Very enjoyable, offers brief explanations the sciences behind the objects which we use in everyday life as well as understandable clarifications of the findings in todays scientific frontiers. The author has a gift for making humorous and enlightening analogies and the narrator has an engaging voice. This is an audible offering I shall listen to many times.
Beautifully written with a fascinating mix of storytelling switching seamlessly from third to first person style. An engaging tale that makes the hours fly too quickly. More please.
Perfect... for the 12 year old girl with fantasies of becoming a diplomatic fashion correspondent. Some interesting theories on relativistic space warfare buried under mounds of mind numbing political intrigue and mono dimensional character analysis.
I must admit I am only 5 hours into it and am cheap enough to carry on so far but I wouldn't recommend it to an adult.
A fascinating book extremely well read. I can always count on two or three enjoyable listens out of a Neal Stephenson book. I would buy Mr. Stephensons Grocery list if it were sold on Audible and read by these narrators.
This author has put enough thought into his work that I enjoyed it the first time and immediately started again from the beginning. His world is a complex and believable concept of the near future. He has woven estimated psychological, physical and technological extrapolations from the present into the future and used them as the backdrop for an end of the world type crisis. The story line is entertaining but one can lose oneself in his vision of the everyday lives of our grandchildren.
A well paced and engaging story in spite of being dramatized. I usually only buy unedited and undramatized audiobooks but I must admit this dramatized version is not bad. However, I still prefer a good single narrator without sound effects.
I enjoy listening to just about anything so I find it hard to tell if this would be a better listen if not for the narration. However, the readers sing-song voice is hard to stay awake to, let alone pay attention to the story thread.
The narrator has an interesting repertoire of character voices but the one he has chosen to narrate the story between when the characters are speaking (and this encompasses the vast majority of the story) should be used to calm unruly children.
7 hours into it. I chose this title because on its length, I have a long job to do and need the company.
The story idea is facinating, humanity forced back into a pre technological age with an almost invincible alien race searching tirelessly for centuries for any signs of said technology.
However, although many of the ideas presented are well fleshed out, they are perhaps a bit too well fleshed out and I find my mind wandering. I shall without a doubt finish this as I have nothing but time on my hands but although I only ever purchase unabridged versions, this is a book that one wishes to be able to press the "abridge now" button half way through.
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