A point to the story?
Minutes upon minutes of garble and unintelligent dialog. Unable to get a connection to a story that is all over the place. C
The change of voice and person is significant ant troubling. Using the same tone of voice and way of reading would make it much easier a listen.
Based on book 1 I ventured into book 2. But I'm thoroughly done with the series based on this example.
I've re-listened to quite a few audio books in the past. I don't think this audio book or any of the books after the first series will qualify for that. It feels like it's the same story told over and over again, and you find yourself not getting surprised by the majority of the actions.
This is my first "military" SCIFI I've "read". The initial story of Black Jack Geary and how he introduced dicipline and structure to make a force many fold more effective was exiting. But the Lost Stars doesn't measure up to the original story line(s). If I have to compare it to something it would be the Crusade series by Taylor Anderson.
Good and steady voice and voice acting. Not a lot of "X said", "Y said" - and you recognize characters by voice. Clear and well spoken. In other words, what I've come to expect from an audio-book.
The whole universe of the story is interesting but being a science buff, the whole series has a lot of basic scientific faults that finally got to me as this last series came to an end. SPACE works differently than our ships do on earth. When the engine cuts out in space, YOU DO NOT STOP! There's no such thing as speed in space - only relative movements to other objects. There's no up or down - something the author first claims is easily determined when looking at a solar system, but later "admits" that someone decides up and down when a new system is detected. But then, no where do we hear about how this is communicated and particular after a jump this seems rather important. Vessels shooting mechanical objects cannot shoot them faster than humans can perceive if they are starting from a dead stop. So firing metal balls CAN be viewed at least when they are fired. And unless they have any propulsion system on them, they'll not speed up or stop going once they are cut loose. It's also interesting that concepts like Gravity is completely ignored in the whole series. Even ships without energy seems to have gravity for some reason. Even escape pods. I also find it odd that communication at the speed of light can go through planetary objects and never cause problems communicating from ship to ship, HOWEVER the radar and information of other ships locations are a matter of line of sight.
Once you ignore these technical faults, all you have to get used to is getting the same "technology" explained over and over again, in each book. I'm not sure, but I think 1 hour or so could be omitted from each book if all the repetition was removed.
It was like word spagetti. Felt like the author enjoys making up names and terms for just the fun of having writing them. About 1 hour in, there was so many new phrases and words, that you couldn't engage with the story at all. Also, the story jumps all over the place initially - I only got a few hours in before I gave up - at that time no real plot line other than the lead chapter, was clear.
Bad question. Dan Simmons and every other author should write books THEY like, not what I like. I just have a different taste than the author.
Monotone, unengaging, confusing.
don't know - didn't go through the whole thing.
I like longer audio books. I travel a lot, and it's a great way to relax. Short stories aren't long enough to last through a whole trip - so I tend to like 15+ hour books. Gives me more than a day or two of listening to the same story. But if the story like The Fall of Hyperion simply turns out to be a lot of smaller stories tied together, it looses the energy of getting to know characters, relating to a situation etc. - it's just a bunch of small stories.
Better story, fewer characters.
No - but it will most likely make me avoid the authors of the book.
I don't know - I only managed to listen to an hour or so .....
I was weary of picking this to begin with - I should have gone with my intuition and leaving it be.
Characters, Magic, Consistency
Fay - Character went from uneducated farm girl grows into adulthood, responsibilities and learning. You follo how she grew from girl, to woman, to master of her own destiny. Had some great lines too.
YES!!! The whispering and low voices makes it impossible to listen and hear it all even a full volume, just to get ear-deafning yelling a few seconds later.
No - I listen mainly during my commute.
The series is one of the better - and while you'll have to listen to them in order, they build well upon each other.
Absolutely worth a while; from songs to accents that brings back memories of old songs and movies. The book was a walk down memory lane for those of us who grew up during the 70'ies and 80'ies and the acting bringing old favorites back to life was a big plus.
As an audio book, this was on the level of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Lots of twists and turns and a voice that added a new dimension to the story.
No - first Wil Wheaton book. Not the last though.
"The only way to win the game is not to play"
I wasn't sure what I was getting into but I read good reviews and gave it a chance. Not regretting it a moment. Having been in the IT business since late 70'ies, the technology throw back was fun - added the pop-culture of my youth just made it a big home run.
No - at this point I think that will end my experience with either. I found myself zooming out several times during the read, but still it wasn't hard to follow - very repetitious.
If the story line is going to be as teenagy as this, then yes. It failed to describe a believable universe and personalities. Lots of other fantasy books covering the craft and other mythology seems to work better on so many other levels.
The audio was easily understood - good voice. But it was almost made child-like at times, making the voice change for each character may work at times - but not this time.
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