This is a decent overview, but it is at an extremely basic level.
If you already know that the seasons have nothing to do with Earth's distance from the sun and that the phases of the moon have nothing to do with Earth's shadow, you can skip the first three lectures and not miss anything.
If you have ever read a book on the planets, you can probably skip the rest.
The story was interesting, with the twists typical of the author. The narration was excellent, with a wide variety of accents and voices.
The lectures were interesting and well-presented. However, there were a couple of places where there seemed to be an editing problem and almost the same thing was said twice in a row.
Absolutely, and without reservation. There's no shortage of action, but the major characters all have some depth to them. The women are not just damsels in distress or bimbos, and they get their fair share of the action. Even the characters closest to being standard action antiheroes - they're all a lot closer to Han Solo than to Aragorn - do some thinking and planning.
Olivia's reaction when her contact said, '...and then one guy said something like, "Holy s#%*! It's Sokolov!"'
And let's not forget, "Why is it all right for James Bond?"
I think this was the first of his performances that I've listened to.
There were lots of funny moments, and the other folks at the gym may have wondered what I was listening to. Fortunately, I was somewhere else when the colostomy jokes cropped up.
Although there were some poignant moments (e.g. observation of the hand-stitched quilt in the RV), none of them were in the "make you cry" category.
I couldn't bring myself to turn it off during about the last 6 hours of the recording. It had been obvious for some time that the story was heading in a certain direction, and I couldn't wait for the bad guys to get what was coming to them, or to find out which of the good guys got to finish off the leader of the bad guys.
The story and narration were good. However, there were some obvious transitions between what were presumably different recording sessions. I also had some bad audio patches a few seconds long, but that may have been due to having to stop and re-start the download.
I'll admit that I thought the story took a while to really get going, but long before I got anywhere near the end, it was in the "can't put it down" category. It's not often that I identify with characters as much as I did with some of the folks in this book. I also really enjoyed most of the digressions (the math ones especially, stockings/furniture not so much).
Whatever they are paying the narrator is not enough. He was great, and managed to produce a wide variety of accents and emotions.
The story was good, and what I'd expect from this author. The narrator, however, seemed to be rushing through it as fast as he could, sounding almost breathless at points, which seemed generally inappropriate for the story.
This is quite different in style and tone from the usual work of Alastair Reynolds, but the story was good. The narrator delivered the story well, and did a good job of bringing the characters to life.
The story is good, as usual for Brin. Two of the three narrators sounded like they were reading for the Romance section, but one gets used to it and there are portions toward the end for which it seems appropriate.
Most of the books I've listened to have been good, but this was the audio equivalent of "I couldn't put it down".
"We've had a busy day. Kidnapped J. Edgar Hoover..." - or words to that effect. There are a few others that come to mind, but they'd be spoilers.
Hard Magic is the only other one I've listened to, so this one has the same style and most of the same characters. Unsurprisingly, the performance is of similar quality. I love the way he voices the various characters, Dan Garrett in particular.
Angels, demons, and good old-fashioned conspiracies.
I eagerly await the next book in the series.
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