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.
I would recommend it to anybody who cares about art, the artistic process or the artistic community in NY in the 1970's.
This is essentially a memoir of Patti's life during a specific time period, but it is so much more than just a historical description of her life. Instead it is story of young girl who needs to be an artist, and her process of discovery in becoming an artist. That alone would be fascinating but it occurs during a very vibrant time in NYC. The descriptions of Argosy Book Store, The Chelsea Hotel and other legendary landmarks read like a travel book. The people that populate her journey make this a snapshot of the era. Fascinating.
Her resiliency, dedication to her calling and single mindedness of purpose make Patti an inspirational character. But this is not a story of fame, or the famous people she meets. She comes across as a humble, truth seeking person who needs to create an understand the world of ideas.
Not sure a movie would need to be made. But I do have suggestion. Go back and listen to those first 3 records she put out in 1970's again. You will hear them with greater depth in terms of poetry and context. I would also suggest listening to her new materiel which shows that her searching is far from over.
A big component of the "punk"movement was that everybody could be a musician or artist, that it is within us and we should not be discouraged by lack of talent. All of us can create and realize a vision of art that is within us. This book captures that concept beautifully. It will inspire you to pursue your own muse not matter what it is. I thought it was the best audible book I have purchased yet. Humble and inspirational.
It harkens back to a time when Sci Fi was full of big ideas that can be traced back to Clarke. The big idea in this book is a touchstone so that a description of quantum physics can play front and center to a story that attempts to define our future and ultimately our past. I enjoyed it.
There is hard science in this book, make no mistake. I enjoyed the fact that it make me think of physics and gave me incentive to investigate concepts central to the plot. Additionally, thought written in the 1980's, the political intrigue in the book is somewhat timeless. I thought it was a smart and clever book.
I have not. I thought he did a good job. He portrayed the different characters with different voices well.
The ending. Though I saw it coming, it was fascinating and sets up the next book very well. Well done.
This book requires your attention. There are many different characters, some with similar names in a setting that is very different. It can get confusing if you don't keep track, so be prepared to immerse yourself in "the stone". I like this genre of Sci Fi, and I will read the rest of the books in the series.
I would. It is a combination of space opera and military sci fi written in a straightforward style. The characters are unique an engaging and overall I found them interesting and a great way to forward the story. The story is not ground breaking or awe inspiring, but it i solid story telling with a message that I enjoyed.
My favorite character was the overall tone and tenor of story that spoke through all the characters. Fundamentally this is a meditation on Tibetan Buddhism, both in philosophy and the delivery of the story. This is unique in military sci fi and space opera and I enjoyed the approach and the characters.
The final scene when "the way" is realized by the main character.
No, I typically listen to books in my car. However I listened to this book pretty quickly, it was that enjoyable.
William Dietz has several books in the "universe" he has created. I intend to explore other titles. Interesting writer, with good ideas and a penchant for action. Glad I found him, thanks Audible.
For me good books are defined by characters I am interested in. This does not mean I have to like them or their actions, but I ultimately have to be interested. Cherubino and Adam were interesting characters that made me want to continue to listen adn find out how they could possibly reconcile their complex relationship and the environment they find themselves in.Good story, good characters. Highly entertaining.
Adam cannot catch a break yet carries on....I also enjoyed that Al;ex Hughes is female writer, which I thought brought an interesting element to a genre that is often male dominated. Knowing this enhanced my enjoyment of the storyline and the characters. Though the genre can be sometimes conventional, her handling of the material was unconventional. Well done Alex Hughes, I hope to listen to the next installment real soon.
I though Daniel May did a fine, fine job. He was credible with the different characters, which made them stand out. I like it when a narrator does this, it enhances the story and brings additional life to the characters.
I could see this being made into a movie. I think alot of people would enjoy it...I would not be one of them. I enjoy books more than TV or movies because they act on your imagination more.
If you are not a listener who usually reads police or detective stories give this a try. It's good Sci Fi within a clever detective "who done it". Adam's struggle with substance abuse puts an additional layer of emotion the story that at times is heart wrenching, and will make you look within yourself for answers. I highly recommend.
