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Not as good as the first one but worth it!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-19

Only at the end of the book when author in the afterward speaks about the book did I learn that this book had a co-author Gentry Lee. (It is weird that it is not in the book info in Audible.) That explains the differences from the first book and why I didn't like it as much (sorry, Gentry Lee). For example, the weirdest thing was the obsession with French and English history and especially Shakespeare. It was full of his quotes and the future was depicted in a way where everyone is a fan of Shakespeare, knows at least a couple of quotes each not to mention have seen and read all his plays and loves him. Whaaaat....? Nope. Not my vibe. Gentry Lee is a fan of French and English history - we were told by Clarke. So that is why.

The book also starts slow and is more about the people and politics than about aliens and sci-fi. The book gets to the normal tempo and story of the type that was in the first book around the middle. So, the end is satisfying and I want to listen to the next one in series despite the fact that the co-author is still there. (Damn it!) :P

Narrator is amazing!

Excellent!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-19

Amazing quality of writing. Great storytelling and great story! Hasn't aged at all - you can't feel it was written so long ago! I'm getting the next one without thought!

Perfect narrator - very fitting and easy to listen to.

Young adult novel at best

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-19

I couldn't wait for it to end. Although it seemed short when it ended when it did. (Never satisfied, are we?) It goes without saying, I won't continue with the series.

As many have mentioned in the comments, it is too simple. It repeats understandable things several times, states the obvious all the time... The language seems two dimensional, so to say, without depth - you can't enjoy the writing. It could be a book for young adults from that point of view but the story itself, the theme of the book doesn't fit for that either.

The narrator didn't help - for some reason I really hated the sound of the main character's voice. And it nagged at me all the time.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

Amazing trilogy!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-11-18

I can't express how satisfied I am with the book! It is just amazing. And I have a feeling the author has left a chance open to continue with another story in the same universe. I would love that!

I had a pause before I could listen to the last book in the trilogy, so I don't have any problems with any narrators. They were all so amazing! They are real actors! They play the book, not read it!

And the new character Catherine - I love her! 😂

Fun story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-10-18

Didn't expect it to be as good as it was!

It started with a lot of irritating "she said", "he said" and so on without end... But! Luckily the fun of the story got the upper hand and I didn't care about those things anymore because it was so interesting to listen to and I was eating every word and wanted to know where it all was leading to. And it is made in a fun, entertaining language, easy to listen to. Narrator did an amazing job as well!

Nicely finished up, too - didn't leave us hanging or disappointed - nicely done!

Thumbs up!

Better than the 1st book!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-18

Listening to this second book it feels like the first book "Pandora's star" was just a big, big introduction. In this book the action starts at last and the story picks ups the pace incredibly. Now it is the action novel I expected from the beginning. All the loose ends come together, every single detail from the first book turns out to be critical in the second.... It is amazing that way! It is like training with boring exercises how to best get up the mountain and then finally get to the real thing enjoying it the most exactly because you did all that training and it goes so smoothly without a hitch...!

So - the main thing! --> If you read the first book and you are afraid that the second will be the same - don't be! The second book at last gives you the satisfaction you were waiting for in the first one! You NEED to listen to it if you've listened to the first..! So that what you've gone through wouldn't have been for nothing! Details are still there but I enjoyed the second book much, much more!

As it is so detailed, the satisfactory thing is the ending - it's fulfilling, not like some other books where you feel left hanging or the ending is left to your own imagination. A very good ending.

The narrator still manages to speak without a pause between two different character stories like intentionally trying to mess you up, but this time I was better at distinguishing his tricks...! :P In any other aspect he's a good narrator.

Very descriptive, thorough, not fast paced

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Judging from the amazing reviews I expected something more. Yes, it is a quality book, there is no doubt about that. But - don't expect a fast paced, heart riveting book! It is as long as promised - 37 hours - because it is very descriptive, very thorough, nothing is left for our own imagination, not like with some authors who evade describing a new world because of a lack of talent. This book is impressive that way. Despite the length of the book it feels like it is only the prelude of the series (it seems like at least 20 of the 37 hours are pure, pure character introduction - wow!). The characters in the beginning of the book seem to have nothing in common, each of them having their own story told in a very, very detailed manner. At least in the end we find out they all play an important role so all those hours kind of pay off.

Was it worth it? I am not sure. Maybe. Probably more yes than no. It didn't make me fall asleep on the road. That is good. But I wasn't in a rush to return to listening either. I still finished it because the overall story is interesting, the concepts, the Commonwealth, the aliens. I feel I might even go for the second book because this one ended on a cliff hanger (pun intended for the ones who read the book) or you could say it didn't even end after the 37 hours! Actually it seems like the author had written an even longer book but someone forced him to cut it up "a bit". :P

Narrator was great. Maybe he only could have made a bit longer pauses before he already starts story of the next character. Sometimes it flowed so much together I got confused when I hadn't noticed the switch.

Boring

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-17

To put it simple - the book was boring. Really boring. Story was like "bones without flesh", didn't raise any feeling or sympathy for any of the characters... Couldn't care less what happens further in the book or with the characters. Very dissatisfying.

If you wait for what was written in the annotation and it is what made you curious about the book in the first place, hold your horses (your hopes), because you have to wait for the whole book to get to that point. I know - I listened on because I was waiting for the interesting part to come. I have listened to 3/4 of the book and I can tell - the part hasn't come yet.

The narrator had the idea he has to make everyone sound a different level of British - I disliked his accents a lot. It didn't improve my book experience.

Will return it for sure without listening till the end. I was forcing myself to get even that far.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Fun!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-17

This was quite good fun - I actually laughed out loud at moments! (not like the previous sitcom I listened to from these series)

Dark, phylosophical short story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-17

First thing - don't take the book if you expect some humour, easy stuff and adventure bright story. I read the reviews saying the book is dark but didn't believe that the level of it will be so high. I don't usually venture in those passages, I'm trying more to find something that would entertain me, not push me down emotionally. So - be prepared! The book is dark, emotional, the main hero is a stupid lunatic whom you might not like the entire book...

The book is not written badly, it's an artistic work you could say. I didn't like it and wished I hadn't listened to it but it was my fault entirely as I expected something else which the book or the reviews actually never promised.

The book felt short though - it felt like a short story, not a novel.

The author reading the book himself is - I think - a very good match - he knows how he had meant to sound what he wrote the best and his voice is fitting and clear to understand. He shouldn't worry about that - he read it great!