The narrator brings some life to the characters.
no. It's a pretty good story, but not rivetting
I enjoyed the book, but I don't think I would listen to other books in the series.
The characters and settings are awesome! This is one of my favorite Sci-fi books and the reader does a great job.
Mr. Snyder has a smooth voice, in fact I found it way too smooth and dramatic for my taste. I was always conscious that someone was reading and couldn't lose myself in the story. I kept thinking about the over the top deep-voiced narrators of action-flic trailers that are now parodied for other commercials.
I was so happy to find a sci-fi series that I hadn't read yet and I am interested in the "world" that has been created by the author. I will listen to the next in the series and see if I can get over the narrator.
This is a highly addictive series. Ms. Rauch builds an excellent world with an excellent cast. The future amenities are things I wish we had now as they are not only very clever but possible too. Complex, well narrated stories. I have a love/hate with this series as not only is it the Retrieval Artist series but goes on into the Anniversary Day Saga series. This is a lot of books and none are in my local lending library. Oh my groaning purse. You probably know but if not: you can get the kindle books for a lot of these for 5.99 with an add on audible for 1.99. You will have to have them all.
The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history
I don't think so.
The writing struck me as uninspired, the plot too bogged down in legal and police procedures. Maybe people who are fans of police procedurals would like this story, but it just wasn't for me.
The novel has many characters, male and female, including children. The narrator presented them more as caricatures than as real people.
None of the characters was engaging to me at all.
A surprisingly good novel, The Retrieval Artist is a fairly well written meditation on law v custom extrapolated to truly alien cultures (and that the aliens are truly "alien" is something I appreciate).
What happens when Humanity has to co-exist with creatures whose laws are alien who insist that while humanity is on their territory they obey them? And of course to "human" eyes most of the laws (a first born child to be surrendered to the Aliens is the judgement of choice for one species, a kind of execution by torture another's) aew extreme overreactions. How do human law enforcement officials follow these directives, what if any options do the "criminals" have? To disappear is one.
The book is well written and plotted and I enjoyed it overall. The one thing I could have wished would be a little more from the aliens perspective, trying to deal with people who (pretty much universally of the cases presented in the book) seem to think that ignorance of the law should be a valid excuse.
perhaps not again
thevery novel take on alien legal interactions
he did well. As a narrator he disappeared which is what we want
It was an excellent premise to begin with - we meet the aliens, live side by side - and how is it we arrange legal matters between us, exactly?- this alone kept me entertaned. I was interested in the characters and the plot, too, however. I will be reading at least the next book in theseries.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
This story has a few surprises in it that you do not expect. A few twists and turns that keep you interested throughout. I like the way in which the story unfolds, slowly but, without boredom becoming an issue. So the plot is a good one, and it is well written without the plodding unimaginative prose that so often goes along with this genre. The narrator does a fine job with only one of the voices that does not quite fit the character in my humble opinion. That being said, the character only plays a minor part, so this isn’t a huge issue. Hence if you like this genre I would certainly recommend you buy this book.