If you have ever played video games, this one reminds you of a book written from the basis of Dishonored or BioShock. The setup is a 1900's type world where a parallel technology path exists within the story that is more advanced than the actual 1900's technology.
Overall the story is a bit slow and dry at times, but overall, it's an interesting adventure mystery type novel with good character development. The narrator does a fine job.
Overall, it's off the beaten path (science fiction to some extent, but not quite science fiction if that makes any sense), but recommended.
I listened to the whole thing despite the producer's mistake regarding how it should be read. The entire tone of the book was indignant, strident, grating. However, I was more than interested in the story Pearl had to tell. Plus I learned a lot about the prevailing normatives of the story's time and place. I recommend the book but I think you'd be happier if you read it yourself.
No favorite character.
I think I've listened to about 200 books and I've only been critical of one other reader who was miscast--a producer's error. I have not listened to any other of Hoye's books--though I see I've purchased one. The mistake could have been the producer's--perhaps Hoye was instructed to read it as he did.
Someone recommended Pearl to me and I'm glad he did. I look forward to listening to another of his books soon. His plot was engaging and, as I said, his perspective on the birth of technology was informative.
Storyline was not very believable. I could not get myself to really believe the plot.
I would give him a second chance if other reviews were very positive.
Stephen Hoye's narration was excellent but the material itself was way too lengthy and became boring. I would be cautious before picking up another Matthew Pearl book.
I'm still interested in techno thrillers and action based history novels.
Realistically tried to personify the characters without over playing it. I did appreciate the changes in character being reflected in his voice but he did not go overboard.
Way too long to build up the story. Plot was predictable and juvenile (at times). I gave up about 2/3s the way though. Tired of hearing the back story and minor character development. Motivations of the characters was too simplistic.
It's a good story, but the narrator's repeated mispronunciation of one chief character's name (the "z" in Agassiz is silent) was a continual annoyance, like fingernails on a blackboard.