First off, let me say the narrator was just fine. If I were rating on his performance, this book would get 4 stars. But as it is ...
Dreadful. Childish. Chaotic. Rambling. Pointless. Anticlimactic.
This book reads like a pastiche of several authors, one in which the editor gave up on attempts to reconcile wildly different threads.
Very disappointing. The first two volumes in the series had their problems, but the central idea, the creative treatment of the Frankenstein story was enough to bring me back, hoping for the best.
Ah well, back to Mary Shelley.
I assume pre-teens and teenage boys would enjoy it because it may give them some feeling of grandeur or agency while they waste hours on video games.
I couldn't make it past one-half the book, so this is difficult to answer. The prose was leaden, dull and "serviceable" at best. This is the third Card book I've attempted to read, and the third time I've failed to finish the title. Only the audio performances this time around (as opposed to text) allowed me to make it past 50 pages. I've read many amateur blogs that show more style and craftsmanship. As for the plot, again, yawn. I know the gist of the story, and the idea, in its time, was clever, but I felt like I was slogging through a second-rate TV series to get some payoff.
The performance was fine, no problems there. Rudnicki and Ellison were pretty much on-target, conveying the story but not getting in the way.
I would have chopped away pretty much everything between the first and last chapters.
Hated it. I only attempted the Card experience again because of the hype. Not only is the man a whacked-out fascist, but he's just a bad writer, to boot.
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