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Would you try another book from Raeden Zen and/or John Lee?
Raeden Zen (Can you say pretentious and completely made up name?) No. John Lee - absolutely.
Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?
John Lee is my favorite Narrator, but even he could not rescue this series.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
John Lee was narrating.
Any additional comments?
It's rare a find a book I don't finish, but this is one of them. It's not horrible, but it could not hold my interest when something else more interesting came along. A lot of glossing over of the 'science' - I.E. the brief space travel sequences are laughable, this mysterious 'ZP field' is never really explained and seems rather outlandish, even for Sci-fi, etc.. You don't really get invested in the characters either, they all tend to be unlikable. A waste of John Lee's talent IMO, but at the same time is it's saving grace - I can't see actually reading this, John Lee's usual stellar performance is the only reason I stuck it out as long as I did.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
I had a hard time finishing this book. I'm used to out of this world sci-fi epics, but this one was hard to follow. Explanations came late in the book, and it felt like some motivations for key characters and societal structures were nonexistent. As for the narater I like his voice acting in other productions, but some names became hard to understand and differentiate because of either pronunciation or accent. As I write this I'm still unsure if one of the main characters is "Baron" or "Barrow." I enjoyed the different aspects of genetics, material science, and quantum mechanics that the author brought forth. Not sure if I'll be listening to this anytime soon, but a second time might allow me to pick up on more of the story.
11 of 14 people found this review helpful
I did like this story and the style is very much an epic sci-fi. Still, I can’t help thinking that it lacked the pace of a good page turner.
A lot of people have borrowed heavily from this book over the years so it’s very good reading if you are a writer. If not, then try the Night’s Dawn Trilogy instead of this.
I drop this entire series on book 2, was a pain to get to the end of book 1, but I was hopping it would improve. It didn't!
a very intriguing story line with significant character development. i appreciated the strong female characters.