I've heard all the Retrieval Artist books and enjoyed them. They are just a solid, enjoyable listen for me.
In this book I really liked getting so in close with the Disti(aliens). I felt like we got to know them much better as a people than has previously been the case for other aliens.
This one also had some added spice in how the story followed numerous characters' points of view consistently through the book rather than mostly sticking to the 2-3 mains.
And so the Saga continues and I remain enthralled. This book picks up the pace just a bit for those desiring a little more action and/or destruction as hostilities increase.
More players enter the fray as well as more races come from hiding or are made known, bringing the true extent of the battle into sharper focus. Plots thicken, as they are often wont to do, and character development marches forward.
There's not too much else to say without trying to summarize the book in some way. You should have read the first one by this point, this is another part of the journey toward the conclusion and for my party I continue to enjoy nearly every step.
As I think on it, I can understand where some of the negative reviews are coming from but as for my own taste I must disagree with their final verdict.
No, this is not a fast action, seat of your pants kind of book, because that is the reality of the situation. This is a story spanning years and while great battles may punctuate points in time, the interplay of political and interpersonal events are just as much a part and just as important to deciding the course of history as the battles and their outcomes.
So while I am actually often a fan of thrilling action filled novels I find myself still in love with this series. I love the detail of the story, the complexity of interweaving events and the subtle growth and development of the characters.
A thought that I would like to highlight for you as you read this. The complete series is named after the Ildiran's own story, "The Saga of the Seven Suns", for a reason. Though though there are plenty of details and comments on the alien epic that are purely part of the story there are still numerous parallels between what the saga is supposed to be, the beliefs wrapped up around it and the flow and direction of the actual series.
Its a freebie snippet, not bad, not great. I think something a little more informational/instructional about the service may have been a better choice.
Its a well read and humorous listen. There really isn't much to say, listen to this book to get some info about robotics and laugh while you do it and who knows, maybe, just maybe, if the revolutions comes soon enough, this book will save your life.
What can I say, its the bible and the narration was good. I did some research before hand and the NASB seems well accepted as one of the better and more accurate English translations currently available.
This fits my purposes, which is to try and finally get through the whole thing. Since I'm just trying to have a proper run through hitting certain sections is not an issue. If you are thinking of using this as a general resource don't, its just kind of silly idea in the first place, that's what book style bibles are for.
However, if you are one of the many who have never managed to find the time to give the full thing a proper read/listen, and you'd like that commute time to mean something for once, then this is a good option.
This book was actually my first venture into the more modern(in this case dark) fantasy realm. Before my fantasy reads/listens were more classic old world stuff. I have to say I'm a fan though, of this book anyway, well written with interesting twists and turns. The narrator really brought it to life though, just fantastic work.
I couldn't tell you really what I was expecting from this book, but I can tell you the book was better. Solid narration and great story, always a winning combination. I don't know how "deep" one might call it as I know thats a thing for some but its just a fun listen in general and I wouldn't call it shallow
This was actually my first audio book and having heard a fair selection since I can say it was a great choice to get me started. The narration is very well done and I love the story. I realize why some may be impatient with the detail, some just need that constant action sizzle, but I love it and the realism and detail in explaining how things work so that its believable(as much as can ever be done in scifi anyway) is great. As others have said the logistical thought put into the battles alone with their relativistic speeds etc. is simply amazing.
Another wonderful "read" from Max Barry. I read Jennifer Government before this and enjoyed it and the premise of Company did not disappoint.
Also might I say that William Dufris does a simply fantastic job in his narration, I have another tab open right now to see if he has done any other books I might like.
I think I understand why some people are not in love with the book. Its not written as pure comedy, amidst the satirical exaggerations there is a serious argument going on between the two sides of the work/life issue and if you don't buy into that dichotomy then you just not going to enjoy it as much.
I'm not very demanding but I had fun with the series, the story overall is interesting but I agree some of the dialogue is definitely aimed at a younger audience.
Really my only big gripe was the over use of repetitive phrasings or speech styles by 3 of the main characters. The arabian princes' people ALWAYS have a saying for a situation, Gwen is forever prepared with a numbered list of reasons why her side is right which she ticks off on her fingers and Vic continuously uses the speech formula, "X now, Y later". (ie - Fight now, ask questions later)
This persistent but in the scheme of things small annoyance aside it wasn't half bad, happy to use it to burn through my commute.
I just wish we could give half stars, I'd give it a 3.5
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