Average story, better than average performance
Baldwin's demise and the conclusion.
Somewhat preachy, but several honest and caring scenes. The viewpoint is different from many of his books.
No, but good
Mourning Sergeant Bothari
Miles or Bothari. They belong together.
And so it begins.
The stand off at the arctic base
Yes. Very well.
A good start too his career
The customer support response regarding the gap in chapter 3 was disappointing and unsatisfactory. I've mentioned this three times, once verbally and twice by mail. For both mail messages your response was that Random House assured you it was correct, despite messages by myself and others to the contrary. The second time my prior review was deleted.
Would you give us the benefit of the doubt, and check for yourselves? All you need to do is listen to the original abridged audiobook, and compare it to the movie tie-in version. Another reviewer named Thomas mentions that on the first disk, the gap corresponds exactly to track 4. The gap isn't your fault, but the publishers, and being up front about the problem would reflect well on you.
Blindly accepting the word of the publisher without checking yourself is unstatifactory, especially when many of your customers have found the same problem.
Finally, deleting reviews about this issue is unfair, and makes the reviews biased. This has been done to others as well. One lady has already cancelled her subscription over this.
The narrator. He was also good in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Double Star by Hienlien
The first duels, as well as the Berserker God climbing the knoll that the spaceship was on
The emotion he brings to the reading.
When the Magnate was mentally dominated and shamed by the controlling Berserker
The story and the faithful way that the narrator had in evoking the feel of the book.
There were many, but I particularly liked the way that the story opened.
His feeling for the characters, and his characterisations.
The story stands on its own merits; it is one of his better juveniles, but not his best. As usual, he has interesting characters and makes you think about the science and engineering of what is going on in a natural way, without detracting from the entertaining and compelling characters, and the solid plot. The narrator did a nice job, and let the story roll along without being melodramatic. He also did a nice job of giving the characters unique voices.
I liked it, almost as much as I enjoyed the book.
I particularly liked Del Rey, Leiber, Schmitz (the first material I had read by him), Dick and Herbert.
I've read the novel before, and it is classic Burroughs. Not his best but not his worst by any means. The main problem I had with this audiobook was the narration.
There were two problems. First, the narrator used some sort of Eastern European accent for all the Martian dialogue, and a neutral American accent otherwise. This grated on me and detracted from the content of what was being spoken, since the accent was being pushed so much that the dialogue felt unnatural. Second, there was little feeling or emotion being expressed in the dialogue. I felt that the narrator didn't understand the feelings of the charactors nor the author's intent, and as a result it was difficult for me to engage with the characters or the story. It was like listening to someone reading a laundry list.
For me either aspect was a killer. I would not recommend this rendition.
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