When you read a book that is too emotional or too scary I tend to skim through. With an unabridged audio you can not just skim through sections. For my self this book almost took me too far. I completed it over a weekend and kept having flash backs the following week.
I went for groceries with my seven year old son. When the cart touched my hand I could not help but think about what I could put in the cart to help the two of us survive.
I found it to be believable, educational, entertaining, and quite humorous.
The subtle and not so subtle humorous references to Star Trek. The potential for a SHTF situation involving our first contact with an alien race. The knowledgable references to Military tradition and interactions. The creativity involved in interplanetary exploration. The depiction of missions that were screwed up from the beginning. All of these aspects of the storyline kept me entertained, and interested.
I have listened to over 200 audiobooks. This was performed well. I am sure that the singing presented quite a challenge.
The author almost lost me with the feline like alien species at the beginning and again when a large cat was brought on board for the third book. I am simply not a fan of cats and the two references to cats in the books did not add to the story line. In fact I think that they took away from the story line particularly in the third book when the potty trained cat knows how to flush the spider pest down the toilet? A spider pest that can survive vacuum would certainly survive being flushed down the toilet and could damage the plumbing pretty severely. Overal a very enjoyable read. I was disappointed that there were only three books in this series. I have already purchased one of his other books to read.
I review few books that I listen too. Usually for very positive or negative reasons. Unfortunately this is for the later type. The book had so much potential that was left unfulfilled. I was left wanting about a number of topics in the book the moon, the little people, the air crysalis, the cult directed by a leader who knows of the future.
The book was very long and gave me few answers about the topics above that I wanted to hear about and kept repeating facts that I did not want to hear over and over again. So much time was spent discussing the activities of the fee collector, the womans fetish about the shape of older men's heads, and how perfectly trained the woman was. If I am reading a trilogy some information needs to be repeated in each book of the trilogy. In a single book I see little reason to repeat such information over and over again. This book would have been much better if the energy had been used to further describe some of the topics in the paragraph above.
I thought the book started off slowly, gained speed, became interesting and then lost steam about 2/3 through. I then turned up the speed on my IPHONE APT and finished the book a bit disappointed.
No spoiler here.
Overall the audible experience is 4 starts. There were two aspects of the book that I really liked. One is stories about how people lived in other ages. In this case it is the late 1800's in England. The second is stories of survival in desperate situations.
I purchased this book on recommendations of my daughters teacher. I started listening without any idea about what happens in the book. The narration is excellent and the story is very good. I have spent some time at sea and I thought that the sailing experience was well covered.
If I were to make any changes, I would say that book this could have been a bigger and better novel. I was left wanting more information regarding two of the characters. Mr. Jamrach, and Dan could have been given more depth, perhaps even there own intertwining storyline.
Overall good audible experience. A little dark, but well worth the listen.
I have been waiting for Audible to have something from Peter Hamilton for some time. I was completely sucked into "Reality Dysfuntion" after only eighty pages. I woke up five or six books later.
"Pandora's Star" has to be looked at as only a small portion of the whole picture. At the end of the book we still do not have a full grasp of the universe nor do we have an idea how the story will unfold. So I would not be too critical of the ending of the first book. It is difficult to end a book when the story is just beginning. I would blame the editor for the ending of this the first book because I am sure that the author just continued on with the story until the end. The editor was left with the job of determining the break points for each book in the series.
I really enjoyed the discription and evolution of the alien life form MorningLightMountain. I would agree that some of the haute couture was over the top.
Narration was good for the most part. I have 183 books in my audible library and this one definitely worth the credit. Enjoy.
Replay was the first book that I searched for when I joined audible. I am glad to see that it is finally available.
Replay has been my favorite book for the past 10 years. I have two hard cover copies one for my library and a second that I use as a loaner. I have lent the book out to no fewer than 10 friends. I have not gotten anything less than rave reviews from those that have read it.
The writing is excellent. Imagine if you could live your life over again. Would you end up the same person? What would you do differently? What could you do now to change your future? These are all wonderful topics that the book explores. The book also demonstrates how fleeting life is and that each moment should be savored to its fullest.
This was my third time through the book and I was so moved that I wanted to write a fan letter to the author. I was disappointed to see that he had passed away of a heart attack. One could only hope that he is Replaying his life again.
Don't just trust my opinion. Visit Amazon.com there are 313 reviews for this book and it got 4.5 stars. Enjoy.
Well written, well narrated. The book exposed me to the truths of Katrina that were previously unknown to me. Get it.
Very good. Cultural diverse murder mystery. Comical at times this is not a light read.
I really enjoyed this book for many reasons. It was extremely funny. It was well thought out and had reasonably accurate information on other philosophies that were tied in beautifully. I did not find it at all disrespectful.
I honestly learned some things between the laughs.
Among the top three audiobooks I have listened to over the last twenty years. The writing was poetic, the reading theatrical. Without reservation this gets my hightest rating. Enjoy.
The other two books I really liked were Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet, and The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
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