A starship hurtles through the emptiness of space. Its destination — unknown. Its purpose — a mystery.
Now, one man wakes up. Ripped from a dream of a new home — a new planet and the woman he was meant to love in his arms — he finds himself wet, naked, and freezing to death. The dark halls are full of monsters but trusting other survivors he meets might be the greater danger.
All he has are questions — Who is he? Where are they going? What happened to the dream of a new life? What happened to Hull Zero Three?
All will be answered, if he can survive the ship.
Hull Zero Three is an edge-of-your-seat thriller set in the darkest reaches of space.
©2010 Greg Bear (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I read a sample of Hull Zero Three on a gaming site the author contributes. I found that sample of writing much to my liking. So I waited patiently for Audible to release the book. As soon as it came out I used my credit point. I am not disappointed for my purchase. The writing style is very good. Very fluid.
The story is is narrated on first person by an awakened crew member of a large colonizing space ship. Early on we know that the ship is in a chaotic state. The crewman has been awakened before reaching final destination apparently and he has to quickly adapt to survive and discover what has gone wrong. So the narration of first person works very well as the reader, or listener, discovers clues of what is happening or has happened at the same time as the crewman. I felt the resolution was good, even though not everything is answered, and some answers were speculation of the crewman. But that should be the case as the crewman has limitations to what he can discover due to events.
The narrator is very good. I listened to the sample and liked his voice and style of narration. I cant complain there. Very good audio experience.
This is my first Greg Bear book and liked it very much. I will probably look for more of his books.
Classic Bear. Was kept interested throughout. The genetic theme was well thought out and written, and the characters fit the story, although as always for me the narration is key. Dan John Miller did a fine job.
Joseph's favorite quote: "Say something about yourself!"
Don't have a problem with Greg Bear, his stories have been solid. This is the first audiobook if his that I have gotten. Unfortunately I would have to review a Dan Miller book before I purchase another of his readings. His interpretation is overly dramatic and it skews the entire book. Might work for YA's but for SciFi is it way over the top. He seems to want to find a dramatic flair in almost every paragraph. Get over it dude! If you had a director or producer for this, they should be fired. If you didn't, get one. I'm at the three hour mark, and will likely abort the rest and use Audible return-book feature. Sorry I'm trying, we'll see.
By its nature, you usually have to suspend disbelief some to appreciate science fiction. But that's no help at all with this one. Same old worn-out storyline about coming to in a big and dangerous space ship and trying to figure out what went wrong, where you are going, and what's with the crazy aliens you run into. And a few monsters. As the story goes on, it just gets harder and harder to swallow. Reads more like a bad role-playing video game than serious writing. Avoid like the plague.
While I was reading this book I was aware of and glad of being smart enough to figure out what was going on...that is to say, it took some thought and close reading. I can imagine people just putting this down and not picking it up again. I stuck it out to the end and was not entirely satisfied because in some ways the end did not justify the means. I think the ideas could have been presented in a more lucid fashion and that would have given the reader more opportunity to think about them whereas in this book it was even less than implied until the end and then one was left to infer rather than know. I know this is a vapid sounding review but I assure you, it fits the book. That being said, I will probably listen to it again sometime just to make sure it said what I think it said.....ye gads..I'll just stop talking!
I have enjoyed several of Greg Bear's books.
Greg Bear does a strange thing with the ending of this book, jumping to the conclusion before going back and finishing the tale of how the characters get there, effectively draining the tension out of an otherwise well-put-together story right at the end.
I'm pretty new to audiobooks. This seemed like a good performance. Sometimes the narrator's "woman's voices" grated on me a bit, but I'm not sure how that could be improved.
I think the concepts Bear introduced were covered thoroughly here.
The story starts slow but builds to an interesting climax. Not quite as good as other works but worth the cost.
I'm still not quite sure what I think about this book. It was challenging, creative, and unusual. I'm just not sure if I really liked it when all was said and done. The performance was great, and the story's pace was good and rapid. Maybe I wasn't all that gratified by the ending, or by the rather minor revelations exposed at the end of what was a pretty big buildup.
This book takes the listener on a journey of discovery through the hull of a colony spaceship in crisis. Along the way there are many clues, but they only become meaningful as the story unfolds. This is a book you have to read (or hear) more than once, with the second journey through its unfolding world even richer than the first. Highly recommended.
The narration was fine, but I just couldn't get into the story itself. It was trying too hard to be metaphysical. I spent most of my time trying to understand what happened than actually enjoying it. The only thing I could tell you that might help make it more understandable, is that despite all the metal, the ship is actually mostly organic.
"Wildly imaginative but a little inaccessible"
This is a book with vivid imagery and ever shifting ground. Things are seldom what they seem and we discover the world in tandem with the main protagonist. There are genuinely new concepts and there is a twisted but valid logic running through the story. It took a few chapters for this to draw me in but it was well worth the time and I will listen to it again. The performance is strong and the book well written. I would recommend persevering with it.
"Wait, what just happened?"
Try as I might, I still cant seem to get along with hard sci-fi. I liked a lot of the ideas in this novel, just not how they were executed. The story is quite unforgiving of any laps in concentration, maybe not the best book for in-car listening. On paper (not the best metaphor for a book I know but bear with me) its a sci-fi horror story set on a vast space ship adrift in space, people get carried away by monsters and minced up but its all a bit un-engaging, some guys from the Star Wars cantenna turn up very early on too.
I wanted this to be a creepy sci fi horror mystery, and it is, quite disturbing in places, but in a sort of, weird way. The horror things get explained away quite quickly, and the mysteries are sadly old news to anyone who has spent more than five minutes in the genre. cool creepy ending though if a bit anti-climactic.
I have no idea, none of them were particularly memorable, but that's down to the characters not the performance. Teacher, the central character is played well and as his story unfolds it becomes quite poignant.
If anything it reminded me of Pandorum, with a few twists to make it not look like outright robbery. It does differ a bit, but not by very much and give away far more too quickly than that movie.
I'm weary of reading any more novels by this author.
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