what a ride! i've been going through a scifi bent of late, what a breath of recycled air this one was, gritty reality mixed with physics, gallows humour and just fun made this a trip worth taking, enjoyed every trajectory.
lovely stuff, simple and predictable with a few twists, yet fascinating and informative, great characters, fantastic villan worth a listen!
great premise, this is a personal gripe but i HATE magic in my scifi, there was an attempt to address this yet i felt the author failed (with this particular criticism)... i'm not going to give anything away.
don't get me wrong overall good story, i'm a sucker for a "first-contact" fabel, the attempt to marry up the tech with what we know about neuro-science in my mind missed... the past decade of our understanding about consciouness does not marry up with her science here.
that aside a good story, character development and some nice tension etc, well worth a listen.
hallianan can certainly build up some comedy and a character or two, great listen this one, i'll be checking out the next "junior" adventure.
berkrot nailed the performance i would have given this an extra star for the story, however i found particular plot movements predictable (from me that's saying something) and the moralising was laid on a just a little thick for my liking. probably unfair criticism but there you go.
if you like a bit of fun while being criticised (ala "year zero" by reid), then perhaps "travelling in space" is the book for you, jeff did a bang up job with the narration however the magic was the view point presented from the visitors.
i did feel leiva backed off on some topics, and straight out whimped out on others, however hit the nail on the head on most (for me).
well worth a listen.
although these days the young'ns grow up so fast so perhaps if you're 8, this is the book for you.
i'm much like others here, great premise, start and pace... then it takes itself seriously and fails to deliver.
i love ballerini's performance, he's actually why i found the story in the first place.
an enjoyable romp through time and space... love the astro-physics and nuclear pointy-head posturing, sent me off to touch-up with some nuclear physics concepts (for the eight-year old daughter).
performance was great, i'm a sucker for dufris, having worked through most of scalzi's offerings.
what can i say, i was left wanting more, good work!
well written, well performed and quite gross :) recommend to people who like their horror messy
this book ended up being the introduction to scalzi for me so it harbours a warm feeling in my comedic alien lawyer heart.
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