©1999 Catherine Asaro; (P)2000 Blackstone Audio Inc.
I did not find this as good as Primary Inversion. It was more of the same and you can only believe so much impossible creative effects. However, I did enjoy it.
"A Nobel Effort"
Read the Radiant Seas because the universe where it is set and the players behind Soz and Jabriel interest you and you'll not be disappointed. If you read it because you enjoy Soz and Jabriel and want to continue their story--then skip most of the first part. If you belong to the former group, there's some great writing about the Imperator and insight into his troubled past and present. If you're part of the latter group, skip to the rescue and you'll not be disappointed. The two halves of the book form an interesting cycle of events and themes that once I got over my annoyance that Soz and Jabriel were mostly absent from the first half, I actually enjoyed. It's actually a good book if you read it with the right mind frame and know going in that you'll have wait for Soz and Jabriel to return to the mix. There are three really great sequences that truly make the book worth listening to. I can only give this book three stars because it should really have been split in two. It functions as two separate books and has two separate climaxes and resolutions. The narrator did a great job considering the sheer number of characters.
"Very uneven, from well-written to horrid"
I was very disapointed, because I had high hopes. Ms Asaro can write, she knows science, she is a romantic. When she sticks to her protagonist, the great Sauscany, she has a wonderful authority. Many of the events of the story do not make sense, and seem to be plot points that have been created to move the story along. The villains, The Highton Aristos, Nazi's and slavers, seem to able to appear at the wrong place and time mucht of the time. They seem to have no educational system and yet technology and advanced civilization. Again I was disapointed. When Asaro is good, she can be very good, but when she is bad- she is horrid
That's what little boys are made of
I love listening to Anna Field's voice no matter what she is narrating; she always makes stories interesting and fun. It breaks my heart that she is gone.
Her voice was the main reason I bought this book even though I don't get Sci Fi stuff in general. I mean, there is conflict, romance, violence, longing etc. but how is that different from any other fiction book?
One understandable difference is that ordinary words are exchanged for made-up words (Father = Hushpa). Interesting but it gives me ADD.
Another is that they throw in a bunch of scientific-sounding words - most of them made-up - and a bunch of Star Wars zip, zing, pow, whoosh and poof. Again, it is interesting but anything is possible if you don't look behind the curtain.
Still it's a pretty good yarn especially since Anna Fields reads it
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