• Too Like the Lightning

  • Terra Ignota, Book 1
  • By: Ada Palmer
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Series: Terra Ignota, Book 1
  • Length: 20 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-10-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (443 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets.
Carlyle Foster is a sensayer - a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away.
The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s. It is a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labeling all public writing and speech. What seem to us normal gender distinctions are now distinctly taboo in most social situations. And most of the world's population is affiliated with globe-girdling clans of the like-minded, whose endless economic and cultural competition is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety. To us it seems like a mad combination of heaven and hell. To them, it seems like normal life.
And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destabilize the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true. Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life.
©2016 Ada Palmer (P)2016 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ron Lubovich on 10-15-16

Outstanding story, if a bit inaccessible at times

The world created by Ada Palmer is rich and inventive. This book is not military SF and it's not space opera. It's a deliberate meditation on philosophy, morality, humanity, and seemingly impossible intimations of the divine. The narrator's obfuscations and turns invested me emotionally, repeatedly wrenching with each new revelation.

The only complaint I have is that this book might not be the best for audiobooks. I started it three times before realizing that this is not a book you can passively listen to while at work or engaged in activities. The prose requires your focused mind as it intentionally captures the tone and cadence of historical philosophers. Completing it was a challenge due to its length, its emotionally convulsive revelations, and the prose style. But it's one of those rare books that will be with me for years.

I am fully invested in Bridger, Mycroft, Carlisle, and Thisby's lives. Cannot wait for the second book.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-21-17

Novelette plot in a full length novel

The story wanders seemingly aimlessly and occasionally touches the story. The most interesting aspect was it's 19th century structure writing style that lends itself to describing a world not usually seen by the anticipated readers. I did not find this to be compelling and read the complete tome only because to is a finalist for this year's Hugo Award.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Teorgian on 02-21-17

Well-crafted opener that ends abruptly

What did you like most about Too Like the Lightning?

The setting is complex and unique and intriguing. The way the characters think and act is provocative and compelling.

What other book might you compare Too Like the Lightning to, and why?

I would compare it to the work of Gene Wolfe, in that it is a rather disorientating but worthwhile read.

What three words best describe Jefferson Mays’s performance?

Overly-dramatic, distracting.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Unfulfilled. There's a lot of set-up, but no real resolution to the plot in this book, which ends very abruptly. It's not even really a cliff-hanger, the book just ends to be picked up by the next one.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Padraig O'Fuarain on 12-14-16

Outrageously brilliant in scope, invention, innovation, language, characters etc etc.

I've listened to it twice at this point. There's so much detail and so many layers to penetrate but to me it felt like embarking on some exciting, thrilling, unpredictable adventure again when I read second time. 'Mycroft Kanner, Ockham Syneer, Prince Ganymede, The Anonymous, JEDD Mason.....' What breadth of imagination from Ada Palmer!! One of the best I've ever listened to. Excellent narrator.
Can hardly wait for book two. Fourth wall, thou hast no place here!

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