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I stopped listening after ten minutes. This is supposed to be a book about technology, and it contains three howlers in the first ten minutes, including one in the first sentence. They were: "Oxygen in the atmosphere caught fire," "A species that had literally no culture" (followed by a member of that species giving a verbal command to prepare for battle.) And then the final straw: "The voltage must be less than one megawatt."
If these don't bother you, the writing quality seems fine, the narrator is good, and the story may be interesting.
39 of 47 people found this review helpful
Not stellar, a lot of USA and NASA chest thumping. Very light on the sci-fi.
Some characters do nothing for the story other then ask for clarification for simple concepts and be "not very nice" (ehm, every NSA member). This book seems like it is always holding your hand, wasting alot of time on overblown explanations ham fisted into the dialog (comes off about as natural as a rabbit laying eggs).
The characters are not very well devoloped (there are alot of them however) and it became hard to care if the "good" guys pulled it off in the end.
It is too bad as the idea was neat and the audio performance was great but this book was a dissapointment.
12 of 14 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Lunar Discovery in three words, what would they be?
Enjoyable realistic Sci-fi
What was one of the most memorable moments of Lunar Discovery?
Just before the Rabbit (If I explain further then it's a spoiler.)
What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?
Good consistent delivery although I am not sure why he ascribes a British accent to one of the NASA ground staff when there is no mention of his origins in the book.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No. I like a book I can enjoy, especially while driving.
Any additional comments?
It's clear that the book could have developed the characters better, but that might have taken away from the tempo of the narrative. There is good science here but nicknaming the main character 'Rock' was not a good way to elevate him in any way and the Chinese characters were badly neglected in the second half. For future books it would be good to revisit some of these to maintain the human aspect of the story to match the science moving forward.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Ok Good story at the outset. What Gets my GOAT is the constant Refernce at the start of nearly every major Sequence to the "IN THE NEAR FUTURE DAY XX" This is a totally useless statement as everyone knows at the start of the book it is in the NEAR FUTURE. So why repeat it every 10 mins or so. In a multi part Novel. You just need to state the time frame at the start of each Part. Having Just completed the Dark Fleet Trilogy (all three) which is far more technical in its content it was a better LISTEN.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful