I've enjoyed Ian Douglas' work in the past and that's why I tried this one in spite of poor reviews. While I might try another book by Ian, I won't tr..Show More »y any more from this series. As far as David Drummond's narration, it was horrible for this book. While Ian created a world that is greatly influenced by Japan, the narration was done with what sounded like a Scottish Pirate.
I'll be blunt: the performance was horrible. I'm not familiar with the narrator's other work but I suspect the problem here is the direction anyway. ..Show More »Bill Paxton's character in aliens is famous for his panicked scream "Game over, man! Game over!" It was effective because it stood out in stark contrast to the other soldiers who (mostly) remained calm under pressure. In this performance, *every* character sounds that panicked, *every* time. There are plenty of ways to portray excitement in a dangerous situation other than terror. I only hope that the remaining books in the series are yet to be performed and that the director and narrator give the material the treatment it deserves.
I would give this audio book (10 stars )if I could
This is the type of science fiction that first led me to love reading. I've already roped 2 grandsons by picking their interest followed by books for ..Show More »Christmas. I hope they will fall in love with reading like I did. I chose this simply told fast moving book to plant the daydreams of artificial intelligence, spaceships, lasers, In a futuristic, military space war complete with a well thought out first communication with a powerful nonhuman intelligence. Complete with the powerful emotions faced by soldiers on a battlefield and there personal emotional struggles with the death of comrades, love, temptation, racial stereotypes, bigotry. leaving the reader questioning their beliefs in the kind of person they want to become. A grandfather can only try and I will forever be grateful to the high school librarian who expanded my world with the love of reading
each book to stand alone constantly repeats facts shortening the amount of time for new story. For the dollars the books are too short I would pr..Show More »efer which the author had put all the books together into one novel to avoid all this distraction. chasing dollars instead of quality
Okay, I really like this story and how it has developed in the last few books. The main caveat that I have with this one is that the author spends a ..Show More »bit too much time reviewing previous material at various places in the story. I'm not sure if this style of recapping every few chapters is useful to those who haven't read the previous books, but I found it a bit irritating.