I guess I should have paid more attention to the review that complained "he said, she said". It just about drove me nuts. The performance is what killed it for me in this book. Mr. Scalzi is one of my favorite new gen of SF writers. But when I read his books(and most books) I have a tendency to automatically skip "he said, she said" and stuff like that. If you can't tell who's talking, I feel like it's bad writing. And I could always tell who was talking when reading his books.
But in this performance Mr. Dufris couldn't really seem to get into "character" so he had to say the dreaded "he said, she said"......all the time! There are a bunch of one liners in almost all of the Scalzi books I've ever read. This just kills the flow of the storytelling, and because it's audio, there's just no way around it.
So I guess I'll read the next book instead of listening, as I like the story. But then maybe someone who's got more character to their voice(and a tad less sarcasm) could pull it off. This is the first time I've ever been turned off by the performance. Sorry Mr. Dufris.
I think I would have liked this book if not for the reader. This constant....wistfulness? I don't know what to call it, and total lack of change of voice with character has got me whipped. I've had performances that bugged me but not enough to make me quit. It's too bad. Maybe it's not a big deal to some people but the performance is key for me. This is my first defeat.
I liked this book a lot. As an old school hard sci-fi guy it had the right ingredients for me. I originally was worried this would turn into another zombie book(yuk), and yeah, plagues were big before zombies. But this was a great twist. But if you are one of those commuter listeners this probably isn't for you. There are a lot of characters and a lot of time differential threads. So listening for short periods might leave you lost. I'm also a history buff and this had some intriguing things that I didn't know. The only reason I docked a star was the reader was pretty plain vanilla.
Recalls the Masters
The John Burdett books because of the Thailand setting
He was pretty good at keeping the voices different so it sped up the movement of the plot.
Not at first. The idea of complete control of the food system by "calorie corp's"( sound familiar?) is my idea of a horror story. So it took me a while to settle in. There was some setting up involved so I could grasp what was going on in this world. That's why I said "Recalls the Masters", like Dick, Heinlein etc, where you drop into this world and just start running, filling in details as you go. I'd never even heard of Mr.Bacigalupi before, but it was a great find. I hope there's going to be more books of this story.
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