I tried to like this because I am a fan of series fiction. I can really enjoy settling in and engaging in a multi-book relationship with characters. However, based on this excerpt I am baffled as to why anyone would wish to spend any time at all with these flat, average people. All these elements--futuristic co-operative living and family structure, little girls with a special relationship to cats, academia--have been better explored by Asimov, McCaffrey, Harry Harrison, David Weber, Willis and many others. During this 58 minutes, nothing much happened while I accompanied a banal child through her morning. If there is more to this series than a meander through reheated ideas, this excerpt didn't show it.
You know, I'm torn between whether they should read more quality science fiction or less. I can't tell whether they suffer from emulation or ignorance.
No, this is my first listen with her. I thought she was rather good. She did have one mispronunciation (as opposed to regionalism or secondary pronunciation) of a rather common word but it's a rare narrator who doesn't. I'd listen to her again.
It made me want to go re-read about 25 books I already own.
Prolific does not equal good.
I'm fairly certain that I enjoyed this more as an audiobook than I would have as a print experience.
This is hard to answer without ruining the suspense for other listeners. Sufficeth to say, I really enjoyed an elderly aunt drafting her nephew to escort her to a reputedly-haunted house.
They both imbue the tales with tremendous atmosphere. Even though the stories are in prose considered elevated by contemporary standards the narrators give a radio play sense of dynamism.
While on topic of narrators, it bears mentioning that the woman (Jennifer James-Something) also does a very fine job. Instead of "various narrators" the cover art for this volume should list the cast. I didn't know what great talent was on board until I started to listen.
Again, I don't want to produce spoilers. I will remember George and his dreams, though.
It's a bit misleading to title this a volume of ghost stories. There are ghosts but also gothic tales and a bit of fantasia, or modern fairy tale, as well. Had I known that I might have bought it sooner.
I am a great fan of Rusch's Retrieval Artist series but I cannot recommend this audio book to anyone who is physically able to read print. Snyder has a pleasant voice but misses the fun in the more outrageous scenes, mistranslating humorous perspective into ponderous melodrama. Additionally, if you are accustomed to the performance of female characters by Rudnicki, Gardner and Brick you will find Snyder's delivery lacking.
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