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Even in the end I could feel little empathy toward the "bloaters". Engineering a name change would have helped; after all, look at the effect renaming "jungles" to "rain forests" had done. Sarcasm aside, I found the whole "Mind of the universe" concept more than a little over the top; this even after I had come to terms with the Shana Rei sentient and sapient entropy cloud.
Still, with the vast number of characters, Kevin did an excellent job of maintaining their mini-story arcs through the end and spending time to bring a sense of finality to each of the significant characters. Strangely, while accepting that Londa (Lee Iswander's wife) was a very minor character, I found myself wanting her future to have been finalized.
As I've come to expect, Mark Boyett's performance was excellent. I realized after reflecting on the vastness of the trilogy, often requiring repetitive reminders of each of the many characters, that this would have seemed much more tedious with many other narrators.
It was a good ending to a solid trilogy.
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I was unsure how all the different loose ends could be tied up in just one book, but this was a masterpiece and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. 10/10 would recommend
Super mystical SciFi extraordinaire. Just like the rest of the Seven Suns saga and other Saga of Shadows books.
It really began to grate by the end.
So did the endless repetition of stuff we already know.
I'm sure the book would be at least 30% shorter if we didn't revisit information so endlessly.
The performance was good though, so it gets four stars overall even though the story drove me nuts.
I've read this trilogy twice now, and have enjoyed it both times. There is action aplenty, human interest, romance, and one is left wondering what goin' to happen to the Bloaters. What are they all about? Will there be another story about those mysterious objects that seem to have a definite and important place in the Cosmos. A thoroughly good read by Anderson, well narrated by Boyett
It was a six hour good story line turned into 60 hours, perfecting the art of recall every chapter and there is over 300 of them. Need a lot of patience ..............