This is a long, long book and it is easy to lose concentration with all of the different threads. Lots of good (if re-worked) ideas. But it went on far, far too long and ended with a bit of a fizzle. The narrators/performers did a great job doing the huge list of characters and they kept my interest going. Needs a radical pruning/abridging and a bit more "oomph" in the ending. Disappointing.
Anyone reading this needs to be able to take frequent strong language. That aside it is a well written story that looks at the violence and politics of Northern Ireland in a different light. Anyone wanting to acquaint themselves with this area could do worse than listening to the book.
Once I got over the assumption that UK could afford a space carrier when it doesn't have one sea aircraft carrier any more, I enjoyed this book. Liked how the characters started to develop and hope more work is done to flesh them out. Will probably buy more in the series.
There are some similarities to the Harry Harrison "Stainless Steel Rat" series, but the characters have their own identities. Well written, humorous and at times tongue in cheek, this book stands out from the crowd.
I read this very shortly after it came out and rediscovered the paperback a few years ago. Was delighted to see it in an audio version and wasn't disappointed. I'm generally not a fan of "alternative" universes, but this one works. Loved it
Closest I've come to returning a Sci Fi book. Narrator does his best, but it is the same scenario time after time. Too many holes in the plot to count. Good premise and some new ideas but woeful story and very cliched characters. Without the big screen demolition etc, just doesn't work.
The subject is a bit cliched, but this novel stands out from the crowd. the end of the world scenario is believable, the characters are drawn well "warts and all". Scenarios are varied and the good guys don't always survive. Will probably buy the follow up(s)
I've been very disappointed when I've gone back to some classic stories in the past - Moby Dick, the Three Musketeers, the last Mohican etc. Dated language, tedious story line and very slow, This was a revolution. I started watching Hammer Horror films (and Amicus) in the early sixties and almost everything else in between then to the current day. But never read the original. Yes, it takes longer to get to the point (No, there isn't any "cut to the chase") but really builds up a picture of the characters, surroundings and how things were exceedingly well. If you want to see where all subsequent vampire stories got their inspiration - look no further.
Oh yes - narration/dramatization is first class.
I've been going through my 70's SF UK-bought paperbacks (shoulder reconstruction meant forced idleness) and realised that Heinlein was about 50% of my reading then. (Moorcock/AsimovVan Vogt/Vance made up the rest.) Didn't ring a bell when I saw the title name so bought it. Pleasantly surprised. It's no "Door into summer" but very good use of time dilation (I teach chemistry not physics!). If you like Heinlein, you'll like this- much shorter and more readable (possible younger audience?) than "Stranger in a strange land" etc.
This series definitely grows on you. It doesn't immediately stand out from the crowd, but eventually you realise that these are well-written books that take a while to sink in.
I was born and raised in the area where Burns lived and wrote his poetry. The language/dialect he used (Lannan) is not always accessible to mainstream English speakers . In view of this, pronunciation is always contentious. The narrators did a good job of the impossible task of translating 200 year old language to current day phrasing. They kept the cadence and feeling of the works well. I would recommend this to anyone seeking to come to grips with this phenomenal talent. If you have to come to do an academic review II recommend the approach I took as as a Scot "learning" Shakespeare. Have a print copy and dictionary nearby as you listen. Oh, only negative bit - the very North American accents at the beginning and end - aarggh,
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