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  • Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Nickle
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (49)

    The year is 1911. In Cold Spring Harbour, New York, the newly formed Eugenics Records Office is sending its agents to catalogue the infirm, the insane, and the criminal - with an eye to a cull, for the betterment of all. Near Cracked Wheel, Montana, a terrible illness leaves Jason Thistledown an orphan, stranded in his dead mother's cabin until the spring thaw shows him the true meaning of devastation - and the barest thread of hope.

    Abraca says: "Entertaining"
    "Eutopia: A Terrible Novel"
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    What disappointed you about Eutopia?

    The reader did his best, but the story is confusing; the characters without substance; and the scenes of racial prejudice more in line with myths of the Old South rather than frontier Idaho. First time in 20 years of audio book listening that I failed to finish a novel. Skip it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Already listening to the Anne Rice novel about the werewolves.


    Did Oliver Wyman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I have no complaints about the reader - a nice, trained voice and good story teller.


    What character would you cut from Eutopia?

    As many as you'd let me.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Speed of Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (184)

    In the near future, disease will be a condition of the past. Most genetic defects will be removed at birth; the remaining during infancy. Unfortunately, there will be a generation left behind. For members of that missed generation, small advances will be made. Through various programs, they will be taught to get along in the world despite their differences. They will be made active and contributing members of society. But they will never be normal.

    Andrew says: "Totally Recommended!"
    "Tedious"
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    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The reader was competent, keeping my interest in what would have otherwise been a tiresome read.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    If nothing else, this brings home the varied tastes of audible listeners. I thought the characters were two dimensional, without any depth or warmth. The protagonist's life, far from being a glimpse into a different type of mind, was tedious. I found myself not caring what happened to him. Generally, the motivation for character behavior was unclear and the storyline (especially that pertaining to forced medical treatment of employees) unbelievable. I like the idea but believe a short story might have been a better vehicle.

    I can generally muddle through any production but I kept wanting to quit this one. But for the reader, I would have.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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