What is there to say, I am a 40-something professional man with kids who like to listen to light books while on the bus to work.
Normally I really enjoy R.Z.'s books, but the narration of the beginning was so monotone with way too many long pauses. I could not even follow what the narrator was saying and did not even get past the first 10 minutes. Just to give you an idea how bad it was..."Gnash, Gnash the teeth. Clippity clop, the hooves" became "Gnash
anti hero with aliens.
The use of ancient greek myth, the descriptions of the vegans, and the rough character of hero.
This is the first narration I have heard by Victor and it was quite well done.
The loss of the hero's newly wed wife in the earthquake and his reaction to that loss.
Note: also known as "...And Call Me Conrad."
The devastated, post-nuclear war Earth has a native population of only 4 million. Most humans have moved out into the stars, where they live as second-class non-citizens among the alien cultures of the galaxy.
Conrad Nomikos is an enigma...incredibly long-lived, occupying a small Greek island, occupying a high position in the Earth government.
An alien visitor is coming to tour the Earth's surviving historical sites, and he has specifically asked that Conrad serve as his guide. Among the large human entourage, there are some are political radicals who fear the alien's secret mission is really to take the Earth away from humanity. Conrad finds himself both sympathetic to the aims of the Radpol and obligated to protect the life of the alien tourist from the same organization, and from the various mutant creatures (some of them humans) that now stalked the Earth.
This novel shared the Hugo award of 1966 with Frank Herbert's Dune...they are similar in some ways [more-than-human main character, a heavily political story with episodes of action interspersed]. Of the two, I think Dune is far superior.
Victor Bevine's slow, methodical reading grows a bit monotonous over the 6 1/2 hour novel. Yes, it's a fairly low-key novel, but Bevine's narration is almost soporific.
This has all the wit and humor and excitement as in all of his books. Although written over 20 years ago it doesn't date itself as almost all of his works don't.
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I like Zelazny's novels overall but I did not like this one. Most of them are short and satisfying even though I generally prefer longer books.
I found "This Immortal" to be dull and dreary with no redeeming qualities.
For longer books with depth and character try Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.