This could be a very interesting book if the narrator sounded the least bit interested in the topic. Instead, he presents it as if he's a tired history professor, lecturing to a class when he would rather be home.
Yes. About the same.
No. I needed to take breaks. I can't sit through this much political mush-headedness in one listening.
The author continues his political discourse throughout this 3rd book. It reminds me of a person complaining about the evils of large corporations while eating dinner in a restaurant owned by a large corporation... a meal being paid for by his father, who works for a large corporation. How nice that you have views, but you would not be free to discuss your views in this forum if it wasn't for the benefits of the system that you believe to be inferior. Specifically, Robert J Sawyer would not be able to spend time writing about the evils of agricultural societies if he lived in a hunter-gatherer society. He would be hunting. He would be fishing. He would be cleaning game & carrying it back to where the meal would be prepared. He would be doing these things because he had to eat, not because he enjoyed them. What archaeological evidence do we have that hunter-gatherers had any sort of writing? None. All evidence of early writing comes from peoples who lived in cities & cultivated fields.
His views on religion are interesting, too. It must be nice to live in a think-tank where people are not responsible for their own actions. This is not reality, however. People choose to make mistakes. Few, if any, religions preach that people should war with their neighbors. People choose to make war instead of peace. People choose to do evil unto others. These are choices, not mandates of religious system or practice.
The often-cited view of the author that Canada is superior to other countries is odd, also. In one paragraph he writes about how horrible is the death penalty, and how Canada doesn't practice it. In another he writes about abortion and how Canada allows it. So, it's okay to kill innocent babies but not okay to kill people who have chosen to enter a school and kill children? How is that a superior, or even logical, thought process?
These are only a small sample of the views expressed throughout the book. As I said in my comments about Book 2, Robert Sawyer - please tell your fabulous story, but leave out your brainwashing tactics.
I've been fascinated by Neanderthals for years & read all I can about them. Interesting fantasy culture in this book.
Hak. It seemed to have more personality than the actual personalities sometimes.
The only extreme reaction at any time was anger. Anger that the author decided to use his book as a vehicle to brain-wash. The presentation that the reason for Neanderthal extinction is that our kind of humans killed them, for instance. Mary mentions that this is just one theory, but doesn't present the other theories & says that she believes this one. Also, the idea that the only reason for slavery was/is to further the gain of the owner(s) in recent American agricultural societies, while completely ignoring the fact that Native Americans practiced slavery, Europeans practiced slavery, Africans practiced slavery, slavery is still practiced in southern Asia & the Middle East, etc., really chaps my hide! Additionally, the author's apparent need to convince his readers that religion is a ridiculous notion, believed only by the feeble-minded or people completely lacking in logic, is outright offensive! Tell your story, Mr Sawyer - but leave your thought reform tactics out of it!
The variety of voices the narrator can do. Also, I could "see" many of the scenes in the book as Monty Python sketches, which made it more fun for me.
If they were into this kind of thing, sure.
The voices of the characters.
I guess I'm one of those people who has been trapped under a rock, because I had never before heard of Mogworld & had no idea that it is a game. I don't play video games. I think that they are a supreme waste of time. I don't have an urge to fight dragons or drive through streets at light breaking speeds or hunt down people to kill them. Perhaps if they had a game where I could entertain people in a home that was perfect & had a full-time maid, eat all that I wanted & not gain weight, work out for 15 minutes & look like I had spent the past quarter in a gym with a personal trainer, that sort of thing, I might want to play it. Anyway, this book was quite a let-down when I found out that it's just a game in print. If it wasn't for the fabulous reading by the author I would have stopped listening pretty quickly & moved it to my "may listen later" file.
I'm not sure if it's the story or the performance, but I don't care what happens to these characters. Listening to the book is a way to pass the time, nothing more.
I've just started the book but want to make a comment before I forget: It would be great if readers of books about the military had military experience. Ms Pearlman reads well enough, but I cringe every time she incorrectly pronounces a term or puts stress on the wrong words in a phrase.
Definitely not! The authors apparently imagine a future filled with violence; where there is not enough anything to go around. That is such a "I bought into the nonsense" point of view! There is enough in this world to go around for thousands of years to come!
Make it more up-beat; more optimistic.
It just made me angry.
The first half of the book was quite entertaining. Just turn off the audio and move on once you get to the internet blog - the rest of the book is mostly a waste of time.
The first half, yes.
I'm still trying to get through it. I was captivated in the beginning with the story of the elephants in Africa, but the rest of the book is pretty much a snooze-fest.
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