Clarke is fantastic when he takes us to new worlds, distant futures or ancient history seen in a new way. I simply love it. But it seems that in this third collection something new was introduced: humour. And it comes across as hoplessly nerdish - if I smile it is the overbearing smile you put on your face when the guy who desperately wants to be funny cracks another lame joke. Still I am going on to vil IV and hope Clarke is back on track!
I don't often find myself laughing out loud when I walk around with my headphones and listen to a book, but several of these stories made me do just that. And they do in a good way, showing a lot of insight into, and love of, the Conan Doyle universe.
The main story is very good. The fist mystifying chapters are extremely good and I think the narrator is just right and does a superb job.
But then we get a lot of scenarios which I am sure fits into the pattern but is quite boring to listen to - esp because many of them are variations of scenarios we have already heard. Also most of the computer inaction is spelled out in detail - in a printed edition I guess you would skip or skim a lot of those, but in an audio book it becomes annoying.
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I thought this would be a dark story about a haunted house with a looser type as main character (which is why I hesitated to buy it). But actually it is a science fiction more than anything else, and the characters resemble those from a family soap (which is not necessarily a bad thing, when it fits the story and the mood).
Personally, I thought the story ended too soon after it has begun to get really interesting - but I can't really argue more about that without spoiling the fun.
I must admit that I lost interest in this story some way through when the story turned from what happened here and know to long conservations about what happened in the past. All these names, of people with "old faces", who "turned" or "betrayed" or "went over" at what time is very hard, for me, to remember and, frankly, care much about. I suppose hard core fans of spy novels in the le Carré genre might like this. I am not sure how to rate an experience like this: for me personaly it was a one star, but I realize this is not for me so I give it a 3.
While I like stories about the super natural, I like it when the super natural is treated as something unusual, eerie and scary. In this story the author have chosen to incorporate the super natural as something quite natural and the result is a more a thriller/adventure than the (high tech) ghost story I was expecting. Fair enough, its just not for me.
The best thing in this book, for me, was the unusual setting. The thing I liked least was the very long dialogues.
Having just finished "camouflage" by the same author and needing a book fast I bought this without reading any reviews etc.
Turned out this is (probably) a book for young adults. The main character is only interesting if you are in that age group (I suppose). The story is very slow and is a lot about relation to friends, family etc.
On the other hand, if parents are looking for a book for YA, I suggest they read the reviews below, regarding sex and drugs (!).
I am happy that I already knew this story from book and movie before I heard this audiobook, because it has been abridged so much that it makes no sense, the story simply does not work! Also I have to admit that Thomas Harris does not do a good job of narrating hos own book, as he uses an objective almost cold voice through out. I think it's time for a re-issue of this classic story and in the meantime I strongly advice anybody not familiar with the story to read the book and/or whatch the movie.
I like historical fiction and I certaintly don't mind to be told a lot of intresting details of the life in the period of the story, but I do prefer all of it to be centered around some central plot like a murder mystery, the hunt for a document or the building of cathedral. Otherwise I get confused. This book got me very confused. People who need little plot, who may indeed not want plot at all, may like it.
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