This book is actually better than the 1st book. However, the author short changed his readers by taking the last 3 chapters of his 1st book and inserting them as the 1st 3 chapters of this book. I don't like paying for something twice. I hope the 3rd book is not this way. That is why I gave it 3 stars and not 4.
Regardless, the story is becoming much more interesting and the character play and storyline is much improved and involved which is good. It is becoming more than just an external milk toast narrative of events. The reader has a chance to feel more involvement in the story.
Although I still am not overly impressed with the narrator's style, and his "nasally" voices, the storyline is getting more exciting and involved and I will get the next book in the series. The narrator style is annoying (at least to me and my apologies) and I nearly went ahead and bought the "hardcopy" version just so I wouldn't have to listen to him. Maybe I am becoming "desensitized" to him or maybe he has slightly improved, but i will get the next audio version of the book.
Overall I thought the story was fairly decent but the narration I found was "irritating". The narrator tried to add in some sound effects which was creative but he narration rhythm was monotonous. The book would have been so much better in my opinion with a different narrator. As for the story itself, it suffers from being more of a "story narration" rather than characters "experiencing" the story. I will try the 2nd book of the series, but if it is more of the same, I will probably drop the series.
After 1st getting into the book with it revolving around adolescents, I was initially a little skeptical. However the story developed quite nicely with many twists and turns. I am just about finished with this Book 1 and I am looking forward to Book 2. Actually this is a great book and story. One well worth reading or listening to.
This book is better than the 1st. The character development was in more depth and the characters added had very distinct personalities. The addition of the Under-Secretary and her mouth were a true delight. The tension leading to the unknown was ratched up with this book. Looking forward to Book 3 and what it holds.
Wasn't sure about a new author I was not familiar with. All I can say it was Well Worth it. The book was great from start to end. As result I just downloaded the 2 sequels and look forward to others. Most details were tied up and explained so no loose ends technically altho a few physics area may be suspect. The narration could have been a little more diverse because at a few points I had to go back and relisten to determine who had supposedly made the statement. Overall a great listen and now I am looking to listening to #2 and #3.
I found the book had a good story line but the author really drug things out in very detailed descriptions of things. Too detailed and I found myself saying, "ok let's get on with the story". As for the narrator, he is very distinct in reading but very little differentiation between characters and you had to really try to concentrate which character was really speaking. Overall I found both tedious.
Clancy has continued to improve with age and this is another example. Whereas many of his earlier books set the stage and background in exhausting detail for 150-200 pages before any action started, this book is an example of the change made beginning with Rainbow Six where some of the action starts right up front. Great book and gets harder and harder to put down as the story progresses. This is continuing along those lines with our familiar story and I am eagerly looking forward to the next addition.
Loved the book. It reminded me of Ringo's "Troy Rising" but on a more realistic tract and story line. Excellent book and I just downloaded the next in the series. Great read.
Interesting and somewhat different kind of book. It is not an action packed book but a different twist on public relations and the twists and turns associated with dealing with people, or in this case an alien race. Often funny it is also serious at times. Overall a fun and different type of SF.
This is somewhat of a biased review. This was he first sci-fi book that I ever read during my time in grade school. Since that time I have revisited and reread this book several times over the intervening years. It is the book that really got me into sci-fi ending with me working for NASA and now working in the private Space sector. I find that the story behind the book is very sound and realistic and timeless. It is still a great story after all these years and revisits. I was disappointed in the Narration. I felt it was more of a drone. I recognize that the story is from the main character's "diary" but when the main character has discussions with others some better portrayal of voices would have been expected. It almost turned everything into a monotone. Regardless, it is a great book and well worth revisiting and I will probably revisit more times before I move on to the next level.
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