I liked that it was so densely scientific. I liked be stretched to understand what was going on in regards to the science of Titon.
That the book gave a glimpse into what the future could hold in our own solar system. How traveling and living in space could be like. I also liked looking over the shoulders of the scientist characters in the book.
Another listener mentions that the reader doesn't make a huge difference between male and female characters and that did cause some slight problems, but the author's writing made the characters clear enough.
No extreme reaction, just deep enjoyment. I wanted hard science and I was not disappointed.
My only fault with the book is I don't know who I could recommend it to. It is so densely scientific that it doesn't make for a light read and I don't know anyone who could really enjoy it as much as I did. :)
We have listened to and enjoyed Bill Harley's other "books", but this one I really didn't like. It was well performed, but the stories sent the wrong message. Bill Harley describes surviving middle school by pretending to be invisible: Don't stand out, don't draw attention to yourself. He tells a story about a teacher who bullies and gets away with it, and that the school gets the oldest elementary kids ready for middle school by forgetting the kids names and being mean. That in middle school you aren't important to the school, that teachers won't try to remember your name, that you become a number. He tells about being bullied by older kids and that it is normal and no one interferes. Bill Harley does include a Vice-principal that connects with him over bottle cap collections and a bus driver that is kind, but no one helps him when he is bullied or and no one helps him when he feels he has to be invisible.
The only good thing that came out of all of this was a discussion with my son about being himself, standing up for himself and for others and especially: if a teacher ever bullies him that he should tell me and that teacher will get in HUGE trouble. I doubt that last will come up, but he needed to be reassured that teachers aren't bullies and the adults at school will help him when he needs it.
I really liked the book when I read it unabridged. I didn't realize that it was abridged until I started listening to it. The shortened version leaves out too much flavor that I like in Zahn's writing, which is why I gave the overall two stars. I loved the first three Thrawn books by Zahn and expected these two to be as well narrated. Anthony Heald did a decent job with the book, but is a poor second to Marc Thompson's narration that included accents for introduced characters and good copies of known character voices and so Performance got three stars. I gave the story a three, not because I didn't enjoy the story, I love the unabridged version, but because so much of the book was trimmed out or summarized. Timothy Zahn's Scoundrels is also narrated by Marc Thomson and I highly recommend it.
My brother owned a paperback of this book years ago and out of curiousity I read it, and the next one and the one after that. And then I bought copies for my own library. They were too good to put down. They became the first books in my library and still my favorites. Wonderfully fleshed out characters that you really care about. Tight story line, great antagonists/characters. I mean what would you call Karde? He isn't a bad guy or a good guy, an antagonist with his own reasons for doing things. And even Thrawn isn't a "bad guy" he is just opposing the Rebellion/New Republic. A great read.
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