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Mavra Chang is the prototype female warrior adventurer. I loved her bad ass attitude, her positive attitude about solving problems and her personal pride. Great character.
I would say the ending scene in the book. i don't to spoil it but let's put it this way...Mavra does not ever feel sorry for herself....
Mavra Chang could whip Xena and Laura Croft for breakfast!
The Well World is a classic series. You really get drawn into the entire reality Chalker has created. But his writing style is not dense, there is nothing you cannot understand or follow. I am going to listen to the entire series and I have asked Audible to make all 7 available. Keep your fingers crossed on that because once you enter the Well World its hard to get out.
Perhaps. The narrator had an enthusiasm for the subject that was infectious. I thought she did a great job.
I find it interesting that this book was never written before. The NYC Marathon is a great sporting event, this book is a chronicle of the 2007 race and combines amateur and professional stories in order to the drive the narrative of the overall race. A logical idea, and I am surprised nobody thought of it before.
The author brings a certain naivety to the story that I found refreshing. This is not an insiders view of running. It is written in a style that attempts to describe it from a non-runners point of view. As a lifelong runner, I actually enjoyed this approach. It didn't veer into cliche and the enthusiasm of a non-insider was at times charming.
The way she read the book was well done. I enjoyed her approach. Since many of the sties were about woman it brought an additional dimension to the audible book.
I enjoy running and marital arts, and have my whole life. I rarely think movies about sports are any good because I am not sure these mediums are more dramatic than the events they cover. This would be the case with this book. Everyone should runt eh NYC Marathon, it is the experience of a lifetime. Watching a movie about it is a pale comparison. the author captured elements of the race that I think non-runners will find intriguing and runners will find somewhat inspirational
I enjoy a light read such as this book every once is a while. If you are a runner I would recommend it. Although Born to Run and Running with the Kenyans are better overall books, this audible book is a great addition to a runners reading list.
Josh has incredible passion for chess and martial arts. This came across in his reading and it is what makes this memoir memorable and inspiring.
This really isn't a book with a story. rather a memoir of his life experiences and what he learned from that. There is a complication to this that needs to be overcome by the listener. Josh is beyond brilliant and dedicated. His approach probably shares characteristics with savants and obsessive compulsive driven individual. this is not to diminish his incredible accomplishments but the listener needs to reconcile this. As an avid average amateur athlete and marital artists I identified with what Josh discussed. But it is simply not possible to put some of his approaches into practice. I personally do not posses that level of talent. However it is an inspirational memoir that resonated with me and I took a lot away from listening to it.
Josh. He is a remarkable person. I found it fascinating that he was able to be successful at such a young age and be a fully functional
Ultimately I thought the memoir was a study in the practical applications of Buddhist thought. Define your own path, nurture it and dedicate your self to its perfection. In this way I found the ideas presented inspirational to myself as a martial artist and amateur athlete.
I would recommend this book since the concepts could be applied to anybody in any walk of life. Whether you are trying to be a better parent, student or professional there are ways you can focus and learn how to develop your personal skill set. This is a short book, but I am glad I read it.
The complexity of the story line was consuming. What I think the best fiction does it draws you in to a world and takes you away from the day to day of life. This series of books fit the bill - and then some.This book is the resolution of the 4 previous books - Pandora's Star, Judas Unchained, The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void and the Evolutionary Void.
Story lines going back to the first book were pulled through and resolved.Complicated and clever.
Everything. Voice inflection, pace, emotion. I am shocked how he can do such a great job over a story this length. Its amazing.
The ending made perfect sense and was mildly shocking at the same time
In my view this is series for real fans of Sci Fi. If you loved Asimov, Clarke and modern epic Sci Fi like Simmons you will enjoy it. But it takes an investment of time and focus to keep up with the story and characters. I enjoy that. There an additional complexity with the actual science that made this additionally challenging, but also rewarding. The audible problems that the reviewers mentioned are in the entire series, but in the end they did not diminish the experience at all. I highly recommend this series and I am happy to have experienced it.
Maybe. The production issues continue (not enough space between sub-chapters), but John Lee is great and in a book this length his performance keeps the various plots from becoming confusing. I don't understand why there isn't a 5 second space between sections however. It would have been so easy to do.
