The narrator's decision to read this fast and without relaxation makes this a hard to enjoy book (mimics a 1940-50's army/news flick). The story is a nice HP Lovecraft twist, but listen to the sample first before you decide to buy. In fact I've listen to a couple of samples narrated by Pat Bottino and I think his reading style and voice are suitable for only certain characters.
This story was horrible. It rambled incoherently and was rife with wild paranoia's that I suspect the author suffers from schizophrenia. I feel sorry for the narrator for having to try and comprehend what he was reading.
Overall it's a good book. Interesting character development and the setting was believable. The dialog can get tiresome at times though - there's only so many times you can hear simple phrases repeated over and over ("That's OK", "I understand", "Okay", "I dunno", "Maybe", etc…), by the end of the book it feels like you've heard them a thousand times.
The story progresses at a nice pace and it's easy to become engrossed in their struggle, although their future is dark and bleak at best. The ending seemed rushed and lacked a sense of direction, but maybe the author couldn't stand the thought of the Boy ending up in someone's stew pot.
I wanted to like this book and it has a very interesting concept, but I found it extremely boring and would not recommend it. It took almost 2.5hrs before I started to gain interest in the story, but my interest quickly faded 30mins later. The whole book ebbed with deep lows and only minor high points (2 hrs before the next interesting story junction, which would last only a few minutes, etc...).
The character development is full of minutia and the characters themselves are extremely mundane. It felt to me that the story timeline was purposefully disjointed in a transparent attempt to distract the reader from noticing the tedious doldrums. I wonder if the author lacked the ability to flush out the theme of the Spin and fill more of the book with it. I can think of a few sci-fi authors that could've easily written three books based solely on the Spin concept and also included interesting, richly developed characters.
The glowing reviews about the book's introspective regarding the political and sociologic ramifications of the Spin aren't warranted because most of the time their usually simple paragraphs at best. After which much detail would again be devoted to the inane character plots.
The idea that the human race is currently at it's technological pinnacle and facing extinction because of over-population (which is depleting Earth's resources) seemed absurd.
It also seemed ridiculous that 100,000 years would pass before Earth or Mars would wait to contact each other (not to mention the amount of time that passed while the Martian ambassador was on Earth and still no asynchronous contact).
I'd personally recommend a Neil Gaiman book if you're looking for amazing character development and engrossing stories.
A nice Dramatized version, but the voice of Ben just doesn't match the character at all. The reading is kind of fast and lacks any sense of horror or impending doom.
Foul language is used a lot, so you probably won't be able to listen to it if kids are around.
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