I really did try to like it. I tried to laugh off the characters. I tried to wait for the author to start tying things together. But after about two hours I gave up.
The first two hours of the book is a shaggy dog story filled with the most amoral people you can imagine. No, wait ... I could not have imagined people that amoral. The book just finally wore me down ... it wasn't funny enough to hold my attention, and those characters were just soooo depressing.
The narrator was clear, but his performance had all the warmth of a 1960 educational film.
I realize I'm in the minority with regards to this book... but if you can make it all the way thru the book then you are a better man than I.
I got this book because I had read other books by the author, and because I enjoyed the movie Shooter. Typically, the book is better than the movie - but not so in this case.
First - I didn't like the production. Beau did okay (not great), but whoever decided to occasionally (and erratically) add sound effects should not have been involved. The sound effects were so infrequent, yet so attention grabbing, that it distracted from the performance.
The book is pretty much a short-story. The author missed many opportunities to develop characters and add depth to the story, but he was in too much of a hurry to work his way through the plot. This is typical for an author's early efforts, but it still counts against the book.
I plan on reading other books by Mr. Hunter, but would recommend this one only to provide historical insight to his writings.
The author really added nothing much new. The major suspense involved people outside the main story line. It was just sort of a grind-it-out space opera. Unlike the other books in the series, I never had trouble turning it off when I pulled into my driveway.
The only real surprise was that one of the main characters was gay - but since the story is set in an era where there is no stigma attached to homosexuality there was no story around his sexual orientation. On the one hand this is good, because it exposes us to a society that doesn't judge people on their sexuality ... but on the other hand, if it isn't going to contribute to the plot, why keep bringing it up?
It isn't that I disliked the book - I liked it. But I had a couple of issues.
a) There was a LOT more teenage angst than I anticipated - a little more than I could comfortably stomach - but I'm an old man so don't go by that.
b) The whole Grim-Reaper thing is getting a little overdone - how many different ways are there to tell the same story?
c) I can understand ending a book leaving hooks for sequels, but I really object to a book that stops cold and leaves you totally hanging, trying to force you to buy the sequel. This is the second book in a row that used that trick, and because it pisses me off I am not buying the sequels.
Whereas the first book in the series had boring gaps due to development of some unlikable boring characters - I think this book got carried away with mysticism. Now, I enjoy some mysticism blended into a good story, but not when it is 'in your face' like a blinking neon sign.
I am NOT an advocate of all-action books. However, I am also not an advocate of marooning your readers on a smooth sea with no wind.
It was narrated by a cast of people, as if a radio play. I generally like this approach, but this time, not so much. A) two of the narrators had voices that were almost indistinguishable; B) the woman's voice didn't match the tone or background ambiance of the mail narrators and sort of stuck-out like a sore thumb.
If you can tough-out the dead spots, you'll probably enjoy the book.
An old obsolete star ship saves the earth. This is essentially the same premise as the 2004 version of Battlestar Galactica - only this time the earth doesn't get destroyed.
But I'm not complaining. The story was well written and had the correct mix of development and action.
The characters were interesting, mult-dimensional and exhibited growth over the course of the book. Everyone had their warts - sometimes their foibles helped and sometimes they hurt.
I listen to books as I drive to and from work - and with this book I found myself sitting in the driveway after I got home.
I enjoyed the book and expect that you will too.
First, let me say that it is difficult to write a book, and I have the greatest respect for anyone who gets published. However, respect doesn't mean I enjoyed the book.
Listening to this book felt like going to a travelogue at the local high school. I don't know for sure if it was writing or the narrator - but I believe it was the writing. I never got involved with the characters - they were all "what you see is what you get". There was no tension - no internal conflict - no building to any sort of a resolution. It was sort of a shaggy dog story that just ambled along ... and then abruptly ended.
But I just could not suspend disbelief. This book is comprised of two different stories (one a political intrigue, the other a super hero spy story) that the author was unable to stitch together convincingly. It is presented as three books, but each book consists of the two stories badly stitched together.
I thought this was an interesting, well written book. I enjoyed the characters and watching them grow throughout the book.
The one thing I didn't like was the way the narrator read the fight scenes. He may as well been reading a recipe out of a Betty Crocker cookbook. Maybe that's how they were written, but I think it is just how they were read.
I realize this is a 'special' book that is well thought of and has been made into multiple movies ... but I was really not impressed.
While some of the philosophical underpinnings of the book are thought provoking, the book itself is boring. There is very little action, or even character interaction. We don't 'see' much of anything going on. Instead we are inside the head of the central character as he reads scientific studies ... lots and lots of scientific studies written by people with long names who introduce long winded theories.
If you don't mind a book that is almost exclusively exposition, then maybe this book is for you.
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