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"Chindi is an ambitious, exciting, big-idea hard-SF novel that ventures successfully into Rendezvous with Rama territory, and beyond." (Amazon.com review)
Comparing the audio version to the printed word is comparing apple to oranges, but the advantage to the audio version is the ability to continue to story while on the go. The written version is better curled up in bed with book in hand and a cup of tea on the night-stand.
Chindi follows in the tradition of Deepsix and Engines of the Gods, but only better. Jack McDevitt really hits his stride with this one.
Having two readers enhances the reading experience by breaking up the monotony and bringing the novel to life. Wyman's role is primarily delivering quotes during the chapter divisions and Hvan narrates the story..
The excitement is sprinkled throughout the novel but reaches a major crescento as the expedition explores the Chindi vessel.
Chindi length is slightly greater than many of the Sci-fi novels and so the listener will invest extra time reaching the end, but the end is worth it.
First - I really enjoyed Khristine Hvam's reading of the book. She does a very good job.
Second - yes, there is far too much time spent on one of the plot points (the rescue operation, as noted by others) - but getting to the plot device is fun adventure with some decent suspense along the way.
Third - if you can get past #2, Chindi is a pretty good adventure novel w/ some pretty interesting personalities in the characters, believable physics, a great heroine character with a catchy name (really, who names people "Hutch" these days? that's a hoot!)
Fourth - I'm about 85% through, and really looking forward to the culmination of the books' namesake - what is the purpose of the Chindi?
This was both my first audio book and the first Jack McDevitt book I have encountered. I have a 2 hour commute each day and thought an audio book would make a change to the technology podcasts I usually listen to. Thanks to the character formation, pace of the story and narration, I looked forward to the drive to and from work - and even listened to the book when I got home (something I never did with the podcasts!)
The story is exciting and very well developed, at times you are literally on the edge of your seat (I found I was gripping the steering wheel very hard at times). I also found I became very emotionally connected to the characters, partly because of the wonderful narration by Khristine Hvam, and partly because of the skilful way McDevitt introduced and developed the characters.
I can recommend this audio book to anyone interested in the Sci Fi genre, and to anyone who enjoys an exciting story. I will definitely be buying other Jack McDevitt audio books.
I don't usually comment on titles I listen to but must do it on this. It was one of the best that I have listen to in a long while. Khristine Hvam was outstanding in the reading of the book. Would reccmmend this book to all.
I've grown to love Jack McDevitt's visual detail writing, especially his character Hutch.. The Chindi I enjoyed reading and all that I enjoyed of can't wait to get to the next page was just as fun hearing it on audio.. Good twist and turns through out. Enjoyed a story line that I didn't know where it was going even after when we got there, he found a way to slip one more suprise in there through out... Always a good story to return to again and again.
Almost listen to it in one rush. This is the second audiobook where I was IN the story (next to RAMA). Well plotted storyline, original ideas! Where is the sequel!
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I bought this book during one of Audible's $4.95 sales, and I'm happy I didn't pay more.
The blurb for the book sounded interesting, so I decided to take a chance on an unknown author. Sadly, this author's "tell, don't show" writing style did not appeal to me at all, and made for a plodding narrative pace. This is the kind of book where every character is introduced with a mini-bio, and you're told what kind of person he or she is. Which is necessary, I suppose, because their dialogue is pretty interchangable and doesn't serve to characterize the speakers, as better writers are wont to do.
I listened to the first hour, and decided to give up.
I rarely write reviews, but I have to warn you, this book stinks! Engines of the gods was really good... Deep Six was pretty good... but Chindi was AWFUL! The whole book was one, never-ending dialoge amongst the characters. The fascinating possibilities of the storyline were never followed through. You read more of what the characters are thinking and even eating, than you do about space, aliens or alien crafts. I'm definately not wasting another credit on McDevitt. I'll purchase the next book in the series at a thrift store, just out of curiosity. Maybe he was having a major bad day! I really think authors' agents should demand quality writing... not mass production.
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
but nothing to write home or rave about either.
This one I bought on sale and it was worth the reduced price to pass the time on my long drives across the country. If you search you will find some things to like about Chindi but you have to search.
The idea and premise are inventive and interesting but I've already forgotten the characters and can't recall much about the story line so the best description 5 months after listening is - forgettable.
I enjoyed the first few chapters, but then became increasingly irritated by the wooden characters (all behaving like petulant adolescents), the constant changing of point of view from one character to another, the clumsy attempts to introduce romance, the unbelievable scenarios (would real life astronauts be so naive and unprepared? would they really knock on the door of an alien spacecraft and say 'hello, we were just passing'?), and the sheer tedium of the story. I'm now three quarters of the way through and, after reading other reviews, seriously considering giving up.
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