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Mark Ping

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  • Great North Road

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (897)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (822)

    A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family - composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone "brothers" have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies. Or maybe not so friendly....

    Flapjack says: "Get the Timeline and Cast of Characters"
    "Great, but not best work."
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    Performance
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    What did you love best about Great North Road?

    Excellent interweaving storylines.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Great North Road?

    The full reveal about Angela's worst night is pretty spectactular.


    What does Toby Longworth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent vocal characterizations helping me tell the people apart. Similar to his work on the Mendel Files. Excellent inflection, especially at moments when characters are surprised or ironic.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The denouement with the characters was emotional for me -- probably because I have daughters.


    Any additional comments?

    The resolution of the main conflict isn't quite as satisfying as it was in Pandora's Star/Judas Unchained but I the personal storylines were /more/ satisfying. Toby Longworth's reading is supurb, adding depth and idiosyncrasies to the characters that layered some additional texture onto the text.

    I'd just the whole thing is somewhere between Fallen Dragon and PS/JU, and a great read overall.

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