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- A Novel of the Skolian Empire
- Lu par : Anna Fields
- Durée : 11 h et 14 min
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"In an unusually masterful first novel, physicist Asaro combines hard speculative science and first-rate storytelling to look at the galaxy's distant future....This is one of the best sf first novels in years." (Booklist)
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"This novel deserves a wide readership." (Library Journal)
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Good Narrator and a Good Story
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 Heinlein, 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.
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Engaging SCIENCE fiction
Here is for once a novel that lives up to both parts of the genre’s name: SCIENCE FICTION. Wow, what a concept! That said, it is only enough to make the book work, it is not science for science’s sake (and I am a Latin teacher). It’s not as ‘hard’ science as James P. Hogan or Geoffrey Hoyle, but neither is it just the pabulum of space-magic or space-romance or a mindless space-war snack-book. I would describe it as light-to-moderate hard-science fiction, as well as a galactic war story; it’s also a romance, and, refreshingly different, for a hard-SF --from a woman’s perspective. This one will make you think and challenge your intellect. It’s not perhaps one of the greats of SF, but it certainly is a captivating book that gains momentum as it goes along, and I had already purchased the first sequel five minutes after I finished this one.
The reader, Anna Fields, is quite engaging, and though she may not portray the best or widest range of male voices, she does at least as well at those as most male readers do for female voices; as a male, I did not find her male renderings disrupted the book or made the work any less enjoyable. She was able to give enough individuality to a sufficient range of characters that after the first hour I knew most of the characters by how she read them, and that’s more than one can say for a lot of professional readers. I would certainly not shy away from any titles she read, and indeed consider her a plus for any work I was considering.
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Another fun listen about the Skolian Empire. Asaro has just the right mix of action and romance in her books. You should get at least one hardcopy so you can take advantage of the timeline of events and descriptions of all the major characters that is in the appendix. I've read or listened to over half the Skolian stories and am looking forward to any more that Audible deigns to provide. This is a prequel to Radiant Seas.
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Endless techno-babble with an unlikely romance
There are not many books I have though to stop in the middle, but this is one of them. The start is fairly promising, but even in the first hour we get a taste of what is to come - endless descriptions of how the technology in the world functions. Now, I do like technology - but not to this excess. In a book form I might have been more forgiving (as I could just skip over the sections), but in an audiobook form is gets old really fast.
If you can trudge through the endless exposition, you'll find a weirdly dual main character. On one moment she is a 40-something battle elite-soldier-veteran - the next a love-sick teenager falling in love with a 'vampire', Twilight style. There seems to be no clear indication on exactly why she suddenly goes off the deep end (nor why he does the same), other than what I must imagine to be Elfquest like 'recognition'. And no, it does not work.
Which is a shame, since the world is a fairly interesting one, even if a bit cliche'd - the humans are the neutral (and apparently liberal americans), the evil are nazi-vampires and refreshingly the protagonist represents the not-so-good-either side.
I got this book along with Asaro's other books in this series at Audible's 3-for-2 deal. I dare say I will be very very desperate for something to listen to before I would listen to the other two.
6 personnes ont trouvé cela utile
Since this was a sale item, I took a chance on it dispite some of the other reviews. I am actually suprised - this is really quite a good book. The sci-fi is not skimmed over nor over indulged (as many hard sci-fi tend to be). The story is good, the characters easy to relate to and understand their connections and reactions. The sex is just mentioned, and not detailed as it can be in other books (which I don't need in sci-fi thank you). Although short - I like 12 plus hr books to spend my credits on, it moved along without dragging at all. I will be listening to the next in this series - even spending my credits on it.
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- M. Taylor
I enjoyed parts of it.
First, I will echo some of what was posted in the review titled "Bridges of Madison Space Port." Much of the story is schlocky melodrama that was hard to listen to, and the narrator's performance of male voices was grating.
But scattered throughout the story are morsels of sci-fi action that was quite enjoyable.
The narrator did a great job, except for the male voices. I just don't know what possessed her to try to speak in a lower register. It was completely distracting, and I kept hoping there wouldn't be any male speaking parts because I didn't want to hear her ridiculous impression again.
I'm still on the fence about whether I will continue the series - only because of the narrator. If the rest of the books are narrated without the goofy lowered voice, then I'll probably continue.
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This is SF with a new twist to my knowledge. Enough universe, consistent textures and story telling to satisfy the hard SF'er. At the same time Catherine brings in the human side. It is not very complex and still quite mono-dimensional, but this effect creates a very interesting and captivating tension in the layer that supports the story.
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Couldn't wait for it to end...
This, so far, had to be the worst audiobook I've listened to, yet. Don't get me wrong the narrator does, indeed, do a good job and I would definitely hear another one recited by her. The story, however, is quite tedious and annoying. The author seems like she is trying to be another Michael Crichton with frequent discussions of scientific theory sometimes interrupting climactic points in the story. There will be tide-turning action and then, suddenly, a half-hour discussion on how a certain weapon or space fighter works. Crichton pulls it off nicely in his books; Catherine Asaro, sadly, does not. About a third of the book is a non-sensical psychological study of the main character which, also, gets old very fast. The writing style makes it obvious that it's a 'first novel'. The descriptive text is akin to a teenager desperately and clumsily trying win over the heart of his or her crush. The only thing this story was missing was the "It was a dark and stormy night" beginning. Perhaps Asaro's other books are better, but I will never know since I will be keeping a safe distance from them after listening to this one.
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Unimaginative soap opera in space
I love science fiction and I love good science fiction. But this is the opposite of what good science fiction is supposed to be. It's basically a "telenovela" set in a futuristic environment. There is nothing creative about it and I don't think that Anna Fields is very good at doing different voices, either. I listened to the complete first part of this two part audio book and then gave up.
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Interesting Concepts with a Slow Presentation
Though the concepts in this book are very intriguing, the presentation is slow and overall the book is kind of boring.
There is a lot of navel gazing by the main character. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind good character development, but this was just endless introspection.
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