In the early 70s I thought I was a hippie, but not like these folks. Perhaps there had to be some like these to supply the drugs that seemed to be everywhere at the time, but thank God I never met any. (That I know of!) I really enjoyed the vision of Mexico at the time though. It seems so strange to hear now that the "Mexican peso was rock-solid" and that American investors were lining up to invest in Mexico. This has to be one of my favorte Travis McGee adventures.
I really didn't think that I would like this, but I was pleasantly surprised. The storyline sounded silly, and in fact turned out to be silly, but the story was told so well that I couldn't stop listening. Scattered throughout the book were zingers that lampooned our screwed-up world. To paraphrase my favorite - Knowing what you know now, how could Microsoft Windows be anything but an alien conspiracy to slow down our development as a species! The barbs launched at ATT&T were also great! In short, I loved it!
I love pretty much everything that John Scalzi has written. Unfortunately, I despise Will Wheaton as a narrator. He always seems to be in a hurry, like he really needs to go to the bathroom. That is why I put off listening to this book for so long. But, I discovered that Will Wheaton's style actually makes this book more enjoyable. The basic premise of the book sounds silly, but the plot and the characters all work together so well that it quickly becomes a roller-coaster ride filled with laughter and smiles. The bottom line is that I expected a stinker and I found a jewel.
I was skeptical, but this book was a delight to listen to. The narrators were perfectly chosen, and the story flowed perfectly. The mashup of Steampunk and hard science fiction actually works flawlessly. I can't wait for the next installment!
OK, I've listened to all seven books. It was a very long journey and only covered 7 years of what has to be a 100 year story arc. It was long and tedious, but throughout it was entertaining. Sure the details got tedious, and the huge cast of characters got confusing at times, but all in all, I enjoyed it. I mostly listen to pass the time while driving, and these books helped me pass a LOT of time. I'm actually looking forward to the next book, since this one ended with a teaser that bigger things are about to happen. The narration was great, and a HUGE improvement over the 6th book.
This is my kind of science fiction! Long on science, authenticity, and character! This one was a joy to listen to from the first word to the last!.
I got hooked on the Travis McGee books this year and have now gone through all 21. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one. This one was a bittersweet experience because I knew it would be the last. As usual, the writing and characterizations were superb, and the plot kept me guessing. The ending was somewhat unexpected, but it was so much better than what I had feared. Yes, without any spoilers, it has a happy ending. If you like the earlier ones, you’ll love this one.
I've been looking forward to this book for a very long time, perhaps too long. My expectations were sky high. I'm glad that I re-read The Passage before I started this one, although there was enough of a recap of The Passage at the beginning that people who have not read The Passage will still enjoy the book. Personally, I was just a little disappointed. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but this one just didn’t grab me like the first one did. Perhaps it had to do with the fact that there was only one narrator this time, or that this was a substantially shorted book. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to the third installment.
This one pulls out all the stops. You've never seen Travis like this, but you always knew he had it in him. This one kind of picks up where the previous one, “The Empty Copper Sea” left off, so make sure you have read that one first. This one really changes things for Travis. There are only three more novels left, and it looks like Travis is moving into the modern age of terrorism we all live with today. Savor this one, only three more to go….
I thought I had it all figured out. I knew who the bad guy was. Then it all changed! This one was a very good read (listen?) and well worth the time. You do need to know that some of the characters and plotlines from this one will be continued in the next one - The Green Ripper. So, if you are not reading them in order, make sure you read this one before the next one. An excellent book, with a great ending!
I read Legacy of Heorot when it first came out and I loved it! Through the years it has become my absolute favorite novel. I think I’ve read it six times at least. I’ve bought numerous copies to give as gifts, and recommended it to many of my friends. In fact, I’ve always hoped it would become a trilogy of movies – it’s laid out perfectly for that.
When Beowulf’s Children came out, I jumped on it immediately, but it was a huge let-down. No spoilers, but I hated the way the characters that I had come to know and love were treated, and one basic premise simply sucked.
This book really needed a team of narrators to do it justice and Tom Weiner was just not up to the job. Nothing against him, I’ve loved what he did with other Larry Niven books, but he simply didn’t have enough different voices to do the job on this ensemble cast of characters. His version of Carlos, one of my favorite characters, went all over the map, and he went from sounding like an Australian trying to fake a Spanish accent, to a whining inner-city Yankee reading a bus schedule.
The story is still excellent and worth your time, but I would encourage you to actually read rather than deal with this narration. It’s really no surprise to me that there have been so many bad reviews of this great book. The narration simply ruins the story.
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