charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2012
Currents of Space is certainly not Asimov's best. However it is a good, solid stand alone story that is within his Galactic Empire Series (Stars Like Dust, Pebble in the Sky). These novels (along with the End of Eternity) fit (in my opinion) into a "boyhood sci-fi genre". Clever plot-lines that a re entertaining and keep your interest. I enjoyed it.
I would. The under tones of racial prejudice and economics were reminiscent of Colonial America and, though simplistic were thought provoking. This is clearly not on par with Le Guin or Herbert but this is a fast paced story with a lot of turns in it, it reads more like a detective novel.
His characterization of the Squires was fantastic. I frankly don't know how he could affect some of those accents, I found it impressive.Some people may find his feminization of some of the Squires offensive but it really put them in a light similar to the dandies of English Colonial America. I thought he did a great job.
I decided to re-read all the Galactic Empire Series, which is the worth the time for me. If you will only read 1 non-Foundation Asimov I would recommend End of Eternity. But if you are a "completist" for Asimov's earlier work, then I think it is well worth the listen.
This novel is over 50 years old, some of the basic cosmological premises are no longer considered correct. Asimov was a tenured bio-chemistry professor, so his interest in science is clearly evident and far be it from me to criticize it. As a ready you will need to "suspend your disbelief" if you are hard sci-fi fan.I didn't find this to be a problem, the material was thought provoking on a social and scientific basis.
Everything. The story, the characters, the performance, the production. I thought it was one of the best purchases I ever made at Audible.
It just proves that a story does not have to be overly complex to be terrific. This is fundamentally a basic concept, a man is marooned on Mars. But how that simple concept is treated, developed and how the story unfolds is what makes this a memorable SF tale.
I think when somebody does a great job you cannot imagine anyone else doing it. R.C. did that in this performance. He "was" Mark, with all the wisecracks and intelligent descriptions of what he was encountering.
Tough question. Overall I had trouble leaving the story, I finished it pretty quickly. Even though the story was contrived (all novels are), I wanted to see how Mark was doing, to check into his status and his challenges. I found myself emotionally invested in something that was fundamentally a fictional story. I think the best story tellers do this; they get you to suspend your disbelief long enough to lose yourself for a while. Overall this was one of my most enjoyable Audible experiences.
As an athlete and Martial Artist I found The Martian very inspirational. Though a fictional tale it reinforces the basic concept that makes us all human. If there is hope there is the chance that obstacles can be overcome, so you keep trying and keep positive. Mark's unflagging determination is what separates greatness from mediocrity, and its something we all can do to some extent in our everyday lives. You never give up.
Yes. William Dufris is tremendous. I loved his work on the Old Man Series and this is even better.
This is a bit quirky but I thought he did Jezebel very well. Jesse is the conscience or voice of reason in the story and as dramatic device he brought out the importance of this character in a clever way. I am always amazed when narrators do a great job, because it just seems so difficult to do. Dufris hit the mark on this and every other character.
There is an even level of quality that I enjoy from a narrator. I want the entire story to flow together over the life of the novel, Dufris delivers on that fundamental yet important characteristic.
No I typically spend about a week per book, in my car or at the gym.
If you area fan of Sci Fi Asimov is almost required. Many tout the Foundation Series as his watermark and I am one of them. But the Robot Series, of which this is the first is so clever, so archetypal (in the Sci Fi cannon) that it should not be overlooked. It links the Foundation Series to the novels (Pebble in the Sky, Currents of Space, etc.) and provides insight into Asmiov's Galactic Empire concept. If you are a fan of the genre this is a seminal work. Keep in mind this was written in the early 1950's, but with that context it is even more mind boggling to me that Asimov can weave a story that still stands on technical merit. This series is a link into the past but like all good Sci-Fi it discusses timeless issues and values. This is not Shakespeare or Thoreau, but it is entertaining and thought provoking. I highly recommend it.
