This just reminds me of David Letterman's now famous snarl. Having read all the previous Retrieval Artist series I have to say this one is a huge disappointment.
The story progresses very slowly but thencomes to a close suddenly and abruptly. The logic behind why the villain in the story is causing all the trouble and how he is allowed to do it for so long, makes absolutely no sense in my mind. As a result the writer has put long sections just to try to somewhat desperately convince the reader there is some logic behind why the guys are acting this way or that. If it really made sense there was no need to put in so much to describe the reasoning behind the character's actions.
The story just doesn't click.
The only plus side is the narrator doing an A job on an F- story.
I am hugely disappointed for the reasons below: The communications between the characters are very unrealistic. The characters go on giving each other long lectures (the book is full of it) most of the times on subjects that are quite trivial and do not add to or have anything to do with the story. For some reason everybody on the moon keeps on dropping Russian words in the middle of English sentences for things like ``thank you, yes, no, friend, etc`` (all the trivial Russian words everybody knows from old cold war movies) - this gets quite annoying after a while. The book is also full of the computer spewing unnecessary data for every subject they talk to it about (for example just because someone`s name is Wyoming the computer goes on for minutes about where the State of Wyoming on earth is located,(geographical latitude and longitude), its climate, etc. OK we get it, all the data in the world is dumped into this computer (though arguably in reality quite the opposite of that is happening, with all the data in the world distributed around the globe but accessible through the network and search engines...) .
Even the narrator sounds bored with the book, (Lloyd James is actually one of my favorites). Take out the unnecessary lectures and you will end up with a 20 pages book that would be infinitely clearer and less boring and much more realistic without losing any of the actual story.
In summary, my humble recommendation is listen to it only if you are researching the history of science fiction in the 1970s, otherwise stay away and save yourself a credit.
This book of the song of ice and fire is another masterpiece in my mind. It is as much (if not more) mesmerizing as the previous volumes in the series.
What is outstanding about George R. R. Martin's book's characters, is how he polishes them so cleverly that their actions seems natural to them and you believe "hey ya, I know someone that's just like that".
The narrator is the only -yet quite annoying- weakness of this production in my opinion. The pronunciation of the character names differ from the previous books and the sing song voice of the new narrator does not fit the character's moods (in many cases) and the somewhat grim universe of the book. It is too big a change from the Roy Dotrice's mastery on previous books. If this audibook was to be published again with Dotrice's voice, I'd gladly remove this copy and buy the new one again. I don't think there much chance of that happening so have to make do and hope that this weakness would be mended for "A Dance with Dragons"
I rate this 5 stars for the book, 4 for the production.
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