Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded
The book has not become an instant favorite. I sometimes like to be shipped to other worlds and roam around the universe. This book as achieved this very well. Although at the beginning one can get lost a little bit in the technicalities of Hawkin' Drive and Langston Field but these details enhance the believable aspect of this Sci-Fi story. I also enjoyed the fact that the crew on the ship is working as an actual ship crew.
Funny that Hollywood has not yet taken a liking to motion picture this tale.
In the comments section one gathers that some listeners were not happy with Mr Ganser's performance, however I have nothing against it. I enjoyed listening to Mr Ganser and thought he did a very good performance, especially with the Scottish and Russian accents.
I like both but the performance in the audible version was a let down.
The performers voice and characters are quite good but there are very many mis-pronunciations and inflections that are misplaced in the sentence. It changes the meaning of the script and is quite distracting for me. I still love the audible book but wish the reader would do a little research into terms and work on understanding what the character is trying to say.
Like best? Not much, don't get why this book is so popular. Characters are weak, gullible and naive. Authors seem to forget earlier parts of story
Very little profound, timeless sociology as id expect from good science fiction. Kept waiting to get sucked in. Just wound up being anxious for it to end.
Granted, SF authors cant predict future technology, but many things seemed plain stupid.
annoyed by the e Scottish characters
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Stranger in a strange land....
I have been an audible customer for a gazillion years and this is my first review....the reader was that bad. I will say, as other reviewers have stated, his accents are extremely good. (Except for the female role which he butchers mercilessly,)
Readers, like umpires and referees, are performing well when they go unnoticed. Unfortunately, this is not the case with Mr Ganser. His intonations and cadence make it difficult to listen to the story. Everything is a declarative sentence to him. Complex sentences (those with clauses) are a series of staccato declarations. Tonal nuances are nonexistent. I am a Naval Academy grad and a former Marine Corps Officer and must say that his verbalizations of the military characters were stereotypical and lifeless. The only way that I knew that the characters were human with human emotions was that the words being read indicated such. Mr. Ganser definitely had nothing to do with it.
Man, I really hate to put down anyone trying to make a living, like Mr Ganser is doing. OTOH, at $15 a pop, I want my experiences to be better than this one.I will avoid anything else that he reads.
I was only able to make it through about an hour of the book due to the narrator. After rewinding the book for the fifth time to try to figure out what was actually going on, I deleted the book. The monotone, emotionless voice made it impossible for me to care in the slightest about the story. I will have to read the book at some point because I like the author. TERRIBLE
The story is so imaginative and brilliant. Fascinating to hear in such detail the issues with dealing with a brand new alien race.
Awesome story. Although for some reason the narrator was a little bit difficult for me. I found myself for some reason not comprehending certain parts simply because of his voice. It was a great performance though and I always got used to it after about fifteen minutes... I dunno, it's probably just me, but definitely listen to the preview before buying the audiobook to get an idea of what I'm talking about here.
Either way though, experience this story.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
This story is believable although it is set way way in the future that you would think some politics and technology would have developed or moved on. Very much US Navy style. Love the Russian characters. Not too happy the way women are not as important as the male characters however, the book was written in the 70s so you have to take that into account. Never the less the story stands up and is a good yarn. Could do with a little more human villains I think.
I found the story to be interesting and engaging. The writing is pretty good and natural flowing, The narrator does a pretty good job as well. The story has a lot of interesting twist and turns... not what I expected at all. The authors do a good job making the aliens very foreign and so it makes it kind of like a mystery ( hint/spoiler ) - there is something fundamental we don't understand about the aliens that might just prove critical. But I felt in the end like the book went on a little too long. I wanted it to wrap up a little quicker at the end. Also there could have been a little more action in the story. Overall it was good.
Parts of this book were great, especially the parts where the aliens are trying to understand what makes humans tick. Other parts were very boring.
My main complaint is that so much of what the aliens do is absolutely not feasible. Not just a stretch, but laughably unbelievable. It read more like a fantasy novel in space ships.
I've read many of their books. Loved most, liked all of them. If this was the only book of theirs I had read I doubt I would have read a second!
You could really tell the characters apart with his voices. It helped that there were so few characters, but he did a great job.
The story is brilliant.
Sounds wooden. Doesn't really sound like he understands what he's reading in many spots. It is very much like he didn't read the book first and just sight read the whole thing using the notes of someone else. Voices are all very similar, accents fake.
Couldn't finish it - had to turn it off because of poor narration. I've read the book and loved it - that made this very disappointing.