I wish I'd checked the original date of publication before downloading---its more than 50 years since this book first appeared! It might have been ground-breaking in the 1950's but it is creaking with age now. Computers are "electric brains" and fax machines are the absolute cuttng edge in technolgy. The story has some resonance still, but it's hard to overlook the archaic technology references and the simplistic narrative at times. Clarke has much better to offer, with less of the musty smell of a museum.
This follow-up to Ancillary Justice continues to intrigue as the author expands her unique universe and its inhabitants, but the plot evolves at a glacial pace. That said, the characters are interesting, the social commentary is good and new characters settle well into the story line. Those who like lots of action and techno-wizardry in their SF might wish to look elsewhere, but this book builds on the first novel in a satisfying manner. Although the pace of the story can dawdle at times, I'm still keen to listen to the next instalment in the series when it arrives.
The narration by Adjoa Andoh is very good, with a pleasing variety of voices. I really liked her work in Alastair Reynolds "On the Steel Breeze" and this work is just as good.
Recommended if you like a slow burning SF story with a social conscience.
A simple yet engaging story of three men rebuilding their lives, set in a tough but beautiful desert wilderness. Carlson's dialogue is spare but clever, while his characters are interesting and carefully drawn although all would have benefited from further development. This doesn't detract from the enjoyment of this methodically paced and evocative story of heartbreak, recovery and friendship. Some beautiful turns of phrase and great descriptions of the high desert environment. Carlson narrates his own story, and gets the mood right. Recommended.
An engrossing (if rather short) story, with gritty non-nonsense characters and some clever dialogue. Mercifully free of the usual Western cliches and central-casting characters, the two lead figures are interesting and well described. A longer book would have allowed more development of their characters and the supporting cast, but its still satisfying. I'll definitely look for more like this.
It would be hard to overstate the quality of this wonderful story. The characters are beautifully drawn, the dialogue is deep and intelligent, while the settings are dramatic and evocative. Turow writes with great skill and a sure touch. The narrator, Edward Herrmann, is outstanding. With a great gift for different voices, he delivers the story at a pace and intonation which perfectly matches the thought provoking storyline. This is one of the best books I've encountered for a long time, a real gem. You won't be disappointed.
Avoid this book if you have an IQ even slightly above room temperature. Adolescent dialogue, ridiculous caricatures as central characters, childish plot, flawed details, utterly lacking in any merit. I can only wonder at the high ratings of other reviewers. Best suited to people whose normal literary diet is restricted to comic books. The narration is over the top and irritating. This is unsalvageable trash, destined for the two dollar bargain bin at a gas station near you. Total waste of a download credit. Is it possible to give a minus rating?
A well paced and absorbing book, and confronting in the details of the torture suffered by the lead detective at the hands of the deeply disturbed female serial killer, it avoids gratuitous gore by evoking the horror of the experience rather than depicting every gruesome detail (but it's still pretty tough). The dialogue is clever and convincing, the central characters have some depth, and the story draws you in. For some reason the author insists on describing every item of dress of every character, which seems pointless, but otherwise the writing is crisp and entertaining. The narration of this audiobook is excellent; just be ready for lots of colourful language.
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