I wish there were extra stars to give the performance of this book. Dastor didn't just narrate the book, he interpreted it. Of all the books I have downloaded from Audible, this was by far the finest performance of any book. It was incredible.
Also, the book was really good too. Helps to have great material to work with. I was impressed with the warts-and-all honesty of the story. I don't think I would want to air all my secrets and lies and emotions during my biggest life's challenge. Not many people would, I expect. But Rushdie did, with admirable candor. I supported his cause and an thrilled he was able to get his freedom back. It's a travesty that it took 11 years to do so.
This book had all of the best of Connie Willis -- wit, charm, fabulous characters, deep research, intricate plotting, hilarity -- without a lot of the bloat that can creep into her longer fictional works. Thoroughly enjoyable and not at all vexing.
Kate Reading is always a joy to listen to.
This was one of the best books I've read in a while. It's a simple man vs. nature story, but set on Mars -- a new environment. The book never takes shortcuts. There are no magic answers or aliens to get the protagonist out of trouble. The book never breaks the laws of physics with faster than light travel or other impossible technology. Everything is at least scientifically feasible, if not already available. In addition, the story it witty and funny. I definitely laughed out loud at some of the hero's more colorful exclamations.
Wanted to, yes. Too long to read all at once, but I inhaled the book, listening as much as I could and was enraptured with the story the entire time.
My new favorite author.
I actively disliked the Dune prequels, but I had such high hopes for a non-Dune book by Mr. Herbert, having not read anything but a few of the prequels. Alas, this was so bad that it was embarrassing. The author obviously didn't spend any time researching environmental law or the basic tenets of the numerous environmental movements in this country in order to form a complex, realistic picture of what an environmental utopia/distopia might actually look like. Instead, the "environmental" dictatorship created in the book was wholly unbelievable. The Chairman owes more to Stalin than any actual enviro-activist or government employee. The world of this book is just silly and facile, rather than any actual exploration of environmentalism run amok, which, honestly, would make for an interesting book.
The rest of the book fails as well. The characters are two dimension, the plot nonsensical, and the sentence structure facile. I could go on, but that would be boring. In all, I'm highly disappointed.
No, I'm a huge sci-fi fan. All this has done is turned me off from other books by this author. I so want to like him, but inevitably I just end up feeling annoyed by the wasted potential. I'm just not going to try anymore.
I've never been a big Scott Brick fan, but I don't think it's his fault that I dislike his performances. He narrated the Butlerian Jihad (Dune prequel) which was such an abomination (used in the BG sense of the word) that hearing his voice causes a form of post-traumatic listening disorder. Yes, I'm being dramatic, but, God!, that book was a travesty!
Not really, no. I hate being a hater, I really do! I want to find the silver lining in the cloud. But here, no, there are no silver linings. And the glass is bone dry, not half full.
The book was just so-so. But the narration was FANTASTIC. Jennifer Ikeda should narrate everything! She's extremely talented. It made a fairly average book quite enjoyable. I doubt very highly that I would have bothered to read through the first half of the first book if I was just reading it on the page. But with her narration, I got through all three books. Thanks Jennifer!
Heather Corrigan's voice is hypnotic. I'd listen to her read the phone book!
It was too long to listen to all at once, but I pretty much listened to it whenever I could and didn't want to put it down.
I liked the structure of the book, the parallel stories that came together and moved apart. I also enjoyed the way one's frame of reference for certain characters or institutions would be fundamentally changed as the book progressed. That increased the roller coaster sense of being on a wild ride with the narrative.
Sultry. Emersive. Tragic.
Marty. She's a strong character who makes her own way. She has a natural aptitude for caretaking and remains loyal and steadfast. Also, she's no one's pawn.
West's narration enhances the evocative, rustic setting and his languid reading increases the sense of horror as the book inexorably travels forward to it's tragic conclusion. (Like listening to a train crash in slow motion. :P)
The description of the woodlands is so detailed one can almost smell the the wood. The novel is also amazingly sexual for it's time (as it common in the latter Hardy novels). I haven't read any Hardy in a while and I pretty much inhaled this book, just couldn't put it down!
I'd 86 the romance storyline as it doesn't add to the book and makes it more like a YA book than a serious work a science fiction.
It has an interesting twist on the memory loss trope. I wish more had been made of this.
Definitely not. Though I believe there are some.
This book loses any credibility as a work of science fiction because it is rampantly anti-science viewpoint (see, e.g., the passages alluding to climate change as a massive hoax). This is a book with a thinly veiled plot written to advance a political agenda. I'll read non-fiction for that. Don't need it rammed down my throat in poorly written fiction. This is soooo bad. Save your money. I wish I could get my mine back.
I'd completely listen to it again because it complex and clues to the story leak out in dribs and drabs that explain earlier incidents. Going back and listening to it again will complete that circle and I'll pick up on stuff I almost certainly missed on a first listen.
Toe Chi. Because he (it?) was a very unusual and creative alien. And a calming/zen influence over otherwise chaotic events. Also, he made me laugh.
John Lee is probably my least favorite Audible narrator. His voice is very monotone and I have trouble paying attention to what he says. Also he recycles the same character voices for everyone of his books, which is quite annoying. I'm now looking for books that he does not narrate and will get books he narrates in actual book form and read them that way so that I don't end up hating the story just because he's the one reading it.
My one complaint about this book, and Pandora's Box remains that the female characters are pathetically two dimensional. I wish Hamilton had spent even half as much time on his female characters as he did the male characters and the intricate plot. This and Pandora's Box are the first Hamilton books I read so I don't know if he just lacks interest in painting fully developed women in his books or it's just a failing of this one series. But it did drive me crazy that the women were so poorly developed and existed only as male fantasies of what women are like - the porn star with the heart of gold, the ball buster, the sexy career girl who really just wants a good f*ck, and so on. Given the length of the book, this got quite annoying. But this aside, the book still was a fun, creative, complex endeavor.
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