An excellent, excellent story and well narrated with a convincing Martian accent. All the action takes place on earth but it still reaches deep into intergalactic time and space. I found myself looking for excuses to sneak off every moment I had a chance to listen to it. It carries you all the way to it's well conceived end.
I'm near the end of my second time through and still learning more. Robert Greenburg has increased my understanding and enjoyment of Mozart, chamber music, and all the (good) music I listen to. Robert's lectures are great and the balance between listing to Mozart's chamber music and his comments is perfect.
Note: Don't be surprised if you have to buy: Mozart:The Guarneri Quartet plays String Quartets and Quintets while or at least after you are listen to this set of lectures.
The setting, character development, human insights, and narrator all made this book a wonderful listen. There was a gentle, penetrating quality which made this book particularly enjoyable after listing to other fantasy novels which contained a lot of violence. A remarkable first novel.
A more interesting story line. This book relies on the fame of the foundation series and has no story line of it's own.
Because there is very little story development this book relies on bickering between characters and forced action scenes to keep going. If you love the Foundation series so much you absolutely have to have more, go ahead and read this book, otherwise skip it. The most disappointing thing for me was that I remember enjoying the Foundation Trilogy and this did not compare.
Book one was entertaining but, book two mostly drags on with a tiresome exploration of religion and sentimenal reasons to believe in life after death. It is true that huntergatherers had lots of time on their hands but, the author is unable to convince me that they had any incentive to develop an iorn age or advanced technologies. I'm stopping at book 2 after reading the reviews by other readers.
If you like to travel far in time and space you will like these stories. The hive mind concept and humanities reaction to it are intriguingly expored in a hard SF envoirnment with space pirates and interstellar travel.
The narator gives you no warning of the end of one story and the beginning of the next. Don't get lost during these transitions.
The historical setting of this novel is facinating and well researched. I really felt enmeshed in the time period. Unfortunately the story lacks momentum and/or maybe the portrayal of the difficulties of early 19th century life was a little too realistic for me. The naration is fine but the large cast of foreign names made it a bit difficult to follow as an audio book. My interest stalled out after listening to the first of three parts and I switched over to another book.
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