This middel book in the trilogy is devoted largely to Endeard, hence the title. This means that most of the book is not Sci Fi but Fantasy based. Weaving elements of fantasy into Sci Fi is not unheard of (Jack Chalker comes to find) but Hamilton does this a separate plot device which make the trilogy so interesting and this middle book a respite from cosmological concerns.
Nigel. His character is brilliant, hysterical and profane and Lee does him exceptionally well. Ozzie is not in this installment, who is my favorite in the series, but I am sure he is waiting in the wings.
Impossible. This is a lengthy book. This is not a book to rush through, rather I enjoyed it as part of my regular routine over a 2 week period.
Modern Sci Fi masterpiece. If you like Dune of The Foundation Series I think you will really like this combination of hard sic fi, space opera and fantasy. There are a lot of characters but all are well written and important to the story. Highly recommend.
I may at some point but I am more interested in finishing the entire Void Trilogy. It is absolutely addictive. This book sets up the tale of the Waterwalker for the rest of the series, mostly background information that sets up the chess pieces for the inevitable resolution and additional world building.
These are long books, with a lot of detail and numerous characters. Yet they do not feel like they contain extraneous information and move forward very quickly. I just finished the Commonwealth Series and these books are an extension of that universe. It may be hard for many readers to understand what is going on without the Commonwealth background, but it is possible. My advice, and what I think makes these series great, is to start at Pandora's Star and immerse yourself in this universe. It is what makes these books and the stories so great.
One word. Fantastic. Different voices, dramatic delivery, just terrific. One negative comment about the production however. The chapters and sub chapters are not given a short pause between beginning and end. It is annoying and I frankly don't understand how this could be viewed as acceptable. It is as if not pausing between songs on a CD. But overall it does not change the fact that John Lee is great and these stories are interpreted in a professional and dramatic fashion.
Not sure. I am not a movie guy and if you thought Lord of the Rings was too long these books would amount to about 50 movies.
I rate these, with the production flaws among the best of Audible. right up there with the Foundation Series, The Hyperion Cantos and Dune in terms of sweeping, epic story telling. So glad I found them....
This is the second novel in the Commonwealth Saga but it really is the conclusion to the previous novel Pandora's Star. This is a long story but if you are a fan of space opera, it is well worth it. Developed characters, complex technology, multiple story lines and an interesting overall plot filled with intrigue and combat. Great stuff.
Paula Myo is one of the most interesting characters I have read in a while. Fascinating background and characteristics. Very unique.
The Rael Quantto who I am aware will play a major role in future stories in this series. He is introduced here, and I found his addiction to human thoughts an interesting twist on that subject.Of all the characters including the Brotherhood of Selfhood, the Navy, the Second Chance Crew, the Motiles, the Primes, Morton, Melanie..I think I would pick the Rael.
By the way.....John Lee does an excellent job. Great narrator.
More important, I became involved in the story. I like these books because they take me away from the everyday. These type of involved, complex stories do that for me. In this respect these books remind me of Dan Simmon's books (Hyperion Cantos). They are involved and long, but that is the fun.
Weird production and I honestly don't know why. There should at least be a 3 second pause between chapters or sub-headings. Readers should pay attention or you will suddenly find yourself in another story within the book. If you are not careful it can be confusing. Hamilton deserved better, which is why I gave the performance a 4.
Science Fiction Masterpiece
Several things....First it is complex with at least 8 different story lines running parallel and inter-weaving with each other. This makes the narrative interesting and requires a level of attention that engrosses the reader into the Commonwealth Universe. Second, Hamilton's writing style is very straightforward, which supports a style where the narrative is the star. And finally it combines hard science, politics, detailed description, action, interpersonal relationships and philosophy. Similar in sweep to Dan Simmons's Hyperion Series but more straightforward in terms of exposition.
Great job, A plus. At times some of the characters sounded similar and I have to make sure I was keeping track. However with this many characters I am not sure how he could give each one a memorable voice. There must be at least 50 characters within the 8 stories. He does a great job.
Impossible but I have one minor quibble. Within a chapter there may be 4 separate story lines. Audible should have taken a 5 second pause between these. It requires additional attention to make sure you are shifting your attention from the Ozzie narrative to the Second chance narrative (for example). This is not a show stopper but listeners should be aware so they don't get confused.
