The story was pretty good. However it was almost unlistenable due to the alien voices the narrator was using. It really sounded to me like he was trying to talk around a mouthful of pasta every time he was reading the alien's dialog. That was distracting all the way through.
If you listened to somebody read the ingredient list off the back of your favorite fabric softener box it would be more entertaining than this book. The first 20 minutes of this mess is the author reviewing other books and how they all got it wrong. Luckily Audible has a fast forward button.
Then you hit the actual story. Or, you think you do. The book begins in the time just after anything interesting happened in the story. You hear over and over how the last 299 days were terrible, and the lessons learned in the last 299 days, and 299 days, and 299 days, and 299 days. Never once actually hinting at what those events might be, but everyone was apparently hungry.
If from there you expect the story to tell you about those events... YOU WOULD BE WRONG. Instead we back up the tale of our protagonist a bit. And by a bit, I mean to his birth. Yes, that's seriously how far back we go. So we went from the time just after the actual events we wanted to hear about to 40 years before them. Then it's a sorrowful story about how daddy was mean and didn't love me.
I'm done with this steaming pile. It's being returned. I really tried. I gave the story a full hour and a half after I hit boredom just in case SOMETHING might happen. Save your credit, save your money, stay away.
The characters in this are just terrible and one dimensional. They've got all the classics of: evil guy, angry guy, helpless lady, smart girl, do gooder guy... And they stick to those roles exactly never deviating regardless of circumstance.
The plot elements are laughable at best. It's like if you asked a 5th grade class to describe the end of the country. We need a ruined economy! No, we need a virus! No, we need a bomb! No, we need a Hitler! Kids, kids, you don't have to choose. We'll do them ALL.
This book only advances the plot a little. Felt like the author just got tired of writing and turned it in before the events being ramped up for could actually get under way.
Repeat the above 3 phrases over and over and over. Then throw in some asides about people to deeply flawed to drive a bus let alone a super powerful spaceship. That's Faith in a nutshell. Bad story, worse characters, "Diseased", "Infected", "Turned in its own length" ad nauseum. Do yourself a favor and pass.
This book is just plain horrible. The characters are unbelievable and boring going on long tirades about nature. The sci-fi technology aspects of the book are quickly glossed over almost like they were just getting in the way of the nature tirades.
It was so bad I gave up. I listened for 6 annoying hours and had to stop. I don't know how much Crichton had to do with this book but it is by far the worst thing with his name on it.
Save your money, save your credit, pass on this book.
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