James totally got it right, the post-production sound is awful. You have to crank up the volume to hear anybody, but then in between scenes or chapters in the book, they have awful '50's and 60's sci-fi electronica that is played at TOP VOLUME! The first time this happened it nearly blew my eardrums in.
I gave is two stars because it is Asimov, but this audiobook is one of the worst I've bought from Audible. There's a reason it's only $2.
I picked up this audiobook as a lark, as I saw the YouTube video of a Phillipino grandma reading it for the first time and I thought it was hilarious. Then I saw that Samuel Jackson was going to read it, so I had to get it. Like the Phillipino grandma, it was funny the first time, but gets old fast.
I happened to pick up this first book in the Destroyermen series during an Audible sale, and I am sure glad I did. This is the first novel in a series (of soon to be seven!) books following the exploits of Capt. Matthew Reddy and his crew of the USS Walker. The story follows this crew of a doomed naval destroyer being harassed by the Japanese navy following the battle of the Phillipines and e Java Sea in the opening months of WWII. During their escape from the Japs, they are caught in a strange electrical storm that transports them and seven other friendly and enemy ships to an alternative Earth where there was no dinosaur extinction event, so evolution did not follow the same path.
They find themselves on a very hostile planet, but soon allying themselves with the sailing ship based "Lemurian" civilization who are in the opening battles against a widely expansive "Grik" empire, who are descendants of dinosaurs. Their technology is about 14-15th century, so the crew of the Walker have to fight the Grik and bootstrap the Lemurian technology to support a more modern army capable of meeting this threat.
This is a very enjoyable listen, the story is very entertaining, and the narrator is top rate. For this story he has name up two different a cents for the non human species, one of which have no movable lips!
This story appeals to anyone who enjoys historical military fiction, empire building and a bit of sci-fi thrown into the mix.
I am a casual fan of the Berserker series and like to read one every so often as a new title pops up. This book is on par of what to expect from the most recent Berserker books (a lot of diologue with little action). However, the reader of this audiobook makes it almost unbarable to listen to. You know when he stops at the end of a paragraph because he stops - for 2 to 3 seconds - EVERY TIME!! Also his inflections of the different characters make them all sound whiny and paranoid. After listening to the masterful presentation of the Ender Trilogy by Orson Scott Card, this book is the audiobook equivalent of nails on a blackboard. Do not buy or you'll be sorry!
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