Absolutely Well written, tight plot, well drawn characters. Totally enjoyable..
Hard not to say Adam. Great character. For all his flaws, he is a likeable guy caught in a tough spot, even though he got himself into it...
Just great. He does the Cherubino character terrific.
"Don't Go See the Movie! The book is better"!!!!
I personally have never seen a movie that was better than the book so I am prejudiced with this question.
I really got lucky when I picked this series. Thought I would listen to something new. I am glad I did, Alex Hughes is a great up and coming author. I love her writing.
Probably not again, but I will listen to the next 2 books in the series.
I would say at the end, the way the book was tied together. Poignant and clever.
Fantastic job. He captures the regret of the main character without making you feel sorry for him. This book was surprising to me. It is part film noir, part X Files but it does not feel derivative. It feels familiar, enjoyable and the characters feel like new characters. It is dark but the crime scenes are not gruesome or uncomfortable. The author hit just the right notes and I look forward to the next 2 books.
I rarely do that but I did find myself listening to it when I usually don't listen to books. This indicates that I was involved an entertained.
I am not someone who listens to crime or paranormal books. I am a Sci Fi fan, but I thought I would try something new. I am glad I did. The characters are great, which is ultimately what makes any book worthwhile for me. I found myself invested in the characters, the story was interesting and the narrator was fantastic.
I didn't read the print version....
This was a combination of several genres including military Sci-Fi, Space Opera and high concept storytelling. I thought it was well done and the the ending surprised me. There is going to have to be a 4th book in the series to resolve the story arch and I will listen to that book when it is available.
The Admiral Funny and poignant
The ending. I was shocked and fascinated at the same time.
I enjoyed this books. Solid, well written and plenty of action. Good fun!
I did not read the print version...
Solid, military Sci-Fi with some larger scientific and political elements thrown in - good story.
I thought he did a great job, I enjoyed his approach to the material.
I found the discussion of matter and the way it comprises the universe and can be manipulated to be fascinating. This book comes with a mini physics lesson, which is interesting and enjoyable.
I will read he next book in the series...
I thought it was a good story, the production was very good and it kept my interest. I recommend this to any fan of Sci Fi.
The story is a little more Military Sci Fi than I usually read but it had some solid character development and a back story that served the overall plot well. I enjoyed it and I am going to listen to the remainder of the series.
I thought he did a solid job.
I honestly think that many (if not all) members of the military exemplify the attributes of honor that are depicted in this story. I have a renewed respect for that viewpoint and I am glad I was exposed to it through this fictional story.
I would recommend it, somewhat of a light read with an action based plot but sometimes that is what you need to unwind from work and relax. I am going to finish the series and look forward to finding out how the Odyssey One fares in the coming war with the Drassein....good stuff.
I would. This is a quiet book filled with some big ideas. Most of the action occurs internally, so in many ways this is both a psychological and anthropological view of man and his place in the world/universe. I loved this book and cannot believe that I never read it before. I am glad I did.
In tone, but not subject matter it reminded me of the works of Ursula LeGuin, particularly The Dispossessed. Different subject matter entirely, but a quiet story where the action takes place within the characters and their relationship to society.
It also reminded me of some early Asimov and Ray Bradbury. This is an optimistic book and harkens back to an era when Sci Fi was optimistic as well.
He did a great job. He let he story unfold without hurrying and let Enoch speak in a contemplative manner that suited him perfectly/
"Movies Stink Read the Book"
Seriously .... this is a very well written book. Simak was a journalist by trade and it shows. The story is uncomplicated but it suites the simple nature of the protagonist and his situation. It reminded me of older Sci Fi that was written for the story itself. Devoid of fighting, hyperbolic action the story serves the intent of the narrative arch. This is not an action packed, page turner; it is a simple rumination on the human spirit.
I have to give Audible credit, they continue to release books that are not only popular, but speak to the rich history of Science Ficiton. I consider this book to be foundation to any fan or amateur student of the genre. Highly recommend.
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