I would recommend this book in a heartbeat, if read by a different narrator. This narrator mispronounces words, reads every sentence as if there were an exclamation point at the end and generally ruins the story. I find myself doing two things while listening: first, making fun of his style and second, translating his words as if they were read by a competent narrator.
This is a typical ERB book. Well written, somewhat predictable but the rewards of a good ending are worth their weight in CD's
B. J. Harrison
Look for the sequel, as read by a more competent narrator
I will most certainly listen to the entire series again. The concepts, the characters, the plot are all developed with such depth, I was drawn into the story immediately.
The setting of historic people and events tweaked with the insertion of magic creates an intriguing blend that Correia carries off with a real flair. He creates a world we can easily imagine, so clearly in fact that it's difficult not to be disappointed we're stuck in this reality, instead of that of the Grimnoir.
And of course, Bronson Pinchot is simply superb. He may very well be the best narrator I've heard to date. His performance, particularly the way he interprets the characters and their conversations truly shows his acting chops and he absolutely brings those people to life. Yes. He's that good. The humor, the action, the dialog - his performance enhances them all.
It's difficult to pinpoint a favorite. Jake Sullivan is certainly an obvious choice, though Lance Talon is a crack up. And then there's Fay. Her view of the world and the people around her is... unique.
Though Bronson's accents and inflections for all of the characters are definitive, I think his interpretation of Fay is my favorite. Her almost random, scatter brained genius is truly brought to life by Bronson.
When Fay realizes she's shot the wrong Sullivan brother and follows him to the Power, it's a haunting though touching scene. And of course, an exciting, action packed ending is always fun. Actually, one of my favorite parts of the book isn't something you can point to, so much as it's an overall tone. The witty banter and plot twists make for some laugh-out-loud moments and a few minutes later, you can't help but be touched by the way these characters work and sacrifice together to beat the bad guys.
Buy it. Listen to it. You'll be getting the rest of the series and writing a rave review yourself, I guarantee it. (Though not in a legally binding way, of course.)
The best part of Moonrise is the science. It's presented in a clear, understandable manner and Bova's extrapolation of current technologies is well considered and logical. While the story is, for the most part intriguing, it was also frustrating. The problem I found was the inconsistencies of the characters. Having been introduced to them in a very detailed manner, I found myself having a hard time believing their actions. Their character as developed in the back story, did not support the actions they took.
There were also several repetitive concepts and phrases which I found distracting: the smooth walls of the crater, blasted by the microscopic granuals of lunar regolith, the wobbling jowels of Dr. Zimmerman, etc. Once was good, several times was repetitive, distracting and only served to extend a story to 18 hours, that could have been accomplished in significantly less.
I found the narration to be fairly stiff and it was sometimes difficult to tell which character was which. Some, though not all of the accents were poorly presented and inconsistent.
I would perhaps recommend the book, but with reservations. The science of the fiction is solid, intriguing and compelling. The fiction that carries the science - not so much. The character development is weak and it's difficult to become attached to any of the characters or relate to them as their behavior just doesn't make sense sometimes.
Dick Hill comes to mind, though with a little work on his accents and character definition, Stefan Rudnicki would be greatly improved.
This could possibly be movie material, but would require a significantly truncated plot.
I came very close to abandoning this book after the first few hours. I'm glad I finished it, but probably won't pick up the sequel.
The combination of believable, multi-dimensional characters, a well conceived plot and outstanding narration would make any story enjoyable.
The main character, Ian Rutledge. Todd has created a relate-able, yet torn and tortured protagonist who's life and trials resonate as clearly now as in the setting of the series, following WWI. ,
Simon Prebble could read the freakin' phone book and make it spell binding.
A Lonely Death - It's ... lonely.
I don't think the other drivers on Florida's Turnpike would appreciate me reading the print version, just to compare the two.
There's no one defining moment - it's the inter-weaving of the characters, the depth of their personalities and the story that really make this series. This is just another fine example of the genre.
What's not to like? You always know which character is speaking, he's understandable and exceptionally easy to listen to. In fact, after listening to his narration for the duration of one of my longer trips, I found myself thinking with his accent. It was a little disturbing.
The Confession - OR IS IT?
I have no stinkin' idea. Isn't this Audible.com? I'm confused.
This series fits in nicely with the best of procedural detective/cop stories. Pick one.
Simon is absolutely outstanding, as always. However it almost sounded as though he had a cold for part of this story. Not a big deal though and of course, he's still better than 90% of the other narrators, if not more (Not to worry. We know Simon recovered, because there are later books in the series.)
I don't believe in extremes.
Not so much.
This is the third book in the series I've heard, the first being the more recent A Lonely Death. (Audible.com special. It caught my eye.) I thoroughly enjoyed it, as well as the next book in the series, The Confession. That being the most recent one available, I looked at earlier productions but found I had developed a loyalty to Simon Prebble's narration. I downloaded A Pale Horse and was not disappointed. As an author, I can't help but be a little ticked off at Todd's ability to consistently weave a multi-layered, yet highly "readable" story. I wish he'd cut it out. He's making the rest of us look bad. And of course, Simon is simply outstanding as a narrator. One of the best I've heard.
As in all crime / mystery books - The Reveal
It made me chuckle and I may or may not have developed a frog in my throat at one point or another. Quite frankly, it's none of your business. However, my overall opinion is that you can't go wrong with this author/narrator combination if you enjoy a procedural detective story, with a unique protagonist.
Go for it. You'll like it. Really.
This book was entertaining, though not as much as others. While certainly not a complete waste, I wouldn't list it as one of my favorites.
I've only listened to one other Romance novel, so I'm afraid I have a very limited field of comparison.
While I truly loved Justine's voice, the problem with her narration is that all characters sound basically the same. In fact, it sometimes became difficult to determine which character was speaking for that very reason. Justine has a beautiful voice, she needs to work on her character development.
More variation in the narration and a thorough editing for repetitive sentences and phrases. If I were still playing drinking games, I'd suggest one for this book: Take a drink whenever you hear the words: "furrowed brow", "wicked smile" or "chose her words with care." You'll be drunk by the end of the second chapter. While the story line is good, these examples of what can only be described as lazy writing are exceptionally distracting.
Better production and a different narrator. Paper shuffling in the background, and the loud breathing of the narrator is very distracting. However the major downfall of this recording is the narrator who is frequently tripping over his own tongue and whose style is often out of tune with the context and content.
I've listened to the first two in the series, each with different narrators, and they were both far superior to this one.
David Ian Davies or Robert Whitfield
Edgar Rice Burroughs is an outstanding author, and the story might have been very good, but the narration was so distracting, I couldn't tell.
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