Remnant Population

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nancy on 13-03-13


I love the way the author has in telling this story. After listening to the whole thing I want to turn around and listen to it again. I already miss the characters and can see how this planet will develop into something wonderful.

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15 of 16 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Mim on 18-03-13

Grey Power Rules!

I love this story, ever since I first read it and was thrilled to find it here on Audible. The narrator's voice has a wonderful 'aged' timbre and fits the character. It may be Science Fiction but has the universal themes of being in charge of one's own destiny and how the choices one makes to interact with 'new people' has long lasting repercussions. Elderly heroines are rare and this one is well worth remembering.

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22 of 24 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Tango on 20-03-13

Sci-Fi for the Red Hat Society

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple with a red hat and try to be just like Ofelia! Remnant Population isn't a perfect book, but it sure has a wonderful protagonist and one unlike any I have previously come across in Sci-Fi. Ofelia has traveled the stars in her lifetime but doesn't begin her real personal journey until the age of 70, and Remnant Population is the story of that amazing personal evolution. Most sci-fi lovers will enjoy the second 1/2 of this novel, but you should be aware that this is a much more character driven novel than most science fiction, although plot and setting play a much larger role in the second half of the book. However, the first half of the book may feel like a bit of a slog for someone looking for traditional sci-fi - there is almost no action. It takes the author a full 2 hours to set up the story, another hour before any suspense is introduced, and another 2 hours after that before the real action begins. After a very gradual buildup, the entire second half of the book is chock-full of both characters and drama that are totally engaging. There is a reason for Moon's slow movement into the real meat of the story - without the introductory setup, you can't fully appreciate how and why Ofelia changes the way she does and why she is oddly the right person in the right place at the right time to take on a very hard and weird job. I can appreciate Moon's craftsmanship, but I still felt a bit like a desert nomad who finally reaches an amazing oasis when I came to the second half of the book. In the final analysis, I'd recommend Remnant Population to anyone who has a little patience and loves good sci-fi with great characters, but just go in prepared for a very slow start. Ofelia is a gem of a character - she really is worth the wait to get to know her.

Vanessa Hart's narration is perfect. She has a nice voice, with a nice rhythm. She sets a fairly brisk pace which is very good for the slower section of the book. She handles the "alien" language really well and, without actually sounding old, Hart sounds worldly-wise just like I think Ofelia would sound.

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24 of 27 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 17-04-13

Refreshing, different, enduring

What made the experience of listening to Remnant Population the most enjoyable?

Unusual story, endearing characters that I just wanted to be with. As soon as I finished it, I played it again and was equally as charmed and delighted by the second hearing as the first.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The babies, I wanted to cuddle them too. Actually I loved all the characters even the son and daughter-in-law and especially the 70 year old lady who made me look at my grandma in a very different way.

What does Vanessa Hart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She was just great. Trying to pronounce those alien words when you are reading them can be frustrating but hearing them doesn't interupt the story flow and Ms Hart does a great job of that. Her voice is soft and a little smokey and not overly dramatic. For this story she was a great pleasure to listen to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Really extreme for me. Listened twice in a row, the first time non stop and I'm writing this review without being asked to by Audible :) Never done that before.

Any additional comments?

Ms Elizabeth Moon has written a wonderful book, wish I had discovered it before. Give yourself a great treat and listen to this lovely story that will stay with you for a long time.

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9 of 10 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 18-12-17

Spoiled by unclear narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, most of my friends do not like this kind of fiction.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Good ending, a well constructed story with good pacing

What didn’t you like about Vanessa Hart’s performance?

Very unclear diction, many of the phrases ran together and were hard to unravel, many others had inappropriate pauses, often she adds a sound at the start of a phrase that just adds to the confusion. I had to play this with earphones and at high volume just to figure out exactly what the narrator was saying. The performance detracted greatly from my understanding of the story.

Could you see Remnant Population being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not likely

Any additional comments?

I am going to buy a paper version to do full justice to the story.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Eve on 20-10-16

tedious at first, but ends up being a good book

This book started very slow and I almost put it down several times. Ended up being worthwhile.
Narration was very good

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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