More action earlier in the book and at least a couple appealing characters
It's not very engaging
I suppose if you love politics, dreary cities, and eccentric child-savants with obscure health problems you might like it
To be fair, I gave up on the book after listening for an hour. I could not get engaged with the characters, the plot (or apparent lack thereof), or the setting. It was just depressing me.
I'd recommend the entire series; it would be hard to engage with this book unless you'd read the previous ones. High entertainment value, with interesting characters and politics to keep you brain busy between the gripping battle scenes.
The imagination and mystery surrounding the alien races.
I found Rummel's voice characterizations distasteful. Desjani sounds like a bitchy Stepford Wife more than a battleship captain, and some of the male characters sound like they have chronic sinusitis. The whole thing sounds cartoonish. This is just my reaction; many people obviously like the narration, which is certainly competent. I just don't care for the interpretation. I do want to read the rest of the books, but I think I'll actually read (instead of listen to) them
Probably not (I'm not a big movie-goer).
I think these books would really appeal to 12 year old girls thirsting for an adventurous role model, but also possessed of a maudlin romantic ideal. I found myself wanting more complexity out of both the characters and the plot. On a positive note, the quality of writing is really quite lovely, which adds a nice dimension.
One thing I really dislike (and is why I gave the performance only two stars) is that some of the dialog is accompanied by music, which I found terribly distracting. Aside from that, the narrators are fine, although "Ky" always sounds a bit overwrought.
Through no fault of the author, this trilogy has been compared to The Hunger Games trilogy, and it ain't that by any stretch. This trilogy would have fared better, at least in my rating of it, if the expectation had been set that this is really targeted at tweens. I was hoping for more.
Another rich and engrossing story from Peter F. Hamilton. Love the characters, imagination and the social/political complexity. Wish it had more science and less magic, which is why I dinged it a star. And it has a bit too much gratuitous sex for my taste - which I realize may be a selling point for many. I can't put it down nonetheless!
It's rare that I get so hooked on an audio book that I don't mind being stuck in Seattle's horrible commuter traffic. With this one, the longer the traffic jam, the better. Great balance of action, characters, social/political commentary, and just plain good science fiction. More please!
The story is as complex and engrossing as Deep Space Nine. Great mix of characters, politics, psychology (both human and alien) against a backdrop believable enough that my BS meter was kept in-check.
It took a couple chapters before I became engaged, but I encourage you not to give up. And while the narrator put me off a bit at first, his skill at subtlety varying his voice for different character really helped me keep track of the characters.
I'll be reading the sequels for sure!
Wilson weaves a futuristic threat into a world that feels very much like the one we live in now, making it easy to relate to. The characters feel real and are better developed than in many sci-fi books. The premise - a warrior, in the future, conquers one nation after another, and sends monuments of himself into the past (our present) - is inventive and has all sorts of interesting political and psychological factors, which Wilson develops well. I love the way the plot sweeps up a seemingly disparate cast of characters and unfolds across the years of their lives. Big thumbs up.
Think about the kind of movie that substitutes tension and dramatic scenes for plot. Now imagine that instead of viewing the movie, you are reading the script. That's how this book reads. It's written as series of increasingly scary and violent scenes, each involving different settings and people. The premise - "What if we made really good robots that went bad on us?" - is tired, and there's nothing fresh or inventive about this treatment of it. Lots of graphic, gory descriptions though. Not my cup of tea. To be fair, I gave up when I was half-way through; maybe it redeems itself in the end, but I lost patience. I'd call this more thriller than sci-fi. Maybe it will make a better movie than book.
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