I've never heard of, or a reading by, Simon Taylor before, but I'll be avoiding him for a few years. Maybe I just don't like his style and he's a perfectly fine reader, whatever it is, I had to let this book go.
He sounds almost amateurish in spots, and has a tendency to linger on a word as if for dramatic emphasis, but it seems unwarranted. He also has an unfortunate tendency to over pronounce the 'ng' on words like long, so it sounds like long-geh. Once you notice it, it becomes annoying.
The truth is, I'm not sure about the story, because I just couldn't get past the narration. But if you like your narration slow as molasses, to the point of not being sure your speed settings are correct, then you might like this.
Narrator's style is way, too, slow. Absurdly so.
The story was really compelling. Best hard-science fiction I've "read" in, like, forever.
So many moments. Mostly, though, the main character's smart-Alecky personality. "Yay!" Geddit?
Bray's performance was stellar… Well, except it's "sis-op", not "sise-op", and "/ˈæski/ ass-kee", not "A.S.C. 2". But even the best narrators seem to mispronounce some of these relatively obscure terms. Like another reader kept pronouncing corpsman as "corpseman". Unfortunate, but not a deal-breaker if everything else is great.
"He's a pirate. A space pirate."
The narrator sounded like he'd never done a dramatic reading.
Better reading by the narrator.
Are things so bad in the audiobook business that they'll hire someone without an audition? Or are the editors/producers just not caring anymore?
I kinda like this story, at least the setting, near future, and the premise (so far) convicts' redemption as soldiers, marines, no less.
But I find a couple things off-putting. One, which is odd, is all these soldiers addressing each other by their first names. WTF? I'm not familiar with Shawn Kupfer as an author, but I find it difficult to believe he's actually been in the military. There a lot of references to specific weapons and weapons systems, but attempts to portray intimate comaraderie in combat fall flat.
I just can't see a military team, in combat, saying things like "Okay, Todd, you take Mark, Benjamin, and Steve, and cover our left flank. Bill, Jeffrey, and Pete and I will provide cover fire with our M-4 assault rifles." And I get it, the Razor (fighting vehicle) is HUGE, it's big, got it. 24 cylinders, and it's powerful.
This is my first book narrated by Victor Bevine. I hope it's his first too. I mean, I hope he get better as a narrator. He's okay, has potential, but not great.
So, because this book has some interesting ideas, I'll give it 3 stars. If the story was any weaker, though, it'd be pushing it to give it a 2.
Wow. That's some bad audio book.
It's a book! No special effects needed! And seriously, do they not have editors for recorded books? The reader mispronounces the protagonists name for the entire book! Despite the pronunciation being a point during the previous books. Hello?!
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