all now she female, lets just make a silly low voice and call it male. It sounds as stupid as most male narrators would trying to do a 6 year old girls voice. If you don’t have a gift for imitations, just read… please. I was surprised at the frequency I found this distracting. The character was a huge muscled fighting man/machine jagernaut. Every time he spoke, he sounded like my 13 year old baby sitter imitating a “big strong man” talking. Ahhh!
Kelric, the aforementioned jagernaut, was the main character. His character was difficult to believe. Although he fought the “slavery” he was put into somewhat, he was far too accepting. Again, a cybernetically enhanced Jagernaut warrior and member of the Skolian Empire's ruling family didn’t put up enough resistance. Sure he had problems with his “systems,” but he’s a jag.. right? Look at his background, his family…
It seemed that his character was an attempt to be the perfect sensitive /macho /caring /killer /genious /partner /compassionate /warrior /mate /leader. I couldn’t buy it. Many of the other characters just didn’t become 3-d to me either.
I can’t specify large other specific items, but there are many smaller ones and I don’t feel motivated to go into them. No aspect of the story line gripped me. No character captured my attention and interest much. Overall, the negatives distracted me from the positives. I can’t recommend this book.
This one is a notch above the last. 3 and 4 I couldn't put down!
I can't agree with everyone about this being a good book. It is okay. However, I am about to start the 5th in the series and 2,3, and 4 were excellent. This is short.. read it, listen to it, so you can get to the rest.
I've read/listened to about 6 Stephen King books.. I can't say I really liked or disliked any. Howerver, THIS series is shaping up to be one of my favorit.
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