The best way to listen to this series:
Primary Inversion (Unabridged)
The Radiant Seas (Unabridged)
The Last Hawk (Unabridged)
Ascendant Sun (Unabridged)
The Quantum Rose (Unabridged)
Catch the Lightning (Unabridged)
©1995 Catherine Asaro; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks
"In an unusually masterful first novel, physicist Asaro combines hard speculative science and first-rate storytelling to look at the galaxy's distant future....This is one of the best sf first novels in years." (Booklist)
"Though Asaro, a physicist, provides more than enough esoteric detail on faster-than-light inversion drives, cybernetic enhancements, and computer networks, she manages to anchor her story with thoughtful, engaging characters and an intriguing vision of the future." (Publishers Weekly)
"This novel deserves a wide readership." (Library Journal)
This, so far, had to be the worst audiobook I've listened to, yet. Don't get me wrong the narrator does, indeed, do a good job and I would definitely hear another one recited by her. The story, however, is quite tedious and annoying. The author seems like she is trying to be another Michael Crichton with frequent discussions of scientific theory sometimes interrupting climactic points in the story. There will be tide-turning action and then, suddenly, a half-hour discussion on how a certain weapon or space fighter works. Crichton pulls it off nicely in his books; Catherine Asaro, sadly, does not. About a third of the book is a non-sensical psychological study of the main character which, also, gets old very fast. The writing style makes it obvious that it's a 'first novel'. The descriptive text is akin to a teenager desperately and clumsily trying win over the heart of his or her crush. The only thing this story was missing was the "It was a dark and stormy night" beginning. Perhaps Asaro's other books are better, but I will never know since I will be keeping a safe distance from them after listening to this one.
I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".
I bought this thinking it was a cool book about space battles and soldiers. This was a 10 hour and 59 minute femine hormonal diatribe couched in poorly thought out and over described technology. Half the book was an introspection into the main female character's emotional baggage that was so pounded into you by the end of the story that you began to wonder if the writer wasn't in fact trying to parallel something in real-life. Like we're reading an inside message or joke that we don't really get because we're not whoever this book is aimed at.
The Narator was great except for her naration of men. She tried to speak their lines too deeply. She should stop trying to overmodify her voice. The men in the story (some of them heroic or handsome) sound like goofy and cartoonish children in a liquor store trying to buy beer by disguising their voice.
Why is it that authors feel they have to fight political battles using media as their weapons? I was very disappointed to see yet another attempt to normalize homosexuality. The book was already at a slow start, but throw in a lesbian love interest in the first chapter and there is not a point to continue. If homosexuality is not the point of the book, then why is it even in there? If you have traditional moral values, then this book is not for you.
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