It is hard for me to write a review of a Kurt Vonnegut book, I am clearly not a literary critic, but for me he is the most under appreciated writer in the American literary tradition. This book, his first, is just fantastic.
Within the Vonnegut library I would say Sirens of Titan, another early book with big ideas.
It is interesting that all the Vonnegut books on Audible have been done by different narrator's and all of them have done a great, great job. Rummel handled the material so well I cannot imagine any else doing it better. Just great.
Paul Proteus probably but Kroger and Finnerty really cracked me up....sometimes it is hard to tell (when really Vonnegut) if you are imagining his characters or the subsequent one's that recent writers ripped off from him. These are archetypal characters at times and it is difficult not to love all of them.
Thanks Audible, well done.
No, but that does not diminish the fact that this was a very good series. Modern Sci Fi in a Golden Age coat. Great characters, well plotted with big ideas about humanity, relationships and the ability to find truth in a tough universe. I really liked it.
John Perry. But I say that with some trepidation. Jane Sagan, Zoe and the rest of the characters were people that I was interested in and to me that is the sign of solid characterization. John Perry here is the character that you came to rely on, both in terms of action, intellect and the emotional arch of the story. I will miss him.
I thought he was spectacular. I don't know honestly how he did it. He brought life to the characters and enriched the story.
No. I typically listen to Audible in my car and at the gym. But if a book really grabs me I will take it home and listen in my office. This book was one where I just did not want to stop listening. This is true about the entire series. A wonderful story with great characters and a clever plot.
This book has gotten good reviews. I agree with them and highly recommend The Old Man's War Series Books 1-3. Fundamentally however this is classic space opera with some conventional plot devices. So if you are into classic Sci Fi, I think you will very much like it. I am glad I finally got around to it on my Wish List.
Very well done.
It fits in nicely with Old Man's War and the Last Colony. I grew to really like the characters and enjoyed learning more about them and their goals for protecting humanity. The issues, both social and political, were interesting to think about. Like all good science fiction, it combined thought provoking situations with pure entertainment. Scalzi is very much a traditionalist but the modern spin on the issues and technology make it a very enjoyable experience. Which for me is the point after all...
Really well done. I am always amazed by how the really good narrators can distinguish characters without affecting an over the top accent, which for me, would define over acting. Dufris does a very good job. I enjoyed it tremendously.
I could see this book being made into a movie. It has interior action that could be translated to a movie. Maybe ... "the Universe is a Scary Place"....this question seems to come up a lot in these reviews and honestly I think movie and books are so different, and they are rarely converted from one medium to another well.
I am not sure why I didn't read Scalzi before, but better late than never. He is a good author, clever in the fact that he saves some ideas for later books and story archs. These are not densely packed books but they combine action, philosophy, social commentary and politics in a way that make it enjoyable and entertaining. I would recommend this to any fan of traditional Science Fiction who wants to spend a month with characters in 3 books (Old Man's Ware, Ghost Brigade, Last Colony) that they will become fond of. I know I did.
I never read the text version. But this is very, very well done...
Clever, modern Sci Fi. I loved it. It combines military sci fi, with thought provoking concepts of outsiders vs. humans in a background of what war really means.Without being overly pedantic it brings to the forefront good ideas about our place in the cosmos. Ultimately however this is a story about John Perry, his past and how he reconciles his life today. I enjoyed his character and for me ultimately, book books are about characters that we enjoy learning about. i research all the books I read and heard alot of good things about John Scalzi, all of them are true.
The opening scene in this book really pulls you and and makes you interested in John Perry. I thought all of the military fighting scenes were well explained and very strategically describes.
No, I typically do not listen to these books in one setting. But I think you could on a long drive quite easily.
I plan on reading the rest of this series.Its fun, well done and thought provoking without being overly "heavy".
The best part is the zany world that Chalker has created. It's sci-fi, fantasy and a mind boggling display of creates and world building. Amazing.
