fresno, CA, United States | Member Since 2011
Step by step talk of who we might be from the perspective of an alien who becomes..well....near human.
Great, shorter listen....stop and go chapter pace was different and odd. Albeit, in my opinion a good odd, but diary-oddness none the less.
Of What It Means to be Human: 1-100. A bit too many lessons to be learned. Funny and overall, entertaining and..... I wanted to keep going (unlike Pandora's Star!..). Missed the lesson of if you're not with the one you love, love the one you're with.
Of this new author I can say this. Talented and this was indeed creative. I see you penning a futuristic tale of survival and me.......us.........listening.
And as it turns out, being human is a preferable trait.
Creative survival? So much more than that! The technical components of the story and the narrator/author saying things to the reader like: "Ah, what do you care! You don't give a F#$)", is shocking and you begin to truly feel Astronaut Watney's cool, driven, desperation of being left for dead on Mars.
Narration is spot on and this will be one the best of 2014. Friend picked up this book at an airport the day I finished reading it myself, and loved it - a huge, believable tale of survival, with Watney telling the story like he's talking to you (he's keeping a journal and you're reading it).
The counter story comes in strong half what through the book and it brings in other characters you don't think you'll get to meet.....the astronauts who left him there, the NASA execs who fight to figure out a way to bring him back.....a wonderful tie to the main story.
When you root for a character to "make it" you know you're onto a great read!
I'm left for dead on Mars. It's cold. I have no way to communicate with Earth. I have no food, too much disco music and the vacuum of space sucks!
Watney: (Get it!! .......vacuum...sucks.....Ah what #*$^& do you care!!)
Good thing he's a Botanist...and a "damn good one!"
Phenomenal. Everything happens in this book except no one missed this flight. I'll never ride on a plane with a "52" in the number again!. Updated version to a classic book, its was an outstanding read and kept me up late at night.
Could one more thing go possibly wrong? Can Barry catch a break? Epic. You'll hear the woosh of the air passing by the gaping holes in the plane. First time I've ever been warned not to read a book on a plane; good advice. You wont go wrong with this book - narration excellent and a story of playing God is riveting.
I'll come back to this review later as I stress through modern day life of do more with less.
Incredible read and wonderful narration. This will want you to become a first time writer then retire rich and suspicious.
Inventive, rich, flavorful. English accent with mystery. I read this twice, back to back, and never looked.....well back. A first time in some time.
Every gift I buy this year will have Myfawny's name all over it.
Daniel, I knight thee, Sir O'Malley, for brilliance aforethought! First time writer? Are you kidding me?.
Extraordinary story start to finish. Bones: For the love of science Jim, read this book!
In never ends. Ar Ar....a play on the history of the universe. Which of course does end - just not for a long, long, time.
Impossible. Took it in over a three month period and enjoyed it immensely. Love the ending [insert wit and satire here]. Be sure to enjoy the perspectives of where we stand in the scheme of the big bang. The analogy of humans walking on the earth a mere 13 minutes before midnight on a 24 hour clock since-the-beginning of time is insane. Cant get that out of my head (hence the insanity). That and a billion pro-creative acts to come up with the right ME is better than winning the lottery - it made me feel special (not me, us!). That type of perspective is brilliant, entertaining, and well - it felt like I listening to Carl Sagan for the first time. If Mr. Bryson comes up with the story of the future, buzz me.
None. Just ran out of time.
Completely unexpected and simply couldn't stop listening. Went through all six books back to back. You'll find the premise of a calculated retreat in space from your enemies capital star system completely and utterly believable.
The descriptions of the strategy used to out maneuver the dreaded Syndics was creative and so well articulated you began to "see", to imagine, large space warships maneuvering into and out of position to out flank and out smart your opponent. I equate it to seeing numbers move when variables in equations display cause and effect (but that's just me!).
The narrative is so clear, you begin to understand the dance of warfare at the speed of light.
Honor plays a large part in the Lost Fleet, lead by the charismatic and honorable Captain John Geary. The narration of the players central to the story is spot on; it feels like you would imagine, character by character. Christian Rummel's description of the battles, the strategy, the relationships and the humanity is one reason I kept going into book 6. In all sincerity, I believed him and when listening to a book, more important, nothing is.
However wonderful the narration, it is the story of the Lost Fleet that will ultimately win you over. Trapped in enemy space due to your fleet admiral's murder during "peace" negotiations, you must find a way back to your Alliance star system with a ruthless enemy close behind.
