I'm a big fan of Phil Gigante's readings, and he comes through strong in a story with many characters who can easily get muddled together. The weakness in this title, though, is a story that goes on about 100 pages more than necessary. I love a story with twists and turns, but this one seems to spiral instead. The novel could be broken into three separate narratives, and if each were told discrete and consistently, would support the others. But the way in which they are intermingled, they disrupt the narrative flow, without adding to any feeling of suspense or surprise.
Can't say enough about the book itself. One of my all-time favorite novels--finely-crafted characters that become old friends you want to go back and revisit time and again. Beautifully crafted writing.
The reader, Lee Horsley, does well with the character voices, wisely taking his cues from the cast of the miniseries who nailed their performances.
The downside to this audio book is the abysmal audio engineering and sound quality. The volume varies throughout, dropping dialogue so low you can't hear it, and then the next sentence is blasting loud. Intermittent background hiss. The audio issues really detract from an outstanding book and decent performance.
The author does an excellent job of making extremely esoteric/complicated scientific theories accessible to the average reader/listener. I finally have a grasp on what dark energy/matter is believed to be (no small feat). And he provides a good balance between stating the cases both for and against for many of the unknowns.
Don't be afraid to hit the "go back and listen to that bit again" button if something slips by you. I had to do that a few times to sort things out.
The narrator sometimes sounds a bit pedantic/pretentious, but that could also be the subject matter. The technobabble glides off of his tongue smoothly (no small feat!) and he also projects an earnestness.
Definitely a good listen.
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