Yes. I'm a big fan of Simmon's stories, and this is another great time warping, world building, epic installment.
Honestly, it's tough to pick out a single stand out point. I listened to the story pretty quickly, and thuroughly enjoyed the whole thing. I particularly enjoyed the Moravec storyline.
Unfortunately, the narrator almost trivialized the entire story for me. There was very little differentiation between characters, and regardless of the way the dialogue was supposed to be interpreted ("he shouted," "her voice shaking," "rumbled Zues, the god of gods,") the narrator generally imparted a plain conversational or petulantly comedic voice. The story would have been far more dynamic and engaging with a more equipped narrator. The silver lining: I thought he did an incredible job with Caliban's character.
It was a little too long for that kind of endeavor, but I did get through this story quicker than usual.
Despite the lackluster narration, Simmons' incredible world building and imagination come through. I'll certainly be tackling Olympos sometime soon (but probably on my Kindle).
The scope and environment of the universe that Hamilton builds. Since finishing the Hyperion Cantos, I've had a difficult time really enjoying sci-fi. Simmons just set the bar so high with that series. Hamilton delivered with Pandora's Star. I'm really looking forward to continuing the series.
The world / universe building is wonderful. It was a pleasure to sink into the Commonwealth universe and just let the imagery and concepts take over. This was one of those stories that you find yourself day dreaming of between readings.
There's a pretty sizable cast in this book, but Lee seemed to fall back on about 3 voices, which made it really difficult at times to follow along during dialogue heavy passages. I made good use of the 30-second rewind button in the phone app... too good of use. Additionally, on the production end of things, there were no pauses at transitions between chapters and sections, which, combined with Lee's narration, made it extremely difficult to tell where one character/scene/storyline ended and the next began. Much confusion. More 30-second rewinds.
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