Typical of LeGuin, this is a pretty dark view, but the unlying philosophy is thought provoking and worth your time. The narrator's flat intonation style, which might have been meant to enhance the darkness or gloom of the story, really put me off and made the reading feel monotonous at times.
With such excruciating detail in most of the book, I was disappointed in the ending that has very little explanation and detail. It felt as if the author had either run out of ideas or time and just slapped something together to get the book finished. The character is still good, and the narration is excellent!
An incredible story that explores the complex nature of people who live with in times of chaos and confusion. No stereotypes here, but a true telling of people and how they manage through the war. One of the very best audible selections that I've listened to.
It's the first audio book I listened to more than once, parts of it several times. Interspersed with the scientific explanations, Bryson's offers delightful vignettes of the scientists themselves, bringing a human face to highly technical material.
Even after careful attention and some research on the web, I got bogged down in the jargon. The story is engaging, but the characters seemed lightly drawn especially considering the careful attention paid to the technical information. The reader was delightful, adding some character to otherwise dry information.
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