Content - This is a "pop physics" classic. Fairly complex topics are covered in an entertaining and clear manner. There is a "leap" in the book in moving from the macro to the micro, but this isn't so much a function of the book, but of the science at this point.
Math isn't really needed, but a scientific mindset helps
Adaptation - as it is unabridged, there is little in the way of adaptation. The "voice" of the book is of a "lecture" type which translates well. There are figures in the printed work that help clarify things, but these are few and only minimally impact the experience
Narration - Solid. It is a fairly emotionally even subject and the reader doesn't attempt to "overdress" the text.
I have heard Hawking lectures read by Hawking and, sadly, the mechanical voice can be stressful to listen to at first (you do get used to it), but a professional human reader is easier
I understand that scheduling constraints made using another reader an option that fit the release schedule
better for Penguin. and I don't mean to slight Mr. Glover, it's not an issue with him so much as it is an issue with continuity.
I would really hate to roll over and prove to Penguin Audio the marketing position of "They'll be disappointed, but they will buy it anyway"
What is offered is not the product I wanted and I fear that by purchasing this product I reinforce that position as valid.
The audiobook listener sometimes has to wait extra time for the audio edition (look at the release sequence weirdness on Audible with the Joe Pitt "Already Dead" series) -- I would rather wait until the original reader's (Marsters) schedule clears and get the product I want at a later date.
At this point, the listener has invested around 150 hours (not to mention the purchase of 13 or so titles) and cooperation from the publisher would be appreciated.
Penguin Audio - Please consider a "special collectors edition" rerecording -- even if digital only
If you are at this point in the series, you are probably already invested.
More of the same (in a good way) - solid writing, great voice work (hey, it's Brick)
One observation, not really a criticism -- the story in this installment is a little less self-contained. I think the episodic plot, the immediate issue or "mystery" that the protagonist deals with, takes a back seat to service the overall plot arc of the series. there is less about the immediate threat and more about complications in the recurring world and overall situations, and the story ends with issues maybe a little more open. It feels like a set-up for the next installments.
(much like Part II of abt any classic trilogy behaves)
It's not really a negative
while it would be a clever trick to be able to close the story AND keep momentum, that would just be a clever trick -- I think the change in pacing keeps the series from falling into a "set em up...knock em down" monotony and seems to be a common and natural place to open up a story to a larger arc (Dresden Files book 3 does this very clearly and the Harry Potter series also follows this rhythm for instance).
-the short term characters,situations nd themes are quite interesting
-the author is not afraid to make the threats a little more abstract and complex (protagonist having to juggle multiple elements)
- the long term characters are not too precious for change
If you are this far in, you'll enjoy it, I did
just prepare to immediately want book 4 (in production) to tie things up.
The book is a manifesto and it not only makes that clear in the title, but the author cops to it and while taking a strong position, LEAVES ROOM and GIVES PERMISSION for the reader to think differently or disagree.
So, while a manifesto, it didn't feel myopic and it wasn't merely a "preaching to the choir" confirmation piece -- it is a thoughtful take on some modern issues that doesn't require one "join this side" nor throw the baby out with the bathwater.
Agree or disagree or something else (I found myself doing all 3, sometimes on a single issue) -- I think it's worth a listen
THIS IS *NOT BOOK 3 IN THE SERIES!!!
I think the first review nails it, it's the same high quality in and of itself, BUT messes up the flow
At first I thought the author was going for a different "backstory" approach and was waiting for it to fill in and listened to enough to say
1) it's consistent with the other books in terms of quality
both by Huston and by the reader Brick
2) You'll get overall plot arc spoilers which is a drag
I really enjoyed this one...a lot...really refreshing
It's a dense, demanding work. Watts, a marine mammal biologist, requires that the reader keep up and isn't afraid to put out a term or concept without spoon-feeding. Given his background, he's covering the areas of intelligence, consciousness, language, etc from sort of a neuroscience perspective (which can have a bit of a different feel than some of the classic physics-driven hard SF)
As can happen with hard SF sometimes (Clarke is a good example) the plot itself can be more of a scaffolding for the exposition of speculative concepts...so I think plot-driven reading isn't the best way to approach the read (not that there isn't a plot, just if you focus on the plot, you miss the goods and can misunderstand the pacing..the pacing and "payoff" is in the concepts, not the plot)
After about - Oh 1,200 or so audiobooks I'll say this one really refreshed the medium for me (not so much in production style, which is fairly typical, but in the writing and the type of attention you have to give this work)
It's a different type of read - but well worth it and I enjoyed it greatly
Really some fresh air
Fun listen - I found it an updated "hardboiled" detective noir that HAPPENS to be set in a vampire context.
The story is well constructed, the characters are interesting, the protagonist is vulnerable and while the exploration of the vampiric dynamics and culture is fresh and interesting, the story doesn't rest on vamp mystique to interest the reader
You don't have to wear a lot of crushed velvet to enjoy this one! :D
Not a comic guy myself, but familiar enough through pop culture (all the superhero films, etc) that the treatment of the superhero mythology was easy to access
light and witty, and well paced so it didnt wear
the narration is EXCELLENT and the swapping of narrator (and first person character) keeps things from dragging
This one is extremely user friendly and just plain a hoot!
I'm familiar with the Foundation stories, and have even heard abridged audiobooks and BBC dramatized
This one - however, I found to be literally unlistenable
for the same reasons others mentioned
Music that is annoying and does NOT match the narrative
Quality of the Reading is simply not up-to-snuff
this is simply a Do not buy
This, like Gibson's Pattern recognition is really a post-cyberpunk work and I think that might have turned some people off _ I personally was not turned off.
I find this a natural extension of the earlier styling (where they may have explored the "near-future flawed or maybe corrupt", the post movement has shades of the "present inane")
"Edgy" has gone maybe a little "sardonic"
The buzzwords were, I feel, appropriately (over)used as THAT itself was part of the ccultural commentary
I found the atmosphere witty, dryly humorous and entertaining
Like Much of sci-fi (esp in the longform) the concept/theme of the stoy and the construction of the world can be less-than-perfectly integrated (hey, I find this even among the old gaurd masters of the genre)
It does seem to read like 2 different stories and takes a left turn maybe 70% through...and the reader has to shift gears with it
Admittedly, that transition is a little rough and maybe a little muddled (though maybe that was something we were supposed to feel...uprooted) -- not entirely smooth, but didn't trash the work by any means and certainly isn't the worst example of that by any means
Extremely impressive, the narrator gives a different voice to the characters making it easy to follow and more of a performance, WITHOUT putting the characterizations on heavily enough to become tedious or overly apparent (I just heard it as different voices and it helped immersion into the story making the narration yet smoother).
I honestly feel one of the better readers I've heard just about anywhere
It's actually one I can go back and enjoy again
So my opinion differs from some of the other listeners
Content - I found this installment of the "serial killer triliogy" to be, by far, the weakest. I felt Harris was trying to fulfill the interest in the Hannibal mythology - I felt the character became cartoonish and, unlike the previous 2, the killer was less explored and humanized. The Graphic violence was simply gratuitous (I'm not squeemish about these sorts of things, but I just found it to be a waste of pages as it didn't move the story, but detracted from it)
Adaptation - Fairly straightforward (unabridged) and the content translates reasonably. It behaves like your average modern detective thriller paperback
Narration - Adequate, but uninspiring. I generally enjoy (not preferr, but enjoy) hearing an author reading --- what they lack in polish, they gain in interpretation.
Overall, listenable, but a disappointing closure to the triliogy. A "throw away" modern crime thriller
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