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.
I was disappointed to find that Alastair Reynolds would write a science fiction novel of almost 22 hours in narrated length that focused mainly on elephants (large and dwarf) and uninteresting characters acting out their petty sibling rivalry. I write this as one who has listened and enjoyed several of his other novels.
What a regrettable letdown from Michael's earlier work of the Riyria sagas. Worse yet, it took over two thousand years and last few paragraphs of story to determine a key element of what demon haunts the protagonist. Then, after finding out, one senses that he lived in the 1950s instead of 2014 before leaping into the future.
An entirely uninteresting story. In fact, it was so uninteresting that the narrator wasn't able to generate much enthusiasm in reciting it himself.
Well worth the Daily Deal price for admission. I liked it so much that I'm purchasing Book 2 and looking forward to it.
The novel is a coming of age story and yet it's not. It's a story as old as the Spartans yet it's not. It's an unrequited love story yet it's not. It's many things but one other thing it's not, it's not one you'll soon forget.
Anthony Ryan is a gifted writer and Steven Brand super narrator. I'm looking forward to Book 2.
Long on Elves back story and back-stabbing but short on action. Does not move the story along much other than in distance traveled.
The ending left key plot elements unresolved, e.g., Marvin, Miklos and the neutering of the Blues seemed half-baked considering that they had previously been shown to be able to move to other planets. Even so, it was an acceptable finish.
A well-written and interesting take on a non-traditional look at life after death and the search for meaning.
If you like over 22 hours of endless and repetitive Queen Bee mind games, you'll love this novel.
Otherwise, ... not so much.
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!
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