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This is a book with vivid imagery and ever shifting ground. Things are seldom what they seem and we discover the world in tandem with the main protagonist. There are genuinely new concepts and there is a twisted but valid logic running through the story. It took a few chapters for this to draw me in but it was well worth the time and I will listen to it again. The performance is strong and the book well written. I would recommend persevering with it.
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What did you like best about Hull Zero Three? What did you like least?
Try as I might, I still cant seem to get along with hard sci-fi. I liked a lot of the ideas in this novel, just not how they were executed. The story is quite unforgiving of any laps in concentration, maybe not the best book for in-car listening. On paper (not the best metaphor for a book I know but bear with me) its a sci-fi horror story set on a vast space ship adrift in space, people get carried away by monsters and minced up but its all a bit un-engaging, some guys from the Star Wars cantenna turn up very early on too.
What was most disappointing about Greg Bear’s story?
I wanted this to be a creepy sci fi horror mystery, and it is, quite disturbing in places, but in a sort of, weird way. The horror things get explained away quite quickly, and the mysteries are sadly old news to anyone who has spent more than five minutes in the genre. cool creepy ending though if a bit anti-climactic.
Which character – as performed by Dan John Miller – was your favourite?
I have no idea, none of them were particularly memorable, but that's down to the characters not the performance. Teacher, the central character is played well and as his story unfolds it becomes quite poignant.
Could you see Hull Zero Three being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
If anything it reminded me of Pandorum, with a few twists to make it not look like outright robbery. It does differ a bit, but not by very much and give away far more too quickly than that movie.
Any additional comments?
I'm weary of reading any more novels by this author.
I read a sample of Hull Zero Three on a gaming site the author contributes. I found that sample of writing much to my liking. So I waited patiently for Audible to release the book. As soon as it came out I used my credit point. I am not disappointed for my purchase. The writing style is very good. Very fluid.
The story is is narrated on first person by an awakened crew member of a large colonizing space ship. Early on we know that the ship is in a chaotic state. The crewman has been awakened before reaching final destination apparently and he has to quickly adapt to survive and discover what has gone wrong. So the narration of first person works very well as the reader, or listener, discovers clues of what is happening or has happened at the same time as the crewman. I felt the resolution was good, even though not everything is answered, and some answers were speculation of the crewman. But that should be the case as the crewman has limitations to what he can discover due to events.
The narrator is very good. I listened to the sample and liked his voice and style of narration. I cant complain there. Very good audio experience.
This is my first Greg Bear book and liked it very much. I will probably look for more of his books.
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Don't have a problem with Greg Bear, his stories have been solid. This is the first audiobook if his that I have gotten. Unfortunately I would have to review a Dan Miller book before I purchase another of his readings. His interpretation is overly dramatic and it skews the entire book. Might work for YA's but for SciFi is it way over the top. He seems to want to find a dramatic flair in almost every paragraph. Get over it dude! If you had a director or producer for this, they should be fired. If you didn't, get one. I'm at the three hour mark, and will likely abort the rest and use Audible return-book feature. Sorry I'm trying, we'll see.
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