The two books in this series are written well, and the narrator does a great job individualizing how each character appears in tone and accent. Howev..Show More »er, the pace of reading is too quick and can be distracting. To be honest, if the vocal characterization wasn't so good, I would have given the performance just two stars and docked the overall score as well.
I recommend listeners grab the sample before purchasing. If you can overcome the pace of the reading, this is a pretty good book.
I checked my iPhone's Audible App several times to make SURE the speed was set to "X1". I even paused the book and opened another book to make..Show More » sure something else wasn't wrong with the speed setting (Nope, other books played fine). Mr. Rheinstrom just read through this book like he was narrating an Auction or something. EverythingIsReadSoFastYouHaveNoIdeaWhat'sHappening!!!
Several sentences are read multiple times, back to back... I am left with a feeling that this book was pushed through at an INCREDIBLE pace for some reason.
Mr. Rheinstrom obviously has a LOT of talent, I've listened to another book he's read, but he fires through this book like it's stuck on Fast Forward. Editing didn't catch a LOT of parts... in at least one place it was like he realized he'd fumbled the sentence and kinda ended up TRYING to make it sound funny, and then the sentence is immediately repeated a totally different way, with the "First time through" not removed... kinda like 'Bloopers Parts' got left in..
At first I thought the plot and story wasn't making sense because it was read so incredibly fast, but then I realized the time line was jumpy, and the story line and planning just wasn't thought out... it's hard to explain... nothing seems to make sense, plans aren't thought out, a year elapses between one sentence and the next... just, strange.
There's so much fluff in this book, it's ridiculous. If you got rid of all the times the aliens repeat that every other races are vermin and will be d..Show More »estroyed, and all the times the human's think "oh no, how will we ever survive", the book would end up being about 4 hours of actual content. And with the narrator's fast reading, you'd actually get about 3 hours of audio.
I'm sure the only reason this series is still being published is because the author is also the producer. Don't waste your time or money on this book.
This book is on par with most of the previous books of the series. It is an enjoyable book with strong characters and political, social, as well as mi..Show More »litary struggles. It is a space opera in every sense of the genre, and if you like Battlestar Galactica mixed with Starship Troopers, you will enjoy this series quite a lot.
It is vital that you read/listen to the previous books or the story will not make much sense. The new narrator took some getting used to after 3 books by David Rheinstrom, but Liam Owen did a good job so no complaints there.
I was a bit apprehensive of the series at first, but I'm glad I picked this series up, well worth a read/listen.