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Very xmen-ish and lacking in original core ideas. Humans who have gained super-powers of various kinds after the arrival of "Calamity," which goes unexplained in this first volume. The domination of these gifted people over others. A resistance leader called the "Prof." Some of the the super-powers, and those of one minor character in particular, are just too cartoon-like for my tastes.
All of that being said, the story itself was very entertaining. It has several twists and turns. Sanderson drops enough hints that I had guessed most of them by the end, but I think that was what he intended.
The reading was very good, but several of the character voices sounded too similar to me, hence the five to four reduction for performance.
Overall, I'm looking forward to giving the next installment a go. Don't expect anything as epic, or as deep, as Sanderson's contributions to 'The Wheel of Time' series. All-in-all, an enjoyable ride and worth the credit.
This work contains a lot of profanity that I don't believe is appropriate to the situations; however, it is very exciting and often humorous. Don't assume that I was offended, not even close, but I prefer realism. I don't think a stranded astronaut would leave audio logs, as in the story, in anything but mostly professional language.
That said, I enjoyed 'The Martian' greatly. The author obviously did a lot of research into the technology behind space travel, and the effort added a lot of value to the novel. The audio quality and the performance were excellent.
Just short of a must for sci-fi fans.
It's great of Audible to provide such an outstanding performance for free. However I just couldn't get into the stories. In fact, the first story sounded like it was written for small children.
This is still a great story. It doesn't feel At all dated. Great performance.
I love the Great Courses series. This series of lectures is a worthy contribution. It is always informative, well organized, and sometimes entertaining. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in an overview of the subject. The only reason that I didn't give it 5-stars, is that there was nothing that jumps out at the listener as really special is terms of content or delivery. After all, it's a lecture series obviously intended to summarize the topic, not break new ground.
I have found the characters in all three volumes of this series to be childish beyond belief. I'm not sure about Bova's background (note to self: have to look that up), but I can't accept that the type of people who would be selected for a series of missions to Mars would behave like 5-year-old children. It's routine, in this series, for team members to flatly refuse the orders of their assigned superiors with no attempt to hide/disguise it. Sorry Ben, but I believe the carrot and the stick wielded by any future interplanetary mission commanders would be too potent for mutiny to be a routine occurrence. Sure, there are behavioral outliers in any system, but not to the extent that Bova would sell to us. The ending of the series, was contrived and uninspired.
Bova tries to explore, throughout the series, the conflicts between science and religion. In fact, it's a major theme. It could have added value to the work, if not done in such an unrealistic, over-the-top way. Bova puts large numbers of significant religious leaders on the intellectual level with those who still say the moon landings were all a hoax. Again, there are always a few nuts in the mix, but they are not dangerous unless violent. It's the sane-sounding extremists in any belief system (secular or religious) who are a threat. Bova totally missed the mark. It will take several tremendously positive reviews before I will be spending my reading $$$ on Bova's work, again.
That said, I always enjoy Stefan Rudnicki's work. He has the kind of voice that adds enjoyment to the experience and a great deal of ability.
It's not very often than I laugh out loud when enjoying a book, but this one did it for me several times. If you are easily offended by language or sexual themes, then this might not be for you. It's what you would expect from a late-night comedian. Ferguson takes aim at several deserving targets, including Hollywood and televangelists. No race, religion, or nationality is safe. While having a good time with us, the author asks serious questions about life and death, religion, sexuality, marital fidelity, and human gullibility.
Unlike some authors that have read their own work, Ferguson does an outstanding job. This is as you would expect, since his is an entertainer. Some books make better audiobooks than others. This work jumps from protagonist to protagonist and location to location without immediately obvious ties. You have to follow closely and remember the characters from earlier scenes. I wouldn't listen to this one when distracted, or you might get lost.
I didn't see the tremendous depth that some reviewers claim to find, but I had a really good time.
The 'Ender' series has been one of my favorites since it's release. This presentation is first-class.
To me, the quality of a work of fiction is defined in two parts, the basic idea/ideas of the story and the execution. IMHO 'Ender's Game' rates among the best in both areas. The unique storyline constantly revolves around the ethical question of whether the end justifies the means. Given a choice, in our daily lives, to win, or to stand on our principles; which is correct? Is true victory the art of finding a way to do both? Ender and his teachers face these questions daily.
This version is basically true to the intent of the original. Since it is dialog, rather than narration, some changes were necessary to fill-in the missing narrative. I found the net result to be entirely positive. The performances range from pretty good to outstanding.
Overall, this is an excellent way to enjoy the beginning of this epic SciFi series; however, I recommend that those who are new to Ender begin by reading/listening to the original.
This work is a classic for a reason. I, personally, found some of the manipulation of the populace by the elite to be a bit too much for belief. However, after finishing this book, you will begin to see Orwellian ideals manifest themselves in the present world. The near complete control of information by N. Korea, China, and some Arab states comes to mind. You will see examples much closer to home, such as the practice among western politicians of stating something that they know to be wrong with great conviction to convince the public of its truth. The phrase "food for thought" must have been invented with '1984' in mind.
Simon Prebble's performance was outstanding.
This is my second series of lectures by Professor Mark W. Muesse. Both have been a pleasure to hear. I would classify this series as freshman- or introductory-level. It probably would not benefit any but the most casual religious scholar.
I feel that I came away with a good basic understanding of the historical facts, as they can be determined, and the teachings of these four individuals. Great care was taken to provide historical and cultural context for each. The work avoids any judgement about the validity of any religious doctrine.
When we experience deeds performed in the name of a doctrine, the obvious question is whether or not the actions reflect a rational interpretation of the originator's intention or are simply extremist excuses for the actions. An impartial scholar would be the ideal individual to examine this question; however, Professor Muesse makes no attempts in this area. Perhaps this issue was just not the focus of the series, but since the atrocities committed in the name of various religions are a part of their history, he loses one star for political correctness.
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