No, I wouldn't. Although the narrator did an excellent job, which is probably why I finished the listen, the story is topsy turvy and far-fetched even for a sci-fi novel.
In my opinion he should have left this whole reborn, re-reborn stuff aside and maybe set it up as "memory-loss" or hibernation story, would probably have turned out more believable.
I really enjoyed the performance and that the narrator gave so much soul into the different characters. They became very real for me during the listen.
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.
In our fast paced world of today, this book would probably not have made it past the editor's desk. It's content would certainly have been cut by two thirds. I don't want to say that these two thirds do not help the story, they do, one step at a time. In the old days in books as well as on the screen you could see people going about their everyday things like getting up, taking a shower, drinking and eating. This has nearly vanished from all the media. Everything has to go fast, fast and throw in some special effects here and there, save the world with blazing guns and a quick kiss (or more ...) and tatata The End ...This book is very slow paced. You get to know the characters very intimately, which can feel strange and even leave you with a kind of awkwardness.If I would have read the book, I certainly would have skip read a few pages but as I was listening to the book while commuting, I listened patiently.I don't regret having done so. The story was intriguing, a nice trip down the good old days where you solve crime with your wits, pen and paper, and the good old phone inclduing its book.
Mr Vietor did a very good job to give every character his unique and subtle voice. I enjoy listening to his voice.
I gave 3 stars for the story, not because of it's slow pace but mostly because of the ending. The happily ever after for some characters did not please me but for others it might to the trick.
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