I wanted to like this book. I'll try the next one in the series. The concept is clever and the possibilities enormous. BUT. The writing needs tighteni..Show More »ng and editing, better character development,a stronger story arc and something I can only call heart. It kept almost catching fire, then fwizzle.Narration was decent, not enough to save it though.
First of all, how can I rate the book 5 stars yet rate both the performance and story 4? Because there are problems with both, but the story as a whol..Show More »e holds up and concludes satisfyingly. The narrator is great at the end when all the excitement builds, but getting there he makes quite a few pronunciation errors, such as "taunt" for "taut" and "tapped" for "taped." He also has some "accent on the wrong syllable" episodes that made me wonder where he was from. I liked his main voice, and a couple of the accents, but his Japanese girl voice is the same as his squid-alien voice. It was annoying at times, but by the end, the book proved enjoyable, so 5 stars.
The books starts off slowly if you are expecting something like The Ark. And, as in The Ark, there are grammar errors (incorrect past perfect) that I care about but others don't. It took 5 hours to stop being merely an interspecies / intercultural exploration and start being a detective story. This is always interesting. (Although Asimov's Caves of Steel and its sequels will always be standards of this.) The story cannot hold up this interesting development however, and bogs down again for a few hours. Then when things are finally falling into place, the story is very exciting and interesting for the last couple of hours. Here the character development shines and you are rooting for the good guys. There is a great scene with an antagonistic ally, and a nail-biting climax where you don't know who will die heroically, and you just don't want any of them killed. Great scenes here.
So, for me, the book started out boring, but then ended well and enjoyably. There are some discussions of the nature of humans and the right and wrong of different assumptions. Good listening.