Had me engaged to the end. He kept the character dynamic consistent with the earlier works, but managed to squelch the chauvinism a bit compared to the earlier entries in the series.
The aliens in the series were a touch oversimplified, but served the plot well. Not great, but certainly good Sci-Fi.
I almost gave up on it. The beginning was a bit trite. I got interested as the characters became more developed. It seems to be enders game, mixed with lord of the flies and just a touch of the hunger games thrown in. I will likely get the next one.
The narrator was OK, but couldn't really do authoritative mail voices well. I look forward to the next in the series, though I could have done without the Monarchy drivel. Fortunately it wasn't key to the book.
Three, of course. He evolved subtly over the book.
Masterful and distinctive voices. His evil characters tended to sound like meth-heads from KY, but I can deal with that.
I though I may have been tricked into a Zombie novel. The universe in question wasn't well explained, I suspect it will be in later books. There are zombie like things in there, but I bought the method they become zombies, and that wasn't really the focus.
Simon did an excellent job of creating distinct voices for each character.
This is a very violent, foul mouthed but utterly believable book. If you are particularly offended by a disparaging look at religion, are prudish or offended by foul language, this probably isn't the book for you (if you are familiar with his work in any way, this won't come as as shock). In my view, these do not distract from the narrative, but make it more believable.
I only got this book because of the narrator, the summary didn't really appeal to me. Once the plot devices were explained, I bought in. The book started out good. It was a bit disconcerting though as it felt like the maturity level and the intelligence of the characters shifted as the point of view of the narrator changed. Not sure if that was intentional or not, but I didn't care for it. It wasn't just a "blind spot" change, it was more dramatic.
The character Wednesday started out being voiced as a highly intelligent if defiant teenage girl. When the point of view shifted to another character, she sounded like a whimpering, somewhat slow brat.
Also the motivation, at least what one could glean of it, of the bad guys seemed, to me, to be a bit shallow. The book appears to have been written with a next volume in mind. Haven't made up my mind if I'll continue the series.
I stopped listening to another book when I saw this was out. As I've noted on the other books, it's fairly non-stop action. This one was a bit more of a cliff hanger than the other two though.
No, once is enough
I thought the alien interaction was believable. Seemed to be written more from a linguist point of view though, not from a technologists. The "aliens" could have been more alien with respect to tech. That aside, it was a great listen.
Like the previous book, it felt like it was written by a chauvinist trying to put on airs of being progressive. But for the late 80's that's not out of character for the populous. I look forward to the next as it appears to have been published in 2002. Perhaps it looses the baggage of that latter era.
Aside from that complaint, it was a fun read.
I thought the story was good, but the sexism could have (and probably should have) been given an updated explanation for the audio version. As written, it would have made total sense when it was originally published (I had to look that up and then said "Oh, 1986... right.").
I thought the universe created, however, was interesting enough to move on to the others in the series.
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