I have no idea who this voice actor is, but I'm going to listen to any book he narrates. The writing is very sharp, and the story is a ton of fun (think Blazing Saddles meets Discworld), but the voice actor threw a lot of energy into his performance and made it a joy to listen to. I hope Rubens has written some more novels set in this universe, it is a blast.
But I just couldn't. The writer is technically very good, she can definitely put a sentence together properly. Unfortunately, her attention to detail, something that delighted me at first, quickly became wearying. If a character looks at a book, you'll know what kind of binding it has and the color of the cover. If someone looks at their watch, you'll get a sentence or two describing what kind it is. I like details here and there; they can make a setting and characters more real, more solid, but this book is drowning in details. Any action scenes are slowed by tangential descriptions, and everything is over-analyzed and explained to death.
The dialogue is also stilted, which works for the uptight main character, but not for all of them. It's a very dry read, and there's no humor to be found anywhere. It's just not for me.
I didn't think a story about superheroes could be dull, but this audiobook manages. It is interesting as character studies of the two narrators, but I can't help thinking it should have been much shorter. Anything interesting in the story happens in the past, so the narrator just relays the information to you, and anything interesting that happens in the 'present' is slowed down by flashbacks, and tangential thoughts that go running through the mind of the narrator. The narrators repeat themselves a lot, which is realistic I suppose, but boring to sit through.
The voice acting isn't bad, but the pace is painfully slow, and there are a ton of mispronounced words and weird choices for emphasis; any issues there I chalk up to either lazy directing or a crazy short schedule.
I guess it says something that I listened to the whole thing, there are parts of the story I found compelling. Maybe it would have worked better for me in print.
The story is light and fun, pretty much what I was expecting, and the narrator would be fine if she didn't do the horrible accent. She'd be better off just clipping her vowels. It's really the director's fault, but it mars an otherwise good performance.
I haven't finished it yet, but it's an amazing story and Cline does an excellent job of creating a future world and sympathetic characters. If I were reading this in print, I'd call it a real page-turner. Having a narrator who is probably familiar with most of the movies/books/games referenced really adds something to the telling. I would have loved this book in print or audio, but Wheaton is really good at giving different voices to characters without going over the top or detracting from the story. A great audiobook all the way around!
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