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.
Being a big fan of the BioShock franchise, I was eager to listen to this book - which tells the tale of the iconic "city under the sea" in which BioShock takes place. If my friend was interested in learning more about Bioshock and the world of Rapture, I'd have no hesitation in recommending it.
All of the characters in this book are familiar to players of BioShock, but it focuses on a more little-known character who actually played a big part in the construction of the city - Bill McDonagh. This allows the other interesting characters, obviously the iconic Andrew Ryan and his nemesis Frank Fontaine, to get painted from a new perspective. I liked the portrayal of Andrew Ryan especially - a deeply fascinating character.
Learning about the construction of Rapture and reading about the city at its height was the highlight of the book for me - although it painted a vivid portait of its collapse.
The book's rather tragic ending left me feeling a little hollow inside; but that's kind of the theme of the entire franchise. One man's dream destroyed by his own foibles, and how many people who believed in that dream can be brought down with it.
Overall, this is a fantastic recording of a great book. The narrator does a servicable job - he really brings certain characters to life. As a Brit, I'll admit his dire British, Scottish and Irish accents pulled me out of the fantasy a little - but overall a worthy job.
The narrator wasn't the best I've heard, though he gets more appropriately animated over time and the story itself isn't going to be winning awards, but if you are the slightest bit interested in Bioshock 1 and 2, then this will fill in some gaps in the game's story and enrich your understanding and enjoyment of both games. This doesn't discuss anything from Bioshock Infinite. After reading this book, I went back to play the game and really found that I appreciated a lot of the nuances quite a bit more.
If you haven't yet played the games, play at least the first one before reading this book, as it does contain "spoilers" for both games.
It's definitely worth a read.