charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2012
I would put The Foundation Series as Asimov's high water mark, this is secondary storyline (Galactic Empire Series) but worth reading/listening to fit into the larger context.I thought it was great but the Foundation Series is excellent. I consider his Non-Foundation books "boyhood science fiction", entertaining and well worth the effort but not as complex. You can almost see the blueprint here for later works by other artists, writers and move makers. Asimov is the original (in my opinion).
I like the way it ended, there was a twist that I did not see coming....
I thought he did a great job! The different characters had different voices, I am always surprised how the best narrators do this....he was fantastic.
It's not that type of material (to me). It reminds me of the old Buck Rodgers TV show a little bit, entertaining and a great diversion.
I would recommend it to anyone to enjoys SF and wants to fill out their understanding of the Asimov cannon. Good book for a vacation, the beach or just wan to mentally "get away".
Very high. I loved Dune, The Foundation Series and this rivaled those recordings. Very well done, a pleasure to listen to.
It is a fantastic story in the definitional sense. Portions of it were comedic, over the top and at the same time deadly serious ruminations on religion, power and self absorbed insanity.
When I first started the series I realized that I had not listened to a female reader, not saying that in a good or bad way, just a fact. But Allyson was great. She did various characters very well and I would rank her with Scott Brick and Victor Bevine as my favorite audible narrators. Just great.
I don't react like that but let me tell you parts of this book are very dramatic, comedic and everything in between. It is very entertaining, which ultimately what I want from this genre. i want to be taken out of the every day and lose myself in the story. This series delivers on that and more!
Not sure why Varley is not more well known. He is a great writer on par with Asimov and others from the annals of Sci Fi. I would listen to anything by him on Audible. Very inventive, original and clever in his plots and characterizations.Props to Michael (Audible reviewer I follow) for giving me this recommendation. Great story!
I don't really re-listen to books, but that doesn't diminish the fact that this book was fantastic.
Robin was very cool. I grew to like her a lot.
She is in my top 3 audible readers. Scott Brick and Victor Bevine also doing an outstanding job. I am certainly not a critic but at some point an excellent reader is essentially an actor. I believed she was the characters. It's amazing to me.
A movie would ruin this great book. Sci Fi books have more imagination than any movie ever made. This book will keep you interested and invested every step of the way.
This is really an adult book.It deals with sexual roles, norms, violence, culture, mass media, acceptance...it does so in a non-heavy handed manner. Its entertaining, funny and exciting. I cannot understand why Varley is not held in higher esteem. I read this on the recommendation of Michael (Audible Reviewer) and I am very happy I did. Wildly entertaining!
I would put it near the top of my second tier. I thought it was really good and I plan on reading the rest of the series.. I purchased it based on recommendation from an audible listener I follow (Michael) and I agree with his overall assessment. Initially I thought it was a bit juvenile but as the story went on I found myself contextualizing it in the era it was written and found it to be charming and entertaining. Not heavy handed or dark, but well plotted, clever and a lot of fun.
This is my first reading of Varley and overall II thought it was great. You just have to realize that this is classic, Sci Fi from the 1970's and though I wouldn't cal it dated it is emblematic of that classic period in Sci FI. Good stuff.
Sciraco is probably the template for many strong female leads. I grew to like her and she really drives the whole story.
She was stunning in Hyperion, and she is equally good here. the material is less heavy, almost light hearted and she does a great job.
Read the book instead!!!!!!
Great production, Good story, well worth the credit. Escapist Sci Fi at its best.
Mind blowing! I mean the reach of the story is incredible, the characters richly drawn and the "bad" guys are complicated. I loved this series and cannot wait for the next book.
I like Holden. I know other reviewers have trashed him a bit and I understand why. But he is such an idealistic, damm the torpedoes kinda guy...he makes great central character.
He did alot of voices very well. Fantastic job, loved his work here.
When Melba/Clarissa comes to terms with her own psychology but chooses a different path...that I thought was pretty heavy.
Best series I have read since the Hyperion Cantos...old school sci-fi updated. Great stuff.
No I am going to be busy reading the next books in this great series.
It's a combination of old style Sci-Fi, detective story and modern writing. It feels new yet familiar.
I have not but he does a solid job here. He is not over wrought which is good considering there is a lot of action in this story.
Not really, the story builds and keeps you interested from start to finish.
I highly recommend any fan of traditional Sci-Fi to listen to this book. It's great, I highly recommend it.
This is a very well written and tightly plotted story. Sanderson will undoubtedly have a long career, and write some very popular books. I could easily see Steelheart made in a motion picture with some level of success. He is talented and a professional writer whose accolades are well deserved.
