Oh these books are so damn good! So funny that I find myself laughing out loud, and at times so touching that I have to listen to passages over a few times. Bujolds' character development is just fabulous, rich, realistic, and so alive you think you know them.
The other great thing about these books is the amazing plot development, I often scratch my head and wonder how Bujold comes up with this stuff, just great! You can tell the author really had fun writing these books!
The science fiction is fun, but not really the main feature of these books. They are just great stories, incredibly well thought out, and so well written!
You are in for a fun read for sure, and the great thing is, there are more of them!
Horrible reading, but at 1.25x it is at least listenable... aside from his other deficiencies the long pauses really make the book unlistenable. At least at 1.25 the pauses sound normal. I don't get how the powers that be can who make these audiobooks take great material and botch it like this.... Anna Fields the original reader of the first books in the series was amazing, then flip flopping from one terrible reader to the next is really dissapointing. At least Suzanne Toren, the reader of 2 of the last 3 books is reasonable. JUST STICK WITH HER PLEASE!!!
No one could enjoy this reading!
Could not listen to the story
Please Audible/Amazon, this is a great series and Anna Fields was amazing. Don't know how or why she was changed out but that was a horrible MISTAKE.
Please... redo the reading!!!
No one can read this series like Roy Dotrice!!! When they replaced him with John Lee I was damned dissapointed, but equally delighted to see they recognized thier error and had Roy back! Do I mind if the character readings are not 100% identical to the first 3 books? I can't say I didn't notice it... but it didn't interfere with my total enjoyment of the material, and my admiration of the reading. Roy, thanks for coming back!
Incomparable range of character portayal and vocal richness.
Good job bringing Roy back.
Definitely down hill from the first issues in the "new dune" saga, which were well written and a great listen. This is vapid stuff and the reading is really atrocious! Brick ruins the experience with a level of melodrama that just had me retching. I mean must every single sentance and paragraph have an 'end of the world' urgency? And they are all read with the same intonation.
I listened to the entire book anyhow, just to see if it got any better. This is a very lonnnnng book to listen through with not very much happening. Plot development: long, boring, and weak. Character development: I did not develop empathy with a single character.
Maybe Sandworms will make it worthwhile, but I don't think I can stomach the reading.
I really enjoyed this book, great SF, i.e. the science is credible, but eerily futuristic and captivating, really makes you wonder... The story line is great, Bova is just a great story teller; the story is an adventure with lots of action etc, but it is also about the inner life, struggles and journey of discovery of its main character. Finally, the character development is excellent, you really get to feel some of the struggles and emotions of the characters.
A great read that I would highly reccomend!
Tired of the same old formula thrillers? This one is well above the pack with a really well constructed multi layered plot. Even the traditional "surprize ending" rocks! Being set in the world of high powered corporate espionage adds to the fun, and the psychological approach to characterization makes you think, and helps make this book a way above average read. Well worth the time!
A fun and enjoyable gem! I loved it so much I went and bought the 4th book in the series in hardcover. The "hard science" is a real feature, but the crafting of the story makes the book easy and fun to listen to. I wouldn't call it great literature, but somehow the story comes together so nicely that it quickly became one of my all-time favorite audible books. How is it this series is so unknown??
One of the best books I have "heard" in a long while. The greatness, courage, perseverance, and self sacrifice of John Adams shine through in this beautiful portrait of an amazing man in an amazing time. I wholeheartedly reccomend this book.
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