I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
The narrator did a good job, considering what he had to work with. He had to read the name of every speaker!!! The book is 39 minutes of a boring story that sounds like this:
Brown: Hey, John. How did you like "Walk the Plank"?
Smith: It was pretty boring. I fell asleep listening to it.
Jackson: Oh, no. And you bought the whole series, didn't you?
Smith: Yeah, Steve, I did.
Andrews: Bummer. You bought it too, didn't you, Mary?
Perkins: Yep. I'm going crazy listening to the narrator read everybody's name!
Brown: Man, I bet that really sucks.
Smith: No kidding. Hope it gets better as the series progresses.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
39 minutes ARE YOU SERIOUS?
If you exclude all names, there will be only 20 minutes left
this is just a prologue-side story to the next episode,
so don't waste time and buy episode 2 and 3 at once.
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The writing style. The narrator having to say the characters name each and every line of dialog... ouch
I think the performance suffered with what he had to work with.
I couldn't finish listening to it. I suffered through the first series but I just didn't look forward to listening, so I stopped.
Just listen to the preview and ask yourself if you can tolerate that writing style for very long in audio format. The story seemed interesting but the dialog was choppy and the poor narrator had to constantly announce the person talking. Maybe this would be a better read vs. a listen because you could just gloss over the names. Thinking about it more, maybe as just text it would be better because there are those times where you read some dialog assuming it is one character, only to find out it was someone else talking at then end.
But in audio format like this, it just drove me crazy. Since the narrator does different voices, maybe they should have cut some of the name announcing out.
This short, tense installment is written in the form of an audio transcript, and has a bit of a horror theme to it. It works all right, though you could skip it if needed since it doesn't involve the same characters as the first installment.
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5 is great.
4 is good.
3 is OK.
2 is bad.
1 is awful.
Walk the Plank is a pirate and survivor story with a dash of early settlers in the frontier.
Typical good Scalzi. 😱
The series is nice as a serial release, but , really, couldn't the titles be synced up to download properly on an ipod (I'm sure other devices will choke on chapter titles embedded in the album title) . I had to spend 30min experimenting how to edit titles/albums to get a sequential download (into my device). In a few short weeks, they are all going to be available and MOST people will want all copies, and be able to listen back-to-back.
My solution, in case others need it:
1 edit all titles to have episode numeral as 1st character
2. edit all album titles to "The Human Division"
Turning into one of my favourite authors, I liked this. Just the right length to listen to on a car or train journey. Really liking this series,
I love a funny story that doesn't take itself too seriously, but I can get caught up in a good mystery or a romance too. And of course I feel obligated to pay my respects to the classics, no matter how sleepy some of them make me.
Even though it's less than 40 minutes long, it still had enough interest to make me feel invested in the characters and their survival.