One of the best books ( part of a series) that I've listened to.
I found that the story was sort of a summary reflection on human civilization, more specifically, why are the rules of our society what they are? An alternative is offered, and is presented logically in the form of a captivating story. I found it to be thought provoking and I have to admire the author's skill at weaving all the threads together. I think it is more than just a story.
Having said that, it is a great story, and you can ignore the philosophical discussion if you wished, and still enjoy it.
I would classify the theme more along the lines of a romantic novel, using the sci-fi aspect as a very good reason for the story to take place. The story is upbeat and positive. Lots of humor in it as well.
The narration is excellent: the characters are readily recognised by the vocal inflections used, which seem quite consistent throughout. Some other books I listen to, I get confused by characters that have different names but sound the same, like it is being read from a book, but that is not the case in this performance.
Be prepared to buy all 3 in the series!
Dick Hill does a great job in narration, it's almost like listening to a radio play. Real voice acting sounds like it was ripped from a movie, rather than just read. That goes for the first 4 books in the Harry Bosch series that I've listened to so far.
Harry Bosch comes across as the tough, sarcastic heavy smoking detective that was popular years ago. His quips come across with delightful accuracy in Dick Hill's narration. I laughed often.
I'm old and sarcastic myself, so maybe that's why I like it :)
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