BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Jack McDevitt.
©2005 Cryptic, Inc.; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
"Ideas abound in McDevitt's classy riff on the familiar lost-colony theme. The novel delivers everything it promises with a gigantic whallop." (Publishers Weekly)
"The logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke." (Stephen King)
"Jennifer Van Dyck keeps the story exciting as she recounts each find, telling of artifacts that are much older than anything Indiana Jones ever got his hands on. Jack McDevitt himself reads the introduction." (AudioFile)
I enjoyed the story, but could NEVER listen to it again.
This must have been reader Jennifer Van Dyck's first book, for her performance was a disaster---especially throughout the first 105 minutes! Only then did she start easing up on her over-enunciated plodding style. Enduring her unnecessary stress at the end of each word was like listening to pulsating-but-slow disco, and her every sentence ended sounding like it was the summation of a paragraph.
While her performance in the second half of the book was more acceptable, right to the end she remained incapable of creating male voices. They all sounded similar, and many times I had no idea which of the few male characters was speaking.
First off, the narrator, she basically has only one good voice: the main characters (in other words her natural voice). As soon as she tries to make a different character it just sounds fake and sometimes It sounds ridiculous, for example one of the main characters friends (I forgot the characters name) sounds like a retard with a volume problem, and the AI voices were like a robot from the 1950s (thats the ridiculous part) its more than 10,000 years into the future and computers sound like robots? Give me a break. Shouldn't computers sound like lusty supermodels in the future!?! Second, the story is very lacking, I have no idea how this won any awards. The author went WAY too far into the future. Can anyone really imagine what humanity would be like more than 10,000 years into the future? Well the author certainly could not! There was basically no mention of any future technologies except for the space travel. There was no science in this fiction, very disappointing. Listen at your own risk!
Maybe it was the narrator or the book it was interesting but overall still boring. I do expect a little action with my science, but this book had less than a little.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the majority of this book involves the main characters doing research. Really. That's it. The mysteries were never that intriguing, and their solutions were still a let down. But the narrator was what really got to me. She says every line like its the most exciting thing she's ever read. I think I would prefer listening to Microsoft Sam. I finished it just because I had nothing else to listen to. A sad waste of my monthly credit. I often choose books from the Nebula and Hugo award winners. This book is making me second guess that strategy.
hard to believe this won the Nebula: more info-dumps than story.
I finished it mostly because the narrator was decent: the story itself has potential but is poorly told.
I am about 2 hours into the story and it really is just a detective story with a couple of sentences about planets and space travel. I don't even know if I will finish the story.
Next time I will listen more to other peoples reviews, I am pretty disappointed.
slow! Boring! action-less!
the very end had a Little action but it took forever to get there.
If you like the investigative reporter type stories, then this is your book! If you like high speed action like me this book had me saying out loud
Not much of a science fiction novel. It doesnt feel as if you are 10,000 years into the future. Narrator wasn't very good. Not well written either.
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