Definitely, but with the caveat that the story would need to be tightened up . Amy does great work here, owning the wide array of characters that populate this sprawling book.
Therein lies the issue I have...it sprawls. Carlson clearly has done his research, and his books are historically detailed and plausible. This classic "first contact" offering is no exception, but it does tend to get mired down in minutae.
That said, it's not a bad listen, if nothing else for Amy's fine work.
As above. Would have to be to the right ( read Sci Fi first contact fans) but yes, it is worth the recommendation.
She owns the proantagonist role. Solid.
Explore more Carlson works. Already an AS fan.
Try it...you likely will like it, with the caveats above.
Creative and thought provoking was what I liked best, esp. given the way it started and then twisted at the conclusion. It started rather predictably, but certainly didn't end that way.
What I didn't enjoy? Sometimes abit disjointed in the continuity, and the editing wasn't ideal.
Candidly, not much. Riddle is a fine writer, and pulled this one off with style and grace.
The female Swiss doctor was quite the piece of work.
I certainly hope this is the beginning of a series ( it has the feel, and I think it is already actually). As previously noted, a fine performance of an original idea. Worth the time and the credit!
Most audiobooks are fascinating in and of themselves, and esp. Ben Bova's offering. This one is no exception, although it is somewhat dated ( continued references to the Soviet Union , for example. )
That said, it is compelling for what it is.
The usual politics involved in Bova stories is interesting. How dated that has become ( only to be substituted for other worldly challenges ) is interesting as well.
The constant references to "fatigues" grows tiresome.
Stephan is a professional. He works fast, and owns the accents. Nothing much needs upgrading.
This book fits in with the Planet series from Bova, although it is a freestanding offering. Therefore, by default, it has both pre and sequels already.
A decent offering. Not his strongest, but entertaining in an of itself. Mildly recommended.
Yes, I have actually been rather taken by his stories now,and have listened to a couple since my initial exposure. Very creative, tends toward the verbose at times, but very entertaining.
OK here is my beef. Very inconsistent, with far too many back ground noises ( page turning? people talking ? ) and odd editing. Unfortunately this is not even a decent performance.
Not really, but it did enjoin me to look for more from this author.
The characters were well drawn, and the story did have some unique twists and turns. It's a good book on balance, but the performance is so uneven that it impairs ( to some degree at least ) the overall enjoyment.
It's an interesting concept that slowly builds and contains some well researched information. The setting and principle characters are honest, real and assembled in a mostly believable fashion.
Somewhat obvious, but had the action and wrapped things up in a way that made sense.
OK, the narration. This performer could not say the word " crack". In an of itself, not a problem. However, the challenge here is that the word is used extensively throughout the book, and the ongoing mispronunciation became the focus of the experience. Every once in a while he would correct it, and they go back to his messed up ways. It drove me NUTS!
It's CRACK..not...QUACK! There is no mention of ducks in this story that I can see, but gosh by the sounds of it, there are.
Aside from pulling my hair out whenever he said " quack" instead of "crack", no.
The almost funny if not sad mispronunciation of a key word notwithstanding, not a bad offering. Audible, PLEASE edit for these things ( and yes, I know, you are cranking out alot of content these days, but get it right will ya?! )
Recommended with obvious conditions.
Easily in the top 20, if not the top 15. If the ending was not so stark ( and that is being mild ) maybe even finer. The 3 different stories are disjointed to be sure, with different performers as well, but on balance this is an epic journey, and one well worth going on.
The underlying story is fascinating ( if not always clear ) but the most compelling piece is ( predictably of course ) the characters. Control...The Director...the Lighthouse Keeper. They truly DO stick with you, and you want to know...WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON??!!
Wow, a difficult choice. As time wore on in this journey, the Director drew me in. Especially in the last book and how she was was portrayed. A wonderful journey with stunning performers. Carolyn McCormick turns in a scintillating performance.
Gosh, there as so many. Frankly, what moved me is the ending or the FRICKING LACK THEREOF.
Seriously, this is a long trilogy, and a serious commitment of emotional and personal energy To have the ending so....sharp...( no spoiler here ! ) is maddening, for reasons that the next listeners will understand.
That may be petty, but as other reviews have noted, we require a 4th book, in the trilogy, if you know what I mean.
Otherwise, the resolution of book 1 is a moving piece.
My comments above capture my sentiments. This is an amazing work, marred only by the challenges already presented. I highly recommend this offering to any reader. It is worthy of your time, notwithstanding.
Not downloading it, let alone wasting my time listening to it. A silly concept, poorly executed and a weird conclusion.
Taken a different career path.
Not even Daniels, Hill or Brick could save this from the trash heap. Mark has very little intonation, and this is a shabby performance even by his standards.
Disappointed in myself for wasting these hours of my remaining life.
Be wary. The author gets on a high philosophical horse at the end of this novel, which is rather off putting considering the poor content in the first 3/4. All around, just an awful offering and definitely NOT worth consideration.
Top 25. It would be easy to call this book out as somewhat formulaic, but a tension and high level of research runs through it ( with some minor bumps which are excusable to anyone but a purist.)
Of course, Ray Porter brings the story completely to life, which sure helps.
Gosh, any of the countless Arctic based submarine stories, as well as " latent disease unleashed" books. This offering combines those, with a nice conspiracy overlay AND the always dangerous Chinese Navy, to combine and deliver a highly compelling story.
Well, I did feel like Joe Ledger was in the da house, and that is not a bad thing. Porter is one of the finest audio book performers in our time, and this offering brings this to light yet again. His cadence, his laconic tone at times, and his authenticity sparkles.
The current titles says it all, and brings it all together.
This is a highly contemporary, relevant and interesting study in science, the arctic, history, submarines, conspiracies...in other words, you name it, this one has it. Perhaps abit too much at times, it is still a fine listen, easy to digest and yet with enough substance to keep the listener entertained. Highly recommended.
Did not read print version, but this is a wonderful audio book notwithstanding.
Many of the Ben Bova Mars series, and, ( of course ) The Martian. The depictions of our nearest planetary neighbour are ( so far as I can tell ) accurate, stark and the drama of Martian life is compelling and emotionally attractive.
Once again, one of the bevy of up and coming female performers that Audible have attracted that take what what otherwise might be considered male territory and making it their own. Her depiction of many of the intimate relationships in this story would likely not be nearly as well portrayed by a male. Compelling.
Mars Attacks ( for real? )
This offering is an excellent companion to the entire spectrum of audio offerings based on life on Mars. Well written and performed. Highly recommended.
I listened to this book over the holidays. It was a pleasant diversion. Like other listeners have noted however, it tends to repeat itself, and is more than a little contrived at the end, but on balance, it is ok.
Off? Not at all. Perhaps this writer, but mega storm/end of times stories are always entertaining.
She definitely brought Gwen to life. And Dr. Messenger. A good listen.
So so. Mildly entertaining.
This is not a great book, but it does educate the listener on the topic ( abit too often at times) and on balance is worth a credit...but just barely.
I have not that I can see, but I will again. He captured the characters well, and was consistent. Some odd pronunciations and accents at times, but on balance a job well done.
Mrs. President, we have a problem.
This story moves very fast, and requires a great deal of suspension of disbelief. ( Truly the luckiest woman on earth! ) Technically it has good chops, a fine reader, and resolves reasonably well. I liked it somewhat more than my rating indicates, as I found some big plot holes. Technically well researched however, and a fun , if not light, listen.
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