After listening to this, a part of me wanted to like it, but another part couldn't get over the blatant misogyny. At its heart this story is a passion play sci-fi style, and while it may have challenged audiences of its day with a profound and hard-to-swallow notion regarding human sexuality, today it's sadly aged. Add in terrible quality audio (I swear I could hear a dog barking in the background at times) and you have a recipe for one frustrating experience. If you're patient, well versed in 50s era telephony and gadgetry, then perhaps you'll walk away with a tear in your eye and a feeling that the world is poorer without Valentine Michael Smith. Otherwise, you'd better give this a pass. You'll just walk away feeling like you've been lectured to for hours by a balding man who has all the right answers and chip on his shoulder.
I am officially a fan of John Lee's narration. I had listened to another audiobook of his and was impressed, and his work on Dracula has only reinforced that belief. If you do not like when narrators create individual voices for each character, then stay away. If you do, enjoy; but be warned: the novel was written in 1897, and by today's standards it slogs along.
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