I only gave the narrator 4*'s on this one because for some reason he had much more quiet / loud contrast, which made for difficulties when listening. You turn it up to hear the soft parts, then get blasted by the loud parts. But still, the guy does a great job and is one my favorite narrators. Might just be an audio processing / compression issue. As for the book, I've been enjoying the hell out of this series. Ryk always manages to stir something up and drag you through it in a very entertaining way. I feel like I know the characters (there have been so many of them!) and I'm right there with them as he spares no detail. The ups and downs throughout the series offer quite a ride. Definitely recommended for anyone who is into Sci-Fi.