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Meh

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-11-2020

Better than the first two but definitely not his best work. Too much filler. Logically inconsistent. Bit of a chore to finish. The narration is TERRIBLE. Hackneyed stereotyoical accents. Horatio being the worst. Overall disappointing

Essential

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-2020

One of the best science fiction novels ive ever read. Narratiom is faultless. Highly recommended

Gentle thought provoking sci fi

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-10-2020

There are some deep questions asked in this gentke warm unsentimental sci fi. Becky Chambers writes with a caring gentle humanity that puts me in mind of Terry Pratchett. Perfect narration.

Eezy breezy space opera

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-2020

Charming, sweet and unsentimental. Its an easy engaging listen with a stellar narration. Less a novel than a collection of connected tableaux... Would be perfect to adapt for tv.

Let down by the details

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-2020

The major story arc is interesting and engaging enough but some of the individual plot lines are fairly weak. Not as bad as Salvation but eye rolling nevertheless. The dialogue is poor made worse by the narration. Not sure why every character needs to have a different accents but it's jarring to say the least. But good to see that the Brummie accent is alive and well in the 22nd century. Im still keen to see how the trilogy ends but it's the meta story that keeps my here... Really don't care about the main characters and the incidental plot lines just scream 'filler'.

Filler filler filler

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

Reviewed: 26-09-2020

On the whole disappointing. The novel exists solely to set up the remaining parts of the trilogy without being strong enough to stand alone as an engaging novel. There are hours of filler which go nowhere, although Hamilton's imagination is entertaining enough. Made worse by a truly woeful narration 🙄. Lets hope the rest of the trilogy delivers.

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Captivating performance

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-2020

Let's get this out the way first. Robin Miles narration (apart from a mildly dodgy English accent) is phenomenal. Its a captivating performance that makes this Audible the equivalent of a can't put down read through the night page turner. The story itself is whimsical, a love letter to New York and a good rollicking roller-coaster of a ride. Its not perfect - Aislyn is a shemozzle of a character - inconsistent and slightly clumsy. Bel is more a stereotype (in his britishness)... And his turn of phrase is awkward and inauthentuc. Is there a theme? Gentrification, homogeneity, the evil of white western culture? If so, its sits mainly in the background raising its hand every now and then while for the most part the quite frankly bat shit crazy metaphysical multi dimensional universe acts the class clown demanding your attention. I guess its no coincidence that the all the white characters are evil. Racist, The Enemy, basically just wrong. And while its engaging, thought provoking and entertaining to be immersed in diversity the viewpoint is at times grating and occasionally tiresome. But overall. Its a thumping good listen. Im a big fan.

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not good

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-2020

The overarching story is interesting enough but the book is let down by one dimensional characters, woeful dialogue, a paper thin plot and repetitive and superficial narrative techniques. I really struggled to get to the (predictable) finish and can't see myself wasting any more money on the remaining books in the series. The earnestness of the voice performance is irritating... Not for me - even with the supposed realism of the Expanse universe.

pot boiler

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-2020

it's an easy listen... the plot is interesting although there isn't much depth to it and Corey is a one truck pony when it comes to narrative techniques which means the read becomes a bit painful at times. however it's great for tuning out on long car journeys... my biggest grip us the dialogue...holy moly... it's terrible lol narration is a bit average but really he doesn't have a lot to work with. overall it's perfect brain candy summer holiday reading...

dull

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

Reviewed: 08-12-2019

the plot is ok.... but the dialogue and writing is truly awful... a painful listen the narration is ok... poor bugger doesn't have a lot to work with...