Start at the 2nd ship and then progress to end. It's REALLY worth the money. The story is very original, complex, and well thought out. The author creates situations that should only be presented to adults, without sinking into un-necessary details (one doesn't have to smell the excrement to know that it stinks). Why don't other authors do that?
I'll definitely look for other titles by this author.
Also, the Narrator does a great job. I hope the publisher doesn't do something stupid like using a different narrator to save money.
I'm a fan of Ian Banks Culture series, but I think this one needed some more editing. The author clearly had the story well laid out in his head, but often speeds away from the listener.
Let me put it this way - you might as well buy book eight now because if you've listened to all 7 books, there is no way in Hell that you aren't listening to Book 8. That said, book 7 is really good. It just that you (like STEN) is left feeling a little empty. Let's just hope that Book 8 will give us all the strength to endure.
Let me put it this way' you might as well buy book eight now because if you've listened to all 7 books, there is no way in Hell that you aren't listening to Book 8. That said, book 7 is really good. It just that you (like STEN) is left feeling a little empty. Let's just hope that Book 8 will give us all the strength to endure.
The Story, Writing, and Presentation certainly bought deserve a 5 star rating; but the book has just too many good stories packed into one book. I counted at least three separate story lines that could have been worked up into a stand-alone novel.
1)“What on Earth Are People For”
2) “The Black Angel of the Caucasuses ”
3)“The adventures of Terri –Terri –Terri the Witch”
The author does come full circle with the 1st one, but leaves the other two incomplete. It’s why buffets never measure up to a set meal.
My first impression was fairly negative and I stopped listening ½way through in a 'huff';, to let my feelings be known in a blistering review. But, because of a "System Interruption", I couldn't post my review. So I thought," What the hell, I'll listen to some more", and it got better.
The story was very original and the subject is extremely important.
The narrator does a great job.
I did have an extreme negative reaction to the book. But, after I gave it some thought I decided that the problem was likely because of the lack of "real" world experience of the author. The characters' reactions were those of young adults ( a little annoying to someone who isn't). If the author is aiming for the movie-going demographic, I have only one final comment:..................BULLSEYE!!
Very satisfying series finale. Would definitely recommend the series. I wish we would have gotten more information about what Marvin really is.
The author has create a viable alternate universe. I can't believe he's just going to walk away from it.
I don't know why this was even considered a relevant edition to the series. It had almost none of the past/future stress of 1st two books. Guidall does a great job as always, but I was frankly waiting for this to end.
If the subsequent books are like this, I won't be listening anymore (I gave the 1st two books 5 stars).
I did like the description of the explosion.
It was like re-hashing old themes
I was happy it ended and think I actually zoned-out during the climax; but, I was able to infer what happened so I didn't bother with the re-play.
Audio Books are ALWAYS better than print version. Audio books improve both listening and comprehension skills. Audio books also allow the listener to become a better observer/judge of an actual or hypothetical situation. It's like the listener becomes a jurist hearing testimony versus reading a court transcript. Anyhow, I can reed and right an has nuffin to pruve.
Great anti-hero character; always underestimated; always prevails.
I thought it was interesting that the aliens were so loving to one another yet brutal to people. People, on the other hand, were depicted as brutal to everybody. I couldn't help thinking that the aliens would live happy, loving, lives after they killed all the people. It makes you think.
The theme of this book is very relevant. We are rapidly approaching a time when technology will penetrate our physical defenses. You actually see stories in the news now about sending thoughts across country via the internet. Well this book rightly points out the downside potential. Namely, the id (as in the movie Forbidden Planet). But the author get's so wrapped up in describing act of cruelty, that I couldn't recommend this book. For as I'm concerned, he wasted a good opportunity.
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