Yes, Mark Boyett's performance adds so much to the story.
Larson's storytelling ability is epic!
Best scifi I've read in 25 years!
The book is moderately useful. I like the fact that it's a distillation of tools on characterization. But I heard a few grammatical errors which really turned me off. Narration is just ok.
This was truly an incredible book. Starplex was a rare exploration of the Space Opera sub-genre, and as Robert J. Sawyer intended, did not focus on a military plot as the central theme, but rather, a peaceful group of scientists who's mission was to make peaceful contact with other races via a vast network of 'shortcuts' or stargate type devices. Yes, there is certainly space combat and battles, but what makes this book so different is the anchoring in real science fiction roots -- at it's core it's about science, and the extrapolation and exploration of 'what-if' scenarios. It seeks to tease apart answers to current scientific knowledge.
To say this book was riveting was an understatement. I read it in 24 hours, and wished there was a whole series like it. But alas, this book is, and must be, fully self-contained. Starplex plucks the most melodious strings of science fiction, and turns them into a symphony for the mind.
The various races described in the novel were also fascinating, each with distinct cultures and idiosyncrasies. Sawyer is a man with an incredible imagination.
Almost 20 years after publication this book remains singular and utterly engaging.
The concept was cool, but I felt the plot was underdeveloped and the characters got too much attention. With that much attention on a large cast, the book should have been longer. For me, there just wasn't enough going on.
One of my favorite books of 2014. It's rare that I read something that keeps me up all night to finish it. Homefront was such a book. It's full of original and exciting ideas, which is what defines Science Fiction for me. The interpersonal relationships between the various Transgenic castes were fascinating and the overall story was utterly riveting! Can't wait for book 2. Magner has nailed this!
This book didn't deal with outlines at all.
This is NOT a book about outlines. It's a decent book on writing commercial fiction. I'd have given it 4 stars had it been advertised as such.
Jenna Blum could read the phone book, and I'd be enthralled. Great book, succinct, informative and well structured.
This was a fresh book. There certainly have been female protagonists in Space Opera, take Kai Vatta, Herris Serrano and Honor Harrington. But I think this is the most feminine role yet. Sure she's tough, and kicks ass, but she's sexy, and feminine, and I enjoyed that aspect of the book. The book doesn't get bogged down with unnecessary description or prose, and is fast paced, and very satisfying!
Some uneducated toothless moron, who dropped out of kindergarten.
This author has no skill with words. The plot might have been good, but the prose was so bad, I couldn't bear to listen past 5 minutes.
Mediocre at best. The fault was the writing, not the narration.
All of them. Actually, let's cut out the writer!
I cannot believe audible published this. I'm very disappointed with audible's poor judgement.
Absolutely! Ringo's story is fascinating, and Mark Boyett's performance was stellar!
I really enjoyed Tyler Vernon's cagey negotiations on the trading ship. Dragon's Tears! LOL
Fantastic genre bending tale. Great characters and fascinating plot!
I liked Stealth. She was very mysterious and I really wanted to know more about her.
Loved that there was a male and female narrator!
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