All their Chandler is a travesty here at audible.
I would have told the fricken' story to make it more enjoyable.
Considering they are Brits, I guess the voice actors were OK.
No follow up from these idiots, please.
Get it unabridged and I'll buy it.
The narrator starts with an obvious problem. This format (audio books) lends itself to First Person narration, so it is clear the voice of another character is the main character's impersonation of how that character sounds. There is no such available crutch here. And Lister pulls it off character's who are fairly similar can be told apart without sounding ridiculous.
Then the story itself is well done. Often in these things I wonder when this or that changed, because we do it differently, I'd say better, in the military now. This, however, is free of those because it is the British navy.
(I am coming at it from an American perspective.) Although subordinate officers with political connections exist, it is not nearly at that level.
And the idea that humanity holds hands and as a group nicely goes forth was hogwash to begin with. I liked the idea of separate colonies of "spacefaring" powers using a ship that ever where else would scrapped by the English Navy used as a dumping ground for officers too inconvenient to fire so it moved them to dead end jobs then essential hoped they'd drink themselves to death from boredom, or whatever.
Yes. It is British. It mentions the Russians, Chinese, Americans, and French in passing. It being British is one of its strengths.
There are other strengths, but that one was forefront and the very Britishness of this almost made me give it a pass. I'm glad I didn't.
I know more about history than most, which is not saying a lot, and I learned something. If for the Zachary Taylor and cherries alone this book is worth it.
Once in a while you could see Butcher teetering on the formulaic, but he always pulls back from the brink. And he does not invent new rules. Stuff from his first book is still how magic works. And whenever you get a friendly enemy, like the white court vampires or Marcone could easily become, he adds just a bit of their goals being different to sell them still as dangerous.
Mab could all to easily fall into that, but he keeps it complicated. Harry has yet to notice that Mab sort of loves him. (Titania sort of hates him and there must be balance...)
But Mab's idea of fun is almost getting him killed and if he dies, "Well, he was mortal and going to die anyway so why am I putting off my heartache?"
It is easy for the reader to see her as a friendly monster then she'll slap Harry so hard he dent a wall. And he still is able to give enough call backs to earlier stories without making me go back to fool moon.
And then there is Marsters. It helps immensely that it is first person so if Molly sounds like Harry doing an imitation of Molly that's because it is.
Net is if you are looking for series, start with book 1, Stormfront, and know that Butcher has not screwed up 15 volumes later.
The realism and well thought out plot
Told from the view point of a retired army officer become historian so he's informed on things like tactics of Ghengis Khan and modern weapons.
This is going to sound like damning with faint praise, but it is not. It helped that it was first person so it was the male narrator imitating the female voices. His female voices did NOT bring me out of the book.
Tears welled up when triage happens, even though you know the reasoning behind it. It is especially hurtful when the character doing the triage does not like it either.
I assume this was written for audiobook format. The choice of first person narration was wise, given that it'll be read.
Just a sentence dropped about him knowing his rescuer from his son's little league team or something fixes the blatant dues ex machina this story relies on.
The narrator. Pity there is no reason to continue the story. Did I avoid a spoiler or is it still obvious?:)
The end. I'd talk more about it, but I want to avoid spoilers.
Everybody's out for themselves and people they knew before the outbreak, but the main character just happens to meet a pair that help him out. Free is a good price. I can see some other people, not upset by the dues ex machina, going on and buying more. I recommend that marketing approach even though I will not continue with this series.
Tidy up lose-ends. Does that have a hyphen, or is that 4 words?
The stories told from the perspective of other characters is cool.
The story following the newly retired Carpenter getting pissed off and needing Harry to talk him down in the end was my favorite. I thought that character from a Black and White morality getting crippled in a Grey morality Dresden story was harsh.
No. I had to check to see if Marsters was back later. He is, but if he wasn't I'd abandon the series.
Nothing against John Glover. I'm sure if he had narrated the previous 12.5 books in this series and Marsters came in I'd be just as lost. He does a passable imitation of Marsters on 90% of the characters and as for Dresden's voice being off I can chalk that up to being dead.
Co-incidence "nice" cops.
Although the cops were corrupt and more interested in the easy collar than picking up Dumas (sort of a proto-Marlowe) his interference should get more police "involvement."
Heck, he hides a suspect wanted for questioning, disturbs a crime scene and the story starts off with a murder based on co-incidence that is not involved in the plot.
Only of interest if you want to see Chandler's early works before he was Raymond Freakin' Chandler.
Gould's performance was good but there was little he could do.
It was hard not to listen in one sitting. It was mercifully short. Too short for them to abridge it.
Please do not get this as your first try of Chandler. He gets much, much, much better - if you can find a latter work unabridged.
Anyone but Weiner reading it. Seriously the guy has a very limited vocal set and he messes up Puppeteers.
When the narrator describes the musical quality of a puppeteer voice then does one of his two voices - an imitation of Christian Bale's Batman it really distracts from everything.
This book spoked anger. The story is good, but the reading is horrible.
I'll stay away from all Niven books because of this.
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