This is my very first review of an audiobook. I needed to write a review and say how great this reading is. I have read this book before and while it was an enthralling read, nothing compares to this audiobook. I agree with others that Simon Prebble adds a fantastic level of eeriness to the story. You are taken to this bleak and dark future of humanity. An excellent cross over between science fiction and political science. I am just as afraid of the possibility of this future as readers were sixty years ago. Don't stick your head down a memory hole -- remember this visionary tale when you see the parallels in today's global societies.
I do not normally get into anthology books. I generally prefer books by a single author or more specifically, books centered around a single story arc. The premise of this book is to set a stage in the future and have several writers create short stories that have hardly anything to do with each other except for taking place in the same space of time and a passing reference to a certain place or technology.
Does anyone notice a preponderence of books about environmental catastrophes and a relating of the downfall of civilization? Well, if that is your cup of tea, this is your kind of book. I understand that climate change is a serious thing and certainly a dalliance into the subject stands to merit but for crying out loud, what happened to humankind rallying around itself in a disastrous turn of events to become a better peoples? Why does every story seem that once we are faced with some massive catastrophe, we become a bunch of animals?
Anyway, I digress. So here is my point and my problem: I can't stand it when authors use their stories as a soapbox and in my humble opionion, that is what Jay Lake does in the book's opener. OK, Jay, I get it. Republicans bad, environmentalists good! Just get on with the freaking story for gosh sakes. Democrats are comfortable in their trappings of modern living, too. I see lots of Obama/Biden stickers on SUVs. On the positive side, in the middle of all this depressing take on human society, Scalzi really comes through with a great short story. It was worth the rest of the book just to get to his piece. It's the same universe only now I was glad I was there...sort of, anyway.
This book definitely does NOT need a follow-up unless the anthology premise is dropped and Scalzi just writes another winner and gets Wheaton or Dufris to read it.
I have actually listened to this book three or four times already. I have a lot of time on my hands commuting in Houston and good stories to listen to are hard to find. This is a typical Scalzi book. His stories do not take themsleves too seriously. They are funny and deep and most surprising, you may find Scalzi addressing real scientific concepts every now and again. What I like most is his deference to his characters over the sciency stuff. I love good science fiction but sometimes we forget the best science fiction can take place between two people in a cornfield not just on a space freighter.
William Dufris is one of my favorite narrators. I first started listening to him on this Scalzi series and have branched off onto other book series specifically for his voice talents.
Yes, the story is a well thought out sequel. I liked this universe a lot in Old Man's War and Scalzi does not disappoint in the follow-up. I have come to appreciate Scalzi's ability to provide advancement of the storyline through the dialog and not the narration. He manages to get so much natural depth without getting bogged down in one character "telling" another character something in order to get a point across.
The scene where Jared Dirac a cloned soldier of a scientist met the scientist's daughter , Zoe. Even though Dirac was not her natural father, being a clone of him, he had so much love and concern for her well being. Dufris was excellent in relaying the siginicance of the moment.
This series is the first Scalzi I have gotten that HASN'T been read by Wil Wheaton, who is one of my favorites. Dufris does a bang-up job on the reading. Voice characters are well done and easy to follow.
Andrew Dahl's time in the bar with his bartending "friend". I thought it was a very poignant moment.
Wil Wheaton is one of the best out there, in my opinion. I like his style so much that I have sought out his performances directly regardless of the author and subject matter.
I have listened to other Scalzi books after getting Fuzzy Nation. I liked his style, mostly, except for his "he said, she said" moments. This book was a great story idea and an excellent nod to the science fiction series of old.
All the plot points you expect in a Hiaasen effort were present however it just didn't come together as seemlessly as many of his books. It seemed to be missing that edge of humor that Hiaasen injects into his novels. I kept expecting the Captain to jump out of a mangrove swamp at any time but was disappointed.
Yes, Wilson's read was good for me. He picked up the personalities of the characters. Other reviewers have mentioned his poor accent for his hispanic characters but I did not find that as annoying as others have.
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