I got this one on a $4.95 sale, and feel it was too expensive. I'm a JAK fan, but this is clearly one of her earliest books. The heroine is annoying, and the hero doesn't make any headway with her until he out-alphas the (rather weak) other alpha competitor. I finished it, hoping it would get better, but it didn't.
A lot of this book is fascinating, but he speculates an awful lot, drawing parallels to modern cultures like the Inuit and Eskimos, and doesn't clearly differentiate between what is speculation and what is fact. This casts doubt on what is presented as fact, to where I don't know how much to believe. While entertaining, this book should be read with caution. If I could get my money back for it, I would.
I'm not sure whether it's the book itself or the narration style, but I'm having trouble following the content. The narrator breaks his sentences oddly, rather like a teacher pausing so the students can catch up with their note taking. I got this one on one of the $4.95 sales, and it's worth that much, but I'm glad I didn't spend a whole credit on it. Still, the topic is fascinating, the author doesn't take any fore-knowledge for granted, and the explanations are clear and sometimes a bit too concise.
While I'll agree that Reed McColm isn't the best narrator - he does doe terrible accents - I mostly enjoyed his not-quite-over-the-top narration that fits so well with the writing style of this classic space opera. I'm on my second listen-through of the series, and (again, other than the accents) am enjoying it greatly.
I've enjoyed Eddings' Belgariad and Malorean, so I thought I'd like this trilogy. So far, it's typical Eddings, with a bit more convoluted politics, and a fairly slow leadup to the main quest part of the story. The narrator, however, ruins whatever enjoyment I'd have, however. He's limited, and recognizes his limitations, doesn't try to voices, for example. But his mispronunciations are making the book unlistenable. One word, in particular, is "hierarchy" - it's used a lot in the book, and the narrator consistently massacres it, which jerks me out of the story every time he hits the word. I'm not sure I'm going to continue on with the trilogy because of this.
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