I have really fond memory of reading all of Vinge's previous books - they are full of mind-blowing concepts and interesting characters. A Fire Upon the Deep remains one of my favorite scifi books. I've been waiting for this one since the summer, and bought it as soon as it came out. What a disappointment! The characters are not believable and the events drag on. After part 1 of 4 I have decided to stop listening - I can't stand the thought of spending another 20 hours on it. Perhaps the editor could have "encouraged" the author to trim the story down to half the size.
The narrator did a great job - without his talent I might have stopped the book even earlier.
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