charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2012
Yes. The production was great, the narrator superb and there were some audio "special effects" that added to my overall enjoyment. Well done.
"Steelheart" by Brandon Sanderson. It is a direct story, with some social commentary. Strong, likeable characters and a mass market style that I enjoy sometimes. I could see his being made into a movie at some point. I view this literary approach as a "beach read" at some level. This is not a criticism. This book was written to be entertaining and Suarez hit the mark.
I have never listened to him before, but he did a great job. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to him again. Very well done.
Not sure its that type of book, though there were some scenes when the lead character is imprisoned that were a bit uncomfortable. Nothing extreme, or salacious and it is needed to set up the remainder of the plot. Parts of the book felt a little bit like YA (Young Adult) to me. This book is written in a fast paced style, where action is more important than emotional impact at some level.
I would recommend it. I enjoy reading contemporary Sci Fi and this is a good example of the current genre. It focuses on physics, which I found intriguing to think about (and do a little physics research on the side), so in that way it was thought provoking.
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.
Yes. Great job, one of my all time favorites on Audible.
The ending is very, very well done. But the juxtaposition of Robin's sessions with Sigfried vs. his memory of what happened is so well done that the entire novel is memorable. This won a Hugo Award for good reason. It is a terrific sci fi novel.
I read Sci Fi to be entertained, a break from my work and life itself. But elements of Gateway are pretty heavy, since much of the novel is an indictment and an endorsement of psychological counseling. The readers made it interesting but not overly dramatic. Parts of the novel deal with sex, sexual norms and it was done in a way that was not lecherous. Overall they did a great job and I cannot imagine it being done better.
No I never do that... but I listened to it pretty quickly. Although Robin is not an entirely likeable characters, I found myself wanting to know what happened. That is ultimately what a good story is to me, investing in the characters.
Great job Audible!
One of the great things about Audible is that we can get around to reading books we either ignored as younger people or glossed over in school This is a great example. I am glad I read it, and it was well done. I am not sure I would listen to it again, but I rarely do that with Audible titles, there are just so many new ones out there I want to get to...
Well Kurtz is obviously the centerpiece of the story. An enigmatic figure who haunts everyone who meets him.
Great job, maybe the best I have heard on Audible (Tony Roberts was also great in Cat's Cradle). His reading showed a familiarity with the text that can only come with reading a classic book. This was evident in his performance.
I rarely do that, but this is a very short book, and many readers might do that on a rainy day or on vacation.
British literature from this time period is very unique. Flowery language where symbolism and description trump the narrative and story line. The enigmatic Kurtz was fascinating, and has become archetypical for many other subsequent characters in literature and popular culture. Overall I highly recommend.
I sure would. I would recommend it especially to readers of Asimov who are interested in his early work, which servers as a precursor to the Robot, Galactic Empire and Robot Series. Good stories, that are a foundation (no pun intended) to later work.
Susan Calvin is alluded to in the Robot Series often, here we find out how elemental she was in robot development. The psychology angle plays an important part here and in later works. This thread was fascinating, and is woven through all the stories.
Scott Brick does his usual fine job. Part of me likes the fact that sometimes he goes a little over the top in his performance. It adds to the Sci Fi Theater element to some of the stories here and in later performances. Well done.
I have said it before...Asimov does not translate well to movies. Many of these stores are "thought puzzles" that are based on interior action. Audible is the right delivery method for this materiel, a movie could never compare.
There are short stores, hence my 4 star review. This is not to diminish the short story model. But Asimov weaves these basic concepts into later, more complicated and ultimately more satisfying material. These stories are great, and I recommend them to any fan of Asimov or early Sci Fi. But read them as an appetizer to later material, or background information on characters and stores you love in the later works.
Harry Seldon Begins...
This book is consistent with Asimov's writing style throughout his career. There is a nicely tied up ending, that begs another question(s) ... if you liked his other books, you will love this one as well. I would say the ending was terrific, but the scenes in the region where hair was unacceptable were priceless...
Scott always does a great job, I wish he did the last 2 books in this series, but that should not stop anyone from reading this book. Scott does great job.
No, too long, but that is not a negative. These books become companions, and spending time with them is time spent well.
Asimov is a unique writer. There is depth but this is not over philosophical. The characters are developed but these are not character studies. These are old fashion stories, meant to entertain, challenge your ideas and keep you involved. They are based on logic, not fighting or sex or melodrama. The story evolves, reveals itself and enthralls you until the end. I always suspect Asimov wrote these to primarily amuse himself, and the reader is invited into that approach. I highly recommend this book to any Asimov fan or fan of the Foundation Series.
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