Blackwood, South Australia Australia | Member Since 2012
The grand size of the book surprised and pleased me at the same time. While some of the technical jargon was hard to follow at first the book was dedicated in part to helping me understand and I appreciated this.
I cannot compare anything I have read, but I can say there is a smattering of Brin, Asimov, Bova and even Benford within the text and it was a joy to hear something new that in a way also paid some kind of hommage to these great writers. Hamilton is unique though and this work is not a characature of those that have come before.
I find John Lee to be a good narrator, his clarity is outstanding and his light inflections on tone and voice go a long way in developing a good connection between the story and the listening. I believe any book narrated b y him would be a damn fine listen.
I suppose in the end I could relate well to the character Ozzie and his final outburst matched mine, or I his. It was shock, disappointment, excitement and wonder all rolled into one. I purchased the next book within minutes of completing this one. So, yes, I developed a strong connection with the story and have fallen for the massive world view Hamilton has created.
Don't listen to this in big swathes unless you have time to burn. I did this in short 1 hour blocks which allowed me to consider the story a little before continuing. That helped a great deal with understanding and over all enjoyment.
I might come back later to another series
Ian could have developed story rather than just show us how much research he'd done. This was part science dissertation and as such quite boring. No character development beyond perfunctory cardboarding, and no story beyond easy good versus bad...and sadly while there was a lot of research shown here, the basic understanding of space itself was thrown out the window -- if you are going to use hard science to develop technologies reliant on that science, you really can't afford to throw it away when you feel like. Space ship dog fights indeed - especially when everything is at the speed of light. I expected more from this noted publisher - disappointing.
The narrator was not too bad, but the material he had to work with wasn't that great.
I like space opera, when it is done well -- this could have been done well, but it wasn't
Just because the author knows all the right science and uses all the terms and details correctly doe not automatically make it a good hard science story -- obviously someone was blinded by jargon
This is a good story, if you can get over the narration - took 3 chapters
The reading need to be smoother, less stop start.
As books go this is quite good, I enjoyed it and have ordered book 2 - it has a different reader, so I am expecting a far better time of it
It was a wied yet wonderful journey through the novel and I was very pleased with the narration, it held together strongly and didn't cause any distractions from the fascinating writing of Orson Scott Card. I was told that this would be a kind of strange novel with strange accounts and actions in a world so unbelievable that you can indeed imagine it being real, if that makes sense. Treason is a mystery at its heart and I love a good mystery, it just so happens that this mystery has many twisted layers that do come together well in the end, but do make the trip very tactile. I was very pleased with this book, it has been the first of this master writers works I have ever ventured into - knowing the skills displayed I will no longer be a stranger.
We drew to the end with quite a bit of skill, it surprised as well as reasured in some way.
The narration, as I have stated was well done and did not intrued into the story.
This would make one very strange movie... I would see it for shock value alone
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