All in all a good book. The story is a little drawn out, if abridged it would be better. There most definitely is a good story line and while there are stories of the characters within the story...any intelligent person should have no trouble following it.
I have a better title for this book. I would call it "DOES THIS STORY HAVE A POINT AND IF SO WOULD IT FLIPPING GET TO IT"?????? I listened for 6 discs and then my ears began to bleed and my will to live rapidly started to fade. There were so many stories within the story and almost none of them were interesting - this book is hard to follow and hard to want to follow. I tried to soldier through thinking that eventually we'd get to the actual point/plot but it did not happen. As far as I'm concerned if it can't catch and hold my attention after 6 discs then I'm out. Life is short, books are many and this story is apparently a never-ending million word blather about ..... I give up. I still don't know.
John Barnes is the award-winning author of "Orbital Resonance, A Million Open Doors, Mother of Storms, Earth Made of Glass, The Merchants of Souls, Candle," and many other novels. With Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, he wrote the novels "Encounter with Tiber" and "The Return," He lives in Colorado.