Bad dinner theater. The narration of this book very nearly ruined this book for me.
I read this book a few years ago and instantly fell in love with the story. The way in which Attanasio manages to tell a tale that spans 7000 years through the experience of the main characters is really unique. The worlds that he creates or rather that he has the Rimstalker create are an astounding concept that really stick with me and I am sure that I will return several more times.
An epic masterpiece.
I have no choice as I intend on finishing the series.
As other people have mentioned Dotrice apparently did not go back and review his earlier work so that he could use the same pronunciations and character voices. It would almost be ok except that many of the voices now sound like the Lucky Charms Leprechaun. It is still an excellent book however and its worth dealing with the bad performance.
Yes, the story and characters are really good.
Takashe because he is the focus.
Unfortunately this a different narrator from the previous two books in the trilogy. The change is jarring and destroys any feeling of continuity. Even worse is the addition of cheesy reverb effects to certain passages that take place in Takashe's mind. However the most unforgivable part is that Takashe's last name is pronounced Kova(ch) not Kova(cs). The authors spends time explaining this in detail in the first chapter of the first book. The new narrator pronounces it Kova(cs) and it's really annoying.
The new narrator made me cry.
The fact that the characters are the most important thing in the story and don't get overshadowed by the technology which is what happens far too often in Science Fiction.
In my opinion a narrator should be practically transparent, I want the story to spark my imagination. Robertson manages this quite well.
I just finished my first run through Neuromancer by William Gibson. I say first as I cant imagine not experiencing it again. It is an excellent book in so many ways but suffice it say that Gibson was practically prescient.
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