My star rating reflects the audio quality - not story quality.
Actually, Im not quite done with this book, an hour/thirty listening time left. Im finding the story to be good, I like the characters, and it keeps my interest. Until about 3 hours ago, the narrator kept a nice pace, and I was comfortable with the listening experience.
Then, all of a sudden, it felt as though the recording was sped up fractionally. The pace is now a bit rushed, and, although it doesnt sound like Alvin and the Chipmunks, the narrator has begun to grate on me. Perhaps they were trying to meet a time-length goal, but the result has really damaged my ability to take in the story without being annoyed.
I definitely would recommend this book as sci-fi-lite. I found that the character-based storyline was a nice change from my preferred sci-fi genres, where the main goal is world-building and techno-expose. This was a nice leisurely exploration of alien encounters, but READ the book in hard copy, and skip this download.
This book is part of an epic Space Opera. Part 1 of a 3 part trilogy surrounding the void... and a continuation of some of our favorite characters from Pandoras Star and Judas Unchained. Peter Hamilton's work is so broad, so detailed, that you must pay constant attention. No mental meandering... you WILL miss things. The narrator, while FANTASTIC... is a bit droning so that makes it even more difficult.
There is sex and language and lots of it.
I initially struggled with the narrators voice quality, and then came to absolutely love it. Im ready to download books I have no interest in - so long as Stefan Rudnicki is reading. Great narrator! Very natural and easy, not controlled and overly poised like many other narrators.
And the story. Good themes such as earned loyalty, courage in the face of fear, perseverance. Its hard not to want to hug Ender Wiggen. But he takes care of himself. When the music comes up at the end, I was not ready for it to be over. Mainly because my iPod indicated that there was still 45 minutes of audio left! Orson Scott Card talks about the book and its conception to fill the last portion of audio and that part rates a big "whatever!"...
Im always on the look-out for audiobooks that I can listen to with my 11 year old son, stories that will interest both of us on our 45 minute commute home. He loved this book.
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