by Kim Stanley Robinson
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The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen. For Swan Er Hong, it is an event that will change her life. Swan was once a woman who designed worlds. Now she will be led into a plot to destroy them.
About the Narrator...
I will never buy another audio book narrated by Sarah Zimmerman. The novel itself is fine and enjoyable, but the horrendous software voice put on by Zimmerman makes this a grueling listen. How can a professional reader fail to understand what it means to read something? Her tone is lifeless, and her attention is so acutely fixed on accurate pronunciation that she reads as if she isn't comprehending the meaning of the words. There is no effort to bring character to any part of her reading, and you end up feeling as bored as she sounds. It's a shame, because this novel was rightly picked by NPR as one of the top 10 science fiction novels of 2012. Unfortunately, Zimmerman trashes it with her--well, we can't call it reading--mechanical recitation of words. Save your money.
This must be among the worst sci fi novels I have come across in over 30 years. The plot is as thin as paper with psuedo science blah blah filling every chapter. Proves the legalization of MaryJane has not served the Hugo committee so well. Stay far from this book. Read John Scalzi, S. A. Corey or anyone else for that matter.