I want to thank Audible for providing samples of the first few chapters. It's saved me a credit. I generally like the "radio show" format but something missed the mark here. The original book is brilliant but I won't be able to make it through the live version.
Nothing negative about Rudnicki's performance. He's one of the best. But the editing was absolutely terrible. You can hear multiple takes being included in the story. It gives an interesting insight into how audio books are created but it is not appropriate to a final product.
The story is good. As good as Ben Bova gets.
I don't know - maybe I'm a little too American-centric but I just wasn't able to get into the story. Probably sounds bad but not meant to be. The story was kind of like a scavenger hunt but I had no understanding of the goal in mind. People just headed off because some dead person told them to do so. The story ended with hope for the follow-on books if developed properly. I'll give "On the Steel Breeze" a try just because the last chapter or so of BRE finally seemed to go somewhere.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's reading and accent were actually very pleasant. Some of the characters voices were a bit outrageous, funny even, but for the most part I really enjoyed the narrator's work. Personally, I don't think the narrator would need to be ethnically limited. I'd listen to any sci-fi story he decided to read. Obviously, he was the perfect choice for this book. I hope Adjoa Andoh does as well with the second book.
I didn't read any Ralph Waldo Emerson in school. I'm not sorry I didn't because now I think I can enjoy an appreciate it more. This was a great listen with some very interesting life-analysis. I'm not sure why this work isn't more relevant to and referenced by today's culture.
Kurt Andersen did a fine read. I didn't quite understand the transition into Joyce's part of the book. Was that just expert commentary on parts of the book? Not quite as interesting. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another book narrated by Mr. Andersen.
I'm not sure how to review this. I bought it as a trial of Amazon's new monthly purchase program so it was essentially free. I should have paid more attention to what I was doing. I didn't realize it was a young adult/teen book. For what it's worth, the time travelling part of the story was pretty interesting. I just wasn't prepared for the young romance part of the book. Definitely not me.
Kate Rudd did a fine job of narrating, making each character recognizable by the voice she used. Clear and without distractions.
I won't keep up with the series of course but I don't want to rate this book poorly for my mistake.
I never buy abridged but in a spree of Alistair Maclean purchases I wasn't paying attention. The story is good but - being abridged - not fully developed. I saw the movie years ago and this book didn't really add much to it. One of the few times I would say the movie was better (and it wasn't that good for the acting). If I find it unabridged I would buy it again.
The narrator, Michael Jayston, did a fine job by adding accents where required and reading each character with unique voices. No background noise or other distractions. Nice job. I'd definitely listen to books Mr. Jayston narrates in the future.
Once I start a series I usually stick through to the end. Worse than a long, drawn out series is wondering and not knowing whether things will get better. Generally I'll go along with a weak but promising first or second book in a series in hopes of the author and the story developing further.
Unfortunately Star Carrier series never developed. Each book was basically the same formula. Very light on the development of characters, very details on the individual shots of a battle but weak on the overall strategy and progress. Terribly detailed and repetitive in technical descriptions of planets, atmospheres and right or left hand sugars - most of which made zero difference to the story but was repeated often enough to believe something was coming up.
Unfortunately nothing ever came up.
I love sci-fi. I love a good space story especially. If another book comes out in this series I will buy it but my expectations will be quite low.
In the same category of military sci-fi give The Lost Fleet by John G. Henry a try. It's still not the drama of Orson Scott Card or the willd rides of Larry Niven but it is good listening. Something on the fantasy side (I do not believe fantasy and sci-fi are one in the same) you need to give Jim Butcher's Dresden Files a shot. An excellent series!
Crude. Lewd. Socially unacceptable.
No redeeming qualities.
Heinlein has great books and trash books. Nothing in between. Sorry I couldn't write a better review. I just couldn't follow the story.
Lloyd James reads well. Heinlein wrote erratic.
It was a fine short story and introduction to a series I hope I'll enjoy as much. Character development was great while the story was just a background. I'm OK with that in a short intro to a series. In fact I wish more series started this way.
This is not the typical sci-fi I normally read. In fact, while there is some good sci-fi in there to keep me interested in the story the interaction between Ziggy and Bob have me trapped in the story. I was planning to move on to some other books I've downloaded since starting this one but now I have to finish the series. Just too dang good.
Excellent story until the very end. There was a lot of story and character development before the event though I'll have to go back to tie up some apparent loose ends. The event description was outstanding. The closer we get to the end the more the story turns obscure or pointless. In the end the speeches were hollow and it became difficult to listen to without being disappointed. Maybe it's odd to compare this story to The Stand but a similar apocalyptic formula was used with The Stand having a much stronger finish.
Marc Vietor's narration was great. He had mostly believable voices for the characters and was consistent throughout. I'll be looking for more of Marc's work.
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