As a kid I loved this book. But to imagine the Earth at the end of its life, oceans dry and the sun a Red Giant (but not frying the planet) in only 1,000,000 years is so far off that it really takes away from the story.
A different reader
Anyone. A corpse. Someone who doesn't speak English. Anyone would have been better
I remember reading it and liking the story.
If you have trouble sleeping the narrator can take care of it immediately
The reader, Gayle Hendrix, speaks in a monotone and you cannot differentiate characters by their voice (note: not voices, voice). The first chapter (I couldn't get any further) appears poorly written but that may be the fault of the narrator. AWFUL!
Anyone. A dead person. A mute. A spider.
Don't know, didn't get that far.
No - Anderson
Yes - Guidall
Of course. This could have been a great book but fails. When an author sets a number of scenes, each with their own set of characters, there is a plot line in each segment that leads back to the main plot. The best example of this is John Brunner's classic Stand on Zanzibar.
The author here fails miserably. I got maybe 2/3 of the way through and there is one main plot line (the aliens from gas giants). While he makes some references in most of the scenarios to the main plot there is little to tie them together except the knowledge of current events. And the one segment that is supposed to have critical information (the World Tree) appears completely unaware of what's happening.
It is so poorly done I can't believe Mr. Anderson is capable of writing a coherent book. I also don't care enough to finish it even with about 14 hours invested.
The only good think is the narrator who is fantastic. No wonder Audible lists hundreds of books narrated by him.
Anyone who won't look beyond the superficial
I loved the other 3 JAG in Space books but there were some logical flaws that I can't get past. His point is that often scapegoats are found and evidence is manipulated in such a way to protect the people really responsible. So far so good. The problem is that the setup in THIS book requires too many suspensions of disbelief. Lt. Shen is accused of having set up all the equipment in Engineering to fail simultaneously to sabotage her ship. Experts show that she was one of only a couple of people who could have done that.
But Mr. Hemry (Jack Campbell) ignores the questions of how long it would have taken her to do this and wouldn't there have been obvious modifications in the equipment that would have made others suspicious. Every time the dialog reached the point where this was the next logical issue it was ignored. I found myself yelling back at the audio. A real shame and I hope someday he comes back to military justice as the main theme. In the meantime I will keep anxiously waiting for more Lost Fleet books.
John Hemry is one of the best in the business and we're all entitled to one mistake :)
I have no idea why I've always liked this story. It is anti-Asian racist garbage, I recall reading that Heinlein once said he was ashamed of this stuff. But it flows so well and is one of those good defeating evil stories that even if the bad guys had been my own ethnic group I'd still step outside of my feelings and enjoy the book. Don't know why but...
I loved this book when I was in High School in the 60's. Unfortunately, it doesn't hold up very well -- written just before Hitler came to power some aspects of the politics, culture and the science are too far afield for suspension of disbelief. But it is still an OK story.
I tried to hard to listen to this thing, but finally after about 1 1/2 hours had to give up. While set in mid-21st century a little bit of the book sets the plot but the characters go on and on and on apparently trying to establish the characters. I gave up after 2 of them were in this interminable discussion of their sex lives. If I wanted a Romance I'd have bought one!
According to the Natl Park Service this fictional crap is filled with errors, like when Lincoln had a meeting with Grant in the Oval Office. Apparently Lincoln took Grant in his time machine ahead 50 years to when the Oval Office was built.
They refuse to sell this crap at Ford's Theater because of the inaccuracies.
Yet it seems to fit with the high journalistic standards at Fox News.
Hmmm. NewsCorp. I wonder if they tapped Lincoln's phone?
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