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.
Will Patton was the perfect choice to narrate this novel, and Stephen King has a knack for creating horrible villains and sympathetic protagonists. I hated to interrupt this one to take care of essentials like working, eating, and sleeping, and could scarcely wait to get back to the story. I wish there were more like this!
The story got off to a very interesting start, with a cast of characters and a perplexing situation. I was quite delighted to listen to it all the way to the end, but I got the distinct impression the author lost interest at the end. Maybe this is a series opener? There were too many questions raised and left unanswered.
I kept hoping it would get interesting if I just went a little bit further, but this book never seemed to get moving.
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.
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