No mind blowing sci fi apart from that already established in the source material but a well crafted story. I don't know why there aren't more unabridged Trek Titles. Unless this is attributable to Pocket's perceived need to hire Trek actors to read the books. This narrator was wonderful, he subtly impersonates the characters as portrayed by the performers associated with them but more importantly he lends just the right amount of tone and texture to the prose. If more full size Trek books appear I'll certainly spend my credits on them. Well, if they're TOS. The TNG and after stuff is probably better but I just don't get a geek on for it.
Complex psychology expressed in simple, direct prose. The protagonist is hard to love as are the native and invasive societal norms he contends with.
Listen to or read some feminist literature after this but Invisible Man is one of the greatest novels ever penned. The performance is stunning. There is no better way to imbibe this work than to hear Joe Morton read it to you it in the dark.
Pinker's point about the reduction in societies penchant for sadism is spot on. While generally progressive in tone he sites a few excesses of the left-leaning, humanitarian impulse, fair enough. But he's wrong about dodgeball. Dodgeball is for a**holes.
Parents should be ready to discuss racism and how an otherwise charming story can be tarnished by it. The gentle nature and sweetness of the story make Lofting's inability to rise above the prejudices unquestioned in his day all the more regrettable.
Humor, joy and wonder, this is high end sci fi. Alastair Reynolds read by Adjoa Andoh is just about perfect.
I love Big Dumb Object sci fi. I almost loved this but for the huge role some nearly meta-physical speculation plays in the story. This may appeal to listeners who enjoy supernatural science fiction. The story is well paced and suspenseful. If this becomes a movie, and is then successful, then perhaps 'Rendezvous With Rama' will finally happen.
Joe J. Thomas' narration is good and I'm surprised I hadn't heard him on audible before, he should do more.
I resisted the previous book in the series, 'Dust' for sometime. I love the generation ship trope, but not so much the fairy-tale motifs which are sprinkled throughout the narrative. Despite it's grounding in the structure of high fantasy, I was so taken with the book, that I downloaded this, as I consumed the final hour of 'Dust' so as to dive, immediately, back into Elizabeth Bear's beautiful prose and sense of wonder as conveyed though Alma Cuervo's cooly intense narration. 'Chill' takes the characters on a very different quest and we see more of Jacob's Ladder than before. I am very anxious for audible to offer the final installment of this trilogy.
I would have passed this over had I not seen the Grand Tour banner attached to the title.
It's a political thriller with plausible science unpinning the narrative. As far as the Grand Tour goes, I am looking forward to more exploration of the outer solar system, but this satisfied me for now.
While it is a shame that Blackstone released this somewhat rough cut instead of a properly edited recording, I can't say that it was terribly upsetting to me personally. Stephen Rudnicki is such a wonderfully gifted narrater, it was interesting to hear his alternate inflections and retakes. But please, Blackstone, this is not podiobooks, you're getting paid, so next time review your work before selling it.
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