Otherwise entertaining classic SF stories by great authors are ruined by bad narrators. I'd like to see this compilation re-done by a competent producer who knows how choose decent narration talent...
Great use of actual science as a tool for survival in a very realistic (and for that reason, realistically scary) situation.
The writing is excellent, the characters are compelling, the math is actually part of the fun, and best of all -- the narrator absolutely NAILS it.
This is by far the best match-up of narrator and story I have heard on Audible, ever.
Ace all around.
Part of larger series that starts to feel aimless after the half-way point.
Characters are the rather 2 dimensional (sometimes only one) type found in a lot of young adult sci-fi / adventure stories.
In the end this book just sort of fizzles with little resolved. When will modern authors realize that even though they are writing for a series, any given installment needs it's own complete story arch? It's not enough to just stop writing with an implied "to be continued" after a certain number of chapters.
I'm not bothering with the rest of the series.
Always worth it.
Now audible is demanding I type more words. Really Audible? Why?
This is a very even-handed, step-by-step evaluation of recent American military and political history. Not at all snarky or cynical. It should be assigned as a college freshman-level civics textbook. It would be a damned compelling, and at times entertaining, one at that.
This proves once again that just because a book is overlong, that doesn't make it epic.
This story is just a tedious 37 hour grind, mostly filled with subplots that don't really go anywhere, way too many characters that are hard to care about, and uninteresting political jockeying (since the characters are wooden, so are their politics). The story could have been half as long to make it twice as compelling, but the plot doesn't really resolve, and the author just kind of stops writing. So in the end, what's the point?
As one subplot winds up, one of the characters yells in frustration, "You've got to be F*ing kidding me!". That's how I felt. Very disappointed. It's like the author is playing a joke. Then I searched audible to see if I had missed downloading the last chapters. But nope. This is all there is. Oh well.
I did like the alien aggressor point of view sub story, but that isn't introduced until about 2/3rds of the way in. It would have made a nice short story by itself. Toss the rest. That's about it.
The Narrator isn't as bad as everyone says and I didn't hear the volume changes everyone is complaining about. Sometimes you can tell when he is picking up a new take with different mic placement. Whatever. The producers could have paced his pauses between subplots better, sometimes it was hard to tell when the subject or setting had changed. Honestly, though, these are niggling details compared to how bad the actual story is.
If there is a sequel (there has to be since nothing is resolved at the end of this monstrosity), I don't even care. I'd rather just forget the 37 hours I spent with this tedious drivel.
Sure the "acting" can be a little stiff at times. But who cares! It's a ripping good yarn!
I have been hard on some of the bad acting and bad writing in other books sold on Audible (you should avoid Death Stalker like the plague), but the writing here is great fun and pretty tight. Be forewarned that the books in this series are occasionally predictable and kind of stiffly preformed, but the writing is fine and the plot is just good SciFi fun. Suspend your disbelief! Blow a credit! It's worth the adventure!
I enjoy a wide variety of Science Fiction and Fantasy -- even the pulpiest of pulp; but this isn't pulp, it’s pap.
Dump plot. Thin characters. Illogical premises. Lame writing. Breathtakingly bad acting.
This whole series is uniformly bad.
You have been warned.
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