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a wonderful walk-through of a humble concept

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Reviewed: 01-10-2020

Having not heard the word Ikigai before, as this work unfolded I realised just how much of my own self maintenance fits with this philosophy. if you enjoy humble pursuits for their own sake, you will love this book.

Dramatically reduced my ignorance

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Reviewed: 27-10-2018

This is a tough book, it covers a lot of really shitty behaviour in very honest terms. This is very definitely not for the feint hearted. but it is worth it! It will challenge your assumptions and likely your own thoughtless approach to what it means to be a good man.

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Simply stunning!

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Reviewed: 31-08-2018

A wonderful continuation of a fantastic sci fi story. the characters are well rounded, the universe expansive and alive and the narrator brings it all to life with absolute clarity.

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Absolutely wonderful

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Reviewed: 28-06-2017

What a series!!! Well worth the time of any sci fi fan, Hamilton has brought to life a wonderfully fleshed out universe, and Lee does a fantastic job bringing it to life.

one hell of a good listen

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Reviewed: 24-02-2017

To all who care about science fiction and world's beyond our dreams, I promise that this book is worth every second of your time.

the story will blow you away and stay with you long after the Audible man hopes that you've enjoyed this programme. And Greg Wagland (who also did a HG Wells title or two, look it up) is just perfect at describing the contemplative nature of the aliens, and at capturing the emotion in each scene.

Absolutely loved this book

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Great stories and strong performance

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Reviewed: 01-12-2016

Absolutely worth your time.

These books are classics for a reason. This set is a great way to pick them up on the cheap too so that's nice.

Greg Wagland does a very good job or narrating, and the production is sharp; only in a few of the stories his voice lacks diversity to make it clear who's talking when the writing is ambiguous.

You're already hooked

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Reviewed: 27-09-2016

If you're considering this one, you already know if you'll pick it up from the first. If like me you can't bare not knowing what comes next, you won't make it to this part of the description and will have already hit "buy" above.

Fantastic addition to the series and i can't wait to hear the next one.

Amazing Sci-Fi series!!!

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Reviewed: 27-09-2016

I absolutely loved this book and the two that follow it. This is a fantastic example of imagination based on current understandings, every part of this world is fleshed out and feels very real and visceral.

From the explorations of technology that allows for progressively more miraculous advances, to the small side stories that bring the whole world together every piece of this work is finely crafted.

And truly, R.C. Bray has the most wonderfully smooth and gravely voice, and his expansive talent for accent and inflection helps distinguish each character and make them feel that much more real.

I picked this one up after listening to "The Martian" by Andy Weir, and the two are very different in some ways, but equally fantastic in others. If you enjoyed "The Martian" you will enjoy this.

Happy Listening!

... And then the sun came up (on finishing)

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Reviewed: 12-06-2016

The narrator does a stunning job of balancing all of the various characters and their outlook on life. he has a warm, kind voice that makes it easier to listen to passively.

Just a head up though, there are fairly lengthy academic historian arguments which are quite a chore to wade through, the last hour in particular.

Otherwise the characters are wonderfully fleshed out and vital, like real people their passions and beliefs change with time and experience.

It's a battle, but if you're looking at volume 2, you already know if you're going to plunge into the world once more.

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