I am so glad I decided to start this series! I almost past on this book due to the reviews warning about it's political nature. I guess I'm just ignorant because I did not notice the politics. Maybe any Horatio Agler 'rags to riches' type story has a political bend? I don't know, but I loved this book.
The scifi foundation was very good, but I was suprised how often I found myself laughing out loud while listening. I almost wet my pants laughing when one of the main characters, in response to seeing an enormous fleet of hostile aliens about to attack, say's "ooh that's bad...that's bad on toast". The description of aliens getting stoned on maple syrup was quite funny as well.
The narration was excellent also. Mr. Boyett did a very good job with the alien voices, not cheezy, but enough to make you visualize something other than human talking.
Since listening to this book, I have listened to book two, Citadel, also excellent, and can not wait til book three, Hot Gate, is available.
This book has world building scope (literally), but is too short to effectively flesh out all the possibilities. I loved the story, but really felt they skimped on developing the universe they created. What they did developed is extremely interesting and leads one to ponder the 'what if's'. And, as far I can determine, there is no sequel to expand on these great ideas.
Narrator was little too mechanical, the inflection was choppy. Also, I like the timbre of his voice, but the main character is a young female - not a good match.
Overall, good choice for the old school hard Scifi fan.
I got this book for 2 reasons; I listened to 11/22/63 and Under The Dome, and 'It' was on sale.
I am not a fan of horror, but the above 2 books referenced lead me to understand that stephen King is a very good writer. As a consequence, I decided to try 'It' solely on the merits of the writer. Of course, $4.95 for a book 45 hrs long book has a lot to do with my decision.
As expected, I was not all that thrilled with the story. Interesting, but not riveting. Again, keep in mind that I'm not crazy about the horror genre. However, the performance by Steven Weber was nothing short of incredible! I was completely pulled in to the narrative based solely on his performance. WOW! I am now searching for all books narrated by Mr. Weber and I will buy all of them regardless.
BTW, SK is a really good story teller, horror or otherwise - just in case you didn't know.
I love this series, but part of what make these books great is the way Taylor Anderson finds a way to progress the storyline while bringing each installment to a satisfactory conclusion. Not so much in book 7. Lots of action, huge battle scenes, but the biggest is just left hanging, with our intrepid capt. Reddy saying - hey, we're getting our arse's handed to us, but I have something up my sleeve ....The End.
As usual, William Dufris gives a masterful performance. It's like a one man dramatization.
Very impressive work from Alexei Panshin, especially considering he wrote this book as a teenager while at summer camp. If the book reads a little "campy", I can forgive.
He seems to channel the emotions of a 14 year old girl shockingly well. I really became attached to Mia's character and cared about her plight. And while the premises were not incredibly original, they were well thought out.
This book was nominated for the Hugo award in 1969 and in my opinion is Panshins' best effort. Unfortunately, none of his later books (that I have read) approached the potential that was shown in Rite of Passage.
The narrator did a nice job, perfect for Mia, but a little weak on the male characters - kind of cartoonish.
Overall an excellent addition, highly recommend, especially for young adults.
Fun book, listening was a gas!
A word of warning to those who might be sheepish about genetic engineering; ewe may want to Baaack away from this one.
Narrator did a nice job, not a crusher performance, but very enterprising.
Ok I'm done.
I picked this book up when Audible was practically giving it away in a $4.95 sale. My wife already had the 1st book (red flag #1) from iTunes, so I figured "what the heck".
In the spirit of full disclosure, I must confess that I have not even started this book. I did start the 1st book, and since I did not purchase it from Audible, I can only write a review of this one (and presumably the entire series). This stuff is pure romance, not Scifi. If you really feel the need to mix a little romance with your Scifi, go get 'Replay' by Ken Grimwood - you'll thank me later. If you want to mix a little Scifi with your romance, get 'The Time Travelers Wife'. You probably won't thank me. If you would like to mix your abject boredom with severe indigestion, then by all means, get this book.
I know this it is very tempting because it appears to be a great buy, 39 hours for just one credit, and it's listed under Scifi, but DON'T DO IT! I only got about 3 or 4 hours into the 1st book when the main character started longing for some ancient stud muffin to relieve her aching loins. At that point, I was longing for a 3 hour gum scraping from my dentist.
And the narrator, WOW! Prissy, high brow, condescending, smug, UUUGH! I just wanted to slap her silly. I bet she sticks her pinkie out when she sips her spot of tea out on the veranda of the country club as she extols the virtues of old money vs. new money to her proper friends. But I digest... The narrator is just not MY cup of tea. Nor is this series.
WOW! I don't know what to say...
I absolutely love David Weber's work and Peter Larkin is one of my favorite performers, but the wheels really fell off this one. I don't blame Mr. Larkin, he did his best. He is very polished, but this book, like some other types of matter, just can't be polished.
This is the first co-authored Weber/Flint series I have started and I choose to believe that the co-author, Eric Flint, wrote the entirety of this novel and David Weber made the monumental mistake of signing off on it before reading the thing. The first offering was not on the same level as the Safehold, Honor Harrington or Prince Roger series, but good all the same. This one can knock the stink off a gut wagon.
I enjoyed this expansion of the classic 'A Fire Upon The Deep', but was a little disappointed in the choice of narrator. Don't get me wrong - Oliver Wyman is one of my favorites. Indeed, his performance's of the first two Safehold installments were brilliant, but I don't think he had the same energy as Peter Larkin had in 'Deep'.
That being said, the story was quite good, but not stunning. To be fair, all the mind blowing concepts were fleshed out in the first book, so you can't expect to be captivated in the same way.
also, I had a harder time visualizing the "Pack mind" in this offering than the first - not sure why.
All in all, not as good as 'A Fire Upon The Deep', but except for 'Aliens' and 'The Godfather Part 2', what sequel is ever as Good as the original. Anyway, it's well worth the effort.
This book is brilliant and the author is a master. The book and the author deserve 5 stars - I am giving it 5 stars...and I hated it.
Listening to this audio book was the single most emotionally devastating event in my 48 years of life. I pray to God and all that is holy that someday I will be able to forget this book.
My only grandson just turned four last week. He is my world and I adore him
with every fiber of my being. We spend hours and hours together every week - sometimes fun and exciting, sometimes quite mundane - and each and every
moment is precious to me. I know this at each of these moments, not in retrospect.
He calls me Papa.
After listening to this book, I envisioned my grandson kneeling over my lifeless body, weeping uncontrollably, crying "oh Papa...". Now I can't get this scene out of my head. I may need therapy.
If you have not started this series yet, I envy you. If you have started this series, than you are likely in the same boat as myself...in agony, knowing there will be such a long wait for book 6. I wish there was a device that could erase specific parts of my memory so that I could go back and listen the these books again for the first time.
I enjoyed this book even more than the first 4 even though there was much less action. It's obvious Mr. Anderson is setting up the sequence for future events, and I usually hate that, but he did such a great job, I'm afraid the actual events are going to be anti-climactic. I'm sure my fear is unwarranted.
As always, a superior performance by the narrator. I absolutely forget that all those characters are coming from just one person. Well done Mr. Dufris!
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