This audiobook is the rare intersection of a great New York story and a contemporary gritty crime novel. Although the story would easily be successful as a plot-driven police procedural, it is lifted into a special place by its focus on characters. Those characters were given greater life by Canavale's reading. Even Canavale's slight mispronunciations are done in a true New York way (witness the way "trompe l'oeil" comes through.
This is my first Price novel, and I intend to read many more.
What a brilliant concept - the Moon has become a little bit like the American colonies and a little like post-penal colony Australia, and is now ready for independence. This is the story of a war, told largely from the viewpoint of a clever, moral, and good-natured computer technician. The voice actor hits the most important voices squarely on the head, especially the four lead characters of the story. His best performance is that of Mycroft, the sentient computer who grows more human throughout the story. Five stars across the board.
I found this short work fascinating, although not as fully developed as I would have liked. I would have found it more complete if there was more general discussion on how sociopaths fit into our culture to complement the vignettes.
Captivating story told at the right pace. The author captures the collision of the modern world with the ancient in an imaginative and fantastical way. I found it hard to stop listening.
This is my first read of a Gaiman novel. As a huge comics fan, I am always hopeful that a writer of comics can succeed as a traditional author.
Here Gaiman not only did not let me down, but in fact superseded my expectations. The narrative is clever, and the characters are just interesting enough to allow the events to unfold in the way that they need to unfold. We know little about the Shadow character - here that is a good thing.
The best thing about the novel is that the story becomes both more exciting and plausible as it gets closer to its climax. And the epilogue is even better.
The narrator is excellent. His vocal repertoire is quite good. It is particularly strong for the female characters, such as Laura, and for the two most interesting male gods, Wednesday and Chernabog. Some of the voices are a tad cartoonish, but they seem to match Gaiman's intentions.
In summary, this is a highly enthusiastic review of a book that should not disappoint.
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