This book is another good one by Bruce Sterling. He takes a more moderated tack to the practice of cyber-punk fiction, which he famously pioneered in co-authored books with William Gibson. Sterling here provides a pretty fun and interesting sort of international intrigue with a great protagonist and lots of good sociological speculation. All of his books are provocative and thoughtful science fiction on the cutting edge.
This was a very long listen, but very enjoyable. It is an intricate, believable, and carefully crafted story. The narration is excellent. More PD James is called for!
This was a wonderful listen. It was full of suspense and wonder. The narration also was fine.
A real pleasure.
I listened to this one on a road trip to Yellowstone. It made the long hours fly by. I loved the narration. Extremely well done. And I loved the development of the four or five main characters-their particularities, the novel slang and cursing of "The Beav", and the comaraderie. Its a great male bonding story.
The story was wonderful: incredibly suspenseful without being excessive. The crafting of each line in this one was marvelously done. It was a pleasure to observe the yarn being so finely spun. I didn't expect it from King.
This title has made me a King fan, for sure. I never thought I would get into such a mainstream author, but now I see that it is well worth it.
One of my best listens yet.
This is an excellent book in print, but the audiobook was ruined by its inferior production. I bought it, but regret it. I have read the book; it is great. But this production--what a mess.
The narrator really only reads the book--reading a book is quite different from telling a story. She is no voice artist. At first, I thought she was in character, as some sort of clipped and emotionless spinster, to convey the personality of this elderly, formal Japanese geisha telling her story. (Even that doesn't make sense, if you know the story.) But no. It is simply a very mechanical reading. You can hear the commas, the capital letters, the white space in between the words. You can't hear the spirit, the feeling, the charm of the chararaters and the plot. I never lost myself in the story, and I could never lose my awareness of the irritating, clipped, nasal voice of this woman reading a book to me as if it were for a test in middle school.
I know Japanese and Japanese culture, but you dont have to know much about Japan to do better than this! The narrator attempts a Japanese accent at points, but it emerges as crudely Chinese. I could hardly believe what I was hearing--"Is this some regional dialect I am unfamiliar with?" I thought. The geisha serves a cup of "sackey" (sake). What is that? Romanized Japanese is the easiest language to pronounce: it is just like Spanish. Obviously this production got the short shrift, and I am upset because it is really such a marvelous book.
I enjoyed Lost Light (narrated by Len Cariou). In it, Bosch emerged as a complex and appealing character and the narration was good.
Here, however, the narration is gratingly monochromatic. Bosch was made to be almost comically gruff, and many characters are inflected with a strange, unrealistic twang of some sort.
The story too was noticeably less inspired and more plodding than Lost Light. I put it down in frustration half-way through.
I earlier gave this book a very critical review. I could not stomach the first part that was heavily religious. However, after reading another review, I decided to give it a second chance, and happy am I that I did so.
What an incredible story. It is engrossing, charming, pure of heart, shocking, and revitalizing. The protagonist is a wonderful character that never lets go of his will to give his life meaning through telling a good story.
In the end, it is not at all about religion, or faith in religion. The protagonist pities those who reject religion not because they reject the truth, but because they miss out on the best story. And the same can be said for this book, which I think you shouldn't miss.
And, importantly, the narration is very nicely done
This was a wonderful listen. It was at times a bit depressing, which one must expect with this sort of apocalyptic science fiction. But it was beautifully narrated, and by the end emerges as a deeply satisfying story. I highly recommend it.
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