The author's ability to cram so much vitality into the main character's live while fully exploring the environment in such vivid detail and quenching the thirsts for those of us with the need for scientific knowledge (theoretical and non-theoretical alike). And the way he was able to interject the feelings of the defeated and enslaved throughout the whole novella and battle was a wonderful insight.
The Main character, regardless of name, could be any one of us or at least what one would strive to be...
"Mantis". To be a machine yet wanting to understand, albeit morbidly, the human condition, was very well translated by Robin.
The human ability to adapt cannot be defeated
Only complaint is that it was too short. At least it was developed into series which I will definitely include in my future collections. It is definitely worth the small change to purchase and far exceeds the ratio of enjoyment vs. cost.
The story itself is actually a good story. No, it's not original, offhand "Old man's War" by John Scalzi comes to mind, but still an entertaining listen. I actually enjoyed the story in and by itself. But...Two chief complaints, first the narrator. This story just does not fit his voice. He reminds me of the "Motel 8"'s commercial voice over actor saying "...and we'll leave the light on for you...". not a rough and tumble type of voice your expecting. Second, the second half of the book is really only about 3 hours long, the rest being the first 3 chapters of Book 2. I didn't appreciate the abrupt ending and was about 30 minutes into the organizational flow chart before I realized the book was over. I will read Book 2 eventually, but I will need to listen to a couple of other books with different narrators just to adjust my listening comfort agian. I do recommend the book, but with patience as a virtue.Rooster
It felt like an overcast Saturday afternoon bundled in front of the ol' tele watching mystery theater with really good Sherlock Holmes movie( black&white, of course). Only thing missing was a bowl of steaming popcorn and a good friend to discuss with about “who dunnit” and what's gonna happen next!
Watson of course!
Well done! His interpretation of Holmes was a fantastic mix of all the classic Holmes portrayers from movies past.
Kudos to the author for the research and authenticity of the information that formed a really solid mystery!
Down and dirty fantasy read, like a "lord of the rings" lite. It could have really used a different point of view for the story telling, or at least a more animated and more creative narrator. The story itself is fairly good, but it lacked an overall excitment the premise deserved.
Not just one moment, but the battles between the "18" and the "10" were noteworthy
lacking and monotone, just didn't click with me, really made it hard to listen to. Only the story itself kept me interested.
If the additional stories have a different narrator, I may read on, as of now, this is the last, sad to say really.
I would have it no other way. Though I consider my imagination up to the task, I enjoy having someone else provide the voices for the characters.
The final third of the novel was intense to say the least. no spoilers here;)
Nonstop action, fluid conversations, and just enough definition of character for what is a relatively short novel.Though this premise has been visited ad nausea, The author was still able to keep the story fresh and easily understood for even the most novice of sci-fi readers.The narrator was fantastic, especially improvising the women characters voices, though the "alien" human accents fluttered between French and Russian but not at all aggravating. overall thumbs up!
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