Written by a highly regarded expert on space travel and exploration, Allen Steele's Arkwright features the precision of hard science fiction with a compelling cast of characters.
In the vein of classic authors such as Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke, Nathan Arkwright is a seminal author of the 20th century. At the end of his life he becomes reclusive and cantankerous, refusing to appear before or interact with his legion of fans. Little does anyone know, Nathan is putting into motion his true timeless legacy. Convinced that humanity cannot survive on Earth, his Arkwright Foundation dedicates itself to creating a colony on an earthlike planet several light-years distant. Fueled by Nathan's legacy, generations of Arkwrights are drawn together - and pulled apart - by the enormity of the task and weight of their name.
This is classic, epic science fiction and engaging character-driven storytelling that will appeal to devotees of the genre as well as fans of current major motion pictures such as Gravity and Interstellar.
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"Simplistic storyline with way too much melodrama"
The first part of the book is the only genuinely interesting bit: a fictional re-telling of science fiction writing and famous sci-fi authors during the golden age of the genre.
But then the long middle part of the book is a tedious melodrama throwing in every daytime soap opera cliche about troubled families.
It gets briefly interesting again when the author behind to imagine humans on a distant planet, but soon it's back to family dramas before a really hokey sentimental ending.
I didn't enjoy the narrator's reading of it either. Something about the pitch and tone of his voice grated me throughout, though I must admit that he mimicked the voices of the older characters really well.
Very slow and inane story. Not at all what I was expecting from Steele after reading the coyote series.
"Welcome to a snooze fest."
This book takes entirely too long to get to the point. I kept listening and near the end of the book finally got some of why I purchased this book, but there are many other great books in this genre so spare yourself the time and money.
"meh. way too much needless character dev."
good concept. good narration. but way too much needless character development. I almost quit multiple times. glad I finished it, mostly because of how much it cost, but it's unlikely I'll read this author's stuff again.
"An uplifting take on the full potential of science fiction"
This was an enjoyable story with a strong connected narrative and an exciting optimistic view on the potential of science fiction to effect science development. There were some dull parts in the story, and the constant shift in narrators as the years pass leads to some less-than-stellar character-driven storylines, but the ending was well done and enjoyable.
narration was good. But... If ever ever there were a Mary Sue sci-fi story about a sci-fi author, this is that story. Action was weak; pacing was tolerable; story was a bit sparse.
"It's all about the backstory"
A lot of Sci Fi books start right in the middle of some action, and the backstory is treated as a mystery. There's a bit of backstory in this novel, but really it feels more like it is all backstory. That's not a problem though. It is interesting because it is unique. Life is mostly about the slow build and the long wait...
"Really good plausible story"
This book embraced reality and hoped for a better future. People were still people with all the flaws and the speed of light was never broken.
"Such a good story....."
The story was surprisingly entertaining and has kept me wanting more on what will happen next.
"I really wanted to like this book"
Allen Steele has done a lot better. The first section was overly dramatic for no reason. The main character could have simply been told what was going on instead of dragging it out into an ordeal lasting several momths. Later parts just read like tired family drama.
The narrator was ok, but I think there would have been better choices. Not that he mattered much since the quality of the recording was so poor. It sounded as if it were produced in someone's garage using cheap, amateur equipment.
A bad story paired with a terrible production make this the worst experience I have had with Audible since I became a member nine years ago.
"weak start, optimistically implausible premise"
I found the wide-eyed golden era of sci-fi/alternate universe beginning quite weak and with poor dialogue; bit of a missed opportunity given all the classic author name drops. Central premise I think is overly optimistic and implausible though I wanted to like it and rooted for the protagonists.
The book hit it's stride a little more in the latter half, with more plausible character interactions and more drive to the plot. thoroughly enjoyed the ending.
"solid narration, forgettable story"
the story is bouncing between cringeworthy scifi-history namedropping and boring. the narration is great though.
"A story about the Arkwright dynasty"
Starting with the death of the Arkwright we then learn that this is how we start. One mans vision of a possible future , which ends some 500+ years later on a star far far away.
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