Possibly if the reviews were good.
There were many interesting and fun parts of the story. Anytime Bobby Shafto appeared the story was great.
This would not make a good movie unless it was subject to some serious editing.
The story was about two times too long and suffered from the authors interest the details of codes. It could have been good.
The plot moves swiftly (the book covers a 3 - 4 day period) and there are several unexpected events. The authors slow revelation of the main characters history was good.
Peter Kenny's performances are consistently good.
Some people never forgive....
The plot and concept are great, very interesting and thought provoking. I liked the small town setting which allowed the reader to easily grasp the consequences of the war. The setting also allowed some character development. Unfortunately, the book was let down because the author had endowed (burdened?) the characters with awful, unthinking, conservative political and social views. I guess these views reflect those of the author given the connections he must have given who wrote the foreword. The views and attitudes of the characters also made them pretty stereotyped which is a shame because I think the author could easily have developed more rounded, variable and realistic characters.
Anything that doesn't suffer from right-wing politics.
Disappointment for the reasons set out above.
I've listened to a number of Bank's books read by Peter Kenny and all have been excellent. This book has an engaging plot and characters that seem genuine.
They were all excellent.
Kenny has a very clear speaking voice that is well modulated.
Some scenes in the book were very amusing, particularly Alban's awkward teenage experiences with his cousin.
More Banks / Kenny combinations please.
I've read and listened to a number of Alastair Reynolds books and they are generally excellent. Reynolds usually writes complex and quickly moving plots with many twists. My personal favourites to date have been Terminal World and The Prefect. By comparison this book is very slow and far less engaging.
The plot should have moved more quickly. The characters were not engaging, it was difficult to empathise with them.
All of them, the narrator was excellent.
This book has not put me off Alastair Reynolds as an author.
This book is likely to appeal to young science ficiton fans who are unknowingly conservative.
The book hasn't put me off science fiction as a genre.
The narrator was excellent.
Throughout the book I was struggling to work out whether the right wing US nationalism of the characters (and inherent in the plot too) was supposed to be ironic or not. I sincerely hope it is irony but, unfortunately, I doubt this is the case. Until my doubts prove to be unfounded I won't be reading or listening to any more or Ringo's books as I find the attitudes on display disappointing and naive.
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