This is a remarkable book. Well crafted, rich language, delicate narrative. Certainly not filled with slashing heroes or delicate heroines and certainly not for everyone, but then neither is 20 year old scotch. If you enjoy language and the magic of words you will love this book. The narrator does a beautiful job bringing the characters to life...perfection.
The written narrative is wonderful, in so many ways; great characters, interesting twists, generated tension that binds all of the pieces together. In my mind this is a wonderful example of great fiction, in any genre. That being said this *is* an audible book so the narration is vital. I have been an Audible listener for many years (9 to be exact) and I have listened to a lot of narration, add to that that I was a professional actor for over 30 years, I have listened to a lot of voice. I have to say I am shocked at the poor quality of the narration. His interpretation is simplistic, his characterization tedious, his rhythm predictable and amateurish. The material rises above the narration but I think its a shame the producers selected this narrator to continue the series, very poor choice.
I enjoyed the opening scene, and the narrator had a delightful edginess that moved the story forward, but the relentless, inconsequential, silly sex scenes disrupted the narrative. I wanted to fast-forward through them to the story but found there was so much of it that I kept bumping into the next sex scene! I have been an Audible member for over 8 years and have 200 books (give or take) in my library, this is the first one that I felt was a real waste of money. If you want a good high-tech thriller, there are *a lot* that are better, if you want erotica you would have to search for a long time to find one worse; the sex scenes were misogynistic, trite, repetitive, and ultimately boring. Two stars was generous in my view, I liked the base concept and enjoyed what the author did with the genetic enhancement plot string otherwise I would have given this book 1 star. Don't waste your money or credits on this selection, there are much better to be found.
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