I am hooked. I will finish this series, but I realize its a lot. Possibly the best contemporary Sci Fi I have read/listened to date. I was initially scared off by the size of this book thinking it must be over bloated. Boy, was I wrong. This is a complex interesting story that entertained me for hours on end. I cannot wait to get to the rest of the series. Great stuff.
Probably. Audible does a great job here. I have not read the book, but his might be a good example where the audible version is better than the print version.
I could say the lead character. I found him engaging and interesting. He reminded me of the primary character in the Ursula LeGuin book, The Dispossessed. He had a sanguine approach to the difficulties he was faced, yet did so with courage. I wonder if Sawyer was influenced at all by LeGuin.
I had not read Sawyer before and I think many readers will enjoy him. The story is fast paced and elements of it were like a TV show or movie. The narrator did a great job conveying this sense of action and kept the story moving.
Portions of the book reminded me of Asimov and "The God's Themselves". This story and Hominid is essentially a backdrop for a discussion of quantum mechanics and elements of string theory. I found this interesting. The hard science elements of this book were not over wrought, and made it intelligent writing on many levels.
Sawyer is a popular author and far be it from me to criticize him. At times I felt like the book was careening to a climax, something which I find to be a contrivance in a lot of current science fiction. My guess is the modern reader compares these types of stories to TV and will be bored., I my opinion it felt a bit rushed. A considerable amount happened in a short span of time. So the net here for the reader considering this book is if you like a story that is terrific, fast paced and non-stop you will be rewarded. If you like a story that provides backdrop, characterization and more depth this might not be right for you. I don't say this in a dismissive way. I personally enjoy these types of books occasionally and I enjoyed Hominid very much on this occasion. I am glad I read it, I found it interesting and it was worth the credit. I am just not sure I will return to Sawyer's universe in the short term.
Probably in the middle. This is more of a traditional space opera story, and fits neatly into that genre. Pohl was an editor before becoming a writer and his familiarity with the genre shows here. This is a tightly plotted story that moves along nicely. Parts of it are a little "wordy' but overall it is traditional Sci Fi and a good third book in the series.
Understanding the Heechee, their intentions and the reasons for their retreat was interesting.In many ways the story is a backdrop to Pohl's fascination with physics and I enjoyed the argument between a pro-Einstein version and a pro-Quantum version of astrophysics.
I thought he was great. He has done all three int his series and I thought it was interesting how he made Robin "sound" like he had aged (from the first book). Also his representation of Albert was great.
No I rarely do that, but it doesn't diminish that this was a good book.
The first book in this series was a ground breaking book, no doubt about it. The second and third books are more conventional in their plot and storyline.Some readers might not like this, adn stopping after the first book might make sense. I enjoyed finding out what happened to Robinette after the first book, and adjusted my expectations during books two and three. It doesn't mean they are not as good, just that they are different in narrative, story and tone. Pohl is a traditional Sci Fi writer like Clarke and Asimov and readers of those authors will enjoy this book and this series.It is entertaining and interesting.
Absolutely! Pohl is an underrated author. He comes out of the classic Sci Era of Asimov and Clarke and I think compares favorably to both. This is big concept Sci Fi, without a lot of action relative to fighting or horror. Much of the narrative is similar to Asimov (logic and plot conveyance) but with a significant amount of hard science. Astrophysics is at the heart of this second novel in the series and I thought it was terrific. I do not understand why Pohl is to regarded more highly, maybe because the novel format moved away from these internally driven narratives to more outward, action based stories at home in the movies or TV.
Well Robin is the star here but honestly I thought Albert Einstein was just as engaging as Siegfried Von Shrink in Gateway. This is not as heavy of a novel and Albert adds some coif relief and is a great device to explain astophysics. Very clever of Pohl.
Well his work in Gateway was tremendous, this is just as good. His voice for Robin shows his advanced age and the other characters are great.
"Hope you paid attention in high school physics"!
This is a solid series. Because Gateway was such a classic book, some readers might be put off by this second installment. It is a much different narrative and style. Don't compare the two, Pohl is moving the story forward and to do that he needed to tell the story differently. After a bit I got used to it and I was rewarded a story that I very much enjoyed. I plan on finishing the remaining books in the series. If you like Asimov, Clarke and Bradbury you will enjoy this book. Its clever, a little corny and educational.
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