I've enjoyed the Culture Novels, and was fairly well enjoying this one up to the end, until it totally fell apart… I was looking forward to a conclusion that would tie all of the parts together, but it seemed that Mr. Banks just ran out of steam, or time, or something, because all of a sudden the story ended in what seemed to be half a chapter of nothing.
No conclusions, or explanations, just kill of all the characters, save one, and hang the ending on a non secreter. I will try again with another Banks story, but would like to know what the hell happened to this one?
I agree with the other reviews... a horrible mistake in changing the Narrator !
And this seems to be a trend... this is now the third series I've listened to from Audible that has change out the narrator after 2 or 3 novels, then finished up with a loser for the last in the series! Do you not read the reviews you ask us to give you....don't change out the Narrators!
Further, I am not sure, do to the narration, and obviously bad sound effects in Woken Furies, if this story was lacking the quality writing the first two volumes had, or if the writing was just sloppy on the third book. Either way, I would like to see another installment in this series, maybe with alittle more reference to the previous stories plot lines, and just PLEASE chose your narrator a little more thoughtfully next time!
I agree with the other reviews, I have listened to all 6 books back to back, and this guy is Horrible! Did he even listen to any of the previous books? Changing pronunciations, accents, (which he has no ability at) over all I found his energy totally exhausting!
As to the author, I may try Mr. Weber again, but it will not be soon. I enjoyed the 1st book, it set up an fascinating storyline... But by the 2nd, it feels like he was being paid by the word.... My god man, get to the point! I love a good long narrative read, but this has been truly stupidly too much. Also this is a science fiction novel, yes? If I wanted a fictional account of either religious history, or the evolution of arms and sailing ships, I would have gone to better novels!
To top it all off, if you can't at least come to some conclusion after 6 very long books, please let us know before we get through 4 of them. I tried to be fair, and give this series the benefit of the doubt, so I read them all... Egads.. I am truely disappointed, and very frustrated. I really would have loved to see how it would end, the arch angels coming back, the Gababa, showing up, oh I don't know, the science in the science fiction... But I won't. By the time Weber gets around to completing this saga, I'll be 90, (I'm only 50 now), and I won't give a damn!
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