Loved the book. Hate the narrator. I can understand her fine, I listen to a lot of British humor, but by god her voice puts me to sleep. Like she is reading just a bit too slowly. My mind tended to drift off and I found it very difficult to keep listening.
The author of this book has a very engaging voice and the performance is excellent. I find the setting a little kitschy but in an enjoyable kind of way. The dialog is very well done and the deployment of phrases like "what ho old bean" are delightful. This isn't a deep book but it is very entertaining and I expect that although it isn't steampunk that it would appeal to fans of that genera.
This is a very straightforward book, you follow the main character through a sort of ongoing to do/have done list from the beginning to the end. I think this book would appeal most to people very interested in the minutia of space travel especially the technology. From my perspective it was just not interesting enough since you basically only have one character and you really don't know much about him other than his "can do" attitude. Despite the limitations it is relatively engaging, however I don't think I would read anything else by this author.
The entire book.
The main character of the book lacks any kind of depth. One gets the feeling that after six hours of puttering around with an unsympathetic character and no discernible point or plot that the authors simply came up with another book in desperation and just kind of kluged them together. It is so bad that I actually had to stop listening and I have listened to hundreds of books.
I bought this book because it had a lot of high ratings. Boy was I disappointed. I expect that if you already like this author you will love this book otherwise I'd say skip it. The main character is one of those whiny introspective narrators that make me want to reach through the pages of fiction and stab her. The writing is also quite repetitive. I listened to it because I paid for it, but if given a choice I'd go back in time and not buy it.
I thought this book was very well written and it kept my attention, the narration was excellent. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because it really is very violent and gory. In some cases it really seemed gratuitous and did not advance the plot. So, if you are squeamish you will want to avoid this one.
I have to agree with the previous review, the narration is awful. This book deserves and upbeat, sharp fast narration, not this slow dull rendition. I've several times thought the narrator did not read the book first as many lines have rather stilted or awkward delivery.
I really enjoyed this collection. Murakami has a wonderful way of painting characters with incredible detail. I especially loved the Dancing Dwarf, a story with so many unexpected twists it kept me completely intrigued. I would highly recommend this one.
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