* The "guffcuff" aliens. SO funny!
* One of the characters is the AI of a culture warship. In one scene he narrates what he's doing as he spoofs being a less powerful warship. Hilarious - one of my favorite scenes in the book
* We get a great tour of a GSV through the main character's eyes
* there's a small surprise for loyal culture readers at the very, very, very end ;)
Loved it, can't wait for the next Culture novel.
Be careful listening to this in public... you will laughing out loud, guffawing, and chortling every few minutes.
This is a comedy of manners, sci fi, delightful Oxford romp, whodunit, and more all wrapped up into one. Only Connie Willis could make all those disparate elements work together in a tale that is as engrossing as this one. As icing on the cake, you will grow to love and root for the heroine and here here, two time traveling Oxford history students from the future, as they travel through England in WWII, the Victorian Era, the 1930s and more in search of the missing Bishop's Bird Stump.
If you've never listened to Connie Willis before, this is a grand introduction.
Loved it. This is one of my favorite Culture stories. The characters are well done, and the titular Game is rather interesting. I loved the story and the huge climax that it builds to.
The ending! Many culture stories kind of fizzle out at the end but this one was pretty good. I loved how it built up to a big conclusion.
At first it was fairly slow, but once you are a few chapters in it really gets interesting and it's hard to stop listening.
Loved it. Gibson's book two of the latest trilogy is a little slow to start up, but then once it kicks in it's a great story. The characters are fantastic, and there's a good use of NYC, LA and Vancouver - the locations are very evocative.
I only wish that Neal Asher's Gridlinked books (written in the same universe but with different characters, although there is some overlap...) were also in audio.
For the uninitiated - Lots of AIs. Space travel through warping. Seriously funny & snarky writing. LOVE the characters. Spatterjay trilogy has very inventive life forms on the planet that are neat and drive the plot along. Highly recommended.
Cayce is, hands down, the best girl geek character EVER written.
The story is fairly esoteric Gibson-ish, as you might expect. It does meander, and I have not ever wrapped my head around the ending, but while you're immersed in it the characters are so vivid and wonderful.
GO listen & enjoy. Then check out the follow on novels (Spook Country and Zero History) - they share a few characters. Loved them all as a set, Gibson's take on our world of today.
Great story! Scott Westerfield writes really wonderful characters who carry everything.
The plot was nice but a bit simple. So I liked the world he invented (all the beasties!) and the characters the best. The dialog is hilarious!!
Oh yeah, and then I bought the next two in the trilogy!!
Nice introduction to audible.com! It was very cute & funny. A sweet surprise to find in my library. :)
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