I have heard some authors being compared to J.R.R. Tolkien. All of them falling far short in my opinion. Peter Hamilton however IS the Tolkien of SciFi. Having read the Commonwealth Saga and the Void Trilogy, this Novel is smaller in scope but still delivers a great story.
The story is set in the not so distant future and centers around a bizarre murder which is almost identical to another murder of 20 years ago. Hamilton creates a great story inclusive of future tech, intrigue, murder, sex, distant planets and aliens. This is SciFi CSI at its best.
I am easy going when it comes to narration but Jeff Bower did not do a good job at all. His voices for males sound like females. Some characters sound like little girls and others just sound like they have a cold. To make things worse, there are sound effects, like echoes, for various voices. Why are there loooong silent pauses between chapters? Audiobooks should NOT have sound effects!
The story is average so far. It starts a little slow but picks up about half way through and spins a web for future plot lines. Overall it's an average story but with good potential.
The Inheritance Trilogy should have been 3 books -1. The first two books are decent SciFi and enjoyable to listen to. This third book is a complete disconnect from the main story line. First, it takes place 800 years in the future from the ending of the second book. Second, it is more of a US Marines history of famous events and battles instead of being focusing on the SciFi story created in the first two books.
I got the feeling the author set out to write a trilogy but pretty much ran out of steam at the end of book two and was just grasping at straws for the third. All I can say is WTH?!
The ending was horrible, rushed and did not make much sense.
Disappointment to have a really bad ending to a trilogy.
This book makes some hilarious observations and interpretations of the original Star Trek show. At first I thought the story was a parody of all the little idiosyncrasies of the original Start Trek show from the view point of the little people. Not so, the book quickly deteriorated into the weird by having the story try to include parallel universes and time jumping into the current. The worst however was saved for last when the story, why I will never know, ends but then launches into over an hour of just plain garbage. I am being somewhat cryptic as to not ruin it for anyone who still decides to waste their credits on this book. This is the first audiobook in over 120 purchases that I truly regret buying.
For such a bad story, Wil Wheaton was about the only positive in the audiobook. He successfully breathed life into a story which was pretty much already dead about half way through.
This series is the best historical review of the civil war I have ever come across. It is well written, accurate in its facts and presented in a cohesive format. I do however have a gripe about the production of this audio production. At times it seems as if the narrator changes pitch from one section to another. It seems as if he took a coffee break and then returned back to work. Another gripe is the sound of the narrator taking a deep breath, a really deep breath, when he reads another sentence. I am not one to to pick over the smallest detail but this is worth mentioning in my opinion.
That being said, I highly recommend this series for anyone looking to dig deeper into the American civil war.
The story concept of a virus virtually decimating the human population is of course not a new one and has made for some really exciting books in the past. Cronin's idea of infected killer bats in some deep jungle having this virus just falls short. As infectious as this virus turns out to be, it seemed to have just stayed put for centuries in the jungle with no human infection.
The spread of the virus does make for a somewhat interesting read. As the world starts to collapse, the story focuses on several characters and adds a good measure of suspense. However, this is were the story starts to fall apart. The rest of this long book deals with a small community of survivors roughly a hundred years after the end of civilization. The reader is subject to ongoing and all too frequently mind dulling lengthy descriptions of characters, their tasks and friends.
To add insult to injury, this book is only the first part of a series. This was only the second time in my life I stopped reading a book. I absolutely, positively cannot recommend this book!
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