Footfall was one of the most tedious science fiction book I've ever read... or listened to in this case. The book had way too many "main" characters, most of whom had no bearing on the outcome of the book. Some seemed completely pointless. The alien names were unnecessarily complex and having a section of the book describing their language and its construction seemed self indulgent (of the authors) and tedious.
The book suffered from uninteresting characters, a lack of coherent story line, pointless dialogue, and unbelievable events. The premise was interesting (alien invasion), but the execution was poor, with the book jumping from place to place for seemingly no reason... certainly not to advance the plot.
I give it two stars only because the narrator of the audio book (MacLeod Andrews) was simply spectacular. The man deserves a medal for pulling off the bizarre pronunciations and for making the aliens' speech very distinctive from the humans. His narration was the reason I was able to suffer through the book to the (disappointing) ending.
I couldn't finish this it was so tedious. It reminded me very much of Ringworld (which was absolutely horrid) and Rendezvous With Rama (which wasn't AS bad as Ringworld, probably because the shallow characters weren't obnoxious). Eon falls somewhere in between, but when I realized it was going to be another shallow, contrived story with boring, undeveloped characters with the sole purpose of providing an excuse to blather on about this awesome meteor from the future, I stopped listening. Actually, I kept going a bit further (made it about 1/3 of the way through) just in case it was going to somehow turn into an actual story with an actual plot, but it was pretty clear by then that it wasn't going to do that.
I was seriously disappointed because the book synopsis held some promise... and I love Stefan Rudnicki's narration.
The book seemed to have some good content, but due to the author's intolerable narration, I could only make it about halfway through.
The author narrated his own book, but should have gotten a professional to do it. His halting speech pattern was something like a cross between Captain Kirk and Christopher Walken. At times, it was as if he was having trouble reading the actual text.
Since the content seemed to be worthwhile, I'm going to purchase this in either paperback or ebook format, since listening to the author attempt to narrate the book is not an option in this case.
I'm a fan of Hitch and, though I have this book in print, I decided to get its audio format to listen to on my commute to work. Sadly, the narration that Hitchens gives is sometimes completely unintelligible. His bass voice, combined with the way he loudly emphasizes parts of some sentences, means that some of his sentences go from crisp and assertive speech down to a low mumbling of inaudible mush. I had the same issue with God is Not Great, but evidently didn't learn my lesson.
As for content, I found myself in equal parts enthralled and bored. The enthralling parts were wonderful and I found myself laughing out loud at some of his stories, but when I was bored, I all but tuned out the narration, at times contemplating whether to give up and listen to something else. Whether it's noteworthy or not, I thought I'd mention that I found that much of my boredom coincided with parts of the book where the narration reached those all-but-inaudble points of undecipherable mumbling.
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