This is the story of Pierre Tradivel, a scientist, and his complex battle against deadly illness, and ex-Nazi war criminal still hiding in the U.S., a crooked insurance company, and a plot to make Pierre and his wife the victims of a bizarre genetic experiment. Frameshift is hard science fiction at its best, full of complications and neat surprises.
©1998 Robert J. Sawyer (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I love pretty much all of Robert J. Sawyer's books. I like this optimistic take on the future of humanity, and the way his books usually have a lot of fascinating ideas combined with characters that I really care about. I've read most of his books at least three or four times.
This book was also really good, but I don't think I've ever re-read it after one physical book read and one listen to this audiobook version. It's just too draining to read. The suffering the main character (Pierre Tardivel) goes through is very gripping. It's like what the main character suffers in FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON, but even worse in several ways -- Pierre has a wife and child, his affliction is something that real people go through, he will eventually die from his disorder, etc, I just can't deal with it. Eventually, though, I hope to be able to read this one again, not least because I now do bioinformatics and so a lot of the subject matter will probably be even more interesting to me now.
And I'm glad that I read it through in the first place, too. I highly recommend it to everybody interested in genetics, telepathy, insurance conspiracies, Neanderthals, Nazi hunting, and science fiction in general.
Frameshift seems to diverge from Robert Sawyers other novels. It is a good book, but my least favorite of his novels. Parts of it were exceptional but it seemed to skip around a lot and took too long to tie the story lines together. I almost gave up about 2 1/2 hrs into it...but because it was Sawyer I stuck with it. The the last 3rd is pretty good and deals with similar subject matter as many of his other novels. Probably will not listen more than once. Good but not Great!
As in more books of sawyer there is the critical note of a Canadian towards the USA. As European I do understand where he comes from. As part of the story, the US private health insurance system is under fire. Additionally there are some more story lines to make this listen really juicy
The point where the parents figure out the origin of their daughter Amanda.
If this does not make you think you have missed the point
"A good read with excellent naration"
When I started reading this book I thought it wasn't going to be up to Robert J Sawyer's usual standards as it seemed a bit slow to get going. In retrospect, however, the start of the book was absolutely on target as the characters needed to be established and understood before the story plot was developed. This book deals with genetics amongst other issues and as is usual with Robert Sawyer, it had me thinking a lot about genetics and the role they play in society. It is a well-written book and the naration was absolutely outstanding.
"This is a cool author"
Having read www trilogy a year ago I was looking for something else to hear from Sawyer. This was worth the listen! I do like the slightly socialist Canadian slant on things. The French Canadian leading man was likeable and seemed to be quite real. I liked his tie shift technique and the science was sufficient to be interesting without being tedious. So all in all I think this is an intelligent, thoughtful and worth while listen.
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