Simak's Way Station is an energetic, exciting and fun novel. That's why I went directly for City.
What a disappointment. City plods along at a sluggish pace. At the same time it jumps from era to era without giving the reader time to care about the characters.
You do not get to find out the fate of the people who populate the book. Instead it just jumps ahead several hundred years without telling the reader what happened.
For example the reader goes from a post WW2 atomic society to thinking robots and talking dogs in the first 3 hours of the book. This might sound interesting. It is not.
The book clumps along at the pace of a seventy-year-old man wearing lead healed shoes.
As in he should be caught around the neck by a loop in a harpoon's rope and then be dragged into the cold oblivion of the sea.
This would really be, I think, fair and just considering how badly he damaged Moore's work. The reading is monotone, unenthusiastic and impenetrable.
By impenetrable I mean trying to listen to so-called narrator Bill Irwin is akin to trying to chew your way through the Great Wall of China. Painful, pointless and by the time you have barely started all you have to show for your effort is a mouthful of broken bloody teeth.
In case I have not been clear so far, the narrator utterly ruins this audio book.
Fellow listeners I have tried no fewer than 6 times to complete this book. I did myself this harm because all of Moore's other works were fantastically enjoyable listens.
To this point in time I am still unable to make it very far.
Such a shame....
Audible if you release another audio edition of this with a different narrator I'll buy it again.
Moore fans and those just passing by should stay well away from this and pick another Moore story. The rest are all quite enjoyable and have narrations which can be enjoyed by people other than the deaf.
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