For his own sake, for the sake of history, Alex Benedict must follow the dark track of a legend, into the very heart of the alien galaxy - where he will confront a truth far stranger than any fiction imaginable.
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"In his ability to absolutely rivet the reader, it seems to me that McDevitt is the logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke." (Stephen King)
I started with Seeker, and knew there had to be great stories preceding it. This one has the same grandeur and richness and was an enjoyable listen.
The main character
I had listened to" seeker". The main character was Chase not Alex. It was much more interesting and the reason I got this story. The story was interesting but they drained on and on about mans flaw of war blah blah blah. It could have been reduced to 5 hrs instead of 9 easily.if you like alit of narration and pointing out of all of mans flaws constantly then this book is for you
I am a very big fan of Jack McDevitt's, but this book was disappointing. It had his usual clever mystery with a nice ending, but the story was just much too slow. And while I usually am indifferent to the reader, in this case (perhaps because I had so much time on my hands) I was particularly bothered by the many mispronunciations.
I found the story interesting, but was totally distracted by the ineptitude of the narrator. How an adult human being can not know how to pronounce, "emeritus," "Aeneid," "islet," and "Demosthenes," especially if you are going to be pronouncing these words as part of a paid narration, shows a complete lack of attention by the actor reading and the producers. It was disappointing.
Doubtful. My enjoyment was interrupted constantly by my disbelief at the illiteracy of the narrator.
Favs: sci-fi, fantasy, historic, mystery, suspense, classics, non-fiction, and a few westerns. I read a lot of YA (cleaner lang/less smut).
I loved it. It was very well read and I am seriously debating listening to it again, because I missed a bit here and there while the sound around me got loud.
The story was compelling and the universe feels very real and has great depth. Settings and action are well described, but in a way that feels like you already are familiar with them because these are known places and activities.
There are a few hints at "romantic" activities, but the they stay hints, no embarrassing details. There is death and injury, but no gore.
The only thing holding back the fifth star is language. There is no gratuitous swearing just because. And no F%$#, but Son of a &'%$* and Oh my $*&, are rather heavily used. It was so distracting in the first chapter I hesitated to keep going. It lets up a bit for most of the rest, but in such a vast universe surely a few less offensive explosives could be invented without damaging our suspension of disbelief.
Update- I actually exchanged this book. Even though I missed a few parts, I know I can't listen to all that swearing again. I may see if my library has a hardcopy to reread.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
I'd have to read it, and then listen to it to answer the question.
The story was okay. I had read Firebird before this. That was much better.
Nothing sticks out.
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