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As a the second audiobook of the "Legend of Galactic Heroes" series, "Ambition" is a title that is the perfect one word summary for it's content. There are some story arcs worth a listen here as the main characters Yang and Reinhard continue their roles as tacticians for opposing factions while struggling with far more poisonous political opponents on their own sides. This maneuvering around the traps of political corruption is actually the dominant focus of this story. There are still tactics and space warfare, but instead of focusing on the main characters' unlikely careers, the story now focuses on their surviving their own respective governments.
While Tim Gerard Reynolds still continues a fantastic performance as the audiobook 's narrator, the slower pacing of this audiobook's plot is hard to ignore. There are more ruminations about human psychological and philosophical flaws that widen and water down development of the events within this story than in the first book. This ends up requiring more patience from it's listeners than the first volume of this audiobook series which was already at a pace set to "slow, but pleasantly steady".
This audiobook is recommended to extremely patient listeners who enjoy overblown political drama more than most. The story is translated from Japanese so there are some different writing choices here and the villains are more obvious in their motives than in most political drama scenarioes, but this in combination of the narrator's skill makes the audio experience stand out in tone dispite it's crawling pace.
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Would you listen to Ambition again? Why?
While I loved Dawn, Ambition hooked me immediately and never let me down. Every action made either ends in success or tragedy, and the amount sheet chaos in the second half of the book was a joy to listen to.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Ambition?
Spoiling as little as possible, the melee combat bit within the fortress corridor made it clear that this book series should see the light of Hollywood!
What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I think he does a very good job bringing out the cold calculation that is the heart of this book. The few times emotion is brought up are done well enough that I noticed them just by subtle audio cues and shifts in the narrators voice.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
No Major Spoilers
The scene in the stadium actually made me pause the book for a few minutes and think about what that meant for the Empire.
Additionally, the assassination attempts were nothing short of awesome. (I hope that does not reflect poorly on my character XD).
Any additional comments?
Better than the first! More than worth a listen. Time for Endurance!