About an eight out of ten. I'll definitely listen to it several more times in the years to come, whereas some audiobooks need a long time in-between.
Nothing really stands out since it was all about equally good. I did particularly like the fight at the end, however.
A good reader who doesn't oversell but gets the tone just right almost every time.
The look at addiction in the future was interesting and I've thought about it many times over the years.
This is one of my go-to books for working out, shopping, cleaning. That sort of thing. Some books demand your undivided attention, but this is one that is long and interesting, but I can do other things at the same time.
I'd rank it about equal to the last four Harry Potter books for its consistent flow and engagement of the listener. There are battles and action-focused sections, but its mostly about character interactions and science.
I've only had it a few weeks and already played some chapters five or more times. I can't say that about many of my hundred-plus Audible books.
He's been in your shoes (if you're a nerd that is) learned from his mistakes and passed that on in this book. So far everything in the book I have tried myself has worked fairly well or else I was already doing something similar.
Normally I won't get a book narrated by its author as these have almost always been terrible, but this book was an exception. I have the eBook as well (mostly to get the charts, graphs and exercise illustrations) and I hear his voice when reading it.
I did make me pause the playback many times so I could absorb what had just been explained. It wasn't that he said anything I hadn't heard before, though some was new to me, it was more that he made it real and personal- not dry and academic as so many other books do.
I highly recommend this book to any nerd who struggles with their own mind and it's tendency to turn inward.
Kept my interest well and the performances were generally excellent, though there were a couple that were over acted to Shatner levels and these stood out.
Thought provoking and well written for the most part.
This will probably be in my top ten audio book rotation.
If you liked Snow Crash and The Diamond Age you already know the author's style. This novel is more of the same, but its a very long and involved story with multiple acts going on in different times.
The world war two stuff was especially good, but as a bit of a nerd I liked the tech items as well.
There were many good scenes, not sure which was best.
Not really, it just moves along with an engaging pace and some surprises here and there. Its the characters, history, and tech that really kept me going.
I gave this five stars because I liked the characters so much, particularly the world war two era characters, that I came back to the book again and again. That said, the way it bounces around in time does get a bit wearing and so I usually only listened to an hour at a time.
This will be in my top ten rotation of audio books I listen to every year.
HAL of course.
The reading was well done and the forward by Clarke is good stuff. I was not disappointed.
I'm sure I will since I listen to the whole series in order every six months or so.
The rest of the series, or any of the better S.M. Stirling works.
The last few chapters were my favorite and they summed up the whole series in a way.
No extreme reactions, but most of it was good and kept my attention.
The last three books really should have been condensed down into one or two at most, but other than that it was good.
If they liked Sci Fi, this is the earliest example of popular alternate history work that I am aware of and its fairly good writing.
Parts of the book are very 'Mark Twain' kind of amusing yarn spinning, and other parts read more like modern sci-fi.
Excellent reader. I'll probably look for other books he's read and consider buying them no matter what they are.
I'm sure I'll keep this is my rotation of books and read it at least a few more times. There were a few slow parts, and some parts that were just too rooted in the time it was written for me to really follow completely, but overall I liked it.
It moved along well, stayed interesting and had good characters, and was unpredictable.
The early Alvin Maker series felt a lot like this book.
No one character really stands out for me. They were all good.
A good listen that I'm sure I'll come back to several more times.
About a "B" - I'm sure I'll listen to it many more times in the coming years.
Mote in God's eye and Lucifers hammer. Same authors.
None stood out really.
The last paragraph was pretty good.
Worth a listen if you like these authors.
Lord of the rings for the depth of its world.
Any of the well reviewed readers, but use JUST ONE. The switching of readers really brings this recording down. VERY distracting.
I've never listened to a book where switching the readers worked. Why do you allow this?
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