Heinlein put out great science fiction stories for young readers and this is one of them. I introduced my 13 year old son to his work a few years ago and now whenever we go on a road trip I get him anew one to listen too and enjoy. That his mother and I enjoy the listen just as much is a bonus.
Pandora's Star is both a hard book and an odd book to review (my bazaar star rating shows that as well). The writing is very good but the author really needed some editing - this is a 15 hour book in a 37 hour format. There are so many subplots that I lost count and many never lead to anything and none were resolved.
Some of those subplots would have made good standalone books but the characters were never developed and the story lines were just teases.
And then there is the end --- I have books that were leads to a series that resolved a story better than Hamilton did in this book. It was as if he had both a deadline and serious lack of interest when he hit the last chapter.. it just ended. Nothing was resolved, no satisfaction at all.
The story dragged on but was good enough that I wanted to see how it resolved in the end. Then I got to the end and phefffffft.
This is the first time in years of reading and listening to Audio books that I felt cheated. I really would like my 37 hours back because the author stole that time as far I'm concerned.
I can usually ignore a narrator but in this case it is like listening to a computer generated voice. There is no passion, just monotone droning that makes a shallow book all the worse.
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