I was actually looking for "Boomsday" when I picked up "Little Green Men." It was a quick "read" and when the sound was drowned out from ambient noise I didn't feel like I needed to go back and re-listen. There are some characters for whom the editors play background music to create "atmosphere" and it is really annoying. The voices given to some characters by Mark Linn Baker didn't work for me, although his range is incredible and he does a terrific job keeping the voices (mostly) separate from one another. I'd recommend it as fun but not meaty listening.
As read, the background on the Freemasons was too "instructive" to make it intriguing. Felt like I was listening to a lecture. Langdon's expressions and reactions to events felt unnatural to me, almost as if Brown was writing for the eventual screenplay. And I wish the narrator had read more suspense into the book. When we finally got to the suspenseful part (nearly 10 hours into the book - seriously) the pace of the reading didn't increase. All sorts of wacky and anxious things were happening and yet the author read in the same modulated tone at the same modulated pace. If I had been reading I would have skimmed the details to get to the next bit of the plot, and I was frustrated that I couldn't do this with the Audible.com version.
The narration on this is excellent - with the reader getting the voices for each of the unique characters exactly right. I loved hearing this book and I'm certain I would not have been able to slog through it were I reading it.
I'm a 40 y/o, over-educated woman who lives in a major US city.
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