Not a bad listen, but don't expect this sophomoric conclusion to the Bear of the Black staff to be as good as it was. This is not within the top 50% of Terry Brooks' best works.
Phil Gigante does a great job.
Of course. It has Mark Boyett...
Why are we making a movie about the 10th book? Why didn't we start with Book 1?
This is a good continuation in the Star Force universe. Cody Riggs is a chip of the old man's block and, go figure, just like him. But the story is new, and so are the romances, mixed in with a little of the familiar, and just like that, the Star Force saga continues. I hope for many books to come. So pull up a beer and some constructive nanites and take a ride through another Ring...
It is hard for me to write this review, being a HUGE fan of Alastair Reynolds and having read everything from him to-date... But... This story is simply unremarkable. Very thin plot, little action, the reveal is very anticlimactic and simply disappointing. Twenty-three hours of listening to Ms. Andoh was painful, at times quite literally.
The first book in this series was fine. Maybe not great, but good. The story arc that flowed from the first book was tired and contrived with no real arrow of finality. Certainly NOT worthy of being in the same book rack as all of the other Alastair Reynolds books.
I will not listen to another reading by Ms. Andoh. Her screeching voice in character and her thick accents made this listen very unpleasant. I turned the EQ of my radio to flat and still her high-pitched voice screeched at times and made me cringe. Her accents are so heavy it's difficult to understand her with some characters, which was also annoying because you find yourself constantly having to analyze the sounds to decipher the words. I've listened to performances I didn't like, but I was into loathing on this one. I found the heavy African and Chinese accents especially annoying, which are most of the main characters in the book.
Disappointed on so many levels with this book.
The story was interesting, but not overly stimulating. I admit I was an instant Scalzi fan fro his first book, but this has been my least favorite so far. Okay, but just okay.
I have to admit that I almost did not buy this book based on the narrator. I did not like Wil Wheaton's reading of Ready Player One and vowed to not listen to him again, but this was Scalzi so I gave him another shot, and was pleasantly surprised. This book is a sophomoric writing by Scalzi, not great but not bad either. The story effect towards the end was a little annoying (no spoiler), but also somewhat novel, so I'd give it a C+ for originality. I wanted to love this book, but it just did not happen.
I enjoyed the continuation of the universe of the Colonial Defense Forces, even though the most interesting person in the first series does not make an appearance (although he's back in book 3).
William Dufris is now easily one of my top five favorite performers / narrators. His inflection, cadence, and ability to infuse humor into the telling is a true performance and a joy to listen to.
No, not like in the first book in this series...
All-in-all a fun and interesting continuation into the same universe of book one. Worth the listen. The book seemed to end a little short, nothing really missing, just wished there had been more of it. Look forward to moving onto the next book in the series.
The first chapter was extremely powerful. After I had to pause and could only think wow. Both the first and last chapter were touching.
Easily one of my new top favorites. Great listen and Mr. Dufris is also now on my top list, too.
This is a great series, slightly delayed as Brandon finished the Wheel of Time series for Robert Jordan and us, and well worth the wait.
MK and KR are also giants in their narration. Consummate professionals and always a pleasure to hear either (and both).
Sophomoric writing, coupled with a mediocre narrator makes for a slow and painful listen. I won't be going forward in this series.
Mark Boyett was a great narrator. A professional in his art.
I must admit I've never much cared for first-person narration, however I make a huge exception to the Star Force series -- in the end, Mark Boyett (i.e., his voice) was Colonel Kyle Riggs.
Mr. Larson did a great job keeping the story fresh and the progression interesting throughout the series.
As a space opera, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride that saved humanity. I was never bored or agitated at this series, as I have been with others, and I finished each read enthusiastically and quickly.
I will be continuing on with any other series Mr. Larson and Mr. Boyett present, and I look forward to another ride.
Yes. It would be nice to have a story to finish this one.
Story was unsatisfying. I enjoy the Mote universe, but this was nothing near as good as the first book. This was mostly a story of narration, the characters monologging about what was happening instead of actual events occurring. Ending was unsatisfying, little plot, and almost no intrigue.
I did enjoy Ganser's reading, however; this was my first book with this narrator and I look forward to hearing him again.
I enjoyed the continuation of what has become an interesting story with an interesting protagonist. If you liked the first four Star Force books, you won't be disappointed.
The plot twist that comes in Book 5.
Riggs, of course, but Marvin runs a close second.
I will be continuing onto the next books.
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