Great story. Excellent characters. And, after a short acclimation period, I decided that I liked Minnie Goode's narration job.
Great Labor Day weekend listen. I launched through this and I thought I would be spending a few months getting through this somewhat lengthy title. Kudos all around.
I have been "reading" audiobooks for years and this is my first review. I felt the need to save someone from Minnie Goode's appalling narration. I have never returned a book to Audible but this one is definitely being returned.
The story is great but any poorly written sentences or undeveloped characters are completely exacerbated by Goode's narration. I got half-way through and could have definitely overlooked her ridiculous voices when the novella required voicing only a handful of characters, but as more and more people come into the story, her voices get more and more ridiculous. This will be the first audiobook I can't push through; I've already bought the ebook and will finish it the old-fashioned way.
The first novella is the best.
Her need to create a different voice for each character was ridiculous. I could not finish the book in audio format because of this.
No more Minnie Goode audiobooks!!!
There are some Very sexist reviews of this narrators job. I've listened to some amazing female narrators. With that said, I can honestly say this woman is a terrible narrator. Anyone would have done a better job, male or female. Her character voices were just laughable. I couldn't get passed 5 minutes of part 1. I went and bought the book instead.
No! The book is good, the narrator is horrible.
This will teach me to buy a book on my phone while on a trip without being able to listen to the sample first.
Absolutely not! In fact, what on earth were you guys over at ‘Broad Reach Publishing’ thinking? Did anyone listen to this disaster before signing off?
This is a great book from start to finish. Just buy a copy and (read) it.
I don't want to get started.
This book deserved a top-notch, male narrator.
The author makes a number of bizarre choices in this story. First of all he sets the story in this amazing world, but then ignores the world almost entirely to concentrate on things we are all familiar with like first loves and disappointment. I didn't buy a book set in a post-apocalypse mile deep silo because I wanted to read a first time author's attempts to write about nuances of the human heart. If I wanted to do that I would probably pick up one of the all time literary classics. I BOUGHT A BOOK ABOUT A POST-APOCALYPSE MILE DEEP SILO BECAUSE I WANTED TO READ ABOUT A POST-APOCALYPSE MILE DEEP SILO.
In addition to this fundamental error, the author decides to tell many parts of the story by repeating the scene through several different characters' perspectives. Except he does so starting out with the character with the most information, and finishes with the character with the least.
You're supposed to tell about a character doing a dangerous thing from the perspective of a guy who just hears a rumor about it, then again from a guy who witnessed part of it, then lastly from the character doing the dangerous thing herself. Instead the author has a character do a dangerous thing and survive. Then tells the exact same event from the perspective of a character who frets about whether she survived or not. Then from a third character who wonders if the event even happened.
As a result, the story feels glacially slow and over padded.
Beyond that, I personally find it hard to care about characters who think only with their emotions, leading them to do things that are clearly stupid. Characters are constantly showing up to metaphorical knife fights armed with rolled up newspapers when any character with an ounce of intelligence would arrive with a metaphorical gun.
Finally, toward the very end of the omnibus, the author finally meanders toward an interesting moral dilemma regarding the reason the silo was built in the first place. Unfortunately he merely begins to sketch this out before concluding the book, leaving the reader unconvinced that the moral situation actually was a dilemma, or even precisely where he was going with it.
Absolutely. I actually read this book on my kindle over the past year. Decided I wanted to check out the audiobook.
This seems like a dumb question to me. I don't want to give away any of the plot and spoil the book for anyone. I'll just say if you're a fan of post apocalyptic fiction, this is a really good one with no zombies involved. It feels fresh, characters are mostly well drawn out, and the story is really clever. I couldn't help but think as I read this book that it would make a great HBO series like Game of Thrones.
I don't think so, but the reader is good. The most prominent character is a woman,so her voice seems appropriate. Some of the male voices are a little goofy, but no big deal.
I guess so.
I don't know if this is really a 5-star book or not, but I wanted to emphasize that I thought it was one of the better SF-ish books I've listened to this year and well worth your time checking out. I listened to a good chunk of those SM Stirling books, and this series is so much better, so much less cheesy. I think even non-SF fans may enjoy this one. Very glad to find it in audio version.
It's really a shame that the narration for this book was so awful since I really enjoyed the story. I wish I had read it instead and actually looked at the reviews on here instead of getting the audiobook. I've been listening to audiobooks for a while now but this is the first narrator that I truly disliked.
Her voices for different characters are comical and overdone. I hated any male parts in the book because they always sounded so dopey and ridiculous. On top of that, she finds that she has to actually laugh and sigh every time the book says the person is laughing and sighing, it's just too much. And even more annoying, is that she seems to sacrifice sound quality in order to take the book more literally. There's parts that are whispered that she actually whispers. Meaning I didn't actually get to hear what she said so I'd have to rewind, turn the volume up, and have to turn it back down once she was speaking in a normal voice again. There's also a big chunk of the book where they're talking over radios and she purposefully muffles her voice to make it sound that way, making it hard to understand.
I've got 50 minutes left on this audiobook and I'm forcing myself through it for the story, despite the narration. Would never listen to another Minnie Goode audiobook again.
The story: I chose this book based on the recommendation of two friends. While the story is contemporary, the pacing is more like classic fiction in that it takes its time unfolding. I found myself becoming impatient at times, particularly in the beginning. The setting is an interesting concept, and that kept me going throughout. I enjoyed it and am glad I read it, but I was left with many questions even at the end. This is a very visual book that may work well as a television series.
The performance: The narrator's normal performance voice is acceptable, but the voices of the characters she uses for dialogue are so distracting that it took me out of the story on numerous occasions. Some of them are comical when they are clearly not intended to be. I would suggest either reading a paper copy of this book or getting one with a different narrator.
Post apocalyptic saga
Two things stand out.
1. She reads all the male characters in a weird, dopey drawl like Snuffy from Sesame Street. No exaggeration. Really.
2.When a passage reads: Bob giggled,"I guess not", it gets read as: Bob giggled (actual giggling) I guess not.
I thought I was being petty or that I would get over it. I didn't. It's a testament to the story that I didn't just turn it off after the first hour. It drove me crazy and if I ever see this narrator's name on another book, I think I'll just buy the hard copy and read it the old fashioned way.
Not with the present narrator, no.
I can't vouch for the narrator of the other version of this book, but if given a second chance, I would gladly pick door number two. I'm sure Minnie Goode is a great person, but I'll never listen to this book again.