Like previous Alex Benedict novels this is fast moving, thoughtful, and uses characters well. Like the rest he takes us through a mystery in the far future of humanity. In this case he covers something that has been happening since the first novel in the series, infrequent disappearances of intersellar space craft. It is a mixture of learning what humans are and what we will do for each other.
If you have loved the previous in this series you will like this one, too. If you aren't familiar, I would suggest you read earlier ones to get the full effect of the series.
The narrator has done several of these novels and has a good style developed that makes identifying character changes and specific characters fluid. She does overplay Chase, the female lead, a bit hysterically. It is noticable but not a huge blemish. Otherwise her voice carries you through to the end.
I would try another Dietz book, but no fiction by Quinn ever again.
Dietz's writing in this resembles his other books sometimes, but most times you get the idea that he wrote this when he was in 8th grade. The descriptions of the main characters are stereotyped shells as opposed to his characters in the Legion of the Damned series. It was almost as if this book was written as a satire of his other books or novice author wrote it in Dietz's "style" and they slapped the Dietz name on it.I have read or listened to almost all of William C. Dietz books and I had to stop listening to this on about half way through. I bought this on the strength of his name alone. I wish I had read the Amazon book reviews on the written version first.I am as disappointed as a long term reader can be.
Almost anyone else, but Donald Coren was fine in Dietz's other books. I least I could track the plot and not have to stop and start the player all the time.
It completed my library of Dietz books. I just wish he hadn't wrote it, or if he was going to in any case, had written it with his normal care.It also taught me to read other site's reviews of the written form of the book even if the author is one of your favorites.
If you enjoy William C. Dietz, don't buy this book.
Yes, because hearing the narrator pronounce the names of the alien language is helpful. I also find that Cherryh can bog down just a bit in detail in the written word, but for some reason it isn't as distracting in the audio edition. Mind you, this is somewhat necessary during the first book since she is introducing a whole new world with the idea of what a alien-on-alien translation would be like.
When Bren realizes he has to split from his humankind in order to protect those same people. Sometimes he gets a bit pedantic or monotonous when Cherryh is getting just a bit lost in detail. This can be distracting. I get the feeling he want to get on to the next bit.
Sometimes he leaves me breathless running through passages, especially near the beginning when we are hearing new Atevi words for the first time.
Shortly after an attempted assassination of Bren, the main human character through out the series, realizes how alone he is and starts to hold on to Banachi and Jago. You can feel the building, well Bren and Cherryh would say NOT, trust-thing.
You have to listen carefully to the beginning of the book. There is a lot of history that is used later in this book and the following books. If you can keep it all balanced, it is a rich environment with building, believable relationships.
Cyteen won multiple award when it came out because it explored the future of a humanity that could shape itself and how the limits of the universe, time, and distance would change humanity. It is a great and DEEP novel.
Having said this, I don't consider it her best work. The book lumbers through detail and the first third of the book has not real main character, until the woman who dies at the beginning starts to grow up. To me Cyteen is not as tightly written as Cherryh's later work. But Cyteen does a good job of exploring the effects of genetics, environmental control, and human evolutional limitations.
This book is not among my top 10 audio books, though it was an thought provoking book. I am glad I listened to it.
I love C. J. Cherryh books. I wish they had started with any of her other series like the Chanur and Foreigner series. I love her exploration of human/alien relations.
When you realize the Hindu religion may have been truly started with control of human genetics and rebuild of a life.
I liked the use of the male voice in a dry archivist manner. Those passages were a more academic exposure to the books underlying theme. However, the author and original editors should have shortened and tightened these passages. BUT Jonathan's voice acting went well with the material.
Gabra did better with the women's voices. The main male character sounded too whiney in the voice she gave him. It portrayed him more as a childish whiner than as a troubled "special". But I liked her voice very much and would love to here it in other strong female lead sci fi. I loved her portrayal of the main female older self.
No. It was too slow in the first third and too long at 36 hours.
If you are not one to explore deep subjects, then avoid this book. If you want to hear thoughts on a very deep subject we are just starting into, this is a good listen, not a great one, but solid.
FIRST, make sure you don't already have this one with Boehmer as the narrator. Apparently they have decided to confuse us all. They will even let you repurchase this one as if you don't have it. I almost did.
Second, The whole Chase and Alex figure out a mystery 15000 years if the future thing works well because McDevitt is consistent (Well, Chase seems to be getting whinier, bad Jack.), creates a consistent world we get familiar with and we see changing, and makes an interesting mystery.
Unlike Firebird, you can read this one mostly as a standalone, though there will be a few references that don't make sense, but otherwise it is just fine standalone. THOUGH I RECOMMEND starting from the first one "Talent for War" The whole series clicks for me, and the first book will tell you if it clicks for you.
