I have been reading Ben Bova books for years and have most all of his audible books here. Mars is one of his best stories and Stefan Rudnicki is very good in his delivery. However, I don’t understand why Egypt and Argentina are represented as significant space powers here in the book. The one quandary is after all these years I have come to the conclusion Ben doesn’t like a great number of things. He doesn’t like the news media, politicians, government or people with power. His representation of the news media is negative as are the people in government and politics. They are usually the protagonists. People in his books are constantly planning silly and selfish subterfuge and act very impulsively like children do sometimes. Come on Ben, Dan Brown has that style mastered. The story is good enough to out weight all of this though. Listen to it and just enjoy it.
Frederick Pohl and his best series, you have to hear this. The most imaginative plot for the time which spans the whole series of books. Please buy this only if you truly like Sci-Fi and have imagination that enjoys wonders. Pohl’s Gateway world is original and engaging. Yes it was written a few decades ago (1977) and has some dated technology, but H.G. Wells is still very readable today so don’t let that deter you.
A must read for anyone in the Sci-Fi reader club. Gateway won the 1978 Hugo Award for Best Novel,] the 1978 Locus Award for Best Novel, the 1977 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1978 John W. Campbell Award.
The narrator, Oliver Wyman does a good job but his narration his average to good delivery is over shadowed by the story. Get the entire series.
As a retired Police Officer with younger family on the force, this one hit home for me far deeper than the movie. If you have a similar back ground in Law Enforcement you will get it where no one else that hasn’t been there will get it. If you haven’t had a Law Enforcement back ground - listen well as Sheriff Bell speaks, and you might get it too.
Really this is all originally one book so you might as well get all three and the Hobbit too. The Books (Story) themselves are beyond reproach, Seriously. Unless you hate the “Fantasy” genera.
Rob Inglis is extremly good. Even the songs sounded like they might have in a far off time somewhere quite removed from our world.
Rob Inglis is very good. The Book (Story) itself is beyond reproach. The performance is extremely good. Even the songs sounded like they might have in a far off time somewhere quite removed from our world.
As I mentioned about the "Hobbit", The Book (Story) itself is beyond reproach. The performance is extremely good. Even the songs sounded like they might have in a far off time somewhere quite removed from our world
The Book (Story) itself is beyond reproach. The performance is extremely good. Even the songs sounded like they might have in a far off time somewhere quite removed from our world.
This may be one of the more important books you read or listen too.
It has been my profession over the years as a Disaster Recovery and Network Security Professional working for Military, Government, Medical and Major Industry internationally that I was set back in my presumptions in Threat Mitigation & Disaster Recovery for infrastructure survival at the level of “worst case” scenarios. This book brought home the real world, “Worst Case” and I have changed my Threat Mitigation planning for the Industries I work for.
The negative comments made of this book are unfair and I express regret to this reviewer when I say, “You missed the message” in that you may not have understood the author’s intention. Which is fair, but read the author’s bio and C.V. He is an expert on the subject in your country.
I have shared this book with others in my profession who where in full agreement with this book.
Let me quote from the audible site,
“Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States, literally within one second.”
The story starts with a reminiscing of 2001- A Space Odyssey and moves into a world of puzzles and paradoxes. Then folds neatly into a chronicle of mysterious aliens and an apocalypse threatening humankind. To comment on the story would give away the twists and turns of the plot, so I won’t, but all three books are worth owning. I encourage getting all three in the series.
One point of contention...as in most all space faring Sci-Fi books, Canada is conspicuous by its absence in this story. As a prominent space faring nation with long ties to NASA and the ESA, Canada contributes to the exploration in space as well as any other country and more. Canada is never really mentioned. Egypt, Sri Lanka and African nations are held up as more predominant in peaceful space exploration ...really? And Russia – always the “sort of” poor cousin that shows up family dinners. Maybe it’s a marketing decision for the U.S. audience.
Still a worthwhile series of audio books to have.
Story is, as I said okay. The plot rushes along with each story phase told quickly and wraps up quickly to an unsatisfying conclusion. Each story element is very dubiously connected and makes the plot jump from one development to the next in some cases. Each story scene is brief moving on to the next as previously mention, but the 'going into the levels’ and the fight scenes are drawn out as if in a visual slow motion part of the ‘movie’, which made me impatient to get on with it.
Really – it is a good story to listen while on a long trip or commute. Narration is maybe the best part
This story is written in an imaginative way that works well. Each chapter is a report written after the fact with the actions weaved into the delivery of the report. The story runs like an investigation and a study of the unfolding events.
All that aside...the story is delivered well with characters developing in a credible way. The robot part isn’t a crazy or silly accident gone wrong but is aligned with an Isaac Asimov scenario of robot evolution. Believable premise. A very fine read (listen) with the narrator playing the parts well.
The ending was wrapped up too fast with a few story elements left dangling. Or perhaps a segue to a second novel...I hope.
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