I can only compare this to other Chalker books. He is a very unique author. I can only remotely compare him to John Varley in terms of his imagination and scope of the worlds he creates. Some readers might not like him though. He sometimes provides alot of detail on items that never come into play. That doesn't both me. To immerse yourself in Chalker is to take a leap into the unknown. Its escapist entertainment at its best.
He really grew on me. In the first Well World book I thought he was so droll I would fall asleep. Then I realized he was playing many characters and that droll delivery was the narrator, so it was at some level comforting. I think he did a fantastic job and would not trade his performance with anyone.
Interesting. This book was one where i did. I drove a long distance and listened to to at once. It was fun.
There is something about Chalker that harkens back to a time in Sci Fi that was not dependent on snappy plots or fighting/action. He builds complex worlds that are intent on opening your imagination up to new ideas...some of which are philosophical and some are decidedly not. I wish Audible would make the entire Well World Series available, if you read this review let them know! I have....
Everything Changes Once....
Mavra Chang is the prototype female warrior adventurer. I loved her bad ass attitude, her positive attitude about solving problems and her personal pride. Great character.
I would say the ending scene in the book. i don't to spoil it but let's put it this way...Mavra does not ever feel sorry for herself....
Mavra Chang could whip Xena and Laura Croft for breakfast!
The Well World is a classic series. You really get drawn into the entire reality Chalker has created. But his writing style is not dense, there is nothing you cannot understand or follow. I am going to listen to the entire series and I have asked Audible to make all 7 available. Keep your fingers crossed on that because once you enter the Well World its hard to get out.
Yes. I cannot for the life of me figure out why Jack Chalker is not considered one of the best Sci Fi writers of all time. He is clever, imaginative, smart and funny. I read books (more often that not) to be entertained by a good story. Chalker delivers, and this is one of his best.
Although some of the tech is dated, it still rings true because it is so well conceived and plotted. Terrific.
It's hard to say but I would say Starks the CIA operative. He fashions him as a wry, G Gordon Liddy type and its pretty funny.
Here is the thing. They did! The movie The Matix is based on this book and you know what? The book is better. The movie was convoluted and had several plots that just did not seem to make sense. This is the same premise but it makes perfect sense (in a Sci Fi way). Better characters and a major twist on the story that will really make you think.
At first I thought Andy Caploe was a bit stilted for the reading of all 3 books. He is no. He does several characters very well and his droll delivery is a major part of what makes this so entertaining. If he bothers you initially, I think he will grow on you. I think he was great adn I plan to listen to all 3 books.
Not sure...on one hand the series is very provocative and interesting. On the other hand the characters are somewhat one dimensional and the non-stop action doesn't make a lot of sense. It is a very short book so if you are in the mood for a quick read I would recommend it, but if you are looking for something more complex and involved I would not.
I think I would if they were not looking for a sweeping novel like Hyperion or Dune. If they like short, simple stories this fits the bill.
I thought Ray Chase did a very good job, I enjoyed him. His narration of Craig (Old Timer) was excellent. I will Craig was in this story a little more, his character drove the first novel and this is unfortunately not his story.
I could see it being a TV Show and there is the problem for me. I like to get lost in a book or series. For this reason I am not a fan of TV or movies that much. They seem too simplistic to keep my attention for very long, with exceptions obviously. This book read like a TV show and I was disappointed at some level. I was expecting a little more complexity in plot and description given the fascinating subject of Singularity, which is at the heart of the series.
This book does not pretend to be something it is not. For that reason I applaud the author. This is a fast paced, simple story that at times reads like a young adult novel. It is very straightforward and follows a predictable path. As a reader of Sci Fi like Chalker, Varley, Clarke, Simmons, Corey and Herbert I thought the concept of Singularity would be handled with some more depth. It was not and just served as a backdrop to an action packed thriller. I give the author credit for writing this type of book but I found myself losing interest by the end of the novel.
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