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yes, I struggled to finish this. I just couldn't get into the shallow characters and found the story uninspiring. Bought this on the ratings and the book is going back. I have absolutely no interest in "reading " the next installment.
Back to relistening to my Silver Ships and Crimson Refugees books while I wait for the next installment.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful
I thought the title was a bit naff sounding, so I thought I'd give it a whirls anyway. I drive hundreds of mile a week with work and need to kept alert on my travels. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book ( and the next one ). It wasn't nearly as predictable as I thought and has great action scenes and lots of layers of intrigue and strong characters. I'm quite hard to please and this has been a good one. Currently enjoying the second and looking forward to the final one in the trilogy.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I saw the hype and the 5-star reviews, and decided the book was worth a try. &quot;Hits the ground running&quot; says the Guardian, but fails to mention it stumbles and falls flat on its face not long into the run.
The story is impressively unengaging, with one-dimensional characters you feel no empathy for. There is an effort on the part of the author to paint a coherent picture of a colonised galaxy of the future, but it comes across as pallid and shallow.
The book is so clichéd it makes you physically cringe (&quot;He's all we've got! He single-handedly saved the fleet! We're a tiny crew on a gigantic vessel!&quot;). The narrative isn't bad, but perhaps a bit too overly-garnished with fancy wording.
And the performance. Dear Lord, the delivery is so awful it would have ruined everything on its own. It made finishing this book a seemingly unending hardship to finish. For starters, the sound quality is amateurish and horrible, with poor treatment of plosives. The narrator's cadence is unbelievably terrible, with pauses in some of the stupidest places imaginable, and in nearly every sentence. And the character voices! Absolutely and utterly rubbish, mostly consisting of gasping croaks and croaking gasps, verging on the inaudible. And the remaining characterizations sound like the character is straining over a toilet. If you want to listen to this book in the street or anywhere else with the tiniest amount of ambient noise, you'll have to keep rewinding the recording and straining your ears due to the pathetically uneven narration, with the sentences blurted out at the beginning and then sounding like the narrator is slowly expiring.
I really wouldn't bother with this one at all. Nothing new, nothing worthwhile.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful