I first read this book as a child. This was a nostalgia purchase. For a book that was written before Pluto joined the list of planets (and well before it was kicked off the list) it is a fun view into the nearly prehistoric days of science fiction. Never mind the science errors, never mind the paper thin plot, never mind the cardboard cutout characters, and never mind that I never caught the main character's name.
There are a couple of irritations. The perhaps nameless captain cried or exclaimed most of his dialog. There are scores of crew members, or scores of thousands of ships, or scores of hundreds of light years. Most of the time Hamilton expressed a number he gave it to you as a multiplication problem. After taking the time to explain three times why a problem couldn't be solved a particular way that was exactly the way it was resolved.
I did not like this book as much as I did as a child. I also don't regret the credit spent on it. It's a piece of science fiction history and I can respect it for that.
If you are considering delving into science fiction history here definitely listen to the sample clip. Lewis is not high on my list of narrators.
I'll grant that the SS were snappy dressers. It was tiresome listening to the ongoing, "The SS were actually pretty good guys and were actually pretty fond of jews." The afterword can be skipped altogether. It is not that I agree or disagree with Kratman but his essay does not fit with a work of light fiction.
Marc Vietor did not fail to impress. He is my second favorite narrator after William Dufris.
I first read this book when I was in high school. Twenty-some years later I was happy to spend a credit on the book because I wanted to read it but was afraid I couldn't hold the book and the steering wheel at the same time.
It is a brilliant, imaginative story about a world that 10 authors could spend their entire career creating stories about.
Tom Parker does a fantastic job with the characters. It was so good I listened to it on both the journey and the return trip.
This book is funny. If you aren't laughing you bought this book looking for political commentary. That's not this book.
After almost 50 audiobooks this is the first one I am not going to finish. In a moment of late night haste I only downloaded the first and third parts of the audiobook. After listening to 16 hours of parts one and three I saw that I was just going through the motions. I'd listen to and from work but wasn't looking for reasons to grab my headphones at home.
I know it is unfair to judge a novel without experiencing all of it. I will not say Swan Song is a bad novel. I will say...
1. I found the story to be slow
2. I never felt the characters give me a reason to be interested
3. I was sufficiently uninterested in the story to notice that I had skipped 25% of it.
If you read the description and other reviews and are interested, by all means, get the book. You may love it. I didn't and have left off with the feeling that if I wanted to read The Stand I would have downloaded The Stand.
I will say the narrator is good.
The Hunger Games moved along at a good pace and kept itself focused on a compelling character. Despite the character having some less than savory qualities, she is a character that keeps you interested in what happens next.
Although I have preferred male readers over female readers (Allyson Johnson left a bad taste in my mouth) Carolyn McCormick made each character distinctive without sounding like a five-year-old girl mimicking her father's voice and/or giving them an outrageous and out of place accent.
My reaction was one of surprise. I wanted to read it before the movie had a chance to ruin it and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
I would make the end have less of a,
Compare this book to any other work of fiction that people get offended by because it is,
I like George Wilson's performances. Have ever since my first listen of
There's absolutely no chance this could be made into a movie.
Do you remember the stories a few years ago not-so-cleverly called
The Destroyermen series is among my favorites in my audiobook library.
I enjoy the simplicity of the characters in this series. If I want dark, conflicted antiheroes then I have other books to read. If I want real, gritty, often unlikable characters (that seem to be in vogue these days) then I'll go to work. The characters in this series are unlike the varied and inconsistent personalities that make characters more
I love William Dufris' work with the Destroyermen series. It is difficult for me to immerse myself in his other performances because when I hear a character in some of his other works all I can think to myself is,
I downloaded this the first day it was available from Audible. I was finished with it three days later and started right from the beginning again. I did the same thing with Distant Thunders and Rising Tides.
There are people that like to read stories and then sit down to analyze, parse, nitpick, and discuss how the craft of the writing process. I cannot express how much I do not want to have dinner with such people.
If you enjoy science fiction in general and military science fiction in particular, this is the first place I would send you. Start with the first one,
Heinlein is one of the greats. Lloyd James is a great reader. I loved his read of Starship Troopers. That said, I learned from this book that a story about a revolution + lunar location + guy with a mechanical arm + a character that is a computer = science fiction.
I wouldn't tell a person not to get this book. Just because I didn't enjoy it doesn't mean someone else won't. Many already have.
One warning for those who have already heard Lloyd James read Starship Troopers: Some of Prof's lectures will take you straight back to H&MP. That is balanced by a wonderful rendition of Mannie that lacks even the slightest hint of Juan Rico.
Well written, well-developed characters. I enjoyed the story. I cannot fault the story but I didn't love it. That doesn't mean you won't.
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