I love Alan Dean Foster's books. I've read all of them I could get my hands on: Flinx and Pip books, Cachalot, Midworld, et.al. I even read Splinter of the Mind's Eye which was an excellent book in the Starwars saga. I just found this book to be weak. It was fairly predicatble and did not have very deep or engaging plot lines. It was an okay listen, but definitely not my favorite Alan Dean Foster Book... That would be reserved for Cachalot or Midworld.
Yes, this was a great listen. I just finished listening to Star Marines from the ???third??? series in this storyline and wanted to listen from the beginning as it had been so long. I'm glad I did. It is an excellent story and the narrator is very easy to listen to.
Major Garroway was the primary character and well done. His character was interesting and not so narrow in nature as some book characters are. A bit irreverent, a caring father, a dedicated marine, has his failings, but tries to work past them.
It's going to be a bit of work to go back through the Heritage, Legacy, and the first two books of the Inheritance trilogies, but I think it will be worth it.
I don't know. :) I keep finding myself buying the next book and listening to it raptly, but I can't tell you why. It's not the best book I've heard. It has some slowness and some weakness to the plot and the happenings. The characters are interesting and varied but kind of obvious. Overall, I like it, I just can't say, "here is why I like it." Now I'll have to listen again and again to figure out why. This might be Hugh Howey's whole evil plan, to make me listen again and again!!! Sigh... It might just work.
Truly timeless book. Some of the dates that were discussed show that we haven't advanced anywhere as fast as Heinlein had proposed. Still, the book was excellent and a year from now, I will listen to it again.I would guess that this book is where Invasion of the body snatchers was derived or at least it influenced that book.
BV Larson's Star Force series rates very high on my favorite books/series. The Dead Sun was up to par with his earlier Books in the series. It still didn't have the hanging by your nails off the cliff, won't go to sleep until I'm done pace and action to it of the first 3 books. Hopefully it will continue it's upward trend.
I don't want to post a spoiler.
Good showing. I look forward to another high-caliber book in the series soon.
Good: Very interesting ideas, it seems well through through. I had to listen in bits.
Bad: Very slow paced and many times over analytical. I got bored at times, but the book had my rapt attention at other times. If I find a time where none of my other series have a new book out or I'm looking for something slower paced, I might buy the next book.
The reading of secondary characters in the same nasal voice was a bit distracting. I think a straight read, second reader, or such would have been better. The book lagged several times as the author added data that was mostly irrelevant to the current story. It may be critical information later, but the information should have been provided later in a smoother fashion. For example, in the middle of everything, Jay Allan stops to explain current political structures, terminology, etc.
I might. The parts that were moving were good. The constant stops to go over some tangent are a bit distracting.
No, I don't think I would. Again, the nasal voice for every single secondary character was distracting and did not add to the reading.
This wasn't a bad book. It was just a bit slow and I found the narrator to be distracting. There were several good sections that were riveting.
I just did. :) I re-listened to the entire series before listenng to book 4. It had been quite a while and I power listened to book 1 and 2 a second time and then listened to book 3 and 4. The series was excellent and kept me interested.
Koenig for the first two books and as I suspect the author wanted, I started getting wrapped up in the Prim's character, Grey.
I like zombie flicks just like the next guy, but in general I'm a hard-core science fiction reader. However, between this series and JL Bourne's series, I'm starting to look for zombie post apocalyptic books. This series is riveting with the occasional tongue in cheek hurmor that I find myself laughing out loud occasionally. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't count this as a comedy, but there is some humor mixed in with the zombie killing and narrow escapes. Now I've got to use my remaining credit for the month on the second book. Arghhh.
I'm not military nor do I know about military protocols, so any slip-ups in that area went past me and did not bother me. On the other hand, this series is supposed to be set in the far future, and who can know how things will change. Also, I thought they were pretty clear that she wasn't supposed to be in the situations she was in. The original drop mission was a setup to kill her, so I don't see the problem with the plot there. I don't dissect books that I read/listen, I read them for enjoyment. I guess if you are a big military enthusiast looking for ultra-realism, this book will probably disappoint you. I found it to be entertaining enough that I plan to download the next one.
As to Dina's reading, I was entertained by the different voices. Did I stop and check them for realism and quality? No, I just took them as they were and enjoyed the book. Dina spoke clearly, did not have any voice mannerisms that drove me crazy, and I thought did a good job and was consistent when using a particular voice for a particular character.
I don't know why there is such a gulf in opinions, but I would suggest you listen to the sample online and if you like the sample, then you will probably like the book.
I'm a BIG science fiction fan, and I can truthfully say that this is one of the best books that I've come across. Kevin Anderson has an interesting writing style with VERY long books, but short chapters. (I haven't read any other of Kevin Anderson's books, so I don't know if all of his books are this long or if it is specific to this series.) The short chapters keep the action going and keep things interesting.
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