Do you head straight back? What about provisions? What happen's when the enemy knows your coming through a hyper-gate, lay millions of mines at the point of exit and wait with pointed weapons for you to arrive?
And yet, through strategy and experience, you escape and live to retreat another day.
The story line between characters is wrought with emotion, feelings, betrayal, treason, and a learned respect for Captain Geary's kind and honorable consideration on all things love and war. I found listening to the other captain's in Geary's fleet, enjoyable - the differing perspectives was a nice touch - not everyone wants to do the honorable thing - some just want to leap in a kick the Syndics....well you know....just like they've done for years without consideration to their own losses.
Bottom line on the Lost Fleet: the strategy and descriptions of the narrow and harrowing space escapes was both Incredible and Fearless. Jack Campbell ran with a premise of retreat and never gave it up through the series - that consistency and the variance in how the Alliance lived to fight another day is truly well thought out and I have no doubt he spent hours with pen and pencil mapping out clever and creative exit strategies.
What he couldn't count, however, was Christian Rummel's narration and spot on interpretation of events that together, makes the Lost Fleet one of my top all time space epic story lines.
Good or bad - The Lost Fleet will be a movie someday and I look forward to seeing the imagery of space strategy dropped into CGI animation. The honorable and epic retreatism (Yes! That's now officially my word!) of this story proves both unique and fresh.
Well done Jack Campbell, I salute you sir!
Man... epic and bouncy...as in all over the place. If you don't follow the story closely you'll end up walking from planet to planet for some reason you won't even remember.
Names, story lines, this, that....all gets a bit to complex and other worldly thorough. Don't get me wrong, for someone who has a lot of time spend mapping this out, you'll come to enjoy it - that's if you can remember who's doing what and why.
The reviews did indeed warn me about the depth of this space opera.....I was just looking to get off this planet and take in some new technology.
First no go for me on Audible....but I'm pretty sure it was the listener and not the story. Nah, that wasn't it...but there I go again getting all bouncy! Now where are my glasses?
Rolled the dice on this used book about 3 years ago - a wonderful story with incredible depth of character with a methodical, staying on track, type of tale; always moving forward with the story.
Fantasy at its best and yet, its doesn't fill itself with imaginary evils that take the place of the epic human storytelling. My god, I kept feeling for the players and the author just kept expanding their grief or their joy. By the time I was through this listen, I found myself wanting NOT to pick up Book 2 just so this story would linger.
Narrator was stellar - totally believable and very easy to get lost....can't tell you how many times I fell asleep to her and dreamt I was being chased by pirates or talking to a pitiful, sorrowful, grounded Liveship. Her dramatization of grief and anger was unique and the best I've heard - period.
The Liveship (a ship that is "alive") dialog was at times epic and at times beautiful...the ramblings of the elders or the other lesser known players had a unique and distinctive qualities.....sometimes I would just take off the headphones and think about what I just heard. A rare event to stop a grown man in his tracks and wonder why I don't talk like that.
I don't know who Robin Hobb is, but tell her to keep her day job.....and tell her thank you for the words she put together in this, my opinion, masterpiece.
A must read/hear if you're debating on whether or not to listen and diving back into Middle Earth. If you've only seen the movies (not counting The Hobbit movie), then there is no risk.
Fantasy story telling at its deliberate best. Slow, marching, your presence has to be earned and Tolkien rewards the reader with a complete stand alone story.
The narrator was sic!! And if my teen age daughter has it right, that's a good thing! Even his singing some of the elvish and dwarvish songs was well done.
5 stars across the board! Enjoy it with a pipe of Old Tobey!
Somewhat choppy in parts and not as believable as the story required. 12-18 inches of snow and everyone is running around like its early spring?...that kind of unbelievable.
Really was hoping the story would fill in a few blanks as it neared the end...and I know there's a Book 2 coming, but it just sort of ended, then ended again. I couldn't tell if the story was over....or the author just couldn't wrap up Book 1 like it needed.
Tech stuff was fun to listen to and well thought out, author at his best there. The impact of the ship on the had on the three protagonists was entertaining and is where this book really shines. Then it skips to HS basketball and just clanks a bit off the rim for me.
No problem with the narrator, easy to listen to and engaging.
Will I get book 2? Probably; the full picture of the story has yet to be told, so regardless of some of the choppiness, its interesting enough that I wan't to see the kids continue to be impacted by the ship and figure out what the heck is really going on and get away from the who's taking whom to the prom. Thanks!
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