Didn't make it through the first two chapters. Way way way way way to much description of nothing of importance. I think he must have been paid by the page. At one point he goes on to describe the ring of someone cellphone. Lots of filler, after 40 min without a story at all I quit. Definitely on my do not buy list.
It seems that the entirety of this story could have been summed up in 4-6 paragraphs. There are HUGE sections that appear to be stream of thought that take 20-30 min to complete and equal "I went though a thunderstorm". If Mr. Simmons is writing with Rawl being the reader in the story, I was honestly insulted. The way Rawl Endymion is portrayed he would have died as a child getting lost in his own tent and starving to death.
The conclusion is anti-climatic and simplified. Some of the introduced story arcs such as the Core's hardware are not finished and just left hanging.
Audio problem in that book is broken into 4 parts in the download option I used. Each of those parts was several chapters long but the audio is 3 chapters, a welcome to audible, the book, and a thanks for listening. This was really annoying when you wanted to skip 20 min of Rawl (duh me Rawl) talking about what a tough Shepard he was then about the searing mind burning pain of stubbing his toe or something as useless to story progression as that. Please make each book chapter into an audio chapter.
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