I highly enjoyed listening to the narration by Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante. They made the interesting plot even more suspenseful to listen to.
As I'm mostly listening to audiobooks while commuting in the morning and evening, the more "hotter" sequences were actually very enjoyable and made me forget the stress of the day or the one ahead.
On account of a very interesting plot, which I did not expect (although I'm an avid crime fiction reader/listener), I have to say that the parts dealing with the mother-daughter relation between Dr. Snow and Dulcy have actually nothing to do with the unfolding of the story. They are not really connected to what is going on and you can skip listen through them. Given the set of the story and the adult content, I don't really think the dealings between a mother and her 13 year old daughter becoming an actress or not, don't help the story or plot in any way. Having said this, if the daughter would already have to deal with a serious crush or maybe a first sexual experience that would have been a much more interesting side plot to follow.
I call these type of books popcorn novels, they are light, enjoyable, fun and you munch through the big bucket without noticing and then can easily toss them aside without feeling guilty.
As many listeners have commented, it's not the deep drama. It has some twists and turns, the somewhat serious issues are however taken a bit too lightly for my taste.
You want to enjoy a quick listen, go for it. Might even be a good first listen to get into the audible mood.
I was waiting to be transported again into the mind of a killer, like in the first book. It didn't happen. The whole story turns around Chief Edward and his new sidekick. I am aware that the book is dated but a good crime story is timeless. This story is very forgettable.
The book has not become an instant favorite. I sometimes like to be shipped to other worlds and roam around the universe. This book as achieved this very well. Although at the beginning one can get lost a little bit in the technicalities of Hawkin' Drive and Langston Field but these details enhance the believable aspect of this Sci-Fi story. I also enjoyed the fact that the crew on the ship is working as an actual ship crew.
Funny that Hollywood has not yet taken a liking to motion picture this tale.
In the comments section one gathers that some listeners were not happy with Mr Ganser's performance, however I have nothing against it. I enjoyed listening to Mr Ganser and thought he did a very good performance, especially with the Scottish and Russian accents.
It's a quick listen but well worth the credit. Although it is a children's story and simple in it's construction, it has a nice flow and strong character development. I fully enjoyed to escape into this little world and follow Hugo through his escapades.
Mr Woodman's performance was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed his voice.
I was just curious on how the epic tale of Hyperion was going to be continued. I listened through it and I found it just a little bit too long. The story does however develop nicely and a new things come up just like in a good series.
I'll need a little break before listening to the next book. ;o)
The story is somewhat a classic "cloak and dagger" plot. The pace between the highs and lows is just about right. The character development is solid and knitted nicely into the flow of the story.
The heroine was caught and escaped a few too many times for my taste. I even lost rack at one stage and was surprised that she somehow got out and I did not even understand how. Nearly every time she does get out, there is a bloody trail left. With that trail I got fed up with and think the writer could have let a few of these unfortunate very minor characters off the hook instead off a cut throat.
It hasn't, I would actually have liked to read more about the setting of the world. How it works and a little bit more of descriptions of the scenery. Not that my imagination fails me but it would just have rounded the story a tad more.
Personnally, I did not like her performance, I put up with it to finish the story. The different voices she tried to give to the different characters where not sufficiently distinctive to be recognizable or "good" for that matter. Sometimes it's best not to impersonate a character and just tell the story as it goes.
It's a long listen and at times felt tedious but I persisted and was not put off by the experience. The story took me to delve into the incredible large imaginative world of Dan Simmons whom I applaud to have ingeniously patched six different story lines into one big story about Hyperion.
I am currently listening to the sequel and can't wait for the outcome.
As an avid handcrafter myself, I thought let's see if you can solve a crime by knitting. Well, they kind of did in the story but that took ages to develop. It was like never seeing in the end of a tube knitted scarf. I would have loved a bit more spunk and fun.
I certainly could not understand the story that was supposed to thread all the short stories together. Some of these short stories were ... very strange but not strange or witty enough for me to like them.
I certainly was haunted ... I could not even finish to listen to the book, mainly haunted in a sense of bored and not intriguing enough to stay tuned.
Nonetheless, the performance by the narrators was good.
One can never get tired of a good tale and certainly not when it so excellently performed.
Enjoyable from beginning to end and all over again.
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