Overall this was an enjoyable listen and Mark Lenard is an excellent reader. However, you can tell there is a lot left out (poor abridgedment? do they have to be under 3 hours?) Also, while you have to put aside some plausibility with any ST novel, traveling into a black hole is not recommended!
It was an interesting story, set in the future in very desparate, hardscrabble times. It makes you grateful for the plenty that we have now. I did not like the idea of sending children to die for other's entertainment.
Katniss is a great role model for teen girls, a doer and a provider, compassionate yet strong.
Yes the narration was great. I often have trouble with female narrators but she was very clear and easy to understand.
Wish I'd gotten the abridged.
Not really written for my demographic (middle-aged) but I could feel for the teen angst and there was a bullying subtext from the ones who had been trained for these games all their lives.
If you're expecting a book on Teddy Roosevelt as president and his exploits as president, "bully", the panama canal, etc, this isn't it. But is is a great book on his family and family life, from birth to death, it gets into his character, what made him who he was. I thoroughly enjoyed it, McCullough is excellent historical non-fiction. And the changes between a man and woman narrators keeps it interesting.
If this book had a movie rating it would be "R 3/4". There is much more fiction than science, starting off with, the Andromeda Galaxy is not in Orion, it's in Andromeda! Not only that, both of these constellations would be out of sight and behind you when facing the ocean on the Maine coast late at night at that time of year. I thought maybe she pointed the telescope at Orion just to orient it but no, later she was still pointed at Orion, looking at the galaxy. Argghh! Do your homework! There is too much profanity for my taste, drug use, lewdness and references to our heroine as a "jungle bunny". I don't care how corse the character is that said it, it's not acceptable. For that this is off of my player and deleted from my drive, after only a few chapters. I couldn't take anymore.
I've enjoyed Preston's other fact-based thrillers like the Hot Zone. This one continues the biological threat theme in great style. Well-told, great details, holds your attention. Scary story about the real-life threat of smallpox and anthrax. Graphic descriptions not for the faint of heart (or stomach)!
The reader's voice projects well and is clear even over road noise.
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