The story is pretty much like a soap opera. There are the steamy scenes with the a young woman and an older man. There is treachery, betrayal, and conflict. Its a quick book and the performance is very good. The book name and the name of all the characters is pretty interesting once you figure it out. I was somewhat disappointed that this was a Nebula award winner, but it was a quick read and kept my attention.
I am glad I listened to this as an audiobook. I would never have survived the paperback. This story takes a long time to get going and requires you to learn a new set of coloquialisms including a double speech ability. The story does become more interesting, but it hard to get into it at the beginning.
There are some interesting ideas - the houses, vehicles, weapons are all organic plants/animals that are taught to form certain objects. The idea that the native creatures can never lie is also intriguing. I was never sold on the "addiction" to a particular human pair of speakers - humans that communicate with the natives must talk at the same time which requires special brain communication.
But overall, this was work. The performance is great and made the book bareable.
I love most of what Connie Willis has written. Interesting, provocative, entertaining. She seems to have lost all that in this book. The audio performance was wonderful - otherwise I would never have made it through this book. The story seems to be confused in what message it is trying to send and confuses reality with dream like events.
This is a book about near death experiences - a dangerous topic in any venue. She brings in the religious and scientific aspects - but never really does anything with them. You are left wondering why you just spent 29 hours of audio book time listening to the book.
Now the performance is great. The reader handles all the characters very well and made it bearable. But I would avoid this book.
I read this book on my quest to finish all the Locus award winners. I am beginning to realize that the Locus award is for those books that don't make the Hugo or Nebula. This book is like listening to a someone list off all the computer terms invented over the past thirty years, and then try to make that a book. As someone in that field, I was very disappointed. While there were moments where the book could have been great, the author never took advantage of them. In the end, the author looks like he is trying to show how smart he is and how current his knowledge without ever actually getting to the story.
There are some pretty cool concepts (uploading one's brain, artificial beings, inter-galatic civilizations. But the author never really takes advantage. In a way, this is sort of a comedy for those who know the terms. I would avoid this book.
This is an interesting story that takes quite a bit of time to figure out. I hate the ending as it really just says there will be a sequal - but up to that point it is fairly interesting. It will make you read up on the Illiad as a large part of the book involves a re-enactment of the battle of troy on Mars. Kind of interesting.
The performance is very good. The read does a great job of portraying the characters and there is very good character development. There are a few things left to the next book - I felt somewhat cheated there especially since the sequel did not get very good reviews. But worth the read/listen.
The book is an okay read. The context of a gas resulting from a drilling machine punching a whole in an inactive volcano allowing a gas to come up that either kills those affected or turns them into zombie types is sort of hard to believe. If you suspend your believe, the story is interesting. The characters are pretty well developed. The story is a little weak in its development. The main protagonist could be the husband of the lead character or an impostor - but the problem here is that after ten years, what difference did it make.
The reader is great. Does a good job acting out the various parts and makes an okay book a good listen.
This is a complex story about how a society developed to split off the scientific community from the secular community in response to a number of world events that almost destroyed the population. In the midst of this, a vessel comes into orbit that is nothing ever seen before. That is the gist of the story. The telling is great - the actors do a great job on this reading. The story is good, but has a weak ending. But its pretty interesting anyway. Worth the read.
This was a wonderful story. The lead character is hilarious when he is not serious. The reader does a wonderful job portraying the many personalities. It was a pleasure to listen to it. Great Story.
This is a fascinating story if a bit unbelievable. It is a traditional Greg Bear SCI-FI story about a future of Mars that is different then any others I have read. This is the fourth Mars book that won an award in the 1990s I guess as a result of all the Mars Lander activity during that decade. The characters are well developed story very engaging.
The audio performance is very good with alot of effort to emulate voices in suits, remote communications,etc. Overall, I really enjoyed this story.
This book covers many disparate topics from religion (existence of a soul) to determination of when someone is actually dead - for organ donation purposes. The technology discussed moves between things long gone (technologically speaking) to things that have not been done. The concept that one could record one's self and store in on the internet, turn it on and have a discussion with your self is kind of interesting. The fact that there are limitations to that recording vs the physical experience is not surprising.
The story carries well although a little weak on the ending. The reading is good and captured my attention. Overall a great performance.
I am not sure why this won a Nebula Award - it has nothing to do with Sci-Fi. It is an interesting story about humans who live in the water - mermaids. It takes place around the 1600s in our time, but with a twist regarding the mermaids. It has the catholic church (the Pope is the King's Cousin), woman in there place (barefoot and pregnant - well at least quite and permissive), the King's Court, and a disturbing story about the mermaid. The story kept me pretty irritated - did a very good job of portraying gender roles of the time.
The performance is excellent and well read. Worth the listen.
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