Overall this was a very good audiobook. The sound quality is very good. The narrator is very good. However the character actors were intermittent. Sometimes the narrator would do the voices, sometimes the actors would. It would even shift within paragraphs. The actors were very good, it just would have been nice if it was either all actors or all narrator.
This is one of the most entertaining books I've listened to. The story is full of different things to keep you wanting to listen to just one more chapter...then maybe one more.
Dr Pickover. Sort of the C3PO of the book but with a little more spine, intelligence, and strength.
He is the best. Accents were very well done and he can perform female characters without sounding silly.
Very interesting questions are raised on the nature of life and consciousness. Also the ultimate fate of biological humanity. Lots of cool scifi gadgets and technology but still very much grounded in reality and believable. Great book.
Probably not. The story is pretty straightforward and there aren't many plot twists or subtleties that you would miss the first time.
Perspective of the world ending from a teenage girl. I've never read a book from this perspective before so it was that angle that kept me wanting to learn what happens next and how she would react to it. Most sci-fi stories are from a male perspective or an adult female so I found it very interesting.
Find your happy place, you're gonna need it.
Wow this was a depressing book. There just wasn't a ray of light all the way through it. Just one speed bump after another on the downward spiral to the end of the world. Pretty much any other book would have ended with a happy note like a reversal of the catastrophe, or at least it stopping and establishing a new normal. Not this one, there's every indication that the world is doomed, it's just a matter of time. Definitely worth the listen, but brace yourself.
Possibly. It would depend more on if somebody recommended another book to me or reviews we compelling enough. This book was recommended by a family member.
Relativistic effects make this a very unique book. Experiencing a few months worth of real time only to come back to Earth centuries in the future make the book interesting. The tactical effects of this are not explored much as far as the overall war, but that's probably purposely done as part of the pointlessness of the war.
Not sure if I'd call it "least interesting" but I found the depiction of a almost universally homosexual future a little hard to believe. I just don't see that happening no matter the circumstances surrounding it.
Nothing spectacular but was good enough for the story. Average story and average narration.
Yes. The depiction of the future is unique as far as I've read and the time effects of traveling near the speed of light were more realistic than in most Sci-Fi books.
There are quite a few technical issues that might turn off a hard science reader. How they travel such high percentages of the speed of light is never really explained. "Tachyon reactors" or something. There must have been some major breakthrough in propulsion technology between the 1970's and 1990's if they were able to travel at high sublight speeds out to the "colapsars" and then on to other stars for first contact with the Taurons.
The plot kept me glued to my iPod. I couldn't wait to find out what was the secret behind the silo and how the story would resolve itself.
Not a book but it reminded me a little of the move The Island. Somewhat similar in that the people are living in a large closed facility with a forbidden outside world around them.
Most of the female characters were very good. She completely became the sheriff’s wife in my mind which made her fate all the more powerful. Can’t say I’ve ever experienced something like that from an audiobook before. However the male characters were almost cartoony in their voices. It didn’t distract from the overall quality of the story but they could have been better.
Trek, meta, Wheaton
Star Trek references
Towards the end of the story it starts to get more and more convoluted. Seemed like an effort to be as "meta" as possible. Enjoyable book for the most part, just tried too hard at points.
This was an interesting book about the Soviet chemical and bio weapons program during the end of the cold war. I found it somewhat disturbing to find out about how much of this work was being performed, and how cruel it would be if used in an actual confrontation. Nuclear weapons seem almost humane compared to some of the weapons presented in the book. Very interesting to read about some of the behind the scenes discussions during arms reduction negotiations. Overall the tone had a very Pro-American slant when presenting events, but was for the most part not condescending towards the Soviets.
The story definitely got off to a slow start. There were plot points happening but they seemed to get bogged down in details about the character's lives. However, once the story got moving, maybe halfway through the book, it was very entertaining. Looking forward to listening to the rest of the books in this series.
The narrator was decent. Not the best, not the worst.
This book has some pretty salty language. Not a good book for listening with the kids on a long drive. Found that out the hard way.
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