I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. It has a story that moves along well. It keeps presenting and resolving new conflicts and exposing new areas of human strength and weakness. The earthly science is credible and the alien science is vast in its scope. A worthy addition to any library.
John Lee also narrated "The Pillars of the Earth". "Pushing Ice" could be considered a close runner-up in its scope and storytelling.
Read the New York phone book, instead. Rankin could probably make that at least interesting.
Kill this project before Card's reputation was dented.
I have not heard Emily Rankin before. She is much better than this material.
Soft, moderate, consistent.
To keep the characters straight, one would have to listen all in one sitting.
McLaren's acting doesn't have quite enough range to distinguish all the characters. The book didn't make it easy to remember all the characters and their history.
The audio levels were too low to use iPhone headphones (without amplification) much of the time. Outdoors was often too noisy to hear the narrator.
I am sure this book is good for the academic. Sometimes it is even funny. But the narration style is monotonous, giving few clues to what the content means from a human perspective. This is not audio material.
It was so bad, that the end of the book came completely as a surprise, and left me wondering WHAT WAS the POINT?
Worse, it left me with WHO CARES?
Not I, not after listening for all those hours.
According to the summary, you will "Learn the leadership skills to build a better, more profitable business."
This book has precious little skill-building. It is more like an audio PowerPoint presentation: a series of bullet points presented with little explanation of how to integrate them into leadership behaviors. The bullet points may have been useful in a printed book, as one could then take time to meditate upon a few at a time. As an audiobook it doesn't work.
On top of that the audio quality is very poor, making the book more annoying than useful.
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