Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Unlike Melissa, above, I thought that the most attractive part of the story was the exposition concerning the differences between medieval and modern manners of thought.
I think that the least attractive was the almost-anthropomorphism of the aliens, and as noted above, the seemingly crass modern characters (perhaps due to the way the reader read them).
First and foremost, the Narrator, Mr. McLaren, does the best triceratops lowing I have ever heard in an audiobook. Ever.
Seriously, Mr. McLaren does a great job narrating this fun adventure story.
I have read some criticism that Mr. Stirling's stories are a little "black and white", but sometimes it is nice to know who the good guys and the bad guys are. Reminds me a little of Heinlein's supermen. The throwback plot line to the old pulps is also well done.
This is one of the best adventure/historical fiction novels I have come across. A reputation shared by many of Mr. Cornwell's stories.
In addition, the reading is second to none. I can not emphasize this enough. The reader is 100% spot on for the characters, and particularly the main character. There are always those who will criticize accents, but for the average listener, they reflect the characters and a pleasure to listen to.
I see the reader (his name escapes me now) has very few credits to his name. I can only hope that the rest of this series goes to audiobook (Unabridged, do you hear me! Unabridged) with him at the microphone. I will buy every one.
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