Yes, the simplistic idea that the world collapsed because of capitalism, oil and evil industrialists and that open source genomes, bicycles, eco-terror and husbanding gazillions of pigs is where sustainable living answers exist.
I've purchased 5 other Scalzi novels and after finishing METAtropolis as the first, I'm strongly questioning the wisdom of my other purchases.
Absolutely, the narrations were well performed.
I would avoid it like a foreboding superstition.
While one can start with book 2 of this saga and still immensely enjoy and understand the story line, you'll be missing out on the deeper back story of the quests and characters. And, let's be honest, why would anyone not want to treat themselves to the brilliance of another Brandon Sanderson novel?
The split narration almost always works in listening to this novel, due in large part to the superb skills of the narrators, but there are a few moments where it is slightly distracting (but only a few.)
A word of caution, though, for those who decide to listen to it by their nightstand. Doing so will not help with waking up refreshed and lively since you may very well find yourself waking up after dozing off and deciding to rewind to a point of last remembrance and promising yourself that it will just be a few more chapters before you place it on pause for the night.
sh'yeah, fat chance at that working out!
Lots of action and more than enough suspense to keep one entertained. The narrator was good but I found myself preferring Christophe Lane on several occasions.
A fun read, kept me wanting my tired body to stop and finally get some rest but unwilling to wait for the next spellbinding chapter.
A bit grim at times but the story is laid out well and entertaining to listen to.
As I have been accustomed to expect, Brandon Sanderson spins another story that never fails to entertain. My only sigh was that after the end I came to realize that this likely would not be a multibook set.
This is the first novel I've been introduced to from Brian and I found the book quite entertaining and the narration reenforcing the enjoyment of the story.
I'm looking forward to Book 2 as well as other novels from these two.
The editing is frustrating in that several places the narrator repeats passages, sometimes with a different inflection, sometimes not, but always out of the blue. Also, many of the stories don't even step lightly into the realm of science fiction. There's one in particular where the protagonist goes on and on ad nauseam about his sister getting polio just before the vaccine was discovered and how difficult it was growing up in Alabama and Texas during that time, never once mentioning anything having to do with science fiction only in the end (last page or so) to find his sister to no longer have polio and, astonishingly!, never did because ... time travel.
Waste of money, Audible.com should remove this audiobook ... it's an embarrassment.
There is a long buildup with back story and character development before the collision but for a science fiction novel first published in 1977 it still holds up quite well.
Rich in interesting character development, lots of intrigue, unpredictability throughout and professional narration. I'm hopeful that Book 2 is close in coming.
I completely enjoyed this novel as it is nothing less than I've come to expect both the writer and narrator. I only marked the Story slightly less since, while it was very good, it wasn't as superb as his earlier work, Mistborn.
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