It's a Laundry Files universe story.
The particular plot of this story
Sounds too much like a fast talking film noir detective.I kept waiting for him to say
First off: I'm a Peter F Hamilton fan. I've read or listened to everything he has produced. This novel, at least in audio book form, just doesn't measure up.
In a word: forgettable.
You'll want to read/listen to it if you are a fan, but if you are new to Hamilton and are well read in regards to modern sci-fi, you won't be impressed by this. Save your credits.
This book, while set in the Ringworld universe, has very little Ringworld in it. None of the actual story takes place on Ringworld, it is only mentioned as background and side-story for what I'll call "The Flight of the Puppeteers".
Tom Weiner gives an even, consistent performance.
Nothing sticks out in my mind regarding this story. Basically, if you are a Ringworld fan, you need to listen to (or read) this story just for completions sake.
It's definitely listenable and mildly entertaining, but I sit here a month or so later and can't really recall much about what happened.
I really expected more from Niven / Lerner.
Being a different story.
Something that is actually hard sci-fi or space opera.
Possibly. It isn't Wolfe's fault... she had to read the story she was given.
The whole book.
Listening to Sagan's inner dialogue is about as horrible as attending some sort of female only poetry slam. She is too "clever" in her self assessment and just comes off as dry and uninteresting. Maybe the hour of the book I didn't listen to redeems it, but I'll probably never find out.
The audiobook starts off with Scalzi telling how this story came to be. It was an additional prize for whoever bid the highest $ amount over $5k for a charity fundraiser he supported. Sadly, that is exactly what it feels like: the "free additional gift for our most generous sponsor". The literary equivalent of a NFL themed clock radio.
Redshirts and Agent to the Stars are SOOOO good, this was such a huge disappointment.
I don't listen to audiobooks twice.
Obviously Scalzi's "Redshirts". Both are sci-fi with a hollywood tie-in. Both read by Wheaton.
Just that if you are looking for a good place to spend a credit and you like modern sci-fi, this is it !
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