The concept of terraforming and colonizing our solar system. I read this book when I was in my teens - a looong time ago in other words. In my heart I always hoped that these opportunities would be available in my lifetime. How sad that we have the runaway population growth and the hunger that goes along with it, but not the ability to expand our living space - into space.
This was written quite a while ago and in some respects has not aged well. But it was written for a Scouting magazine in the vernacular of the time. The concept is more timely than ever. If Heinlein were writing it now I'm sure he would revise some of the technical details but human nature hasn't changed and the motivations of the characters to be pioneers would be much the same, I think.
Not a thing. He sounds just like Bill should.
I listened to this long book twice - in a row. The plot was complex enough that I wanted to catch a few more details the second time around and I also had a chance to notice the narration and not just the story. Anne Flosnik is the main character - and all the rest. I have listened to many Audible presentations and this is without question the best. No distracting mispronunciations to draw my attention from the story, no voices that don't ring true for the characters. I don't see how anyone could have done a better job.
When you listen to an audiobook and knit lace at the same time you will have to repeat both activities. I know this. I am resigned to it.The first time through the series the elves voices drove me crazy. If the reader had been present I might have hurt her. The second time through they didn't bother me nearly as much. And, to be fair, how does a human being reproduce a lilting, singing, nonhuman voice? I have no idea, and so I'm glad I didn't have the opportunity to hurt the reader.Final analysis - I loved the story, the perrformance was better than I would have said had I not messed up the lace pattern so badly. The lace was better the second time too.
I would, I have.
Well first, it's just a good story. Second, I get a kick out of the way Weber skewers all of the absurdities of all our governments, political systems, social systems and so on. He spares no one.
At first I thought she made Honor sound like a little girl, but soon realized that Weber intended our heroine to be a "light soprano". Now, of course, with several more novels in the series under my belt, she sounds exactly like Honor should sound.
Yes, and it is a book I listened to more than once.
I'm not quite through listening to the entire book. Today I was reading some of the other reviews and realized that I hadn't even noticed the discontinuity of voices that bothered some other listeners. To me the entire performance seems outstanding. The book is one that I've read many times however, and maybe my brain is editing out incongruencies because I already know who's saying what.
I would only reccomend this to someone who loves Elizabeth Moon's writing. If you are familiar with her style it's possible to translate the story as you're listening into a semblance of reasonable human conversation and interaction.
I would certainly persue the series - it will be interesting to see what Moon makes of some of the plot lines. If the rest have the same narrator I'll just buy the printed version.
Why do all the characters sound sarcastic and snide - all the time about everything? Also the narrator has done what I can only describe as the verbal equivalent of walking on stilts. If her intent was to stand out from the common crowd of narrrators she suceeded in her intention at the expense of the book. Certainly I don't think anyone who hears it will ever forget it...
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