My first impression was fairly negative and I stopped listening ½way through in a 'huff';, to let my feelings be known in a blistering review. But, because of a "System Interruption", I couldn't post my review. So I thought," What the hell, I'll listen to some more", and it got better.
The story was very original and the subject is extremely important.
The narrator does a great job.
I did have an extreme negative reaction to the book. But, after I gave it some thought I decided that the problem was likely because of the lack of "real" world experience of the author. The characters' reactions were those of young adults ( a little annoying to someone who isn't). If the author is aiming for the movie-going demographic, I have only one final comment:..................BULLSEYE!!
I don't know how he does it, but this one delivered more content than the 1st. Very complex, very grown-up set of relationships are being established.
Jimmy.... (I don't want to give anything away), but keep your eyes on Jimmy.
The aliens are merely part of the landscape. All three books are a study of "Human Nature". And the author does a good job of keeping it interesting. It's the kind of story that you could sit through with your girlfriend.
Great new alien species patterned after motile discreet biological systems protecting a collective of systems.
I think it would be successful as an HBO series (i.e.; Game of Thrones).
While I'm certain that the book is "well prepared", I don't feel I'm qualified to be a loyal listener.
Dina Pearlman was a perfect choice for this sort of book.
It's the kind of stuff that's well received by younger audiences; but I kept losing interest. It's the first EX(somthin) book I've ever bought and I don't expect that I'll buy another. It's not a bad book...just not for me.
There's a lot about romance and hurt feelings and good women and no-good men. I did listen to all of it and it wasn't that bad.
I'm very happy I bought this book. Shows good people doing well in difficult life situations where there is no slathering enemy, only adult realities.
The series isn't really about an interstellar war with aliens. It's about grown-up human relationships while dealing with life and death situations.
Character development is the key to any series, and this book has great characters that are very well developed. The story is also very good (still a bit of a mystery 3/4 of the way through), which is also good. I can see the author is building to a climax. But, I ask you, how many books can you give a 5 star rating before the end?
If it ain't broke - don't fix it. The story didn't flow as well as most, and seemed to be more of a "vehicle" to get some points out into the audience. Also, the modifications to Hog's voice are horrible. I'm still a fan of David Drake, but I can't honestly rate this one the same as his other work.
I kept think of the line in "The Caine Munity"....."Constructive Loyalty". I frankly didn't see much of it. That being said, the author does a fine job of researching America's flaws without regard to any factor other than socioeconomic class. I do think America has to be reminded of its founding vision, but a diatribe of its faults doesn't necessarily do that.
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