It has a very clever premise. I thought it a most excellent story. It shows Alastair Reynolds has not lost any of his creativity. Well done.
The Narrator was able to place me into the story, and I felt as though I was Jane Eyre. I felt all her joys, and all her agonies....
It allowed the stories passion to flow like the rich feast of a sumptuous banquet.
The story of Jane Eyre was magical, and so richly was the English language used, I felt that it might be exhausted by the end... A Magical work of fiction, giving me a look into the past as it was, in all its misguided glory, and tragic majesty.
I enjoyed the place the story eventually took me to.
The ending and learning about the aliens
Felt as though I was there.
I love the Peter F Hamilton books this was not like that, however it had similarities.It would be nice if there was more to keep my interest up, as it's a long book.The book did drag on in places, and I had trouble remembering who was who.It did win a HUGO award, so maybe its just not my style of book so I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Judge for yourself.
ps It's also a bit like Brian Aldis's Helliconia trilogy, but sadly not as good, as I was riveted by that.
It was only enjoyable in parts, in fact some parts, (50%), were really bad, and boring, only 30% of it was great, rest boring. The Sci-Fi part was terrible as the future was written as though it was 1970s small town britain, (not how life might be in the future 100 years hence where it was set with time travel!), with all the boring set pieces, such as a vicar, locals reading mass at church, complaining of bad sermons, squabbles between university departments, people going to the pub, and the words "crossing the quad" were mentioned frequently, slagging off visiting Americans in the typical set piece british people vs Americans way, all soo boring..... the parts that were good was when the historian lived in 14th century England. Evidently in 100 years time people will still be taking aspirin, and you will only get a few tablets per bottle and so have to ration it out because the NHS is skimping on costs, really? Also there were no mobile phones in 100 years either! and on it goes, as I said it's Sci-Fi is almost nonexistent. It was interesting to get a feel for how people lived in the 14th century, as though you were one of them, (I guess this is why it won the Hugo award) "The novel won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and was shortlisted for other awards." So for that I am glad I put up with the 60% crap.I liked on my ipod nano I could skip ahead to get over the boring bits and enjoy life in the 1300s, or set it to x2 speed.So its a book that is hard to rate. Its a great drama, in parts.
The narrator used a very british voice and sounded exactly as I think she was supposed to sound, so for this book she was great, ie sounding like a tedious boring british person. (You don't have to sound like that in sounding british I hasten to add).
Felt I was there
Not sure, maybe Arthur C Clarke's "The Songs of Distant Earth", (one of my favourite books.)
His narration was a perfect fit for the stories cadence, and his voice is lovely to listen to.
He has a peaceful flowing voice.
Yes the end, it was very well done.
I felt like I was on a wonderful journey and was just happy to be in the story space as it unfolded.
It's sheer cleverness. That I really liked the characters, they seemed real to me.
When little Nell was safe.
This book is not pure scifi ie it does not take current science/world and extrapolate to a plausible possible future.
It takes literary elements from the past and some aspects of current science and creates a mish mashed future dystopian world.
This may annoy some readers.
However after I got over being annoyed it is very well written and the voice while annoying is appropriate for the story, if that makes sense.
It does deserve its HUGO award.
A great audio book.
It was very derivative, it was unimaginative, it was only about the military , so if you want to read a whole book consisting of one military person naval gazing about the nuts and bolts of the military command structure, which is exactly the same as it is in the early 21st century enjoy by the way, enjoy.
NO, that it has an end.
Amazon should be honest in their returns policy and state only 2 every 6 months.
Make the story interesting, not a plodding story , make it interesting and unpredictable, with interesting convincing sex scenes.
Any book but one by Gregory Benford.
An uninteresting plodding story, ordinary and predictable, with boring unconvincing sex scenes.
That Audible has categories so I don't get TEEN novels! ie So know I what I am getting.When I look in my library it is not evident what category any book is.Its a TEEN novel and the sub category is SCi-FI.If you like Teen novels fine of course.
HOPEFULLY NOT A TEEN NOVEL!
yes narrator was very good.
That Audible has categories so I don't get TEEN novels!ie I so know what I am getting. ie list it under the category "TEEN Novel"Have categories and subcategories.When I look in my library it is not evident what category any book is.Its a TEEN novel and the sub category is SCi-FI
That Audible has categories so I don't get TEEN novels!ie I so know what I am getting. ie list it under the category "TEEN Novel"Have categories and subcategories, so within TEEN Novels you can search for whatever category you want.When I look in my library it is not evident what category any book is.Its a TEEN novel and the sub category is SCi-FI
Maybe. I suspect not. This Science fantasy book was not my type of book . It was written in the American detective style but using robots and type writers,.. whatever. I did not enjoy this story, it did not work for me.
Waste of my time.
The wonderful nail biting build up to the final battle.
yes. Buy bringing me into the world of Jack Reacher, I felt as though I was there.
The last one when he battles Paulie.
I think Dick Hill is the best narrator for these books, the others are good but I think for Jack Reacher he is the best.
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