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I enjoyed the two narrators. The story developed more depth in book 2, yet parts of the story tended to lag, particularly when action sequences slow down because of discussions over cultural issues (the timing and placement of these moments slowed things down) - especially the long gender tangent during an important turn of events for another main character! Seriously - the "coming of age" party stalled great plot momentum. Lost some steam at that point and didn't really regain speed. And the ending....not sure what was going on the last hour of the book. Seemed like trying to tackle too much. Could have ended the book sooner and maybe included the last bit in book 3.
However, overall enjoyed the continuance of the storyline from Fluency. Exciting series!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I hated it. It ended. LOL. Seriously it is a good book and the ending and story sets things up for the possibility of many more sequels. I am looking forward to the next one. The author has a great storyline. Would be nice to see further character development of all the characters. The narrators do a good job and help differentiate between the 2 main characters making it much easier to track. Overall, enjoyable book and looking forward to next book in the series.
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If you could sum up Remanence in three words, what would they be?
buy in print
What other book might you compare Remanence to, and why?
the Shan Frankland novels crossed with farscape perhaps
How could the performance have been better?
The narrator changed half way through from a female narrator with a talent for accents and an extremely relaxing voice to a man who's accents all for some reason sound like a bad impression of someone from Bangladesh
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I couldn't go on following the change in narrator
I loved Fluency. It was full of new things to experience and told a great fresh story. This book left me with mixed feelings.
The basic story is still a good one, but nowhere near as interesting as the first one. Pace is waay slower (apart for the ending). New characters introduced are a mixed bunch. Some great and interesting. Some just annoying (indeed, indeed, indeed...).
The "sex chapters" I could do without. They read like bad adolescent bodice rippers.
Narrators are doing a good job and Susanna Burney still enunciates like no narrator I've ever listened to.
I feel that I will not buy the next book in the series. Too bad really, since the core story is good. It feels like the author have created a story bigger than her writing talent can handle. Too bad. I really wanted to like this.
What disappointed you about Remanence?
I read the first book in this series and enjoyed it, so when I found the sequel on audio I thought I'd give it a try. There were things I didn't like about the first book, but the likable characters and interesting story line carried me through, enough so that I wanted to find out what happens next. Sad to say I didn't make it to the end of this book.
This book suffers from the same issues I had with the first book... the author tends to go into too much detail, and over-explains things rather than trusting the reader to follow what's going on. I also found some of the alien technology didn't ring true. Yeah I know, it's alien, it's fiction, but even so it needs to make a certain sense, and for me it didn't. Likewise I found some of the conclusions the characters came to about what was happening seemed a bit odd.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
I didn't make it that far, my issues with the narration and the pacing meant that, while I wanted to find out what happened, I didn't want it enough to listen through to the end.
What didn’t you like about Susanna Burney and Mark Linden ’s performance?
I could have forgiven issues I have with the writing (as I did in the first book) if it weren't for the audio book narration. The male reader was fine, but the female read speaks *very* slowly. Even in the action sequences where the characters are frantically running around trying to stay alive she ... reads ... at ... a ... slow ... methodical... carefully... enunciated... pace. It felt like she was deliberately talking slowly to make sure she enunciated every work correctly. This made it impossible for me to get swept up by the action. Combined with the (to me) excessive detail in the text, it meant the book seemed to really drag.
About 4 hours in she loosens up and starts speaking at a more normal pace.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I like the characters and the overall story arc. I'd like to know what happens next, but I think I'll buy the eBook and read it at my own pace.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The use of two narrators is distracting and limits the text. This is not theatre and only serves to reduce the broader experience a reader/listener can experience. Theatre is a different language and achieves a depth by other means; this confusion of the two is a reduction in either form (theatre is written differently). The beauty of text is that it allows imagination; we are quite capable of hearing a feminine or masculine voice without it being made obvious. This does the author a disservice.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful