For the fans of the BioShock game series, it gives a great look at the lives of those you meet in the game. A bit campy at times but overall very well done.
I have always loved bioshock and this is my second time going through the book and both times I have wanted to go back through the games. I love how accurate the book is to the game seeing the people and the audio logs and events that happened in the book in the game again. It gives me a new understanding of the world of rapture. I really hope to see more great bioshock books!
Fills in the gaps before the actual game sorry begins. Basically a prequal to the games. Great story.
Rapture and all the players involved make much more sense now. I would recommend this book for those who have played any of the bioshock games. It answers questions that were ambiguous in the games themselves.
Being addict to the Bioshock trilogy, this book helped me fill in the gaps of the vast story that my feeble mind could not put together.
Visualizing the birth of the city was a delight. Oddly, watching the demise saddened me.
I hope the author writes a similar setup story for Bioshock Infinite.
Dr. Steinman is a FREAK!!
The early scenes in which Rapture is first established are the coolest.
It's BioShock, so it's a somewhat unfair, overblown and totally distorted attack on Ayn Rand, but competently executed by people who really love the time period and setting so much that their enthusiasm makes you almost want to join the crazy Ayn Rand cultists, kind of like how Shinra was responsible for making all of the stuff that is cool in Final Fantasy VII despite being the villains. Just as Plasmids are what drove Rapture crazy but you get to use them all day long with no side effects, the mechanics of both the game and the story of this book completely contradict the message.
I played all the BioShock games but Rapture never really came alive for me until I experienced it in book form. Now when I load up Burial At Sea, I get that Myst-inspired feel like I'm entering a real place for the first time thanks to this book.
Kafer narrates this books as if he's recording a piece for Nightline. Every word has a phony breathy affectation that is obviously beyond his natural range. Perhaps Mr. Kafer has been watching too much Twilight Zone episodes as he sounds like a pale imitation of Rod Serling. More importantly, he has taken the central character of Andrew Ryan and turned him into a boring and uninteresting dullard with the exuberance of a signpost instead of the stern and impactful 1930's newsreel voice that we have all come to know from the games. His accents are god awful as Bill McDonough sounds like the spawn of a beleaguered cockney Brit that mated with a hillbilly Irishman. Then to make matters worse, he takes the tortured character of Sander Cohen and turns him into a 21st century joy boy instead of the early 20th century dark eccentric that he was intended to be. His sexuality was never discussed and it should remain ambiguous, but Mr. Kafer's voice work has left no doubt that Sander is floating a solid foot off the ground, quite contrary to the character's intended presence.
Did this narrator consult any of the source material before recording this? There are literally hours of voice recordings available online for free that he could have used as reference for this project. It's this type of lazy work that gives me pause before buying audiobooks from new narrators. I would give the narration 0 stars if that were possible.