Turning it off. This is not a slight to Howey, because the story is good, but the narration was seriously lacking, and I usually give all readers the benefit of the doubt. However, if I'm focused more on your voice, and picking out characters, than the story, you are not doing a good job. I don't know what Sayle could have done to make it more enjoyable, but I have to say it was not for me. I am very much looking forward to reading the book instead.
No. I said I am excited to read this book, because I have heard so many good things about the story, but had to give up listening before the first disc was through. Could not take the narrator seriously, her male voices were high or unusual, and her normal voice sounded like the trophy wife mom from Tommy Boy.
I rated the story high and the overall high, because I believe in the story, and just was unhappy with the narration and could not get past it.
The narrator seemed to match the wit and sarcasm of the main character perfectly. I found myself laughing out loud more often than not.
Ironically, I'd loosely compare it to Life of Pi.
Central to one character, who is forced to improvise for survival in a desolate environment, leading to creative and interesting situations.
Watney's first conversation with JPL, where his text replies are being read in real time by the entire world.
It has been a long time since I have been this emotionally involved in a character's survival and success. I rooted for Pi in Life of Pi, but Watney is so sarcastic and intelligent, it's impossible not to root for the guy. I seriously enjoyed this book, and recommend it to anyone who enjoys space, sarcasm, and survival.
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