I also like this who academy series also, and I would tell you to start with "The Engines of God" It is set far in the future several thousand years before Benedict.
I like Rusch's books as sci fi detective novels. She creates a consistent world in which we get to know characters across books. She then kills some of those characters and you get personally involved because you want these mysteries solved. Flint or Nyquist or/and DeRicci, with Flint's help, solves the major mystery while other subplots get moved along also. At the end, your "mystery solved" fix and are ready for the next novel.
If you read them out of sequence there is enough embedded history that you get through with no sense of vital missing information, but then if you get in sequence, then all the better. BUT she always ends the mystery. There is a solution. You get your "ahhh". You may not really like it, but it is solved and it is consistent and you know there will be more later. The world of Armstrong, Flint, and everyone else awaits your next adventure.
Some of the people claim that this story is unusual because it centers on Nyquist, but DeRicci was the center in "Extreme", so this is not a major departure. In fact it intrigued me because Rusch was willing to say Armstrong was bigger than Flint early in the series. You know the Retrieval Artist series is going to be a rich environment. But I would also say that there is no central character here. This is a Moon wide, maybe wider, crisis. There are at least 6 main characters in it and Nyquist gets more room to setup a former partner who is germane to the central mystery. So, I don't agree that there is a central character in this novel. BUT Rusch has done a great job developing them and they flow together naturally.
Now for all the praise, she violates a major rule SHE set up, there is no mystery solved. This is just a freakin' two-parter. She has mentioned the lack of a solution in an earlier subplot where Armstrong Dome almost got blowed up real good, but the other major plot was solved in that book. Interesting look into an future book, so Anniversary Day was not a surprise to me.
So we go through the crises in the Domes, centered on DeRicci. We go through an investigation with Nyquist WHO shares the spot light with another detective, Marona(?), and we find out that Nyquist and Marona(?) like working together. We find Flint thinking he is second best to Talia, his clone daughter and this duo pulls out info that saves the Moon's Domes from Millions of death. We find out a big bad boogie man may be attacking not just the Domes of the Moon, but the Whole Earth Alliance, END OF STORY... WHAT???? What did we solve? Who got caught really. A former partner of Nyquist's is a brainwashed lackey, but come on!! No, the boogie man/woman bomber and/or the Twenty WHO are the real instigators and movers are not understood. They were the case to be solved, and we got a TV type end of the season cliff hanger.
I am thinking Rusch might have been hanging out with R.R. Martin. God help us all if she has.
In the end the situation with Nyquist and DeRicci seems like it will either explode or come together, NO. Just like the major mystery of the book, it just drags on to the next novel.
This is completely counter to Rusch's normal fix to the reader of a decisive interesting end with characters that have a lot more mileage on them. Come on Rusch, solve the Major mystery of the novel and then go on.
However, if you like the series so far, unlike in her other earlier novels, you will HAVE to read this if you want to continue on, but it will be an interesting read and decent continuation of the all the major characters.
Martin has acheived Zeno's Paradox. Over the last three books the plot has been moving slower and slower until nothing of real significance has happened in this entire book OTHER than the dragon lady finally did what he implied she would do in the third book. At this rate in about 20 years, after Martin is long dead, one of his characters may actually do something and we will finally see one of the dreaded evil icey things of the North again. Apparently as he gets closer to some character doing something worth reading about he takes twice the words to get them there, which is close to going half the distance and so forth.
Though he loves to introduce new characters with new abilities and then run off somewhere else and we won't see them until book 47.
BTW do you know what happened to any of the main characters that he has carried through the last books are doing? Other than the dwarf?
It would a lot easier to follow if it didn't take 5 years per book. Really, Martin? Five years per book? My mistake was finding the series when he released the last one. I can't even remember the name, Crows or something. So I read them, and I noticed that each on moved characters slower and slower and he didn't have enough pages to move others so they atrophy. Well, I just got bored with this one. If I had had to sit and read it I would have simply stopped. Since it was audio I could lisent ot the book when I was mowing the lawn or for lulling me to sleep for knaps. It worked quite well for the latter.
Finally, Dotrice was great narrator for this book. I couldn't tell the difference between any of the characters as he read them. Though with this book it really doesn't matter.
My advice, don't start. If you started, don't bother to start again. Besides, he probably won't get another one out before 2020 anyway. Which goes right back to the Zeno Paradox. He will start taking twice as long to move the characters half as much which is really really really sloooow.
I really wish I coudl get my two (2) credits back. I have never said that about any other audio book from Audible.
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