I love the intense storyline and characters. The book has many interesting connections. I loved it except for the inconsistent voicing. Sometimes all characters had a voice actor and the sometimes they didn't.
I thought that the story and audio production elements were fantastic. My biggest criticism is the different sets of voice actors portraying and performing the same character in different chapters of the book, and how that was very disruptive in trying to absorb the emotional content of the performances. It was difficult at times to try and decipher who was speaking to whom and when the actors' performances shifted. The book would have been amazing if one set of voice actors were solely responsible for playing their character.
The dramatic performance was excellent and the story well-deserving of its accolades. I only wonder why I didn't read it while I was younger.
Everything is perfect, a great narration for a great story, EXCEPT for some weird reason, parts of the text have each character narrated by a different voice actor, and other parts, those same characters, they are all narrated by the primary narrator. Weird because there are two different voices for each of the main characters. Very odd.
This is an epic tale, no doubt about it. It's thoroughly engaging for all 20+ hours, which is pretty impressive - that's a lot of book! Finishing it with a resolution but also many questions was satisfying, but also made me ask "done with that, where's the sequel???"
The problem with the narration style is a bit annoying. Some chapters have a full cast of narrators to play out all the dialogue, while in others the narrator speaks all the dialogue, including for some people who have other voices in other chapters. All the narrators have good voices (well, the Shadout Mapes doesn't have my favorite voice, an intentionally squeaky style, like she's trying to imitate someone who's inhaled helium), but it would have been better if they just picked one - always the full cast, or always the main narrator.
I read this book 35 years ago and it's still great and relevant. I enjoyed the voice actors employed but I thought they were inconsistent in the voices they used for different characters. I didn't like the way the Baron was portrayed.
Sure, the movie was excellent, and ahead of its time. This book, however, was rich in characters, imagination and descriptive prose. It makes you realize the difference between visually telling a story and describing it with words. Simply legendary!
Yes. This is classic science fiction and a must listen for anyone new to the genre or even a long time sci-fi lover like myself.
The narration was intermixed with performed sections so characters ended up with two different voices (the narrator in one chapter and an actor in the next chapter). At one point, once a major character is killed off, that actor takes on a new character (in the same voicing) taking away the continuity of the characters. The narrator did a fine job and should have had control of the entire reading.