Better characterization, less circular and ultimately useless internal conversation, more convincing characters
I'm not sure.
1/3 of the book. At least
IF YOU ARE NEW TO CONNIE WILLISI don't know if I can finish this book. I am roughly halfway through - a 15 hour investment in what I sincerely hoped would be a rewarding 30-hour saga. I do not typically quit something once I start, but every hour that goes by with 5 minutes worth of enjoyment is really starting to bug me. I haven't posted many reviews, but felt compelled to warn others. If you've read and enjoyed Connie Willis prior, then you will probably enjoy this book. If you haven't, and - like me - this would be your initial foray into the Connie Willis Experience - listen carefully to the full sample sound byte and decide if you can listen to 20+ hours of this. If I'm to extrapolate her typical style from this title alone, I'd say she is long-winded while still managing to lack adequate characterization. Her characters are frumpish, and it makes me feel as if I'm 30+ years too young to be reading it (i am 37).Maybe the mistake is all mine. I love SciFi of all types, and in my haste to find a new book I recklessly downloaded this one on a quick sample and jacket summary alone. Do yourself a favor - LISTEN TO THE FULL SAMPLE FIRST.
I don't hand out 5 stars flippantly...ever. This was pure entertainment...very few dull moments, and they were easily cancelled out by Jay Snider's narration. Engaging and wildly entertaining.
I've been with this series since book 1 - as anyone who's made it this far has - and still 3 more to go. I thought the first 3 of the Change series were good; maybe a little cliche at times, but gripping nonetheless. The mid-installment, a.k.a adventures of Rudi, dull by comparison.
Sword of the Lady was a downslope, but this book hits rock-bottom. Slow and dull, if it were print I wouldn't have made it through. Reviews of the future novels seem to indicate this is a theme - that Stirling should have cut his losses instead of dragging this out.
The best thing about the book is Todd McLaren's narration. He has a great voice with wide range and spot-on delivery, though I have to say some of the character voices he established in 'the Sunrise Lands' took a vacation in book 2, then came back forever changed since. I know Ingolf hails from Wisconsin, but the overdone Upper (as in upper-peninsula) accent makes him sound goofy.
I hate to quit a story prematurely, but I cannot waste any more $$ on this series.
I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I wound up getting way more than I bargained for. Andy Weir's deep subject matter knowledge, combined with R. C. Bray's amazing narration jobs made this book a genuine pleasure to hear. If you love hard sci-fi with loads of technical detail - and like the idea of mixing in some hilarity(?), then you should give this book a spin.
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