Conceptually strong, very interesting premise, and the story takes some interesting turns. Sadly, the writer just isn't up to all of that coolness. Every large dialog exchange is poorly written and painful to listen too. The production and writing of this book felt very rushed.
Rewrite all of the dialog sections.
Yes, but only because I've listened to him do some other great stuff.
Yes, because it would deal with dialog transitions much more smoothly.
This could have been a great book. Sadly I cannot recommend it unless the concept is enough to carry you through to the end.
If you like sci-fi, and soldier origin stories, this might be the book for you.
Yes, only to see if the story set up in the last part of this book ever pay off.
Yeah, Luke did alright with this.
It does. Can't recommend it without follow-up books.
Once I've listened to the entire series I'll absolutely listen to this story again.
An excellent start to the Uplift series Sundiver gives the barest glimpse of galactic civilization and the uniqueness of Brin's perspective. These aliens are well worth exploring, but never judge them by your drives and desires.
If you really liked the first book, this one is not a complete waste of time. The narrator did a great job without as much to work with.
Only if the first book left you really wanting more. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't inspired.
It made me want to listen to Campell's Lost Fleet series again.
The author is not as at ease with the concepts in the Stark series as he is in his Lost Fleet series. He understands a rigid societal structure, and the concept of infighting with some espionage, but he ignored the potential of political or non-hostile military interactions with factions outside the Mil. Many opportunities were passed up by the author in this book, making it feel like an interim episode, and not a story of worth in-and-of-itself. It's possible the next book may pick up, but I won't know until I need some straight shooting near-future sci-fi.
Good history with numerous interesting anecdotes. Also, it covered the salt trade in Syracuse NY where I once lived and how Salt may have had an impact on ending the civil war,
A History of the World in 6 Glasses, another look at how consumables have influenced society.
It was a history, not a fiction, so "which character" makes no sense as a question.
If this book had been broken down into four, or more, other books, each one fleshed out just a bit more, those books could have been excellent.
Allowed an editor to tell him what to cut. Tell one story and focus on it.
I was looking for some science fiction from one of the masters but I was disappointed by senile ramblings. Do not waste your time or credits.
It wasn't bawdy enough to be exciting or interesting in that way either.
I may have to listen to this again, it was tough to understand everything that was happening the first time through.
Larkin did a very good job with some difficult to read material.
In the end I liked it, it all seemed to come together, however parts of it seemed a jumble until I could see where things were going.
I'm sure I'll listen to Terminal World again, there were so many cool treatments both of characters and of science fiction tropes.
The reveal about the essential truth of Spearpoint is powerful, elevating the story from kit-bashed fantasy to masterful science fiction.
John Lee gives the characters personality thought their tones, inflection, and pace.
This will be a repeat listen when I get back to the series. I will get back to it, that much is certain, but I was hoping for a story with a reasonable ending when I started listening.
The different perspectives gave a great introduction to the universe from many different perspectives.
There is an ending to each of the tales, but the overall story ending is dis-satisfying at best.
The audio version is amazing, the performers do a good job at evoking the scale and tension of exploring the alien artifact.
The unraveling mysteries, the science explained or alluded to.
There goes the neighborhood.
Out of mythology
So many cool scenes, but not one that stole the show.
Another strong performance by Michael F. Stevens. His return to the Long Earth was well done.
I couldn't stop listening, I devoured this book as quickly as life would allow.
The exploration of the varied denizens of the Long Earth kept the Long War engaging all the way through. Everything made a kind of sense, from an alien perspective.
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