Characters are memorable, likable and the story is unique. I enjoyed wondering what would happen next, and enjoyed the light romantic quality of the story. Avid sci-fi fantasy reader, I really enjoyed the book. It was able to bring the normal "earth" world into science fiction the way the much loved "Star Trek" always could. Definately worth the credit.
After listening to every book that came before, the voice in my head even when Reading the books was the voice of the last reader for Adrian . Now somehow the voice has switched, and not a minor switch, a Drastic one. Ugh, the new character doesn't even have an accent. So disappointed, ruined the whole end of the story for me. I gave the story 4 stars because the author deserves it, I wanted my rating to reflect the ruin, but the author does do a good job writing a story. Still... ruined. sigh.
No life, no accent, no relation to the character we had come to love as illustrated in many books previously.
Having read previous books, I understood that his breaks help condition the mind to be patient and open to the stillness inbetween phrases. It's a training to experience the stillness, not try to fill it with thought or an urge to rush. Great book to relax to, almost a medetative trance sort of listen. I use his techniques to help cut off negetive self talk, judgements of others and that sort of distracting/perasive stress. I would, however, suggest listening to his a new earth first as it introduces you well to a new way of thinking and makes this book even more vaulable.
I'm tempted to ask for a refund from audible the narrator is so bad. Aasne Vigesaa , the first book reader, was wonderful. She sounded the right age, young and edgy but sexy. What is up with picking a 50-60 year old sounding depressed, bitter edged harpy voice?? Terrible, manly and threw the whole thing off. How and why pick this person after you had someone Wonderful for the first book? So dissapointed, the interpretation and voice is what brings the book to life in an audiobook, what makes the characters believable.
If I were rating ONLY the narrator, it would have been the lowest star rating, half star or maybe none. BUT, I think the book may have been better with a better reader. I could only hope the author never chooses this reader again, and tries to pick someone who at least sounds like they belong in the same decade age span as her character.
This is a MUST read/listen!! Having both read the book and listened to the audiobook, I HIGHLY reccomend listening to the story. This allows you to relax, close your eyes and truly become absorbed in the tale. I noticed that I picked up on more minute details this way. Enjoy,
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