The premise is very interesting and is why I got the book. If the writing and performance had lived up to the premise, it could have been five stars. From the get-go I had the feeling I had made a mistake. The coda at the beginning is weird (not in a good way - this is science fiction, after all, and weird is often good) and delays getting to the action. Strike One. I found the reader's accent distracting and his performance affected. His attempts to do character voices were unconvincing. Strike Two. When we finally got to the plot and the action was about to begin, the author went into a bunch digressions about the characters' back stories that were tedious and did not advance the story. The last straw was a sick-making flirtation between two of the characters. Strike Three and I am out of here. First audio book I ever abandoned.
No, I love science fiction, but I will avoid this author and the reader.
A different reader. The accent, the affected delivery, the poor character voices, would have hurt a much better work.
Dole out the back story when it is relevant to the action, of which there was about zero in the thirty minutes of the book that I could tolerate. The premise was great, focus on the chase, not all the soap opera aboard the ship. Worse than boring - nauseating.
How did this get all the stars it did? I am posting this as a public service - don't waste your money like I did.
The concept of multiple nations within North America overlaying the boundaries of states was interesting and well told. I would have given this audio book about 4 stars if I had stopped before the last quarter of the book. At this point Woodard turned his narrative into an info-mercial for the hard-left. "Republicans are aligned with the Deep South nation (the nation with the most lethal, violent, and egregious slavery practices and the most stratified social structure). They (Republican) are racists and seek to deny health care and hot meals to poor children. Their agenda is to maximize tax breaks to the wealthy and deny services to the 99%." I paraphrase, but you get the idea. If I want to read or listen to this drivel, I can get it for free on the Huffington Post or MSNBC. What a shame, because the first 75% was so good.
Water carrying for the hard-left. Slandering of the right.
The Obama sock puppet.
My favorite. I love it. I listen to it whenever I am stuck in traffic without a new audio to hear. My six-year-old son and I enjoy discussing it.Had to skip the Smut Talk story with him.
The bartender, Rich Schuman. His dry humor and quick wit are most enjoyable.
No. He is perfect for Rick Schuman and did other characters very well.
Besides Rick Schuman, the most memorable characters were the aliens called the Chirpsithra. Fascinating, funny, mysterious and scary all at once.
I wish Niven would write some more of these short stories (vignettes, really). I am hooked.
King's very best.
The unintended consequences of trying to change history. Chilling and very believable.
No. The reader was excellent and did justice to the material.
The protagonist's relationship with a woman from the past whom he fell in love with on his way to try and change history. Their relationship was sweet and very well written.
My favorite Stephen King book was The Dead Zone - this is even better. Would life have been better if JFK had lived? Most of the people from my era (who were kids when he was assassinated) think so. Be careful what you wish for. Fascinating mix of history, speculation and fiction.
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