At 4 hours in I nearly gave up.
The narration was driving me nuts. Machine gun like and characterless it made a reasonable story very hard going. Don't get me wrong, the narrator was talented with an amazing array of voices and accents, but his normal speaking voice was clipped and boring. For me it sucked the life out of the story.
The story itself was OK but a bit tedious and overly drawn out at times. I normally love long books: I was just relieved when this one ended.
I hope you get more out of it.
These books are pure escapism, I love them. Luke's narration is superb - he acts his way through them in a way I've not heard from any of the other performers in the many books I've listened to.
In truth I don't know if it's the outstanding performance or the writing that makes these books so entertaining but the combination of Kevin's imagination and Luke's reading is a perfect match.
I hope I don't have to wait long for the next instalment.
This has to be the worst book I've listened to on Audible.
The concept is interesting but the story is poorly written, the characters one dimensional with unbelievable relationships, and it meanders to a pointless ending. I often wondered if this was written by a teenager with no knowledge how an adult's brain works.
The narrator was appalling ... and that's being kind!
His tone was dull, he kept mixing voices up - especially in group conversations when he would forget to change voice until halfway through a sentence. The worst had to be his Scottish accent, which sounded like a speech impediment. Don't the producers do auditions for these things? When one of the main characters is supposed to be Scottish I would have thought the narrator would be asked to say something with an appropriate accent before recording started. He wouldn't have got the job if that was the case.
I have to say that I couldn't wait to end this book. I rarely give up listening as I'm hopeful the end will justify the struggle. Not in this case. The narrator destroyed the book and drained it of whatever pleasure it may have had. I will avoid any other books narrated by him like the plague.
When I bought the book it had a small number of good ratings. I can only assume that these were from friends and family being supportive.
This lost starship should stay lost!
This was my first and last Brin book. He writes to impress, but doesn't impress with his writing. I eventually gave up 12 hours in, losing the will to live. I rarely give up on any book I start.
The story line rambled all over the place. His editor probably gave up trying to make sense of it and took a vacation.
It could have been good but it was such a trial to maintain concentration on it. I listen to books on my daily commute and often eagerly look forward to my drive. For compelling books I'll listen in the evening ... maybe even late into the night. Not with this one. I was just so reluctant to start listening when I got into the car.
After 4 hours I took a look at the reviews to see if there was any hope it would get going. Opinions were mixed but several urged patience, so I persisted. But no more, I give in. And that makes me angry. That's 12 hours of my life I won't get back.
To David Brin, if you ever read this, remember that you're a story-teller first and foremost.Don't be self indulgent. Use discipline and weed out the unnecessary and distracting waffle.
OK, so I didn't know what to listen to next and this book had been in my library for some time, so ... why not?
I really enjoyed it. The stories were 'out there', the story telling was 1st class, and it hung together pretty well.
Yeah, I would have liked for some of the individual stories fleshed out a bit. Some needed an ending - I was left hanging wondering "So what happens to them next?", but overall this was super(b).
I've just bought the sequel so I guess that tells you all you need to know.
I enjoyed the whole series. I listened to them back to back as I found the story so compelling.
At first I thought it was a young adult series (mainly as the lead characters were teens) but soon forgot that.
A great story well told; what more can I say?
This was one of those "I'll give it a try" purchases I made when I wanted a change from my favorite authors. I was hooked from the start. It's well written, a gripping story, fabulously narrated.
I've immediately bought the sequel and another book by the same author and can't wait to listen to them.
And in case you're wondering, you don't have to be a tekky to understand this story...
This has to be the worst audio book I've bought. Maybe the story is OK but the narration is DULL: staccato and monotonous, it detracts from the story. I've never stopped listening to a book before the end - this one is a test.
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