What I know about customer reviews is that they all have to be taken with a grain of salt. No matter how good something is, the complaints outweigh the praise because being unhappy about something motivates people.
So I am going to weigh in here on the positive side, even though I never review books. I really enjoyed this audio book. I haven't read anything in the Ender series in a long time but I can't wait for the obvious sequel to this one.
I did find the banter between Peter and his parents and Petra and Bean annoying and almost identical. But the story is compelling and not completely transparent as some can be.
Robin Miles does an excellent job of reading the many compelling characters in Ntozake Shange's and Ifa Bayeza's well-written epic novel that spans from Reconstruction to modern times. I give it four stars and not five for two reasons:
1. A few production mistakes. Some of the re-reads and recording errors were not edited out, so we hear the narrator read a few pieces twice. I've never heard that before in an Audible book!
2. Some factual errors from the authors take me out of the book and make me wonder about the accuracy of the rest. One example is a couple of characters join the "Air Force" during WWII, only there wasn't an Air Force then--the Army Air Corps was a division of the U.S. Army.
I look forward to more audio books from Robin Miles!
I spent one credit on this book with an open mind because I find that science fiction is a very interesting way to explore issues in the modern world in a non-threatening way. As such, I wasn't surprised by the author's preamble of sorts and it made me even more curious.
But there was one point that lost me entirely, as someone who understands and believes in science and who is a deeply religious person. In the very beginning, the alien ascribes certain aspects of the universe as being evidence only of God's existence, and challenges the scientist to counter him.
Our history is rife with humans assigning things we don't know and understand to God, only to find out there is some scientific explanation for it. This doesn't, in my mind, negate God, but only shows our increasing understanding of the universe. But the "scientist" doesn't point this out to the alien.
I expected a deeper discussion of this issue and was profoundly disappointed. It might be good for young readers, but it's too over simplistic in my opinion.
Better to spend your credit elsewhere.
As usual, Gladwell makes a great case for thinking in new ways about the world. His accessible writing and compelling stories keeps the reader engaged. Well worth my money and time.
Great narration for a well-told story. The readers were spot-on for their characters--I haven't heard a better narration in the hundreds of books I've listened to. The characters are complex and the story compelling and surprising.
Written in 1983, The White Plague reveals its decade and biases throughout.
Its primary flaws are that Herbert, in 1983, could not imagine a 1996 with women in charge of their own lives, a world without IRA bombers and what the world would become with a bio terrorist on the loose.
His one woman character is cardboard while the men are all fully-realized. The world where there are 10,000 men to one woman should have more women leaders. Instead, the women are content to marry leaders and produce babies for them. The main character is profoundly religious in the beginning but by the end is happy to take on many "husbands" so that she could "do her duty" to repopulate the world. Where is her, or any other woman's, desire for power, for women would have a lot of power in such a world.
His lack of imagination of a world without the IRA kept me from suspending my disbelief. And Herbert's poorly imagined world response to a bio terrorist that targeted women kept me skeptical.
The White Plague is better left in 1983, where it belongs.
So rarely do we see well-developed and realistic characters in science fiction. And we see them in Spin, in addition to a compelling plot.
Spin walks that very pleasing line between hard and soft science fiction. Most of the story is the physical and emotional journey of the main character, but it's set in a compelling dystopic world with mysterious aliens they call "The Hypotheticals."
It is worthy of its 2006 Hugo award.
It's well-read by Scott Brick, my favorite audible reader. I'd just listened to his narration of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and thought Brick did a nice job of sounding completely different in Spin.
I almost never stay up late to finish listening to a book, but I did for Spin. If you're a sci-fi fan, you won't want to miss this one.
...if you like Orson Scott Card.
In Empire, Card borrows from research he'd done for other books, and some concepts/relationships, in order to preach about political radicalism.
Because he's taken on modern politics, this work isn't timeless like some of his other works are.
As others have said, this novel is full of holes, and has charicatures rather than characters.
I'd recommend skipping this one.
The title of this review pretty much says it all. I listen to a lot of science fiction audio books. I have heard a range of readers and I need to say that the person reading this book is flat and boring. He doesn't seem to know how to make the story alive or real.
I'd recommend buying the book and reading it instead.
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