I was not familiar with this author, having never read any of his work. This was recommended to me by a friend. While this is definitely hard core science fiction, that should not be a deterrent. It's actually one of the positives about the story - it allows for a great deal of world building, and a lot of back story. I like knowing the scope and history of the books I am listening to. I enjoy the depth.
I love Ambrose. I can see where he is maddening, but he is very appealing. The reader captures what and who he is perfectly. He is very short, curt, and precise in his reading of Ambrose - it brings Ambrose to life, for me.
I also really like the timbre of his voice. The language used by Jablokov is frankly, if you love words, just delicious. The reader does a wonderful job of conveying that deliciousness. He is not overly affected, either.
The reader is Colby Elliot. I am also unfamiliar with his work, and was pleased at this introduction. I have had even some of the old favorites of my library ruined by what I felt was a poor choice of a reader. That's not the case here. Elliot gets these characters, and does a wonderful job of bringing them alive. You don't always find that - a reader who truly gets the characters he or she is reading, but Elliot does.
So this work gets two thumbs up from me, for both the story itself, and the person who read it.
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