I don't think so, as this is so different from the other Skolian Empire books. I think her heroine is less interesting than the Skolian royalty she ha..Show More »s written about. Also, author Asaro seems to have wanted to make a social statement and I am more interested in science fiction/adventure than social revolution per se.
I would have enjoyed this book if I had read it in print form, but I just couldn't get past the reader. Her enunciation was clear and her natural voi..Show More »ce was great, but at many points her lack of phrasing served to drain the dramatic tension from the scenes. There was no concept of a pause when it was needed, and as mentioned previously, the male voices were just hard to listen to. The listening experience would have been fine or even good had she just spoken the male parts in her natural voice, and slowed down the reading pace where appropriate. I will continue to enjoy this author but likely will choose those books read by others. I'd be willing to try this reader again if she's revised her technique or reads a book who's narritive style is better suited for her.
I am a fan of science fiction and fantasy novels. In addition I enjoy novels with strong character development (i.e. George R.R. Martin, Robert Heinl..Show More »ein, Robert Jordan etc.). This book was an enjoyable listen- not as fully developed as books by the afore mentioned authors, but a "lighter read". The Narrator was excellent; the plot easy to follow with just enough sci-fi, political intrigue, romance, and action; and the characters believable and enjoyable. If you are looking for a novel that contains these elements but is not highly complex, I would definitely recommend this book-you won't be disappointed.
Read the Radiant Seas because the universe where it is set and the players behind Soz and Jabriel interest you and you'll not be disappointed. If you ..Show More »read it because you enjoy Soz and Jabriel and want to continue their story--then skip most of the first part. If you belong to the former group, there's some great writing about the Imperator and insight into his troubled past and present. If you're part of the latter group, skip to the rescue and you'll not be disappointed. The two halves of the book form an interesting cycle of events and themes that once I got over my annoyance that Soz and Jabriel were mostly absent from the first half, I actually enjoyed. It's actually a good book if you read it with the right mind frame and know going in that you'll have wait for Soz and Jabriel to return to the mix. There are three really great sequences that truly make the book worth listening to. I can only give this book three stars because it should really have been split in two. It functions as two separate books and has two separate climaxes and resolutions. The narrator did a great job considering the sheer number of characters.
A different narrator! I have been following the whole Saga of the Skolian Empire and, like most of the other books, this one was captivating. It had a..Show More »n excellent story line, a nice balance of action, personal relationships and tech that is about as realistic as science fiction can get. Unfortunately, the quality of the writing was undermined by the poor narration. Kaplan would be much better off reading teen dramas than science fiction! Maybe Anna Fields didn't pronounce all the words as the author intended but at least she didn't mispronounce words that should be pretty obvious if you speak English...so apparently "Qox" is now "squawks" without the first "s"...excuse me but where is the "qu" in that word? Oh yes and Eube is now Eubie...like a society of red-eyed aristocratic sadists would have a cute little name you might give to your new puppy! I wish I could give this audiobook five stars but the poor performance mostly ruined it for me.
I was hoping this would be better than "Catch the Lightening" and more like "Primary Inversion", her first 2 books of the series...but it sort of fell..Show More » in the middle for me. The plot was hard to grasp, because the main focus of the book was the romance. The one thing I really like about Asaro's writing is her beautiful descriptions of other worlds with their multiple moons, stained-glass forests, exotic creatures...and that's the only reason I will keep reading her, because the plots and the characters just don't have a lot of depth.
I loved the book just like I loved all of the other ones in this series.
The only thing that drove me crazy is that the reader did not listen to..Show More » any of the other books before she read this book, and she mispronounced some of the main titles.
I feel that if Audible is going to use different readers for a series they should at least make them listen to the first book so that even if the pronunciation is wrong in the first book at least that way the rest will be the same.
While it's true that this gives a view of what a rock star's life might be like, for those who've enjoyed the Skolian saga, there are many small piece..Show More »s that come together. I like the narrator, though I am sorry that he had to try to sing; his gift is effective reading.
Somehow, this book combines heavy theoretical physics and a love story in a way that actually works. For those with more restrained natures, the sexua..Show More »lity might be a bit much, but it was not gratuitous and did fit into the story.
If you like a universe that hangs together and abides by it's own laws, you will enjoy this one. If detours into technical explanations of how the 'magic' works annoy you, then you may find this tedious in places. Personally, I found the explanations added to the depth of the artificial universe created by Asaro, and the characters are interesting. Overall, it's not a bad listen (although it did take me some time to get used to the reader's "male voices" - they sounded a bit odd).
This book emphasizes the importance of good narration. While the narrator was ok in the narrative voice, the character voices were absolutely painful...Show More » If I had not previously read Undercity, for example, (a very good book) I would never have purchased it after having read the first half of it here. On the other hand this book was a good look into the mind of Catherine Asaro.