Perhaps I'm already biased because Phil Gigante is one of my absolute favorite narrators, but I thought he did a brilliant job with this campy sci fi tale. The characters were clearly distinguisable and sounded exactly as I had imagined. The story, too, is an excellent cops-n-robbers tale turned on its head. Definitely a recommend listen.
The story is interesting, and honestly a rather scary vision of the future in our genetically tampered world. But I should have read it instead. Jonathan Davis narrates this novel entirely too slowly. Via my audible iPhone app, I listened to the story at a 1.25x speed and it made the pace much more normalized...though it occasionally made him sound like a squirrel for a few seconds. I'm not sure why he felt it necessary to speak so slowly, but it really affected the action scenes and almost made listening to this book a boring task. So, my recommendation is to either read it or listen to it at an accelerated rate to preserve the story's dramatic pacing.
I suspect this book was written for folks who are relatively unfamiliar with the history of Newton's discoveries and involvement with the English Royal Society. The story timeline was jumpy, moving from early years to late, then back to early and late, again. Had I not already known this tale, I would have been pretty confused about the sequence of events after listening to this account. Additionally, the narrative was excessively repetitive. There are numerous wonderful books explaining the history of Newtons discoveries, but this one is not among them. However, the narrator does a fantastic job, the content was just poor.
One of my most favorite book series! Characters are well-rounded, the story is absolutely compelling and MacKayla is so charming you feel like she could be your best friend. A must-read.
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