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Legend Of The Galactic Heroes is excellently written space opera. The epic battles between the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance and the political manuvers on both sides between the politicans and those who wish to gain power are truly grand. This series comes with writting that personally puts me in mind of Issac Asimov's Foundation series or the world building of Robert A. Heinlein.
It is fascinating watching the characters of Reinhard Von Lohengramm and Siegfried Kircheis of the Galactic Empire and Yang Wen-li of the Free Planets Alliance and those around them grow and develop. Lohengramm's practically childish nature is especially interesting when you compare him to the nobles and - the in some cases too mature - Yang Wen-li. The obvious comparisons make both sides very interesting.
Another point of interest is the writing of the characters. The book does a very good job of making you understand each character's separate viewpoint on the issues being discussed. You might not agree with the views of certain characters...in fact you definitely won't agree with everyone! But you will still understand why they believe what they do.
The narration by Tim Gerard Reynolds is also sutibly well done. The space epic style he takes with the narration suits the series well. He is also expert at the commanding militaristic tone that many of the commanders use when giving their orders be it for defence, offensive or panicked retreat. I honestly can't imagine anyone else doing this series.
The series is truly worth your time. Even use a credit if you have to. I absolutely adore this series and I hope that more people will give the series a chance. It deserves the title it has as an epic story. If you are at all interested in space opera give this a listen. I cannot recommend this series enough.
I know it may not be to some people’s tastes but I hope some of you will give it a try.
If you could sum up Dawn in three words, what would they be?
Militaristic galactic politics
What did you like best about this story?
I will say that at first glance the reader can seem a bit monotone, but that feeling will not last long. His stone cold approach to characters is perfect for this book. His delivery is always spot on and perfectly reflects the stoic viewpoint of the two main characters.
To segway from that point, Yang and Reinhard are just perfect characters, and their situations among their forces grow more and more interesting the longer you consider what they are actually planning with each choice. I was not annoyed by any character and felt that every single second of the book was put to good use. No time wasted at all.
I do not want to gush for too long, but I have never read a book that makes war seem any cooler or more strategic than Dawn. While other stories focus on certain battles and following along the protagonists, Legends shows the whole scope and the grandiose nature of galactic combat, and I loved it for that reason.
Which scene was your favorite?
No major spoilers
The scene with the Patriotic Knights Corps was so interesting in association with Yang.
The very best scenes were of course the unbelievably large conflicts.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
11hrs would be a long time to sit and listen, but I listened intently every day for as long as I could manage.
Any additional comments?
I knew almost nothing about this book or story beforehand. I had seen the first episode of the anime, saw how many more episodes there were, and quit. I found this searching though the Audible library and tried it on a whim, and boy, did that whim pay off.
Possibly my favorite book. Definitely my favorite sci-fi book. "Ambition" here I come!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This book is fantastic. Tim Gerard Reynolds really pull you into the world. Both main characters are portrayed so well. The world is engaging. 10/10
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