As is typical of a Heinlein yarn, this one has free-thinking, lusty characters who engage in far-ranging philosophical discussions, occasional battles, and ties to much of his earlier work. I remember reading it when it was new, and while some parts are holdovers from the early 1970s, it aged well and any disparity was swept away by the end.
I am not generally a fan of books with multiple narrators, and while the narration was certainly well done and in character with the way the book was written, I believe I would have enjoyed the experience more with a single gifted narrator such as Dick Hill.
This was not a book that could be absorbed in one sitting. There were parts that simply induce sleep.
Heinlein managed to pay homage to many of his contemporaries and inspirations in this book. By that point, I was tired of listening to it, and simply wanted it to end.
This one doesn't have the supernatural component that plays a principle role in most of Stephen King's novels, but that makes his antagonist ever creepier because there is nothing but human nastiness driving him. I couldn't stop listening until it was over.
I don't normally find legal thrillers entertaining, but this one really delivered for me. It had a nice, round assortment of red herrings, sleazy lawyers, secrets, blind alleys, and mystery to hold my attention throughout the book. Bravo!
I expected something much more engaging from the publisher's summary, and was surprised to find every character had too many inherent flaws to gain my sympathy. I stuck with it through the end, but I had lost interest (or realized I wasn't really enjoying the story) about halfway through.
To make matters worse, I also listened to Book 2, Post Human, and experienced the same result with an entirely new cast of characters. I won't bother with any other for this series, and probably any other work from this author.
Perhaps what impressed me most was the narrator's dialect, which was quite pleasing and helped to place the reader within the scene. While the villain and story were hardly credible, the other characters were very well described and quite believable. I liked the book and was looking forward to the next one. While Book 2 is now available on Audible, it didn't have Erik Davies as the narrator, and the narrator in the sample audio is too annoying for me.
This book helps to fill in some of the details surrounding the evolution of cosmology to its current model. While the future of that model is rather bleak, it will certainly take far longer than we can imagine to get to that point. Of course, we can always take comfort in the fact that the cosmological model has been changing quite rapidly over the past century, and it shows no sign of stopping...
I'll listen to it again at some point, and I'll put them into the proper order.
I wish the narration had been done by someone who actually spoke Swedish. Simon Vance's mispronunciations detracted somewhat from my experience. This is not to disparage his skill as a narrator, but more a comment on the choice of narrators for this series.
It's certainly an interesting concept to have a mystery story written in the first person from a dog's point of view. However, I can't imagine basing a series of books on the concept, and I doubt I would bother with others.
This might make a great book to start with for young adults, or maybe kids.
For anyone who is unable to complete an introductory lesson on this subject without losing consciousness, this book can help. The author is able to convey the concepts in terms that anyone can understand, and even made it enjoyable for me. I remember taking an Economics class in college, and had I had this book, it would have been much easier to remain interested.
If only Dr. Sowell had been the narrator...
I thought the villains were, for the most part, more credible than most that make it into contemporary literature. I've known people who might have been these very ones.
Dick Hill has the ability to bring any character to life, and he seems to do so with every book he narrates. As a matter of fact, his narration is truly a performance, unlike most other narrators' best efforts.
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