For me however parts of this story felt formulaic. Parts Matrix, X-Men and Catcher in the Rye. This is not necessarily a bad thing since most science fiction and fantasy are derivative at some level. The familiar is comfortable. For those readers and listeners who are looking for an action packed, fast moving story you will really enjoy this book and I recommend it.I felt at times that the story line was targeted toward a younger audience, which Sanderson has successfully done in other series.
Megan. I really got a kick out of her not being impressed initially with "Knees".
He did an excellent job. Very well done.
I rarely do that...
I would not disagree with my other reviewers, it is very well done.For me, the story felt a little naive and the storyline a little "mass market".
I think the narrator did a superb job in letting the story unfold.He didn't get in the way of the material and read it without irony; which I think is tough to do given the material. I enjoyed every minute of it.
I think Vonnegut is a very unique writer. He doesn't "over write" or get lost in his own exposition.Yet he takes you down roads that don't add up until the very end, making it important to pay attention. The only other book I think you can can compare this to are others he has written, and I would say Breakfast of Champions comes the closest. If you enjoyed that story and approach, you will enjoy Galapagos. Many characters return from that story as well, making it somewhat interlocking like other Vonnegut stories.
I have not but I think he did a great job. I find it such an interesting occupation being a narrator, in many ways the best ones are unnoticed because they let the story be the star. Jonathan does that with this reading, and that is a compliment. Very well done.
I would say a tie between Kilgore Trout and his son. Trout looms large int eh Vonnegut universe and he takes on even more mythic proportions in this story. Fascinating use of character development.
In my opinion this is the last great Vonnegut novel.His later work is very different from his early work in tone and pace.If you are a fan of his early work, I think you will enjoy it very much. I recommend it highly. I would suggest listening to his right after Breakfast of Champions since it occupies a similar section of the Vonnegut universe. A critical book in the legacy of a great American writer. Audible gives it the production value and care it richly deserves.
I would. This was one of the best productions I have heard on Audible. Great narrator and production.
In my opinion this is where Vonnegut made his reputation as a preeminent American author. I think this is his finest work in terms of tone, plot, message and literary skill.Touching, heartbreaking and ultimately a story of duality, hope, survival and the choices that make all of us human. A message as relevant today as the day it was written.Name the bet of American literature and I wold compare it to that text. Vonnegut has been dismissed as SF writer, but this is stunning literature.
This narrator did a spectacular job with Dan SImmons Hyperion Cantos which is my favorite all time Audible production (besides Dune). This is even better.
"Go read the book or listen to the Audible production. Movies are not nearly as good!"
I recommend you spend a credit on this book. Vonnegut is a great writer who has never gotten his due. This book (in my opinion) cements his status as a great, American writer.
Everyone Should Know Thyself
Each study presented is memorable, and let you realize the way your brain works is consistent with others. Fascinating case studies that make each vignette memorable.
Audible is a great format for self help books. This would not be something I normally read, but I wanted a change of pace. Water Dixon did a good job. His approach did not sound academic but accessible and made me want to continue and finish the entire book. I really enjoyed it and found myself discussing it with friends.
Read Books, Movies are a Waste of Time.
I would recommend this book. You should not think that you "need willpower" to read it. This is good information for any self reflecting, thoughtful person. It will help you monitor your emotions, thoughts and put into action things you want to do - not just react to.
I usually like to listen/read books where I get lost in a story. These types of books do not fit into that category, however as a change of pace I think they are generally helpful and can guide self reflection. I recommend this version highly.
In some respects yes. Comedic elements are sometimes better when told. This book has comedic elements that are so funny that listening to them make them even more side splitting.
Oh geez...tough one....I would say Kilgore Trout. The name itself, based on Theodore Sturgeon is funny enough but the characterization of a prolific, unread writer is so clever. He appears in several KVJ novels, but this is the one that is the most memorable (to me).
I thought he was great. I honestly am a little put off when I see a famous actor as an Audible Reader (not sure why), but he did a spectacular job. Maybe I think a "name actor" will over act or be too much. He was great.
Movies ruin good books. I hope it is not made into a movie....
This story arch is where Vonnegut gets his reputation as an innovative writer. I am sure others have done it but not with this style. He deconstructs his characters, until they are not characters at all but self described literary devices for his story. He also uses meta-language to talk about himself and his own work in a way that pulls other novels into this story. This is a post modern approach that supports KVJ's reputation as an innovative, great American writer. It is profound, irreverent, bawdy, provocative and utterly entertaining.
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